Information Retrieval Process and Planning

At its simplest, the process of information retrieval begins with defining the subject and ends with the evaluation and use of the information that was found.

There are many possible paths between the starting and ending points of the process, sometimes even minor paths outside the main one. In most cases, backtracking into earlier phases of the process is a natural part of high-quality information retrieval. The process of information retrieval is subject to a variety of emotions, as it is common for the process to consume considerable amounts of time and effort.

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Planning information retrieval

There are various starting points to seek information. If the information retrieval is related to research or writing a thesis, the process should be somewhat planned ahead. When a thesis or other research is the motivator for the information retrieval, it is also important to understand the role of information retrieval as part of research.

Information retrieval plan

An information retrieval plan is often drawn up in connection with a research plan. Planning information retrieval includes many familiar stages of the information retrieval process. You can start planning your information retrieval with the checklist below. Note, however, that you should update the plan as the search progresses and make test searches while planning.

Information retrieval as a part of research – compile, outline, combine, compare

A researcher must go through their research topic in more detail than a regular information seeker. The researcher must gather an up-to-date overview of the research and literature published so far and relate their own research to previous theories and findings. They also participate in scientific discourse on the topic by writing and publishing their work.