Research Guides: Library Science

Resources for Library & Information Science
Library Liasion for Library and Information Science: William Armstrong

Information in this section is representative quick help. More detailed information can be found on the online catalog HELP screens accessed from the catalog toolbar and under Research Tools - Tutorials
Try both keyword and subject searches. If your search results in too many citations, use more specific terms. If you have too few citations, use broader terms. Look at subject headings in records resulting from a key word search and search again using the most appropriate subject heading. Also, consult Library of Congress Subject Headings at the Middleton Library research and information Desk. A few representative subject headings are LIBRARY SCIENCE, INFORMATION SCIENCE, LIBRARIES, LIBRARIES-AUTOMATION, and LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION.
Try combining data wells (boxes) with operator words for advanced searches. Operator words are AND, OR, XOR, (either, but not both), and NOT. Within the word or phrase data well use positional operators such as NEAR, ADJ (adjacent), etc. Put the operators in capital letters. Example: "NEAR libraries."
Try truncating search terms or substituting letters. A search term can be shortened by using "$" at the end of the word. Example: librar$ will retrieve library, libraries, librarian(s), librarianship. Use "?" to replace a letter within a word. Example: wom?n will retrieve woman or women. Also, useful when unsure of the spelling.
When searching by words or phrase do not use stop words (A, AN, AS, AT, BE, BUT, BY, DO, FOR, IF, IN, IT, OF, ON, THE, TO), or if part of a title, omit or enclose each stop word in double quotation marks. Example: "And" Now Miguel. A set of terms can be marked as a single phrase by enclosing in single quotation marks. This will be matched in the catalog exactly as typed. Example: "library buildings."
LSU Libraries uses the Library of Congress classification system. Library and Information Science books will be found in the Z's, primarily Z662-Z996. Related resources may fall into other call number ranges. For example, Z1035-37 covers resources about books for the young; QA includes library automation. However, the young people's collection which contains representative examples of the literature for preschool through grade 12 is arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The Z's are located in 241 Middleton (stacks), and the young people's collection is in 227 Middleton (Education Resources).
Research and information books (encyclopedias, handbooks, statistical sources, etc.) are located in Research & Information Services, 141 Middleton under the same call numbers noted above. Some research and information books are located at the Middleton Library research and information services desk and are so noted. research and information books pertaining to school libraries and children's literature are located in the Juvenile research and information section in Education Resources, 227 Middleton. Check the online catalog for exact locations.
Current journal issues are located in 126 Middleton; older issues are bound and shelved in the stacks. Some are available in electronic format. Check the online catalog and/or Journalfind /epubs/ejournals.html to determine call numbers, exact locations, or online access Reserve materials are housed at Circulation/Reserve, Middleton lobby. Reserve information can be accessed under Reserve Desk on the online catalog toolbar.
The LSU Libraries Website covers resources, hours, policies, services, etc.
Searching Using Boolean Logic: Most database searching is based on Boolean logic; the computer creates sets of information based on the way you tell it to combine terms. The  wo most commonly used connectors or operator words are "or" and "and." To devise an effective search statement, select key words or major concepts, then create a search statement by connecting them with Boolean terms. Connecting terms with "or" (between synonyms or like concepts) will broaden the search and increase the number of records retrieved. Connecting terms with "and" (between differing concepts) will narrow the search and decrease the number of records retrieved. Information on operator words and search strategies is included on help screens for the databases.
Searching EBSCO Databases: EBSCO tutorials can be accessed at Advanced Search with Guided Style, How to Create Search and Journal Alerts, and My EBSCOhost are especially helpful. They include information on search strategies, search history and alerts, and personal accounts.
Capturing Information in EBSCO Databases: You can mark records to print, save, or e-mail during individual sessions or you can set up a My EBSCOhost account (see information under Sign In at the top of the screen) to save searches for a specific period, and create alerts for designated searches.
Searching Multiple Databases: EBSCO allows you to simultaneously search more than one EBSCO database. From the LSU Libraries home page, click on Databases, click on "E" under Search Databases by Title, then choose EBSCOHost Databases. Select appropriate databases, then click Continue. You can also add databases by clicking on Choose Databases from an EBSCO search screen.
A Journalfind search allows patrons to determine if a specific journal is available in electronic format. Information includes the name of the database(s) and the years covered in each. The Journalfind search form can be accessed from either Electronic Journals or Databases under Research Tools on the Libraries' web page.
Availability: To locate journal articles cited in databases, bibliographies:
  1. Search the online catalog /index.html by journal title either directly from the home page or from the link provided in the online citation to determine holdings, call number, online address AND/OR search JournalFind to determine full text availability. If not found,
  2. Search Ingenta for document delivery OR submit request to Interlibrary Borrowing via the ILL link on the LSULibraries page.
To locate books cited. . .
  1. Search the online catalog for location, call number, status, and/oronline address. If not found,
  2. Submit request to Interlibrary Borrowing at
Tutorials/Instruction: LSU Libraries offers a variety of tutorials and instruction opportunities described under Research Tools - Tutorials at /instruction/tutorials.html. Contact the Library Associate to arrange tours and class presentations.
Research and Information Services, 141 Middleton, provides assistance at the desk
or by telephone, e-mail, and live assistance.
LSU Libraries Distance Education Home Page
Contains information concerning distance education (DE) at LSU. It includes information on library resources and services for DE students and links to other sites and sources.
LSU Libraries Ready Research and Information
Contains links to other research and information sources including other library catalogs, current research and information issues, and a variety of research and information categories such as style manuals.
ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science
A research and information source for library and information science professionals, faculty, students, and lay persons. Also has links to several other LIS online dictionaries.
ACCESS: Electronic databases can be accessed from the LSU Libraries web page by Databases link located on the gold tool bar. Databases can then be selected by title by clicking on the first letter of the database title. Most are available both on and off campus. (See the section on Passwords for more specific information about off campus access.) Print counterparts are available for some electronic databases. Check the catalog for call numbers and years covered.
Academic Search Complete

