Special features of ready reference sources, Humanities

Special Features

Most ready reference sources are of specific frequency i.e. annual, biennial, or published at specific or irregular interval. They are referred to answer factual and trend questions. So, by their nature, they turn out to be outdated soon after the latest editions are published. It is essential thus, to check them for the special criteria.

Recency: As ready reference sources are referred to locate information on dates, events, persons, organisations or specific subject, they should be checked for recency. Some few well-known events, changes in addresses, recruitment of eminent scholars,
important dates, inventions or notable achievements of the previous year are included or not.

Brevity: Since most of these sources are browsed through to enhance general knowledge, the information should be available in brief, pinpointed, factual form which are easy to locate and remember. The long descriptive articles are used for serious study. 

Trends in Development: They should indicate trends in development. One should be able to see the continuity in development over the years whether it is scientific advances,  political events, sociological research, personalities or organisations. 

Methods of Compilation: They are varied types and are different in their nature, scope and coverage. Hence, one has to look for the method used for its compilation. The data may be collected from the primary or secondary source. Sometimes either census or survey method is used for compilation.

Posted Date: 10/31/2012 3:44:54 AM | Location : United States







Related Discussions:- Special features of ready reference sources, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Special features of ready reference sources, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Special features of ready reference sources Discussions

Write discussion on Special features of ready reference sources
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
What Are The Main Features Of The Homeric Worldview?


Subject cataloguing - Meaning and Purpose   Since an entry in the catalogue serves as a document substitute, it is necessary to provide relevant information for individualising

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

Bilingual Dictionaries Mostly compiled as an aid to learning a foreign language, they are available in various sizes ranging from pocket size to multi-volume sets. British p

Buddhism and State Formation in Nara Geopolitical threats One was Japanese pirates. The other was that even in Korea, there was trend towards unification, and it made the Y

Why is it necessary to call the entries main and added?

Feminist Research Methodologies- Feminist research is research that is performed by women who consider as feminists, and that has an exact reasons for knowing (a 'why'), specific k

How has the Monroe doctrine created and expanded an American political and economic empire?