The Oxford Guide to Library Research

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 316 pages
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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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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Thomas Mann has a dry wit that cleverly peppers this book and keeps it interesting. This is an extremely useful tool for those about to embark on large research projects that entail utilizing as many library resources as possible. Comprehensive. Read full review

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User Review  - Marinda - Goodreads

Information is not presented as linear as I expected it to be. It is therefore harder to follow than it has to be. Read full review

Contents

Encyclopedias
3
Subject Headings and the Library Catalog
16
Systematic Browsing Scanning
46
Subject Headings and Indexes to Journal Articles
59
Keyword Searches
80
Citation Searches
98
RelatedRecord Searches
105
Review Articles
110
Types of Searches
159
Locating Material in Other Libraries
183
People Sources
203
Hidden Treasures
220
Searching by Types of Literature
245
Special Cases
259
Biography
266
Conference proceedings
280

Published Bibliographies
117
The Differences Between Real and Virtual Libraries
132
Types of Sources
144
Maps
293
Index
309
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Thomas Mann, Ph.D., a former private investigator, is currently a Reference Librarian in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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