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Practical Tips for Facilitating Research


This practical guide offers innovative tips and reliable best practice to enable new and experienced library and information professionals to evaluate their current provision and develop their service to meet the evolving needs of the research community.
Interacting effectively with information is at the heart of all research, consequently information professionals have a key role to play in facilitating the development of researchers who are able to operate confidently and successfully in the information world.
Grounded in current theory and informed by practitioners from around the world, this practical book offers a wide range of ideas and methods to assist library and information professionals in developing and managing their role in the research environment.
Part of the Practical Tips for Library and Information Professionals series, the book is organised into eight sections:

  • landscapes and models
  • structures and strategies
  • places and spaces
  • library staff roles
  • collections
  • specific interventions in the research process or lifecycle
  • teaching approaches
  • information literacy skills workshops and programmes.

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research will be essential reading for academic liaison librarians, research support librarians and all library and information professionals who work with research staff and students.

1. Introduction 2. Section summaries 3. Landscapes and models 4. Structures and strategies 5. Places and spaces 6. Library staff roles 7. Collections 8. Specific interventions in the research process or lifecycle 9. Teaching approaches 10. Information literacy skills workshops and programmes 11. Bibliography

Moira Bent is Faculty Liaison Librarian & National Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University and is one of the authors of the 2007 Facet book, Providing Effective Library Services for Research.

Comprehensive and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, content, organization, and presentation, "Practical Tips for Facilitating Research" is strongly recommended library and information professionals who work with research staff and students and an essential, core addition to college and university Library Science reference collections and supplemental studies lists.

Midwest Book Review

... a book that offers a variety of approaches, insight, and real-world examples that work – exactly what you need whether you are searching for a simple solution to quickly improve services, or ideas to help inform and shape a more fundamental or strategic change.


Benefitting from Bent's exhaustive research and robust content, this volume will be very useful for academic librarians, particularly subject and faculty liaisons and instruction librarians.

Library Journal

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research is an excellent tool for librarians who want to be a resource for the research groups within their facilities.

Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries

I would highly recommend this book to any librarian working with researchers in the health sciences, and to many of our colleagues working in other disciplines, for that matter. The book is short, realistic, practical, easy to read, and extremely useful for generating ideas. As for me, I am still starry eyed. I know I will be referring back to this book and my copious marginalia for the foreseeable future—that is of course until my colleagues start asking to borrow my copy!

Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (Berkman Library, University of Ottawa Heart Institute)

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