“Two databases for identifying initial overview articles deserve particular emphasis, Reference Universe and Web of Science. (pg. 2)
Thomas Mann spent more than 30 years as a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, acquiring unparalleled skills in helping researchers discover new connections, pathways and higher-quality resources.
The latest edition (March 2015) of his Oxford Guide to Library Research is the best overview of major research resources, both print and electronic, that are not freely accessible on the web, but which are still freely available through real libraries.
Paratext’s Reference Universe 1975-2016 (pp. 2-11);19th Century Masterfile 1066-1930 (pp. 120-122) and Public Documents Masterfile 1774-2016 (pp. 266-267) are treated thoroughly as well.
“Not only suitable for librarians and information professionals, but a helpful introduction for newcomers to the arcana
of doing library research, from one of the masters. Highly recommended.” — CHOICE Magazine
We at Paratext enthusiastically recommend the new Oxford Guide to all bibliographers, library practitioners, scholars and independent researchers. The dividend will be much better research in far less time.