Although this book is intended to be self-contained, with the provision of extensive literature references for readers interested in any particular aspects, we should mention some important resources for the study of information science.
Two texts are useful complements to this one. Rubin's book covers the topics from a library science and US perspective. The volume edited by Davis and Shaw – in an interesting wiki-based approach to which we both contributed – emphasizes IT aspects, and again a US perspective.
Richard E. Rubin, Foundations of Library and Information Science (3rd edn), New York NY: Neal-Schuman, 2010.
Charles H. Davis and Debora Shaw (eds), Introduction to Information Science and Technology, Langam MD: information Today, 2011.
The books by Norton and by Debons are well written introductions to the subject, which could be used a precursor to our more in-depth treatment of any topic.
Melanie J. Norton, Introductory Concepts in Information Science (2nd edn), Langham MD: Information Today, 2010.
Anthony Debons, Information Science 101, Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Vickery and Vickery, while once the unquestioned major text on the subject is now mainly of historic interest, although it gives clear coverage of some basics.
Brian C. Vickery and Alina Vickery, Information Science in Theory and Practice (3rd edn), Munich: K. G. Saur, 2004.
Finally, the book edited by Gilchrist contains a variety of perceptive summaries and perspectives of many aspects of information science.
Alan Gilchrist (ed.), Information Science in Transition, London: Facet Publishing, 2009.
The information science literature is a good example of the ‘scatter’ discussed in Chapter 8. Relevant papers will be found in journals on a wide variety of subjects, from computer science to cultural studies, from librarianship to business management, and from information systems to archiving. A selective list of major journals follows.