Successful Enquiry Answering Every Time: Thinking Your Way from Problem to Solution, 7/e
Tim Buckley Owen
192 pages • 6 x 9
Year Published: 2017
When people want to satisfy their immediate curiosity they’re much more likely to use a search engine on their mobile device than ask their local library. But while the days of personal intervention in this kind of enquiry are inevitably numbered, the professional skills that underpin them are not. This book uses technology as the enabler of the thought processes that information professionals need to engage in when answering enquiries, and makes the case that new technology, far from making them irrelevant, raises the skill stakes for all.
Successful Enquiry Answering Every Time is designed to guide information professionals through all the stages of research, from finding out what the enquirer really wants, to providing a polished, value-added answer.
Now in its seventh edition, this book is fully updated to cover new skills, such as
- employing critical thinking to manipulate, categorize; and prioritize raw search results;
- using strategic reading and abstracting techniques to identify and summarize the essential information the enquirer needs from the retrieved documents;
- drawing on established storytelling practice to present research results effectively, whether orally or in writing; and
- working to the POWER model: plan, organize, write, edit, review.
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