ABSTRACT

This short chapter aims to provide guidance on using libraries as a source of information and data for conducting research in the fields of leisure and tourism. It will show that libraries are an important source of information, and are adapting to changes in the ways in which information is transmitted and stored. Secondary research is particularly reliant upon the use of libraries and their resources, but much primary research also involves examining research which has already been completed and which can often be accessed through libraries. In order to discover what research has been done in a particular area, and what has been published, it is essential to conduct a systematic search for published literature. This process is often described as a literature search and will be outlined in this chapter. This chapter also presents a summary of how to record references to literature that you find during the search.