There will be times in everybody's working life when they need to learn a new subject, and get up to speed quickly and effectively so they can turn around and do some real work in a new area. I've had to face this situation myself many times in my working career, particularly when researching and learning focused subject matter for a book or an article.
In the spirit of "give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a woman to fish; feed her for a lifetime" (sexist orientation unavoidable for brevity, so genders changed to give both a chance), I'd like to explain how to put together a good reading list on a particular subject so you can proceed with reasonable assurance that what you dig into actually has some relevance to the subject at hand.
Piling Up Materials For a Reading List
I've learned how to distill this into lists of books and articles that address specific subjects, where I search online and pull information together to get things moving. As you read more, you'll also find more "good stuff"--if only by checking the citations and bibliographies that so many technical and scholarly works include as a matter of routine.
I have three primary techniques that I use to put a first-class reading list together when I'm researching a topic. You can see examples of this kind of effort from the now-defunct NetPerformance.com Website where I was Editor-in-Chief in 2006 and 2007 before CA bought NetQoS. I put 20-plus such reading lists together for them at this time, which you can find on the Wayback Machine in its October 2007 snapshot as a "Reading Lists" page.
How did I build them? Good question! I used four basic techniques that you can employ yourself to craft killer reading lists of your own:
Follow this approach and you, too, can build yourself a reading list for anything you might need to study and learn.