Half-dozen Types of Info Tech / Info Sys Literature
Gerry Stahl's INFO105 class recently heard about the different kinds of literature I find in the information technology / information systems field. Following ancient library wisdom "use the right tool for the job," students who distinguish between the following 6 types are in a better position to take advantage of the strengths of each, while avoiding some of the "round-peg-square-hole" pitfalls that might otherwise arise. So here's a quick overview of the talk. Their assignment focused on "web 2.0" examples so I may include sample search results along those lines.
|Type||Where to find:||Good for||Example(s)||Free advice|
|Scholarly||ACM Digital Library,
Lecture Notes in CS
bleeding edge proceedings.
|Optional. Not topics
bring up at work.
|Technical manuals||Safari Books,
|Core technical competencies||Required. Your manager
assumes you breathe
|Advisory reports||Gartner Group,
|Marketplace awareness, software selection, tactical/managerial decisions|
|Trade magazines||InformationWeek||Up to the minute, industry insider tech gossip. Too much information. Many are free if you work in the targeted market segment.|
|Encyclopedias||IGI||Excellent background. Succinct definitions and core technology described in layman terms.|
|Self-published web||You know these ...||Opinions, gossip, reviews, peer-supported troubleshooting sites.|