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New Library E-Reference Book Series

December 5, 2006

Each of these series covers a sub-discipline in the field of librarianship or some relevant methodology used in its research. What is a 'book series' in general, you might ask? Well, they are typically annual reviews of the state of the art on hot topics in their field. They are comprised of multiple entries or chapters, each of which is peer-reviewed or screened by a panel of experts for quality and relevance. The articles in a series tend to be longer than what you might find in a scholarly journal, but not necessarily. They all have extensive bibliographies and tend toward being comprehensive reviews of the literature with just a portion of new thinking by the author, rather than just expounding on one narrowly defined new research topic the way journal articles do typically. In many cases the whole entire issue will have a focus on a topic, and each article takes one aspect in detail. For those that had a special focus this year I have included that title as well (see below).

These annual series have not been previously available online, but are a great way to get a summary of the hot topics in each subdiscipline for the year. There is also keyword or browse access to the back issues which serves as an index to the important research and debates that have come before. Use the search box at the top of the screen to search only '--This Journal/Book--' Oh - and for more info on what each book series is about see the link for 'About this Book Series' on the upper left from any of the following links.

There are links to each of these series titles from our main book catalog as well. But because they represent such a deep source on each subdiscipline I thought that highlighting them here was warranted as well. They are subscribed resources, so your Drexel ID/PW will be needed to view them. Enjoy!


Advances in Librarianship

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

Studies in Educational Ethnography The current volume is entitled:'Methodological Issues and Practices in Ethnography'

Studies in Qualitative Methodology The current volume is entitled: 'Negotiating Boundaries and Borders - Qualitative Methodology and Development Research'

And not to overlook new electronic acces to this other newly added title from another publisher I'll throw in here as well:

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology - where you can find articles by IST faculty occassionally! Note - this is only back to 2002. We have hard copy going back to 1966 here in the Library.