Indexing and abstracting often fail because too much emphasis is given to the mechanics of description and too little is given
to what ought to be described. This text focuses on how people seek information. Drawing on a delightfully broad base of intellectual
resources-from information theory and classic literature to Beethoven and MTV-the author considers the basic question of how
we can index and abstract our information so that the user can actually find it. He also addresses the challenges and opportunities
resulting from the information and technology explosion. O'Connor discusses the shortcomings of traditional indexing and abstracting
systems and then presents essays, exercises, and case studies that foster consideration of the elements of a successful search
in a variety of settings. Useful as a companion volume for reference, cataloging, and indexing and abstracting classes, this
book is also of interest to professional librarians, information brokers, and online searchers.