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Strategies for classification searching


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Strategies for classification searching

  1. 1. C L A S S I F I C A T I O N S E A R C H C A N B E D O N E W H E N W E •I D E N T I F Y R E L E V A N T C L A S S E S T H R O U G H A N I N I T I A L S E A R C H •S E A R C H T H E C L A S S I F I C A T I O N S C H E D U L E Strategies for Classification Searching
  2. 2. Identify To identify highly relevant classifications, it can be helpful to try the “jugular search” technique.
  3. 3. Identify  This is accomplished by doing a highly targeted title/abstract keyword search to identify at one or two documents related to the search subject matter.  scanning their classification codes for starting points.
  4. 4. Identify  If a document is provided at the beginning of the search as an example of relevant content, performing a citation search on that document could also lead to the discovery of other relevant classification areas.
  5. 5. Search Take the time to fully read the definitions of the classes found through initial searching efforts.
  6. 6. Points to remember  The US Classification Schedule can be browsed by subject area, or searched by keyword .  IPC (version 8) classifications can be browsed and/or searched  CPC Classification  ECLA subdivisions to the IPC classification can be browsed/searched
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