Monthly Archives: September 2015

A comparison of controlled vocabulary (subject) searches and keyword searches on the SCIS OPAC

Excuse the long post title, though it is quite self-explanatory. This post will in fact be comparing the effectiveness of the two approaches mentioned above for finding resources, looking particularly at the number of results achieved, relevance of the hits and if there is any possible way to improve the searches conducted. Interestingly, with the … Continue reading A comparison of controlled vocabulary (subject) searches and keyword searches on the SCIS OPAC

ScOT vs. SCIS

The Schools Online Thesaurus (ScOT) and Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS), both provide controlled vocabulary approaches for subject terms. The major difference between the two is that ScOT is simply a thesaurus (albeit, a useful one), and SCIS provides complete catalogue entries and downloadable components to assist teacher librarians and other library staff with their … Continue reading ScOT vs. SCIS