Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia


Wagner, G., (1996). Upgrading search strategy skills: unit one: developing search strategies for online searching: a continuing professional development course for library and information service managers. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


Information retrieval systems are complex systems requiring specialised training. The process of translating an information request into the language of a computer in an online, CD-ROM or network environment is called a search strategy development. Information retrieval systems operate on the principle of a set of matching functions taking place at high speed. The skill and knowledge of the searcher are the main determinants in obtaining the best results from an information retrieval system.