Handbook for Research in American History

Handbook for Research in American History

Author: Francis Paul Prucha

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803287313

Category: History

Page: 232

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When the Handbook for Research in American History was first published, reviewers called it "an excellent tool for historians of all interests and levels of experience . . . simple to use, and concisely worded" (Western Historical Quarterly) and "an excellent work that fulfills its title in being portable yet well-filled" (Reference Reviews). The Journal of American History added, "It is not easy to produce a reference work that is utilitarian and enriching and does not duplicate existing works. Professor Prucha has done the job very well." This second, revised edition takes account of the revolution that is occurring in bibliographic science as printed reference works extend to electronic databases, CD-ROMs, and online networks such as the Internet. Focusing on and expanding the major section of the original Handbook, it provides information on traditional printed works, describes new guides and updated versions of old ones, notes the availability of reference works and of some full-text sources in electronic form, and discusses the usefulness to researchers of different kinds of material and the forms in which they are available. Extensive cross-referencing and a detailed index that includes authors, subjects, and titles enhance the book's usefulness.

The Oxford Guide to Library Research

The Oxford Guide to Library Research

Author: Thomas Mann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199394463

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes. This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just "something quickly" on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching--which are not available on the Web--that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms? This book shows researchers how to do comprehensive research on any topic. It explains the variety of search mechanisms available, so that the researcher can have the reasonable confidence that s/he has not overlooked something important. This includes not just lists of resources, but discussions of the ways to search within them: how to find the best search terms, how to combine the terms, and how to make the databases (and other sources) show relevant material even when you don't know how to specify the best search terms in advance. The book's overall structuring by nine methods of searching that are applicable in any subject area, rather than by subjects or by types of literature, is unique among guides to research. Also unique is the range and variety of concrete examples of what to do--and of what not to do. The book is not "about" the Internet: it is about the best alternatives to the Internet--the sources that are not on the open Web to begin with, that can be found only through research libraries and that are more than ever necessary for any kind of substantive scholarly research. More than any other research guide available, this book directly addresses and provides solutions to the serious problems outlined in recent studies documenting the profound lack of research skills possessed by today's "digital natives."

Informing the Nation

Informing the Nation

Author: Frederic J. O'Hara

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313272670

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 606

View: 653

"This handbook is for librarians who do not have easy access to the original sources it includes. While they all can be purchased from government agencies, it is convenient to have them all bound together here. This book is appropriate for its stated audience and is recommended for nondepository libraries interested in providing high-quality access to government publications." Reference Books Bulletin

Local Businesses

Local Businesses

Author: K. Austin Kerr

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0942063090

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

View: 853

With this volume, the Nearby History Series will lead you on a journey to discover how the businesses in your community helped shape its present form. Providing fundamental information on the processes of investigating a business' heritage, Local Businesses acts as a complete guide for local historians and historical societies, business historians, business owners, local citizens, museum workers and librarians interested in examining this aspect of local history. Local Businesses is Volume 5 in The Nearby History Series.