Contains the full text of more than 4,000 scholarly publications, and indexing and abstracts for all journals in the collection. The database covers the social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, and more.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (1994- )
Search and retrieval service that provides bibliographic records of U.S. Government information products. Use to link to Federal agency online resources, to identify materials distributed to Federal Depository Libraries.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

Offers more than 110,000 full text reviews of children's books. Link to the Children's Literature home page at the bottom of the database screen which has information on authors, illustrators, awards, related sites, etc.
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
Provides a user-friendly method of searching LSU Libraries' Online Catalog along with the full-text of much of the Libraries' electronic holdings.
ERIC (1966-)
The most widely used index to journals in the field of education. Published as part of the U.S. Office of Education's Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) program, it provides detailed indexing for articles in more than 1000 education/education-related journals in addition to education related documents, most of which are full text online. (ERIC documents are no longer published as microfiche; the final microfiche document, ED 483046, was published Fall 2005. A complete set of ERIC microfiche is available in Room 53 in the basement of Middleton Library. Most documents published after that number are available as full text in the online database or can be purchased via the free web version of ERIC

A document delivery service which provides unmediated access by faculty, research staff, and graduate students to articles from periodicals not owned by LSU. Fees are subsidized by LSU Libraries. Articles delivered electronically by fax or e-mail.
A not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. JSTOR consists of a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature.
LexisNexis Academic
Offers full-text online news, business, legal, legislative, medical, regulatory information. Updated daily
Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
Indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Library Literature and Information Abstracts

Library Literature & Information Sciences, produced by the H.W. Wilson Company, indexes articles and book reviews from key library and information science periodicals. This database contains over 242,000 English and non-English records dating back to 1980. (See Z 666 C211 for index in book form covering 1921 to present.)
MLA International Bibliograpny
Offers detailed information on over 7,100 journals, with 4,400 currently indexed in the International Bibliography. The detailed entries include editorial contact information, as well as frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.
eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary)
Collection of almost 40,000 research and information, scholarly, and professional electronic books covering a variety of disciplines. Log on with a My EBSCOhost name and password.
Project Muse
Provides online, world wide, institutional subscription access to the full text of over 100 scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
PAIS Archive

