- Multiple volumes in sets
- Books that you don't read cover-to-cover but, instead, REFER to only a portion of the information included
|The Statesman's Yearbook|
Many students are familiar with using the Bible commentaries, dictionaries, handbooks, and encyclopedias in the Reference collection. For those on campus with easy access to the physical library, some of these resources are heavily used. Some of them are hardly ever touched even though there is a treasure trove of research material available. Why is that?
|The Corsini Encyclopedia|
So how can this invisible information be made more visible? One answer is to collect Reference books in electronic format. Most electronic books are keyword searchable across the entire contents of the book, not just the title and a few assigned subject headings. So the student can type "infant socialization" into an ebook collection search engine, like ebrary or the EBSCOHost eBook Collection, which will then point to a link to the electronic copy of The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science. The search engine has already identified the book with an article on the topic without the student knowing to search for a specific subject heading or in a particular type of resource.
(Note: At this point, the library Catalog does not search the content of books but the electronic book search engines will do this.)
This is one of the reasons that we have been adding more electronic versions of Reference resources.
Other reasons include:
- They can be accessed by online students bringing more parity to the availability of library resources.
- The nature of Reference resources. These resources don't generally need to be read cover-to-cover but, instead, are referred to and therefore don't require long periods of computer screen reading (an issue for many people).
- They take up less shelf space!
So next time you need to find information, don't forget to search the electronic books by going directly to one of our electronic book collections and find those invisible book chapters, essays, and encyclopedia articles!
Go to http://library.hiu.edu > Choose Research Databases > Choose eBooks from the Select a Subject Area drop down list > Choose one of the ebook collections to search