For the purposes of this assignment, select some bibliographic "database" that is easily accessible to you. It may be something that is available electronically by connecting, for instance, to the UNC Library system and accessing Indexes to Periodicals or Newspapers from the initial menu, or to CD-ROMs available through the SILS Computer Lab. It may be something that is accessible in print version in a library or in your work place.
There are three purposes underlying your exploration.:
In overview, I want you to briefly explore the approaches that are employed within your selected "database" to organize information for access and to communicate to people how to access the database's contents. For your exploration, read initial screens or pages, follow guides to use, test the "database" with your own queries, press all the buttons or browse the printed documented to see what it offers. Then, think about your experience and what worked for you and what didn't. That is, how did your "database" help you or hinder you in accessing information? What was missing or what tools might have aided you in your search for information?
Tentatively plan to spend some time during Session #6 (9/11/96) discussing this project.
For your portfolio:
AFTER the class discussion, write a brief (1-2 page) summary of your individual experience. Emphasize your thinking and learning. Do not excessively rehash your explorations. Rather, tell me what you personally learned in your explorations or during the class discussion, what problems you encountered that need design attention, what you found interesting, what implications you see, etc.
Note: This mini-project is not intended to torture you. A half-hour or so of exploration or your "database" should be enough to give you the fodder you need for your personal written analysis for your portfolio. Don't suffer in silence; please see me for help.
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