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Half-dozen Types of Info Tech / Info Sys Literature

May 4, 2009

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
Experimental, futuristic,
scientific/ academic,
bleeding edge proceedings.
Optional. Not topics
you typically
bring up at work.
Technical manuals Safari Books,
Books 24x7
Core technical competencies Required. Your manager
assumes you breathe
this stuff.
Advisory reports Gartner Group,
Faulkner Advisory,
Burton 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.