COMMON SEARCH ERROR

SOLUTION

COPYING the FIRST LINE ONLY of a CALL NUMBER &/or LEAVING OUT the PUNCTUATION of a CALL NUMBER

COPY the ENTIRE CALL NUMBER including the LOCATION CODES "Ref" or Micro", ALL LETTERS DECIMALS, & NUMERALS in the ORDER THEY APPEAR

COPYING LAST NAME ONLY for an AUTHOR

WRITE ENTIRE NAME of AUTHOR & NAME(S) of JOINT AUTHOR(S)

MISSPELLING NAMES or TITLE WORDS

COPY NAMES EXACLTY AS PRINTED; TRY OTHER POSSIBLE SPELLINGS; ASK LIBRARIAN to VERIFY SPELLING

ABBREVIATING TLTLES or NOT KNOWING the FIRST WORD of the TITLE

COPY the TITLE EXACTLY as PRINTED or MEMORIZE the TITLE EXACTLY

MISREADING MAPS

STUDY HANDOUTS of LIBRARY FLOOR MAPS & TAKE TIME OUT to WALK AROUND the LIBRARY WHILE LOOKING at the MAP

ASSUMING WITHOUT VERIFYING THAT the LIBRARY HAS NOTHING ON YOUR TOPIC or that a BOOK is MISSING

AFTER FOLLOWING NORMAL SEARCH STRATEGY & FINDING NOTHING ASK A REFERENCE LIBRARIAN, BE SURE TO SAY WHAT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR

NOT KNOWING HOW TO USE a LIBRARY TO FIND MATERIALS & THEREFORE NOT KNOWING WHAT KINDS of MATERIAL ARE IN LIBRARIES

TAKE TIME TO LEARN LIBRARY SYSTEMS BY SELF STUDY, LIBRARY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, ASKING REFERENCE LIBRARIANS TO ASSIST YOU

NOT K OWING THE LIBRARY of CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION MAIN CATEGORIES

STUDY & MEMORIZE THE 20 KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS USED by LC to ORGANIZE ALL KNOWLEDGE

 

 

CAUSES OF ERROR IN SEARCHING

CAUSES of SUCCESS in SEARCHING

INSUFFICIENT ATTENTION to DETAIL & ORDER

SYSTEMATIC & ORGANIZED APPROACH TO STUDY (adequate supplies, time schedule appropriate)

ILLEGIBLE HANDWRITING

CLEAR & SYSTEMATIC HANDWRITING (graphic writing)

RUSHING & TIME PRESSURE

CALM ATTITUDE & SCHEDULES ADEQUATE AMOUNT of SEARCH TIME

DOUBTING & PANICING

PROMPTING SELF WITH QUESTIONS & ASKING the REFERENCE LIBRARIAN

INSUFFICIENT MOTIVATION to be INNOVATIVE in INFORMATION-SEEKING

CONTINUOUS STRIVING to LEARN NEW INFORMATION SYSTEMS; DEVELOPING RANDOM ACCESS to ALPHA-NUMERIC SYSTEMS; NOTING CONCEPTS in READINGS & USING THEM as SUBJECT HEADINGS; etc. etc.

 

 

 

 

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