A specialist toxicity database (TRACE) is more effective than its larger, commercially available counterparts

Anderson, C., Copestake, P. & Robinson, L. (2000). A specialist toxicity database (TRACE) is more effective than its larger, commercially available counterparts. Toxicology, 151, pp. 37-43. doi: 10.1016/S0300-483X(00)00264-X

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Abstract

A comparison of the retrieval precision and recall of a specialist bibliographic toxicity database (TRACE) with that of a wide range of commercial on-line databases indicated that the larger size and resources of the commercial databases did not, for a series of test queries, assure superior retrieval of relevant papers. The specialist database, in which document selection and indexing is undertaken by the same (in this case) expert toxicologists who subsequently use the database in their day-to-day work, achieved markedly better retrieval, using simpler search strategies, than the commercial databases. Small specialist databases may offer a valuable alternative to existing commercial databases.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: School of Informatics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3173

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