The Oxford Guide to Library Research

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With all of the new developments in information storage and retrieval, researchers today need a clear and comprehensive overview of the full range of their options, both online and offline, for finding the best information quickly. In this third edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann maps out an array not just of important databases and print sources, but of several specific search techniques that can be applied profitably in any area of research. From academic resources to government ...
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Overview


With all of the new developments in information storage and retrieval, researchers today need a clear and comprehensive overview of the full range of their options, both online and offline, for finding the best information quickly. In this third edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann maps out an array not just of important databases and print sources, but of several specific search techniques that can be applied profitably in any area of research. From academic resources to government documents to manuscripts in archives to business Web sites, Mann shows readers how best to exploit controlled subject headings, explains why browsing library shelves is still important in an online age, demonstrates how citation searching and related record searching produce results far beyond keyword inquiries, and offers practical tips on making personal contacts with knowledgeable people. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that "everything" can be found on the Internet, Mann shows the lasting value of physical libraries and the unexpected power of traditional search mechanisms, while also providing the best overview of the new capabilities of computer indexing.

Throughout the book Mann enlivens his advice with real-world examples derived from his experience of having helped thousands of researchers, with interests in all subjects areas, over a quarter century. Along the way he provides striking demonstrations and powerful arguments against those theorists who have mistakenly announced the demise of print.

Essential reading for students, scholars, professional researchers, and laypersons, The Oxford Guide to Library Research offers a rich, inclusive overview of the information field, one that can save researchers countless hours of frustration in the search for the best sources on their topics.

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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: 9780195189988
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/29/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 455,497
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Mann, Ph.D., a former private investigator, is currently a Reference Librarian in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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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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