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  • Library Staff
    is one of the most overlooked resources in a library The fact is they are constantly working with its catalogs reference books and databases and know and them inside and out As a rule they are generally aware of new additions to their collections before they are even entered into the catalog In larger libraries you ll find librarians whose sole responsibility is to work in specialized departments like the

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  • Reference Room
    Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Library Research Reference Room The Reference Room in most libraries contains an amazing array of resources It s a good place to start a project familiarize yourself with a topic or fill in and fine tune your research Details definitions dates statistics and all sorts of other facts can be found in the reference room The following are among the basics

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  • Dictionaries
    Catalog Searching the Online Library Catalog Databases and Electronic Indexes General Indexes Specialized Indexes Government Databases Online Document Dollections Interlibrary Loans Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Library Research Dictionaries Library reference rooms include a wide variety of dictionaries ranging from standard desktop issues like Merriam Webster s to those designed specifically for single interest topics like foreign languages abbreviations slang or regional dialects You will also find academic and professional dictionaries like Black s Law Dictionary Stedman s Medical Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of Natural History The entries in these specialized volumes contain the terminology used in specific fields Unabridged dictionaries in which you can find the most obscure words learn their definitions and pronunciations are standard reference books in most libraries as well The largest in any language is the Oxford English Dictionary OED now in its second edition The OED consists of twenty volumes and in larger libraries is often available in an electronic format It not only defines each word but tells its etymology or history as well It details the various meanings a word has held in the past and provides examples of its usage from the earliest appearance in

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  • Encyclopedias
    Searching the Online Library Catalog Databases and Electronic Indexes General Indexes Specialized Indexes Government Databases Online Document Dollections Interlibrary Loans Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Library Research Encyclopedias General encyclopedias such as the New Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Encyclopedia Americana are written for the non specialist someone who wants an overview of a topic or are looking for a fairly general fact These types of sources provide introductions to many subjects and may be especially valuable when first casting around for a research topic Generally they have an index volume and cross references to help you in your search Once you ve begun investigating more thoroughly you may want to supplement your background reading by consulting more specialized encyclopedias that cover specific fields of study in greater depth Often they will include useful bibliographies of related sources A sampling of titles includes Dictionary of American History Dictionary of the Middle Ages Encyclopedia of Human Biology Encyclopedia of Philosophy Encyclopedia of Psychology Encyclopedia of Religion Encyclopedia of Sociology Encyclopedia of World Art Encyclopedia of World Cultures McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and

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  • Atlases and Gazetteers
    Gazetteers Atlases and Gazetteers will come in handy when your research requirements contain a geographical component In addition to maps many atlases include specialized information regarding the history natural resources ethnic groups as well as a wide variety of other topical subjects regarding specific countries and regions of the world Gazetteers like the Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World contain alphabetical listings of place names and provide basic information such

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  • Statistical Sources
    Catalog Searching the Online Library Catalog Databases and Electronic Indexes General Indexes Specialized Indexes Government Databases Online Document Dollections Interlibrary Loans Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Library Research Statistical Sources Statistical information is an important part of many research projects and most libraries house a large assortment of resources Perhaps the most useful single compilation is the Statistical Abstract of the United States a small volume containing hundreds of tables relating to populations social issues economics as well as a wide variety of other numerical data The Gallup Poll a widely recognized barometer of public opinion publishes statistical survey results in annual volumes as well as in monthly magazines and the federal government collects an extraordinary amount of statistical data much of which is released through the U S Census Bureau When more detailed information than that found in the Statistical Abstract of the United States is required ask your reference librarian for more options The U S Census of Population and Housing or USA Counties may be available The National Trade Data Bank and the National Economic Social and Environmental Data Bank two popular sources of economic information put out by the Commerce Department

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  • Using Government Documents
    topic you can imagine The following titles provide an idea of the wide variety of topics Neurobiology of Seasonal Affective Disorder and Phototherapy Ozone Depletion the Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change Placement of School Children with Acquired Immune Deficiency Policy Implications of U S Involvement in Bosnia Remove Indians Westward Committee on Indian Affairs 1829 Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War on the Battle of Bull Run 1863 Small Business and the International Economy Strengthening Support and Recruitment of Women and Minorities to Positions in Education Administration Violence on Television If you plan to use government documents in your research don t be shy about asking a librarian for help There are several indexes to government documents and most are electronically available Among them The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Documents is the most complete index to federal documents The CIS Index specializes in congressional documents and includes a handy legislative history index The American Statistical Index is a detailed index to statistical information found in government publications The Congressional Record reports on the daily activity of the U S Congress during each session Every year more and more electronic databases are created and

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  • Handbooks and Companions
    Microfiche Library Catalog Searching the Online Library Catalog Databases and Electronic Indexes General Indexes Specialized Indexes Government Databases Online Document Dollections Interlibrary Loans Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Library Research Handbooks and Companions Between dictionaries and encyclopedias lies a species of reference book in which concise surveys of terms and topics relating to a specific subject will be found They are referred to as handbooks or companions and their articles are generally longer than dictionary entries but more concise than those in a standard encyclopedia They can be a great help in clearing up questions that a research project might generate What is fabianism What is the novel Bleak House about What films have been made about angels Which animals practice mimicry as a defense mechanism Check with a reference librarian to see if there are specialized handbooks on your topic The following list provides an idea of the variety you may find in your library Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought Bloomsbury Guide to Women s Literature Brewer s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable Dictionary of Afro American Slavery Dictionary of the Vietnam War Halliwell s Filmgoer s Companion Oxford Companion to Animal Behaviour Oxford

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