The Oxford Guide to Library Research / Edition 3

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With all the changes in information storage and retrieval, anyone doing research today may feel unsure of the most efficient ways to use the library. The Oxford Guide to Library Research provides an overview of little-known but powerful strategies used by librarians and information specialists, through clear explanations of nine fundamental methods of searching. Thomas Mann explains how these techniques can be applied profitably to almost any area of research, and considers all formats -- from newspapers to digital libraries on the Web -- for their unique advantages, as well as for their limitations. Drawing on over twenty years' experience helping library users, Mann enlivens his advice throughout with real-world examples. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that "everything" can be found on the Internet, he asserts the lasting value of physical libraries and time-tested research strategies, while acknowledging the complementary applications of computer technology. Required reading for anyone navigating the complex universe of information resources, The Oxford Guide to Library Research offers a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the field, one that can save its readers countless hours in the search for information.
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"Mann's exceptionally intelligent, succinct, and practical guide will become essential for novices as well as experienced scholars. He adroitly combines up-to-date expertise in electronic sources with reassuring mastery of traditional methods."—Robert Parks, Robert H. Taylor Curator of Autograph Manuscripts, The Pierpont Morgan Library

"Of great use and enlightenment to anyone with a scholarly, professional, commercial, or recreational interest in research into any field, and also to both students and practitioners of librarianship. This is the only book that combines (very successfully) elements of reference work and of the organization and retrieval of knowledge and information. It is highly accessible to the general reader as well as being the authority for those in library and related fields wishing to add to their skills and understanding."—Michael Gorman, President, American Library Association

"This insightful, timely work deserves a place in every researcher's toolkit. Thomas Mann expertly assesses the myriad resources available to scholars in the digital age, while at the same time arguing for the continuing, crucial role of the library as the repository of all human knowledge."—Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195189971
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

1 Initial overviews : encyclopedias 1
2 Subject headings and the library catalog 18
3 General browsing, focused browsing, and use of classified bookstacks 46
4 Subject headings and indexes to journal articles 65
5 Keyword searches 99
6 Citation searches 120
7 Related record searches 130
8 Higher-level overviews : review articles 134
9 Published bibliographies 141
10 Boolean combinations and search limitations 153
11 Locating material in other libraries 176
12 People sources 185
13 Hidden treasures 204
14 Special subjects and formats 238
15 Reference sources : searching by types of literature 261
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