Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction, 5th Ed

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by Christopher C. Brown and Suzanne S. Bell

Published: July 2018

Pages: 374

Size: 7x10

Learn how to perform online searches more efficiently and teach your patrons to do the same.

Understanding and navigating online databases is an essential skill for today's librarians, but staying current in this changing landscape can be a challenge. The fifth edition of this vital book ensures that you meet that challenge.

Today's librarians not only need to know about existing databases and how to perform searches within them but must also be able to teach search capabilities and strategies to library users. This practical guide introduces librarians to a broad spectrum of the fee-based and freely-available databases that are available, some of which are new to this edition, and explains their underlying information structures as well as updates to some standard databases. In addition, it covers search strategies, provides criteria for evaluating databases, and discusses how to teach others about databases.

As in the previous edition, this book takes a "real world approach," covering everything from basic and advanced search tools to online subject databases. Each chapter includes a thorough discussion, recap, concrete examples, exercises, and points to consider, making this an ideal text for courses in database searching as well as a trustworthy professional resource.


  • Provides professional development to librarians looking to acquire or improve their proficiency in an essential professional skill
  • Offers additional professional guidance in the form of recaps, concrete examples, exercises, and points to consider
  • Empowers students and librarians to search online effectively
  • Discusses databases in the context of real-world problems
                                          Sku: 9781440861567

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