Information sources
 

Main Contents Page

Before you start

STEP 1: STARTING out

STEP 2: FINDING

Searching techniques:

- Boolean Logic

- Truncation/wildcards

- Phrase searching

- Proximity searching

- Fields

Information finding tools:

- OPAC

- Card Catalogue

- Databases

- Dewey (DDC)

Information sources:

- Dictionaries

- Encyclopaedias

- Atlases

- Almanacs and yearbooks

- Books

- Periodicals/Journals

- Newspapers

- Audio-visual

- Internet

- Grey literature

- Broadcast media

- Conference proceedings/reports

- Maps

- Government publications

- Standards

- Museums

- Archives

- Quiz

STEP 3: EVALUATE

STEP 4: Legal and ethical USE

STEP 5: COMMUNICATE

 

Almanacs and yearbooks

  • Almanacs contain factual information about many different subjects: population statistics, geographic data, historical information, sports, culture, politics, etc. They are usually updated yearly.

    Examples of almanacs in the Rhodes Library:

  • The Europa World Year book.

    Africa South of the Sahara.

    South African human rights yearbook.
    (Online access via SAe Publications & HeinOnline)

    Global community : yearbook of international law and jurisprudence.
    (Housed at the Law Branch Library at 341 GLO)

  • Yearbooks may be general (e.g. accompanying an encyclopaedia) or about a specific topic. They contain information about statistics, political events, obituaries, chronological happenings for the year, etc. Often a government may publish a yearbook updating specific information about the country.