Library & Information Studies Research Guide
The following guide aims at introducing you to the variety of research sources available to you at Queens College Libraries.
- Select specific topic within LIS field. Choose a topic that is interesting to you and which will work within your assignment's parameters.
- Search the topic in an encyclopedia, handbook or dictionary to gain basic understanding of the subject. A sample of suggested titles available in BRL are listed under Encyclopedias & Dictionaries.
- Search for books in CUNY+ and other online library catalogs listed under Find Books. To browse the library collection, use the general call numbers listed under Browse BRL Book Collection.
- Search library databases for articles published in journals, magazines or newspapers listed under Find Articles.
- Consult Associations or Web Gateways sites for any additional information on your subject.
- Remember to evaluate the accuracy of your resources, and think critically about their arguments. When in doubt, check with your instructor.
- Consult the guides listed under Citation Style Manuals to correctly cite your sources.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Check CUNY+ for call number, location and access.
- Advances in library administration and organization
- Annual review of information science and technology
- Bowker annual: Library and book trade almanac
- Dictionary for library and information science
- Educational media and technology yearbook
- Encyclopedia of portal technologies and applications
- Encyclopedia of information science and technology
- Encyclopedia of Internet technologies and applications
- Encyclopedia of library and information science
- SPEC Kit Series
- Whole library handbook 4
- CUNY+ Catalog
- Search for sources available at the Queens College and all CUNY libraries. To request books not available here, use CLICS service.
- New York Public Library
- Search the NYPL catalog. NYPL has one of the premier research collections in the country.
- Search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide. To request needed materials, use Interlibrary Loan service.
- Browse Book Collection
- Use the Library of Congress classification guide to browse the book collection of the Benjamin Rosenthal Library. Books with call numbers starting with A through L are shelved on Level 4 and call numbers starting with P through Z are shelved on Level 5.
Use the following databases (listed in rank order) to search for journal articles on a topic related to library and information science.
- Library & Information Science Source
- Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book essays, research reports, conference papers, theses, dissertations. Includes some full text. Coverage goes back to 1905. Contains citations previously available in:
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: LISTA (EBSCO)
Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (Wilson)
Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective (Wilson)
- LISA: Library & Information Science Abstracts
- International database with abstracts to articles from over 440 periodicals in more than 68 countries. Updated bi-weekly.
- Academic Search Complete
- Comprehensive source for scholarly journals in all academic disciplines. More than 8,000 publications are indexed, and full text is provided for 4500. Most are peer-reviewed. Searchable cited reference sources are provided for selected titles.
- Emerald Library
- Collection of journals from Emerald Group Publishing, for business and library science related topics such as knowledge management, management, marketing, and public administration.
- ACM Digital Library
- Collection of citations and full text from ACM journal and newsletter articles and conference proceedings in the field of computer and information science.
For additional information, consult the following databases:
- Applied Science & Technology Full Text
- Subject coverage includes communication & information technology, computer databases and software engineering.
- Education Source
- Comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks in the field of education, and educational technology.
- The Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources.
- Professional Development Collection
- Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.
- Social Sciences Citation Index
- Citations from thousands of scholarly journals in the social sciences. Tracks cited references to determine what journal articles cite or reference other journal articles.
- Teacher Reference Center
- Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
Library and Information Science Periodicals
A list of LIS periodicals, print and electronic, available in BRL. Includes free e-journals.
Search for exact periodical title, ex. Library Journal or browse the library's E-journals: Select “Social Sciences” as the subject category and “Library & Information Science” as the subject heading.
- American Association of Law Libraries
- American Association of School Librarians
- American Library Association
- American Society for Indexing
- American Society for Information Science and Technology
- American Theological Library Association
- Art Libraries Society of North America
- Association for Library and Information Science Education
- Association of Jewish Libraries
- Canadian Library Association
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- Library Association of the City University of New York
- Medical Library Association
- Music Library Association
- New York Library Association
- Society of American Archivists
- Special Libraries Association
- A directory of web resources related to acquisitions, and collection development.
- Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE
- Digital collections and services.
- Cataloger's Reference Shelf
- WWW cataloging resource.
- Conservation OnLine
- Full text library of conservation information from Stanford University Libraries.
- Copyright & Fair Use
- From Stanford University Libraries.
- Public library ratings.
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- The primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
- Internet Scout Project
- Aims on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.
- lib-web-cats (library web sites and catalogs)
- Directory of libraries worldwide.
- “Information you can trust” from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
- Clearinghouse for library instruction and information literacy information.
- National Center for Education Statistics
- The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
- Provides information about libraries and library systems in New York State. Includes access to Bibliostat Connect (statistical information).
- Tutorials on the Web.
- Hosted by OCLC, the site functions as an online community for library staff.