Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction, 4th Edition: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction

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ABC-CLIO, Feb 3, 2015 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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Experienced librarian and instructor Suzanne S. Bell presents methods for effectively searching across disciplines and interfaces in this updated guide, the first edition of which was a pioneer in the field of online research and methodology. Extensively revised and updated throughout with additional features, fresh content, and the latest in web-based resources, the book focuses on two broad themes: effective searching of library databases and mentoring your library patrons to do the same.

Each chapter includes discussions, concrete examples, exercises, and points to consider on such topics as the design of online databases, strategies for indexing, and tips for teaching users both online and in person. Arranged by content, the guide showcases the most popular databases in areas ranging from science to statistical data to the humanities, providing you with helpful search examples along the way. The updated content—some based on reader feedback—includes virtual interviews, dealing with public speaking anxiety, and coverage of a variety of new databases available for research.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY DATABASES
1
DATABASE STRUCTURE FOR EVERYONE RECORDS FIELDS AND INDEXES
9
THE SEARCHERS TOOLKIT PART 1
27
THE SEARCHERS TOOLKIT PART 2
49
SOCIAL SCIENCE DATABASES
63
DATABASES FOR SCIENCE AND MEDICINE
93
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES
135
HUMANITIES DATABASES
155
FOCUS ON PEOPLE
211
CHOOSING THE RIGHT RESOURCE FOR THE QUESTION
237
EVALUATING DATABASES
253
TEACHING OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT DATABASES
269
DATABASE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
285
References
299
Index
311
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Suzanne S. Bell is the former business librarian at the University of Rochester and an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

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