“A Geography of Knowledge”
Physical objects can only be in one place at a time
Problems of Scale
What happens when you get more books than will ﬁt
on the shelf?
What happens when you have too many shoes to ﬁt in
What happens when you can’t remember what you put
in the boxes in your garage?
Making a list helps solve problems of scale
Tables, records, ﬁelds
information in silos
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What is Scholarship?
Independently veriﬁable results requires independent
Oldenberg and the Royal Society / Journal de Scavans
Journals & Disciplines
People studying the same things published in the same
As scholarship grew, disciplines built around these
When it scaled up: we got academic databases
(People read all the journals in a discipline and created
a searchable database of that scholarship.)
Searching a Scholarly DB
Once you know the ﬁelds in the record, you can ﬁnd
what you need.
Full-text searching wasn’t available at ﬁrst. (Only search
what is in the record.)
Indexing and Abstracting
Searching a DB
Search Operators: (Boolean, Wildcard, Truncation, etc.)
Search Strategy Project
1500 word analysis of a WSU library database
500 word search narrative
Media guide to using the database