Relative Effectiveness of Document Titles and Abstracts for Determining Relevance of Documents

Science  06 Oct 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3484, pp. 1004-1006
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3484.1004


Individuals who received documents through a selective dissemination of information system were asked to determine the relevance of documents to their work interests on the basis of titles and of abstracts. The results indicate that there was no significant difference between the usefulness of titles and of abstracts for this purpose.