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First Year Seminar - Search Strategies (via WebEx)

The Problems that Controlled Vocabularies were Invented to Solve

What are the problems with keyword searching that controlled vocabularies were invented to solve?


  • variant spellings - [example]
  • inherent ambiguity in nearly all words - [example "wings"]
  • synonymous terms that you should think of but won't - [example]
  • retrieval that is either too specific or too general - 
    [example : Divorce > Children of Divorced Parents > Adult Children of Divorced Parents]