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The Oxford guide to library research

Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes. This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mann, Thomas, 1948-
Oxford guide to library research.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
(DLC) 2005006087
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Mann
ISBN: 9780199729456 019972945X
OCLC Number: 314209706
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 293 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Initial overviews: encyclopedias --
2. Subject headings and the library catalog --
3. General browsing, focused browsing and the use of classified bookstacks --
4. Subject headings and indexes to journal articles --
5. Keyword searches --
6. Citation searches --
7. Related record searches --
8. Higher-level overviews: review articles --
9. Published bibliographies --
10. Boolean combinations and search limitations --
11. Locating materials in other libraries --
12. People sources --
13. Hidden treasures --
14. Special subjects and formats --
15. Reference sources: searching by types of literature.
Other Titles: Guide to library research methods.
Guide to library research
Responsibility: Thomas Mann.

Abstract:

The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes. This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just "something quickly" on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching - which are not available on the Web - - that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms? -- Publisher deccription.

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