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Basic Library Research Handbook


Basic Library Research Handbook (3rd. edition) FULL DOCUMENT (101 pages; 1.28MB)


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An introduction to library research, the Handbook exposes students to the concepts and skills necessary to find information using the appropriate tools. It is self-paced and intended to be a resource that students can turn to for library research methods. The Handbook was developed and is maintained by the Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department of the UHM Library.

Note: the Handbook is also available (spiral-bound with double-sided printing) at the UH Manoa Bookstore for $5.50.


Updates: Changes in the library that affect the this edition of the Handbook are available here.
Individual Chapter downloads Companion Exercises
Title & Preface | TOC | Introduction
Chapter 1: Getting Started
UH Manoa Libraries
Getting help: reference services
Accessing and borrowing library materials
Other services
Chapter 2: Exploring the library
Library organization
Library collections and services
Chapter 3: Planning your research
Nature of research
Types of information sources and their uses
A research scenario
Topic analysis
Chapter 4: Finding books
Library catalogs
Catalog as database
Database searching
Searching a library catalog — Hawaii Voyager
Locating a book in the library
Database Searching - UH Library Catalog
Chapter 5: Finding articles
Types of periodicals
Periodical indexes
Searching an index — Academic Search Premier
Locating articles
Chapter 6: Finding other resources
Reference sources
Other libraries
Interlibrary loan and intrasystem loan
World Wide Web
Chapter 7: Evaluating information
Why evaluate?
Identifying your information need
Evaluation criteria
Evaluating information content
Evaluating World Wide Web resources
Chapter 8: Documenting and citing sources
Purposes of documentation
Styles of documentation
Citations styles — examples
Library of Congress Classification |
How To Read Call Numbers
Glossary | Bibliography


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