Magic Search

Overview

Magic Search presents the 467 best-performing LCSH sub-divisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. The quick-reference format, along with a handy index, makes this a useful tool to keep close at hand. In addition, this book provides

A thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search

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Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond

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Overview

Magic Search presents the 467 best-performing LCSH sub-divisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. The quick-reference format, along with a handy index, makes this a useful tool to keep close at hand. In addition, this book provides

A thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search

Chapters on discipline-specific subdivisions to hone effective search terms

Precise, professional vocabulary useful in searches and explained in easy-to-understand language

Grasping the importance and having command of LC subdivisions, now appearing in unexpected places beyond the library catalog, is key in this rapidly evolving, twenty-first-century information environment. No other work explores the LCSH subdivisions in such detail or with such commitment, making this book vital to every reference desk.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909904
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Using the Book xi

1 Finding Basic Treatments and Background Reading 1

2 Finding How-To Guides 4

3 Finding Images 9

4 Words, Words,... and Numbers 14

5 Finding Out about People: Individuals and Groups 22

6 Finding Out about Places 36

7 Finding Creative Treatments: Stories, Poems, Songs, etc. 40

8 Finding True Stories: Memoirs, Observations, and Confessions 43

9 Finding Primary Sources 45

10 It's about Time: Time Periods and Chronological Subdivisions 48

11 Tools for Scholars and Other Professionals 52

12 Subdivisions That Give Perspective, Put You in Control, and Amaze Others! 55

13 Useful for the Humanities 59

14 Useful for the Social Sciences 73

15 Useful for Historical Research 82

16 Useful for Business Topics 89

17 Useful for Education Topics 95

18 Useful for Natural and Physical Sciences 98

19 Useful for Medicine and Health Topics 109

20 Useful for Technology Topics 115

21 The Baby and the Bathwater: Recommendations 118

Acknowledgments 123

Works Cited 125

Index 127

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