Syllabus: MLISc II Semester



UNIT – I: Historical Development
Scope of the Discipline and its Development
Research Trends in Social Sciences: History, Political Science, Economics and

UNIT – II: User Studies and Information Seeking Behaviour
Information Needs of Users
Information Seeking Behaviour
User Studies: Importance, Objectives and Types
Planning User Survey
Methods of User Service

UNIT – III: Information Sources and Evaluation
Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources
Evaluation of Secondary Sources: Print and Electronic Resources

UNIT – IV: Databases and Internet Services
Networked and Distributed Databases
Consortia and Subject Gateways
Internet Resources and Services

UNIT – V: Role of Contributors and Institutions
Activities of Research Institutions and Professional Organisations in the Growth and
Development of Social Sciences with Particular Reference to India, UK and USA
Contributions made by the Prominent Social Scientists in the field of History, Political Science, Economics and Sociology

Recommended Books
1. DEUTCHER (C G), et al. Guide to historical literature. 1951. Macmillan, New York.
2. HOSELITZ (Bert F). Reader's guide to the social sciences. Rev. Ed. 1972. Free Press, Glencoe.
3. MAJUMDAR (R C). Historiography in modern India. 1970. Asia Publishing House, Bombay.
4. MANN (Peter H). Methods of sociological enquiry. 1968. Schocken Books, New York.
5. McKENZIE (W J M), Ed. Guide to the social sciences. 1966. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London.
6. UNNITHAN (T K N), Ed. Sociology for India. 1967. Prentice-Hall, New Delhi.
7. WHITE (C M), et al. Sources of information in the social sciences. Ed. 2. 1973. Bedminster Press, Tolowa, N.J