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Computer Archives and the Literature Search

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


This paper outlines the use of computer resources to conduct a literature search. While the phrase "computer archives" can refer to all computerized materials, for this discussion it is limited to textual information available online. Both commercial online services and organizations on the Internet offer files to search and download. In addition, thousands of discussion groups allow members to post notices that may contain information. Locator tools for electronic documents at present consist of print-like tools such as indexes and bibliographies, multifile keyword indexes, and unifile keyword search tools. The use of each to retrieve information is outlined. Once retrieved, information must be evaluated. The uneven nature of documentation in computer archives makes evaluation even more essential than for print resources. Computer access opens new prospects for students, and its potential is particularly apparent in the field of education. Some suggestions are given for teaching students of education to search computer archives, with descriptions of the ERIC system, the Archie and Veronica search tools, and 15 sample screens. An appendix lists search steps. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)


Wehmeyer, L.B. (1995). Computer Archives and the Literature Search. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1995. Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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