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

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

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Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond by Virginia A. Walter, Heidi Buchanan

Subdivide and conquer! Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond showcases how to increase the power of Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions to produce astonishing results from your searches. Rebecca S. Kornegay and Heidi E. Buchanan, experienced reference librarians, and Hildegard B. Morgan, an expert cataloger, explain how, when used wisely, LCSH subdivisions can save time and provide a new level of precision in information retrieval for patrons of the library.

Magic Search presents the 467 best-performing LCSH subdivisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. This handy reference format and index offers a useful tool to keep for quick reference rather than a cumbersome tome to be read from cover to cover. 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, 21st-century information environment. No other work explores the LCSH subdivisions is such detail or with such commitment, making this book vital to every Reference Desk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780838999417
Publisher: ALA Editions
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 241 KB

About the Author

Virginia A. Walter holds a BA in world literature, an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty in what is now the Information Studies Department at UCLA in 1990, she had worked for more than twenty years in public libraries, most recently as children’s services coordinator at Los Angeles Public Library. She retired in June 2008 with the rank of professor emerita. She is the author of two books for young people, nine monographs, and more than thirty-five articles in scholarly and professional journals.

Heidi Buchanan is a reference librarian at Hunter Library. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000).

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. T ools 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. T he Baby and the Bathwater: Recommendations 118
Acknowledgments 123
Works Cited 125
Index 127

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