Course Archives Documentation Research and Training Centre Unit
Course: Information Sources, Systems and Services
Level: Postgraduate
Time: Currently not offered
Past Exams

Module 1: Information Sources
Unit 01: Documentary and Non-Documentary; Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources of Information and their Characteristics
Unit 02: Evaluation of Information Sources such as Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, Journals, Abstracting Journals, Patents, Standards, Handbooks, Theses and Dissertations
Unit 03: Economics of Information
Unit 04: Other sources such as OCLC, WorldCat

Module 2: Information Needs and Studies
Unit 05: User Studies
Unit 06: Usage Studies

Module 3: Electronic Information Resources and Multimedia
Unit 07: Electronic Resources: Meaning, Concept, Definition, Emergence, features, advantages and disadvantages
Unit 08: Types of E-Resources: Databases, E-Books, E-Journals, Multimedia
objects, E-references, Subject Guides, Bibliographic Databases, Open Content, Subject Gateways, Portals, Wikipedia, blogs, etc
Unit 09: E-Resource Management (ERM)
Unit 10: Reference Management Tools Such as Zotero, Mendeley etc

Module 4: Library and Information Services
Unit 11: Information Services: Concept, Need and Purpose, and Scope; Reference Services - Short and Long Range Information services
Unit 12: Current Awareness Service and Selective Dissemination of Information
Unit 13: Bibliographic Service
Unit 14: Other Information Services: Referral Service, Document Delivery Service
Unit 15: Community Information Services
Unit 16: Information Analysis and Consolidation: Trend reports and State of the Art Reports

Module 5: Information Systems
Unit 17: Information System: Basic Concept, Need, Components, Types and Characteristics and Evaluation criteria for Information Systems
Unit 18: National Information Systems: NISCAIR, DESIDOC, NASSDOC etc
Unit 19: Global Information Systems: INIS, AGRIS, MEDLARS, etc
Unit 20: Government Information and Publications
Unit 21: Decision support systems
Unit 22: Geographical Information Systems
Unit 23: Health Information Systems,

Module 6: Databases Information Sources and Systems
Unit 24: Databases as information systems: Definition, Concept, Need and Application
Unit 25: Other sources and services: Scopus, Web of Science, Science Direct, Google Scholar, ResearchGate etc

Module 7: Resource Sharing
Unit 26: Library Network: Meaning, Purpose, Function
Unit 27: Consortia – Advantages and Disadvantages
Unit 28: Library Networks: INFLIBNET, DELNET: Aims, objectives, role and functions, services, and activities
Unit 29: INB, ShodhGanga, Shodh Sindhu

Module 8: Major Operational Information Systems
Unit 30: Major Operational Information Systems and Programmes at the Global Level
Unit 31-32: Discipline/Mission-oriented systems as well as Information Systems specializing in different kinds of documents (Patents, Theses and Dissertations, Research Reports, etc)

Reference Texts:
1. Bopp, R. E., & Smith, L. C. (Eds.). (2011). Reference and Information Services: An Introduction. ABC-CLIO.
2. Cassell, K. A., & Hiremath, U. (2013). Reference and information services: An introduction. American Library Association.
3. Chowdhury, G., & Chowdhury, S. (2001). Information sources and searching on the World Wide Web. Facet Publishing.
4. Ghenney, F. N. (1980). Fundamentals of Reference Sources. Mc Graw Hill.
5. Guha, B. (1999). Documentation and Information Services (2nd Ed.). World Press.
6. Higgens, C. (Ed.). (1980). Printed Reference Materials. Library Association.
7. Hirh, Sandra. (2015). Information Services Today: An Introduction. Rowman.
8. Keith R. McCloy. (1995). Resource Management Information Systems: process and practice. Bristol, Taylor & Francis.
9. Kenneth C. Laudon, Jane Price Laudon. (2002). Management information systems: managing the digital firm. Prentice-Hall.
10. Krishan Kumar. (1984). Reference Service. Vikash Publication.
11. Harrell, M. C., Thie, H. J., Yardley, R. J., & Lytell, M. C. (2011). Information Systems Technician Rating Stakeholders: Implications for Effective Performance. Rand National Defense Research Inst Santa Monica CA.
12. Mai, J. E. (2016). Looking for information: A survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior. Emerald Publishing.
13. Mcnurlin. (2003). Information Systems Management in Practice. Pearson Education.
14. Ranganathan, S. R. (1991). Reference Service. Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science.
15. Rowley, J. E. (1996). The Basics of Information Systems. Facet Publishing.
16. Rubin, Richard. (2010). Foundations of Library and Information Science. Facet publishing.
17. Shuman, Bruce A. (2004). Issues for Libraries and Information Science in the Internet Age. Libraries Unlimited Inc.

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