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How to use the library : a reference and assignment guide for students
Ferro, Frank, 1948-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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x, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The key ingredients for using a library effectively are outlined in this easy-to-use guide. Middle and high school students are provided with the basics on how a library is organized, how to find materials, and how to perform research to complete their homework assignments. Common core library reference sources are annotated to aid the user in finding the most useful resource, and a keyword index helps students connect homework and term paper subjects with the reference works most likely to supply the needed information. Librarians will find that his volume not only aids their student users in achieving more productive research results, but it is also a useful tool for developing their collections to fulfill their students' needs. Information on using the Internet and other electronic sources is also provided.

Author Notes

Frank Ferro is the Chief of Public Services at the Norwalk, Connecticut Public Library. He has served as a public librarian since 1977 and was head of the Information Department from 1987 to 1997.
Nolan Lushington is Associate Professor of Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University. He has worked as a library consultant for over 15 years and has published books on library design.

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Library Journal Review

Intended for middle and high school students, this guide consists of three sections. The first part explains how a library is organized, how to use card catalogs, and how to identify different reference materials such as atlases, almanacs, and encyclopedias. A chapter on how to use the Internet to conduct library research is a nice touch. The second part is an annotated list of reference titles grouped by subject, covering the core reference collection in school libraries. The third part, "Assignment index to reference sources," which connects students' research topics with specific reference resources, at first glance is interesting and practical. It uses a question-and-answer format to simulate the research situation. But the hypothetical assignments are simply too limited in scope and often contrived in content; any student would soon realize that it is much easier to go right to the subject index for a reference source. An optional choice for public libraries.¬ĎMark Meng, St. John's Univ. Lib., Staten Island, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Amy Terlaga
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part I An Introduction to the Libraryp. 1
1. Researching Class Assignmentsp. 3
2. Navigating the Libraryp. 5
3. Where to Startp. 19
4. More Sources of Information: Magazines and Newspapers, Indexes and Interlibrary Loanp. 37
5. Using the Internet to Conduct Library Researchp. 51
6. Sample Library Searchesp. 63
Part II Reference Sources by Topicp. 83
7. The Arts (700-793)p. 85
8. Computers (004)p. 105
9. Economics (330-339) and Business (650-659)p. 109
10. History (900) and Biography (920, B)p. 121
11. Language (400) and Literature (800)p. 143
12. Medical and Health (610-620)p. 155
13. Politics (320) and Government (350)p. 171
14. Psychology (150)p. 187
15. Religion (200) and Philosophy (100)p. 193
16. Science (500)p. 199
17. Sports (796)p. 231
Part III Assignment Index to Reference Sourcesp. 239
18. Guide to Homework Questionsp. 241
Appendix A Dewey Decimal Classificationp. 283
Appendix B Library of Congress Classification Systemp. 287
Glossaryp. 289
Bibliographyp. 301
Title Indexp. 303
Subject Indexp. 317