Table of contents for The Oxford guide to library research / Thomas Mann.

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Contents
Preface
What research libraries can offer that the Internet cannot (both resources and search 
techniques) - Trade-offs of what, who, and where restrictions on free access - Hierarchy of 
levels of learning - Data, information, opinion, knowledge, understanding - Wisdom 
separate - Implications of format differences - Nine methods of subject searching - Patterns 
in inefficient searches
1. Initial Overviews: Encyclopedias
Characteristics of encyclopedias - Specialized vs. General encyclopedias - Examples - How 
to find articles in specialized encyclopedias - Cross-disciplinary searching - How to identify 
additional specialized encyclopedias - Peculiar strengths of general sets
2. Subject Headings and the Library Catalog
Problems in determining the right subject headings - Uniform Heading - Scope-match 
specificity and its modifications - Specific entry - Four ways to find the right subject 
headings - Cross-references - Alphabetically adjacent terms - Subject tracings - Browse 
displays of subdivisions - Recognition vs. prior specification - Use of three menu listings - 
Precoordination vs. postcoordination - Particularly useful subdivisions - Miscellaneous tips 
on subject headings - Narrowing a topic - Proper names - Finding foreign language books - 
Pattern headings 
3. General Browsing, Focused Browsing, and Use of Classified Bookstacks
Alternative methods of shelving book collections - The problems with shelving by accession 
number, by height, or in remote warehouses - Serendipity and recognition - General 
browsing vs. focused browsing - Full text searching and depth of access - Lighthouse 
libraries example - Searching for a single word - Valery and Dreyfus example - Inadequacy 
of Google Print as a replacement for classified bookstacks - The complementary relationship 
of the library catalog and the classified bookstacks - The catalog as the index to the 
classification scheme - Trade-offs and remedies - Exploiting the internal structure of the 
cataloging system - The problems that result when the system is ignored - Browsing in other 
contexts - Importance of full texts of books arranged in subject groupings
4. Subject Headings and Indexes to Journal Articles
Descriptors - Separate thesauri - Descriptor fields in online records - Eureka databases - 
Browse search feature - FirstSearch databases and WilsonWeb counterparts - Related 
Subjects search feature - Contrast of Eureka and FirstSearch softwares - EBSCO Host 
research databases - Search features - Dialog and DataStar databases - ProQuest databases - 
Miscellaneous databases with controlled descriptors - Cross-disciplinary searching - Finding 
where journals are indexed and which journals are available electronically - Identifying the 
best journals - Problems with abbreviations of journal titles - The change in cataloging rules 
for serials
5. Keyword Searches
Problems with controlled vocabulary searches - Advantages of controlled vocabularies - 
Problems with keyword searches - Advantages of keywords - Index/Abstract-level keyword 
databases and printed sources - Full text databases - Convenience vs. quality of access - 
ProQuest databases - EBSCO Host research databases - InfoTrac databases - JSTOR - 
Project Muse - LexisNexis - Web sites on the open Internet - Search engines - Subject 
directories - Invisible Web sites - Google Print project - Summary
6. Citation Searches
Finding where a known source has been footnoted by a subsequent journal article - ISI 
indexes - Web of Science - Cross-disciplinary coverage - Cycling sources - "Reviews" of 
journal articles - Additional features of ISI indexes - Citation searching in other databases
7. Related Record Searches
Finding articles that have footnotes in common with a starting-point article - Examples - 
Differences between CD-ROM versions and Web of Science 
8. Higher-Level Overviews: Review Articles
"Literature review" or "state of the art" assessments - Differences from book reviews and 
encyclopedia articles - Web of Science "review" limit capability - Other sources of literature 
reviews 
9. Published Bibliographies
Differences from computer printouts of sources - Doing Boolean combinations without a 
computer - Two problems in identifying published bibliographies - Bibliographies not 
shelved with regular books - Subdivision -Bibliography can be missed in library catalog - 
Finding bibliographies via the library catalog - Finding bibliographies in Z class shelving 
area - Other sources for finding bibliographies - Guides to the literature - Bibliographies not 
superseded by computer sources 
10. Boolean Combinations and Search Limitations
Boolean combinations - Component word searching within controlled subject strings - Word 
truncation - Proximity searches - Limitations of sets - Limiting by time periods - Limiting 
by geographic area codes - Limiting by document types - Combining keywords and citation 
searches - Boolean combinations without computers - Precoordinated headings and browse 
displays - Published subject bibliographies - Focused shelf-browsing - How to identify 
which databases exist 
11. Locating Material in Other Libraries
Determining library locations of desired items - WorldCat, RLG Union Catalog, National 
Union Catalog of Pre-1956 Imprints - Other union lists and databases - Web sites for 
identifying out of print books for sale - Determining which libraries have special collections 
on your subject - Interlibrary loan and document delivery 
12. People Sources
Journalists and academics - Inhibiting assumptions - "Find it on your own" - Advantages of 
people sources - Listservs and discussion groups online - Techniques for students - Sources 
for identifying experts - Associations and directories - How to talk to reference librarians
13. Hidden Treasures
Resources not shelved or cataloged with conventional research materials - Microform sets 
and counterpart Web sites - Web collections - Government documents - Particular 
importance of Congressional hearings - Archives, Manuscripts, and Public Records 
14. Special Subjects and Formats
Biography - Book reviews - Business and economics - Copyright status information - 
Genealogy and local history - Illustrations, pictures, and photographs - Literary criticism - 
Maps - Newspapers - Out-of-print and secondhand books - Primary sources - Standards and 
specifications - Statistics - Tabular data - Tests (psychological and educational) - 
Translations
15. Reference Sources: Searching by Types of Literature
Reference questions vs. research questions - Review of search techniques for research 
questions - Type of literature searches - Internet sources for fact searches - Coverage of the 
various types of literature - Understanding the formal properties of retrieval systems - The 
discipline of library and information science - Sources for identifying types of literature in 
any subject area - Concluding thoughts
Appendix: Wisdom

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Library research -- United States.