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Introductory Questions Choices

Introductory Q Choices Lookup Mode The results of questions are terms but terms can also help us formulate and delimit questions. To know the synonyms and related terms of a term is to have a richer vocabualry to ask more about that term. SUMS explores this in several ways. 1. Questions and Terms Questions and Terms are linked at the 3 Levels. Basic Level Questions and Terms Basic with 6 Terms 6 Disciplines 6 Concepts Questions and Terms Intermediate 6 x 2 = 12 Terms Questions and Terms Advanced 6 x 3 = 18 Terms These increasing combinations prepare the way to treat terms as questions. 2. Terms as Questions Each of these terms If we now apply this sto a specific dicipline we see that each of these terms can lead to related terms: Who? What? Where? When? How? Why? Authors Subjects Places Dates Pracitce Theory Occupations Topics Cities Timelines Techniques Theories of Philosophy of This can be turned into a search method. If the Present term in the database is logic, clicking on: Who gives us all logicians Occupations gives us all occupations linked with Logic Where gives all places involved with logic (according to database) When gives all events related to logic History gives all sources with History of + Logic Dates gives all dates connected with Logic Timelines gives all timelines connected with Logic How? gives all operations, methods, techniques of Logic Why? gives all Theories of + Logic and Philosophy of + Logic Of course we could perform each of these sets of combined queries in conventional search engines but it would be time consuming. The power of SUMS lies in reducing each of these answars to a simple click. 3. Questions and Clusters of Related Terms These isolated examples point to a more systematic approach. Each of the questions is linked with a whole cluster of related terms. For isnstance: How? Practice (practical, practice of) Art of (Kunst, kennen) manner of (means of, ways of) Methods Technques Genres This cluster seems an innocent array of terms related to How? But, if we return to our example whee the term in use in the database happens to be Logic, then clicking on How could trigger a search for all combinations with these alternatives, thus finding Titles on: Pracice of Logic Art of Logic Methods of Logic Techniques of Logic etc. Ineed if this cluster could configure itself as a simple list in our Choices Box, then we would have the further luxury of being able to choose precisely which of these alternatives is of particular interest. By extension, clicking on Why could provide is with all works on Philosophy of Logic, Theories of logic, Causes of Logic, Princicple of Logic etc. The same applies to the other questions. This is the reasoning that has led to Choices 7. Questions. To have more refinement we can turn to Levels of Knowledge Chocies = K Choices. We now decide to have only Titles. If we want to study the matter we need Full Contents. In complex cases this will not be enough because we shall still get too many hits for a combination such as Principles + Logic. In these cases we can apply a list of Media (Choices 4. Media) to Limit by Media, and search only for titles in Journals or only contents of Books. 4. Limit by Questions Advanced versions of online Library searches and even of Google allow us to search simultaneously for Authors, and then limit by place or by date. Before we can do these searches, the entrie interface is changed. In SUMS the interface stays the same wether we are searching only for authors or limiting by place or date.
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