This is the only handbook available today that specifically addresses researchers in science and technology. Based on a popular library course taught by the authors at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, it provides an overview of information resources today, emphasizing those most readily available in academic libraries. It presents a general overview of the research process, and covers not only general reference sources, but tools for more specialized research, including geographic information, statistical resources, indexes, and a variety of other sources. It concludes with a sample research strategy, illustrating the principles developed throughout the book.
Tina M. Neville is Head of Reference at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Library. She is a reviewer for Library Journal and has published in College & Research Libraries News. Deborah B. Henry is a reference librarian and a marine science liaison at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Library. Bruce D. Neville is the Collection Development Coordinator and reference librarian at the Centennial Science and Engineering Library at the University of New Mexico.
Chapter 1 Entering the Library World Chapter 2 Getting Focused Chapter 3 The First Step: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Other Ready-Reference Resources Chapter 4 Getting Down to Business Chapter 5 Composing Your Search Strategy Chapter 6 Advanced On-line Searching Chapter 7 Moving Along: Locating Books Chapter 8 Locating Information in Journals, Conference Proceedings, and Newspapers Chapter 9 Locating Quality Information on the World Wide Web Chapter 10 Government Resources Chapter 11 What Have I Found? Evaluating Information Chapter 12 Where Do I Go From Here? Chapter 13 Appendix 1: Ten Tips for Efficient Library Research Chapter 14 Appendix 2: Sample Research Strategy