Know it All, Find it Fast
An A-Z Source Guide for the Enquiry Desk
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There is a queue, the phone is ringing, the photocopier has jammed and your enquirer is waiting for a response. You are stressed and you can feel the panic rising. Where do you go to find the information you need to answer the question promptly and accurately? Answering queries from users is one of the most important services undertaken by library and information staff. Yet it is also one of the most difficult, least understood subjects. There are still very few materials available to help frontline staff - often paraprofessional - develop their reader enquiry skills.
This award-winning sourcebook is an essential guide to where to look to find the answers quickly. It is designed as a first point of reference for library and information practitioners, to be depended upon if they are unfamiliar with the subject of an enquiry - or wish to find out more. It is arranged in an easily searchable, fully cross-referenced A-Z list of around 150 of the subject areas most frequently handled at enquiry desks.
Each subject entry lists the most important information sources and where to locate them, including printed and electronic sources, relevant websites and useful contacts for referral purposes. The authors use their extensive experience in reference work to offer useful tips, warn of potential pitfalls, and spotlight typical queries and how to tackle them. This new edition has been brought right up-to-date with all sources checked for currency and many new ones added. The searchability is enhanced by a comprehensive index to make those essential sources even easier to find - saving you valuable minutes!
Readership: Offering quick and easy pointers to a multitude of information sources, this is an invaluable reference deskbook for all library and information staff in need of a speedy answer, in reference libraries, subject departments and other information units.
Table of Contents
General sources Abbreviations & acronyms Accounts, auditing & bookkeeping Actors & actresses Acts & regulations Addresses & postcodes Agriculture & farming Aircraft & airlines Alphabets & scripts Animals, pets & vets Antiques & collectibles Archaeology Architecture & planning Archives Armed forces Art & design, the arts Articles in journals Associations & organizations Astronomy & space travel Atlases & gazetteers Auctions Awards & prizes Banks & banking Battles & battlefields Beers & brewing Benefits Biographies Books & bibliographies British standards Business – setting up Canals & waterways Careers & qualifications Cars & the motor industry Catering & cookery Charitable organizations Chemicals & the chemical industry Childcare Clothes & clothing Coins & stamps Companies Companies – accounts Companies – defunct Companies – international Companies – law Conferences & exhibitions Construction Consumer information Copyright & legal deposit Costume & fashion Countries Crafts Crime & criminals Customs, festivals & folklore Dates, calendars & anniversaries Death, funerals & bereavement Dentists Dictionaries Diy & repair manuals Doctors Education – general Education – lifelong learning & e-learning Education – schools & pre-school Education – universities & colleges Election results Embassies & consulates Employment – law Employment – rights & statistics Energy Engineering Environment & green issues Equal opportunities Etiquette & forms of address European information Examinations Export & imports Fairy tales & nursery rhymes Family history & genealogy Films & cinema Flags Food & drink Games rules (including sports) Gardens, gardening & flowers Geography, geology & earth sciences Government Grants & funding Health & healthcare Heraldry & coats of arms Historic houses & castles History Homework Hotels & guesthouses Housing & buying a house Information technology Insurance Interviews Inventions, patents & trade marks Isbns & issns Jobs Journals & periodicals Kings & queens, rulers & heads of state Languages & translating Law Libraries & information services Licences & licensing Literature Local history Manufacturing Maps Market research Medals & decorations Media & the press Medicines & drugs Members of parliament Money Museums & galleries Music Myths & mythology Names Nationality & immigration Natural history Newspapers & magazines Opticians Parish registers Philosophy & psychology Photographs & photography; illustrations Plays Poems & poetry Police & security Politics & international relations Population Prices Prison & probation Proofreading & editing Proverbs Know it all, find it fast Pseudonyms Publishing Quotations & speeches Railways Records (achievements) Religion Research & study Retailing & consumer spending Rights Saints Signs & symbols Social welfare Sports Statistics Tax Telephone directories Television & radio Theatre & acting Timetables & journey planning Tourism & travel Trade unions Transport Unexplained, the Uniforms United nations Utilities Volunteering Weather Weights & measures Wine Writers & writing