THE OXFORD GUIDE TO LIBRARY RESEARCH
A CHOICE Top 25 Outstanding Academic Title for 2015
Oxford University Press (March 2015)
Paper • ISBN 9780199931064 • US $24.95 • 392 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
- Provides a systematic overview of the best sources, both electronic and print, that go far beyond the coverage of Google and Wikipedia
- Demonstrates why brick-and-mortar research libraries are more important than ever
- Teaches, with multiple concrete examples, how to find the best search terms to use in searching databases
New to this Edition:
- Explains in greater detail six important differences between the thousands of specialized subject encyclopedias that exist and Wikipedia, and provides an updated sample listing of the former
- Discusses in detail scores of major subscription databases that did not exist in 2005, or whose earlier versions were not discussed
- Provides the best explanations of how to find the right search terms for any inquiry
- Provides the only current discussion of the essential differences between keyword relevance ranking (as in Google) vs. conceptual categorization (as in library catalogs)
- Provides new instructions (and examples) on how to zero in immediately on literature review articles
- Provides additional examples of what can be found via published bibliographies that cannot be found via online sources
- Provides expanded coverage of sources for statistical information
- Lists free websites that reference librarians find to be particularly useful
“A masterful summary of the main techniques and resources for conducting ‘serious’ research at postgraduate level and above.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thomas Mann has been a general reference librarian in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress for more than thirty years.
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