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    DescriptionWith 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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    Title
    The Oxford Guide to Library Research
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Mann
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195189971
    ISBN 10: 0195189973
    Classifications

    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    Libri: I-RB
    BIC subject category V2: GPS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.7
    BIC E4L: LIB
    BISAC V2.8: LAN025000
    BIC subject category V2: GLM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17340
    DC22: 025.524
    DC21: 025.524
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: GPS, GLM
    Edition
    3, Revised
    Edition statement
    3rd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    14 halftones & line illus.
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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 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