Literature Searching In Science, Technology, And Agriculture / Edition 2

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Written from both the librarian's and scientist's point of view, this book is a comprehensive guide to conducting searches of scientific, agricultural, and technological literature. The beginning user will find the work a valuable introduction to search and retrieval techniques, while the experienced user will welcome the volume's overview of the most recent methods and strategies. Because the library is no longer the only place where a researcher may conduct literature searches, this revised edition gives extensive attention to electronic searches from remote sites, such as computers at the home or office.

Searching for information is changing from the traditional library setting to the remote environment. Written from both the librarian's and scientist's perspectives, this comprehensive guide overviews fundamental and advanced methods of conducting scientific, technological, and agricultural literature searches from libraries and remote sites, such as computers at the home or office. Beginners will find this book a useful introduction to search and retrieval techniques. At the same time, the computerization of libraries has been so rapid that the experienced researcher will also benefit from this work.

The first part of the book overviews and discusses available information sources. The second and third parts examine ways of finding these information sources in the library, and techniques of searching and retrieving this information via computer from outside the library. The volume explains the pathway of information in literature, methods of identifying and citing literature, the usefulness of the online catalog, the special features of abstracts and indexes, the nature of online searching, and the significance of the Internet to users in scientific and research environments. The final chapter gives special attention to the electronic library and the World Wide Web. A concise bibliography directs the reader to some of the most important aids for literature searching.

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For both scientists and librarians, overviews fundamental and advanced methods of searching scientific, technological, and agricultural literature from libraries and from remote sites such as computers at home or the office. Identifies available information sources and describes techniques for searching and retrieving information. Beginners will find an introduction to the process as it is now performed through computerized libraries; experienced researchers familiar with traditional methods will find an update. The date of the first edition is not noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313262128
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/1996
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

EILEEN PRITCHARD majored in the biological sciences from her undergraduate education through her Ph.D. She received her M.L.S. from Emporia State University and has worked as a Science Librarian at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

PAULA R. SCOTT was a Slavic cataloger at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University. She previously worked as a Reference Librarian at California Polytechnic State University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Publications, Topics, and Citing the Sources 1
1 Libraries and Types of Literature in Science, Technology, and Agriculture 3
2 Selecting Topics and Effective Search Strategies 13
3 How Literature Originates, Is Published, and Is Cited 21
Pt. 2 Using the Print Sources to Find Articles 33
4 Locating Books and Other Sources in Libraries 35
5 Locating Information Through Abstracts and Indexes for the General and Life Sciences 51
6 Locating Information Through Abstracts and Indexes for the Physical Sciences 73
7 Locating Current and Non-Journal Information Through Abstracts and Indexes 89
8 Locating Government and Government-Sponsored Information Through Abstracts and Indexes 105
Pt. 3 Using Computers and Accessing the Internet 117
9 Locating Information Through Remote Computers 119
10 Locating Information Through CD-ROMS at Local Sites 139
11 The Internet and Electronic Access 147
12 Electronic Libraries 167
Appendix I Controlled Vocabulary 181
Appendix II A Brief List of Sources for Searching Online 187
Index 191
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