How to Find Information

skills for locating, evaluating, and recording information

Book by:
Sally Rumsey

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On 17 July 2009
Last modified:16 February 2015

Summary:

Skills for locating data

The recent news that Google intends to scan the contents of several research libraries into its database should serve to remind us that not everything is available on the Internet. But good researchers still need to be able to find information from a variety of sources. This book shows you how to do it. Sally Rumsey includes all the most obvious topics concerned with the information gathering process, such as how to use a library, how to identify existing research, and how to use the World Wide Web for locating information.

How to Find Information You would expect that from any serious guide of this kind. But she also includes chapters on aspects of research which many people find baffling. These include actually identifying an information need in the first place; citation searching; locating and evaluating resources; citing references; keeping records; and how to keep up to date with the latest trends.

Everything is tackled in a very thorough and methodical manner. If like me you’re one of those people who learn from seeing, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of diagrams, tables, and flow charts to illustrate her suggestions.

So, for instance, the chapter on using a library covers types of libraries, classification systems, and how to search the catalogue using a variety of techniques.

Of course a great deal of attention is devoted to online searching – and quite right too. It includes search terms, Boolean operators [and/or/not] and how to interpret the results.

With the very welcome expansion of online resources however, there is a danger that a lot of people will simply do an Internet search, then give up immediately if they don’t find what they are looking for. Serious researchers need to be more persistent.

In fact all information search skills will need to become more sophisticated as time goes on – but we shouldn’t forget that for the moment the majority of the world’s assembled wisdom resides in the form of what Nicholas Negroponte calls "ink pressed onto dead trees".

I was glad to see a chapter on plagiarism and copyright – though I think at postgraduate research level the niceties of plagiarism warrant spelling out in a lot more detail.

The audience for this book is quite wide – serious undergraduates, all postgraduates, librarians, researchers, and even tutors who have an interest in keeping up to date with information skills.

It’s written in a friendly and approachable style and laid out in a user-friendly way, and there’s a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and a webliography or whatever we eventually decide to call a list of web addresses.

© Roy Johnson 2008

How to Find Information   Buy the book at Amazon UK
How to Find Information   Buy the book at Amazon US


Sally Rumsey, How to Find Information: a guide for researchers, Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2nd edition, 2008, pp.223, ISBN: 0335226310


Study skills links

Red button Study skills – tutorials, guidance notes, resources

Red button Study Skills 2.0 – software program

Red button Study Skills – PDF eBook


  • Study Skills 2.0 (html)Study Skills 2.0

    Study Skills covers every aspect of study skills – reading, writing, research, revision, exams, and even presentations. Learn how to absorb information quickly. Study effectively by using good time management skills. How to digest books and summarise their contents. Suitable for all students in further and higher education. Runs in any Web browser. Latest version […]

    Order Study Skills 2.0 Study Skills 2.0 @ £4.95

Buy from Amazon US     Buy from Amazon UK

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

If you found this article interesting you might want to Tell-A-Friend.

Tell A Friend
  1. (required)
  2. (valid email required)
  3. (required)
  4. (valid email required)
 

cforms contact form by delicious:days

Leave a Reply

 
 
 
 
 
 
css.php

Powered by eShop v.6