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An Abstract Concept
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Internet services industry
Author: Ojala, Marydee
Date: Mar/Apr 2012
Start Page: 5
Pages: 1
Section: homepage
Abstract (Document Summary)

The problem with full text today is that there's too much of it. Search engines claim to return millions of results to simple queries. Full text could mean a 10,000-word scholarly article, a corporate annual report filled with numeric data, a patent with diagrams, a blog post of any length, or a 140-character tweet. For some years, popular wisdom held that abstracts were anachronistic, no longer needed given the advances in search technology. Now people are seeing a revival in interest in abstracts. Abstracts are one antidote to information overload. Indexing is another. Major information aggregators -- EBSCO, Factiva, LexisNexis, ProQuest -- have invested significant resources in their indexing and taxonomies.

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