Heather Dawson is an Academic Support Librarian in the Information Services Department of the LSE Library and the author of two books from Facet Publishing, UK.
- Table of Contents
- About the Author
- common inquiries encountered;
- points to consider, with an exploration of the issues and challenges that might arise; and
- guidance on where to look, listing annotated UK and international resources in print and online including key organizations, scholarly bodies, digital libraries, statistical data, and journal article indexes.
- blogging and social media;
- text and data mining and data visualization;
- assistive technology resources;
- early career researchers;
- impact measurement including bibliometrics, citation analysis, and journal rankings;
- academic internet searching;
- LGBT studies;
- Middle East studies;
- project management;
- open access (OA) publishing;
- research data management;
- study skills; and
- systematic reviews
"A very useful book with many reference questions on important subjects ... Each chapter includes examples of typical reference questions, starting points, recommended resources, study guides, general articles, digital and other libraries and databases, World Cat OCLC listing of important books, journals, and other sources from all over the world."
Reviews of the previous edition, Know it All, Find it Fast for Academic Libraries:
"This is a fantastic practical handbook for any academic library to have at the ready when those tricky questions come in at the front desk. It would also be very useful for someone new to working on the front desk of a busy academic library or working with a new subject area."
- SCONUL Focus
"Heather Dawson has done a truly excellent job and I am in awe of her command of the academic reference landscape and ability to subject it to logic and order and make it approachable for frontline staff without specialist subject knowledge. This is a book that every UK academic library, from the loftiest research led institution to the most humble college, should have available… his is not a book to languish on the backwaters of the reference shelves. It belongs on the frontline at the enquiry point and all staff engaged in responding to queries from students, staff and researchers, especially those new to enquiry work, should be conversant with its contents and use and not be too grand or embarrassed to consult it whenever confronted with a question that leads into unfamiliar territory."
- Reference Reviews
"Overall, I think this book is marvellous and it will definitely have a place on my bookshelf. This book is not going to give you the definitive answer to the “education system of Zambia” query, but it does provide signposts for your way toward the answers and will tell you where to start your search. Ultimately, if you are looking for an information source to give you a starting point on your reference journey, which is packed full of useful tips, then this is the book for you."
- Library Review