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Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries, Eighth Edition
Edited by Jack O'Gorman
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1212-6
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $129.00
 
 
 
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312 pages
7" x 10"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1212-6
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, Z

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Focusing on new reference sources published since 2008 and reference titles that have retained their relevance, this new edition brings O’Gorman’s complete and authoritative guide to the best reference sources for small and medium-sized academic and public libraries fully up to date. About 40 percent of the content is new to this edition. Containing sources selected and annotated by a team of public and academic librarians, the works included have been chosen for value and expertise in specific subject areas.  Equally useful for both library patrons and staff, this resource
  • Covers more than a dozen key subject areas, including General Reference; Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics; Psychology and Psychiatry; Social Sciences and Sociology; Business and Careers; Political Science and Law; Education; Words and Languages; Science and Technology; History; and Performing Arts
  • Encompasses database products, CD-ROMs, websites, and other electronic resources in addition to print materials
  • Includes thorough annotations for each source, with information on author/editor, publisher, cost, format, Dewey and LC classification numbers, and more
Library patrons will find this an invaluable resource for current everyday topics. Librarians will appreciate it as both a reference and collection development tool, knowing it’s backed by ALA’s long tradition of excellence in reference selection.

Table of Contents

Preface
  1. General Reference
    Almanacs and Fact Books
    Bibliographies and Guides
    Readers’ Advisory
    Reference Guides
    Biography
    Databases and Indexes
    Directories
    Postal Directories
    Electronic Reference Sources
    Encyclopedias
    Internet Sources
    Library Science
    Library Search Tools
  2. Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
    Philosophy
    Religion
    Ethics
  3. Psychology and Psychiatry
    Psychology
    Psychiatry
    The Occult
  4. Social Sciences and Sociology
    Social Sciences (General Sources)
    African Americans
    Aging
    Anthropology
    Archaeology
    Asian Americans
    Criminology
    Death and Dying
    Ethnic Studies
    Family, Marriage, and Divorce
    Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Folklore and Folklife
    Hispanic Americans
    Native Americans
    LGBT Studies
    Philanthropy
    Social Work and Social Services
    Sociology
  5. Business and Careers
    General Sources
    Accounting
    Advertising, Marketing, and Consumer Research
    Banking, Finance, and Investment
    Careers and Vocational Guidance
    Company and Industry
    Economics
    Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  6. Political Science and Law
    Bibliographies and Guides
    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Directories
    Handbooks, Yearbooks, and Almanacs
    Biographical Sources
  7. Education
    Bibliographies and Guides
    Media and Curriculum Materials
    Databases and Indexes
    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Directories
    Handbooks, Yearbooks, and Almanacs
    Statistical Sources
  8. Words and Languages
    General Sources
    English Language
    Encyclopedias
    Principal English-Language Dictionaries
    Regional Dictionaries
    Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Crossword Puzzle Dictionaries
    Etymology and Word and Phrase Origins
    Foreign Words and Phrases
    Handbooks
    Idioms and Usage Dictionaries
    Rhyming Dictionaries
    Sign Language Dictionaries
    Clichés and Metaphors
    Slang and Euphemisms
    Thesauri: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms
    Style Manuals
    Bilingual and Foreign-Language Resources
  9. Science and Technology
    General Sources
    Astronomy
    Chemistry
    Computer Science
    History of Science
    Earth Sciences
    Engineering
    Life Sciences
    Mathematics
    Physics
    Weapons and Warfare
  10. Health and Medicine
    General Sources
    AIDS and STDs
    Anatomy and Physiology
    Cancer
    Children’s Health
    Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
    Drugs
    Nutrition and Diet
    Physical Impairments
    Women’s and Men’s Health
  11. Households
    Beverages
    Calendars
    Construction
    Consumer Affairs
    Cooking
    Etiquette
    Festivals and Holidays
    Foods
    Home Improvement
    Housekeeping
    Interior Decoration
    Maintenance and Repair
    Parenting
    Pets
    Tools
  12. Visual Arts
    General Sources
    Architecture
    Art Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Art Directories
    Art Histories
    Art Biographical Sources
    Cartoons and Comics
    Costume and Fashion
    Decorative Arts and Antiques
    Graphic Design and Illustration
    Photography
  13. Performing Arts
    General Sources
    Awards
    Dance
    Film and Video
    Television, Radio, and Telecommunications
    Theater
  14. Music
    General Sources
    Blues and Jazz
    Classical Music
    Country and Gospel Music
    Popular and Rock Music
    World Music
  15. Crafts and Hobbies
    General Sources
    Crafts
    Hobbies
  16. Games and Sports
    General Sources
    Auto Racing
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Billiards and Pool
    Card Games
    Chess
    Exercise
    Figure Skating
    Fishing
    Football
    Gambling
    Games
    Golf
    Hockey
    Martial Arts
    Olympics
    Outdoors
    Recreation
    Running
    Rules
    Sailing
    Soccer
    Swimming
    Tennis
  17. Literature

    General Sources
    Special Interest
    Specific Genres
    National and Regional Literatures

  18. History
    Bibliographies and Guides
    Chronologies
    Databases and Indexes
    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Handbooks, Yearbooks, and Almanacs
    Historical Atlases
    Primary Sources
  19. Geography and Area Studies
    Atlases
    Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Gazetteers
    Handbooks, Yearbooks, and Almanacs
    Travel Guides
About the Contributors
Index

About the Editor

Jack O’Gorman is a Reference and Instruction Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library, where he is also responsible for collection development and liaison work in engineering, physics, math, and geology. With more than thirty years’ experience in university, government, and business libraries, he has an in- depth knowledge of reference sources. He chaired the editorial board of Reference Books Bulletin from 2001 to 2004 and continues as a member of that board. He has served on the award committees for Outstanding Reference Sources and the Dartmouth Medal, both of which are offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA. He is coeditor of the third edition of Recommended Reference Books in Paperback and has contributed to the fifth through eighth editions of Reference Sources for Small and Medium- Sized Libraries, the last two as editor.
Reviews

"Informed and informative … an ideal and core reference title for library staff members as well as interested library patrons."
— Library Bookwatch

”An essential for the well-appointed professional shelf, O’Gorman’s update of current reference materials accommodates both professionals and young readers."
— VOYA
 
 

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