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The American Library Association guide to information access : a complete handbook and directory

Author: Sandra Whiteley; American Library Association.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The American Library Association Guide to Information Access is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use tool for researching facts and topics. It provides not only a thorough coverage of the print sources but also of the electronic sources that have revolutionized the research field. It is, in fact, the first major research guidebook to do so. Whether the researcher is a student, educator, legal or
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Genre/Form: Handbooks, manuals, etc
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American Library Association guide to information access.
New York : Random House, c1994
(OCoLC)624819266
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra Whiteley; American Library Association.
ISBN: 0679430601 9780679430605 0679750754 9780679750758
OCLC Number: 30110298
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxv, 533 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Sandy Whiteley, editor.

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The American Library Association Guide to Information Access is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use tool for researching facts and topics. It provides not only a thorough coverage of the print sources but also of the electronic sources that have revolutionized the research field. It is, in fact, the first major research guidebook to do so. Whether the researcher is a student, educator, legal or medical professional, financial or marketing executive, journalist, hobbyist, scholar, writer, or just someone trying to find out more about an area of special interest, this book is the place to start. The traditional research sources - libraries, archives, newspapers, government publications, and government agencies - are examined in detail, as are all the methods of accessing them, from the printed word to electronic databases.

The book guides the reader through a virtual minicourse in electronic research sources, from the OPACs (online public access catalogs) and other online services available at most public libraries to those available by subscription on home or workplace computers. These include specialized databases such as Lexis (for lawyers) and Medis (for physicians and medical scientists), as well as more general information exchanges such as the Internet - the international network serving at least thirty million people in more than fifty countries. Also covered are CD-ROM (Compact Disc - Read-Only Memory) sources of data, many of which are available in more than eighty percent of all libraries. They can also be purchased for use on home or workplace computers with a CD-ROM drive.

The heart of the American Library Association Guide to Information Access, however, is its extensive compilation of the basic sources for the thirty-six most frequently researched areas. Each topic chapter starts with a list of books that provide a general introduction to the subject; a guide to the literature lists other reference books as well as special sources such as periodicals and library collections. This is followed by the current electronic sources, both online and CD-ROM. Finally, the traditional sources are enumerated: periodicals, government documents, government agencies, associations, and special-interest libraries. The American Library Association Guide to Information Access will enable any reader to readily locate and access both the print and electronic research sources in virtually any field.

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