Recommended Reading for IR Research Students

Alistair Moffat
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia.

Justin Zobel
Department of Computer Science, RMIT, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001, Australia.

David Hawking
CSIRO ICT Centre Canberra 2601, Australia.


SIGIR Forum, 39(2):3-14, December 2005.


The Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval at Lorne (SWIRL 2004) was held in Lorne, Australia, from 8--10 December 2004, see for further information. A total of 38 international and Australian researchers and Australian graduate students took part.

Prior to the workshop, participants at SWIRL were asked to provide two nominations, with supporting argument, for a corpus of ``must read'' papers that IR graduate students should be familiar with. Attendees chose papers that represented key breakthroughs, or represented work undertaken to a particularly high standard, or that presented established material in an innovative or accessible manner. The results are, we believe, illuminating and thought-provoking.

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The paper by Oard and Dorr, "A survey of multilingual text retrieval", has been updated, and is available as (Communicated by Anne Diekema, January 2006).