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  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online publication date: June 2018

Introduction

Summary

This Introduction covers:

  • ■ Introducing TNW
  • ■ What's new about TNW?
  • ■ The new information universe
  • ■ Selection and description of resources
  • ■ Organization and arrangement of entries
  • Introducing TNW

    The first volume of The New Walford (TNW) is a guide to reference resources in Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). It provides a collection of resources aimed particularly at helping people to research unfamiliar subject areas. It offers comprehensive coverage of the range of resources available in the networked world, but is necessarily selective in the set of items chosen for each subject field. Our aim is to get you started, to help you navigate uncharted territory and find the right types of resources to meet your needs.

    This new guide builds on the reputation and concept of the classic Walford's guide to reference material, but we have made radical changes to the design, focus and layout. The internet and the world wide web have had a dramatic impact on the quantity and quality of information resources, especially in STM. The new information universe is diverse and complex with its mix of established and emergent media.

    What's new about TNW?

    TNW has been completely ‘re-engineered’ for the hybrid information world. There are seven key changes from ‘The Old Walford’.

  • Focus on the newcomer – TNW has been specially designed to help the less-experienced user of STM resources, particularly people researching a field for the first time.
  • Simpler subject arrangement – TNW has moved away from the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) and adopted its own straightforward threelevel scheme of subject parts, subject groupings and subject fields.
  • Navigation by topic – TNW's new TOPIC INDEX helps you to find your way quickly from a subject heading or an alternative sought term to the right place in the main sequence.
  • New resource categorization – TNW has replaced the 40 or so ‘form headings’ used in the old Walford with a new simpler set of 13 resource categories.
  • Expansion of resource types – TNW includes the full spectrum of resources now available to the internet user, with thousands of organizational websites and portals complementing its coverage of traditional reference tools.
  • Introductory essays – TNW also helps the STM newcomer by offering fifteen short narrative introductions, highlighting key features of each subject part and subject grouping.