xv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction A library ethnography Fundamentals The preliminary phase Midphase bibliography Midphase scanning, browsing, and brute force Reading Midphase files and organization Midphase analysis Midphase writing Midphase design Endphase.
Abbott tells what every senior researcher knows: that research is not a mechanical, linear process, but a thoughtful and adventurous journey through a nonlinear world. He breaks library research down into seven basic and simultaneous tasks: design, search, scanning/browsing, reading, analyzing, filing, and writing. He moves the reader through the phases of research, from confusion to organization, from vague idea to polished result. He teaches how to evaluate data and prior research; how to follow a trail to elusive treasures; how to organize a project; when to start over; when to ask for help. He shows how an understanding of scholarly values, a commitment to hard work, and the flexibility to change direction combine to enable the researcher to turn a daunting mass of found material into an effective paper or thesis.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.