How to Use a Research Library

How to Use a Research Library

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Most of the 31,000 libraries in the U.S. and Canada, the 16,700 in England, the 4,800 in Egypt, and the many other libraries around the world contain research rooms and special collections. How to Use a Research Library, a unique guide for researchers, provides essential materials from these special collections. Beginning with a basic introduction that describes the layout and cataloging systems of research libraries, and proceeding to more sophisticated levels of research, it discusses the most efficient methods of library research, helping readers to find the most appropriate bibliographical tools. Written simply and organized for easy access, the guide covers every aspect of research from the rudimentary to the most advanced. Part I explains the layout of research libraries and introduces readers to the cataloging systems and various reference shelf books such as the Cumulative Book Index. It also instructs readers on the use of requisition slips and supplemental catalogs. Part II explains how to locate materials using various bibliographies, reference books, and the magazine and newspaper indices. It describes the new computer databases, the on-line computer search, and the inter-library loan system, as well as providing a brief summary of research procedures for readers who need a quick "refresher" or wish to begin research immediately. Part III explores the methodology of research by discussing how to use library sources for particular types of research, and research rules of thumb. It also offers guidelines on how to use specific library divisions and collections and gives particulars about the world's major research libraries. With full bibliographic citations and step-by-step examples based on the research libraries of the New York Public Library, this authoritative handbook will teach even the most seasoned researchers new techniques and fact-finding more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195042468
  • 9780195042467

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