Date of Award:

12-2009

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Management Information Systems

Advisor/Chair:

Karina Hauser

Abstract

The constructivist's theory and its application to information retrieval from the Internet was reviewed. The main aim of the study was to devise and test an approach with which the most relevant information could be easily and efficiently extracted from the Internet. The impact of a judicious choice of the keywords to retrieve information, according to the particular approach to be implemented as well as the importance of speed reading as an additional technique to improve information retrieval, was compared and critically analyzed. The study was based on information retrieval from www.google.com and www.images.google.com and focused on real-life examples and goal-directed searches. After a careful selection, the criteria used for evaluation were factors such as data quality, accuracy, integrity, and speed of retrieval. These factors helped to determine how useful the constructivist theory could be in information retrieval if it was to be applied in combination with speed reading and traditional approaches.

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