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* Library & Information Science: Background Information

For students in the UK Library & Information Science master's program or anyone with an interest in library science

Getting Started

This page includes some general resources to introduce you to the topic of library science, plus some books that provide an overview of a few different library career paths. Also included on this page are some resources related to the research process, organizing your research, and citing your sources.

Developing Search Terms

When you have a topic in mind, it's a good idea to start thinking about search terms. The video and tips below provide more information.

Search terms can be found by scanning:

  • Your initial topic ideas,
  • Encyclopedia and other articles used when conducting background research,
  • Bibliographies found at the end of books and articles,

You can also use a thesaurus to identify synonyms or brainstorm keywords with a friend, instructor, or librarian.

Selected Books

Below are some print materials that might be helpful for background information.

Research Overview

Has it been awhile since you've had to develop a research question and a search strategy? Not sure how to navigate UK Libraries' resources?

Consider enrolling in Online Information Literacy, a free, self-paced course in UK's Canvas which was co-developed by your librarian. The course takes around 40 minutes to complete.

APA Style








Many of your projects will require the use of APA style. Use the 6th edition online or browse Frequently Asked Questions.

Looking for Something Good to Read?

You may not have much time as a busy graduate student, but when you do, check out NoveList for book recommendations.

NoveList is a fiction database with reviews of over 125,000 fiction titles. Also includes Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.