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 So, by their nature, they turn out to be outdated soon after the latest editions are published.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 some of the issues that results from dependency on modern media


Standard Vocabulary   As LCSH is the official list of Library of Congress, not only does it give an authority to the standard vocabulary of LC, but also maintains its utility,

It has been said that sociologists must be ‘myth-hunters', tracking down pop-ular beliefs that are ill founded (Elias 1978: 50-70). Whether simply exposing such beliefs to contrary

EXPLAIN TRADE UNION PULL AND PUSH HYPOTHESIS

State Rawl 's principles?   (1) Every person is entitled to the most extensive amount of liberty compatible with an equal amount for others.  (2) Differences in social power

Differentiate Micro -ethics and Macro -ethics?  Micro -ethics : Deals about some typical and everyday problems which play an significant role in  the field of engineering and i

Communications and Interpersonal Relationships: Communication scholars explain Interpersonal communication in various ways, generally illustrating participants who are dependent on

THESAURUS   The word 'thesaurus'  comes from Greek term 'thesauros' meaning a storehouse or treasury of  words. The Oxford English Dictionary  defines "thesaurus" as a archaeol

Cross Reference Index Entry   Ranganathan in his Classified Catalogue Code uses the term, Cross Reference Index Entry for the type of entry that "usually directs the readers at