Presentation of Information GNED 104 Library Research Methods Wilfred Drew, Associate Librarian
Access Tools 1: a tool to help you find information 2: may be on a computer or in a paper format.
Catalog <ul><ul><li>A list of books, periodicals, maps, and other materials, arranged in a definite order. In most modern libraries, the catalog is online (computerized). The activity of preparing entries for a library catalog is called cataloging and is usually performed by a librarian known as a cataloger. </li></ul></ul>
Examples <ul><li>Card Catalog : 3 x 5 printed cards in a cabinet. </li></ul><ul><li>Online catalog: Morrisville College </li></ul>
Bibliographies <ul><li>A list of references for further research and reading at the end of a book or article. Long bibliographies may be published separately in book form and are usually written by a bibliographer. Style manuals for various bibliographical formats (APA, MLA, etc.) are usually available at the reference desk in academic libraries. </li></ul>
Book length bibliography The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet, 5th Edition Peter Kent Indianapolis, IN: Que, 1998. ( http://www.mcp.com/publishers/que / ). 409p. ISBN: 0-7897-1690-9. Softcover, $16.99.This is the fifth edition of this book in five years. The author, Peter Kent, has written all four of the other best-selling editions, as well as articles for magazines such as Internet World . The material is geared to the beginner as well as the intermediate user who wants to learn about the powerful tool called the Internet and perhaps have a little fun along the way.
Indexes and Abstracting Services ( Also called Bibliographic Databases] <ul><li>A continuously updated file of related information, abstracts, or references on a particular subject, arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval using a computer. Most library databases are periodical indexes and abstracting services which are leased annually from a database provider. Access may be limited under the terms of a licensing agreement to registered borrowers </li></ul>
More on Indexes & Abstracting Services <ul><li>Index: Provides the information needed to find an article (blibliographic citation). </li></ul><ul><li>Abstracting Service: also provides an abstract ( A brief summary of the content of a book, article, speech, report, dissertation, etc.) </li></ul>
More on Indexes & Abstracting Services <ul><li>IMPORTANT: </li></ul><ul><li>Both may be: </li></ul><ul><li>full-text databases - </li></ul><ul><li>A database in which the data consist of the entire text of one or more works. A full-text journal database contains, in addition to citations, the complete text of a significant proportion of the articles indexed. </li></ul>
Search Engines <ul><li>A computer software program designed to help the user find information on the World Wide Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Yahoo!, Google, Ask Jeeves </li></ul>