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Print vs. Digital by Sul H. Lee

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The Digital Difference in Reference Collections

Michael K. Buckland

SUMMARY. One of the very first digital library developments was the transition of bibliographies to digital formats and the rise of online services which allowed new kinds of searching for topics. Here we examine three other reference genres: (1) Gazetteers, which, when coupled with maps and bibliographies, allow new ways to search by place; (2) Chronologies, which when digitized and combined with time lines and named time periods, transform search by time; and (3) Biographical directories, which, with improved design, could link persons with their contexts in new and more effective ways. The paper will present work developed in a project entitled: Support for the Learner: What, ...

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