The PAIS Archive database comprises a retrospective conversion of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, Volumes 1-62, published 1915-1976. Currently available on the CSA Illumina platform is Part I of this conversion project, containing over 850,000 records covering the years 1937-1976. Part II of the Archive will be available by Fall 2005 and will include records covering the years 1915-1936. When complete, the PAIS Archive will contain over 1 million records.
PAIS International
The PAIS International database from CSA contains research and informations to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed. Also available in print from 1915 forward in research and information.
Serials Directory

Provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials. This database contains over 182,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers, historical data for an additional 20,000 titles and data from over 85,000 publishers worldwide.
Social Sciences Citation Index (1984-)
Covers the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines from 1984 to the present. SSCI is one of three citation indexes in the Web of Knowledge.
UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory is the authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types of academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world.
Web of Knowledge Databases
Provides access to the three citation databases (Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index) which are multidisciplinary databases of bibliographic information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals. Includes information on where journals are cited.
Offers records of all types of material cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 12th century. Source of information about materials not owned by LSU Libraries.
American research and information Books Annual (ARBA) Ref (Desk) Z 1035.1 A55
Annual Review of Information Science and Technology Ref Z 699 A1A65
Basic Research Methods for Librarians Z 699.7 P68 2004
Bowker Annual (Includes Statistics.) Ref Z731 A47
Bowker's Best research and information Books Ref Z 1035.1 B69 2005
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology Ref Z 1006  E566 2005
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (2nd rev. & enl.) Ref Z 1006 E57 2003
Targets new and dynamic movements in the distribution, acquisition, and development of print and online media addressing recruitment, program planning in the digital era, information management, advances in digital technology and encoding, intellectual property issues, and hardware,  \software, and database selection and design. Companion to the first edition.
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences Ref Z 1006 E57
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 2nd Ed. / Edited by Miriam A. Drake Ref Z 1006 E57 2003
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd) Ref Z 1006 E57 2010
This edition reflects the growing convergence among the serveral disciplines that concern themselves with information and the cultural record. Covered are archives, museum studies, informatics, information systems, knowledge management, records management, document and genre theory, bibliography, and social studies of information, in addition to library and information science. It addresses these related disciplines in a way that demonstrates the unities across the fields while also recognizing their uniquely distinguishing characteristics.
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Second Edition, First Update Supplement Ref Z 1006 E57 2003
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd) Ref Z 1006 E57 2010
This edition reflects the growing convergence among the serveral disciplines that concern themselves with information and the cultural record. Covered are archives, museum studies, informatics, information systems, knowledge management, records management, document and genre theory, bibliography, and social studies of information, in addition to library and information science. It addresses these related disciplines in a way that demonstrates the unities across the fields while also recognizing their uniquely distinguishing characteristics.
The Humanities: a Selective Guide to Information Sources (5th) Ref AZ 221 B53 2000
Information Sources in Science and Technology (3rd) Ref Q 158.5 H87 1998 & ebook Collection
Information Sources in the Social Sciences Ref H 61 I56 2002
Library and Information Science Annual Z 671 L7166 & ebook Collection8
Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report Ref Z 668 A84
Reader's Adviser - The Best in research and information Works, British Literature, and American Literature (14th) Ref Z 1035 B7
Social Science research and information Sources (3rd) Ref H 61 L5 2000 & ebook Collection\
The Social Sciences: A Cross-Disciplinary Guide to Selected Sources Z 7161 S648 2002 & ebook Collection
Walford's Guide to research and information Material Ref Z 1035 W252
Where To Find What (4th) Ref Z 1035.1 H54 2000

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