The Oxford Guide to Library Research
Let a general Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress show you the best ways to find the information you need. With all the changes in information storage and retrieval, anyone doing research today may feel unsure of the most efficient ways to use the library. Through clear explanations of nine fundamental methods of searching, Thomas Mann provides an overview of little known but powerful strategies used by librarians and information specialists. These techniques can be applied profitably to almost any area of research, from discovering business records or government documents to unearthing manuscripts in archives or finding genealogical Web sites on line. Chapters explain how to take advantage of controlled vocabularies, browse library shelves systematically, construct keyword searches, use published bibliographies, and even make personal contacts with knowledgeable people. Throughout, Mann enlivens his advice with real world examples, positing along the way some energetic and reasoned arguments against those theorists who have prematurely announced the demise of print. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that "everything" can be found on the Internet, Mann asserts the lasting value of physical libraries and time tested research strategies, while acknowledging the complementary applications of computer technology. All formats--including books, journals, newspapers, microforms, audiovisual materials, primary documents, bibliographic databases, and digital libraries on the World Wide Web--are considered for their unique advantages, as well as for their limitations. Required reading for students, scholars, information seeking professionals, and laypersons,The Oxford Guide to Library Researchoffers a rich, inclusive overview of the field, one that can save its readers countless hours in the search for information.
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Subject Headings and the Library Catalog
Systematic Browsing Scanning
Subject Headings and Indexes to Journal Articles
Types of Searches
Locating Material in Other Libraries
Searching by Types of Literature
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Abstracts alphabetical American Archives Biographical bookstacks browsing Business call number card catalog catalog records CD-ROM versions Chapter citation searching collections companies controlled vocabularies coverage covers cross-references databases Dialog Dictionary Directory documents electronic enable Encyclopedia entry example File footnotes format full texts Genealogical Guide History important Index database International Internet ISI indexes ject journal articles keyword searching LCSH list library catalog Library of Congress library's literature look main sequence material microfiche National National Union Catalog NUCMC options overview particular periodicals printed sources problem Psychological Abstracts published bibliographies real libraries reference librarians related-record searching relevant reports retrieval revised irregularly RLIN scanning Science Citation Index searchable serials simply Social Sciences specific subdivisions subject areas subject headings subject index Telnet tion titles topic Union Catalog Union List updated usually vols volumes Wilson words World Wide Web WorldCat