INSTG014 Information Sources and Retrieval

This module aims to give participants an understanding of information resources and bibliographic control, and confidence in working with differing resources in a range of subjects to answer both reference and research queries. Students will have an awareness of factors for change and their likely impact on information resources and retrieval. 

We will consider:

  • Resources in print and digital format for bibliographic and reference support of study, research and information resource development. 
  • The control, recording and exchange of published information, including patterns of dissemination and control of the literature of specific subjects. 
  • The structure, content and purpose of a range of publication formats, including guides to information sources, directories, terminological tools, factual reference sources, tools for serials control, bibliographies, indexing and abstracting services, library catalogues and union lists, and resources for the bibliographic control of specialized forms such as non-book materials, archives and official publications.
  • How to interrogate such resources to identify appropriate content for a variety of study, enquiry and research purposes.
  • User information needs models
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to information retrieval

On successful completion students will 

  • have a clear understanding of the function and functionality of a wide range of information resources
  • understand the importance of bibliographic control
  • have confidence in the use of different resources in a range of subjects to answer reference and research enquires
  • be aware of factors for change and their impacts on information resources and retrieval 

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only
Compulsory for: MA LIS students. This module is also available for short course students

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module
Taught by: Charles Inskip

Further information for students currently taking this module

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