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Helping a library patron with a 4-part reference question relating to Anne Rice, Egypt during Biblical times, and the missionary named Albert Shelton

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Over the period of the reference interview, the patron asks the following questions:

  • I just finished reading Anne Rice's book, Christ the Lord, and would like some book reviews of it, especially from the New York Times. Can you help me?
    • I am also interested in reading more about Egypt during Biblical times. Do you have any books (maybe 3 or 4) in your library or that I could interlibrary loan?
    • Oh, and also my brother would like me to confirm that Albert Shelton, a missionary who went to Tibet, was born in Indiana. Where can I find that?
    • I am also looking for the vampire series she wrote and would like to read them. Can you give me a list of that series?

Step 1: For the first part of this patron's questions, let's use the database, Book Review Digest Retrospective, to find some reviews.

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Q: I just finished reading Anne Rice's book, Christ the Lord, and would like some book reviews of it, especially from the New York Times. Can you help me?


Once logged in to the Book Review Digest Retrospective database, let's search "rice" as "Author, Personal" and "christ the lord" as "Title".

Step 2: The results of this search: 9 book reviews...

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Because, at this point, I see that there are two Anne Rice books with titles beginning with the phrase, "Christ the Lord", I would ask the patron which book she was referring to. The patron would, most likely, tell me she means the "Out of Egypt" book.

The results from this search yields 9 book reviews for "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt." One is from the New York Times.

Step 3: The second part of the patron's 4 questions...

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*I am also interested in reading more about Egypt during Biblical times. Do you have any books (maybe 3 or 4) in your library or that I could interlibrary loan?

Let's use WorldCat, and right away narrow the results down to books.

Step 4: Search terms...

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Let's try using the key words: egypt biblical

Step 5: 975 Results! Let's narrow this down...

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With the results numbering 975, I would ask the patron how she wants to narrow this down. Let's say she tells me she is interested in Fiction... We'll use the "Refine Your Search" links to do this...

Step 6: 101 Results! Let's narrow this down even further...

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With 101 results, this is an improvement, but let's say the patron wants to focus on "non-juvenile" fiction...
 
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admin6 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
kiwimac5 years ago
As a Librarian, I have so been there. Especially wrt book colors, " I was reading a yellow book and wondered...."
pyro man5 years ago
yur title was so specific
Rishnai6 years ago
Oh, man, I have totally been that person. Sorry!