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Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources
Edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1232-4
Publisher: ALA Digital Reference
Price: $65.00
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248 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1232-4
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J, Z

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Ideal for public, school, and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, this resource collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information. Encompassing internet resources, digital image collections, and print resources, it includes the full section on LIS Resources from the Guide to Reference database, which was voted a #1 Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers. Organized by topic and thoroughly indexed, this guide makes it a snap to find the right sources. It offers an appealing introduction to reference work and resources for LIS students and also serves as an affordable course book to complement online Guide to Reference access.



Essential General Reference

Introduction: Essential General Reference Sources
  • Bibliography
  • Biography
  • Core Geography
  • Dissertations
  • Encyclopedias
  • Genealogy
  • Government Publications
  • Language Dictionaries
  • Newspapers
  • Online General Reference Libraries
  • Other General Reference Works
  • Periodicals
  • The Web as Reference Tool

Library and Information Science

Introduction: Library and Information Science Sources 
  • General Works
  • Professional Practice

About the Editors

Jo Bell Whitlatch, Faculty Emeritus, San Jose State University Library, serves as Division Editor for General Reference Works of the Guide to Reference

Susan E. Searing, Interim Associate University Librarians for User Services at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, serves as Contributing Editor for the Library and Information Science section of the Guide to Reference


”The scope of Essential General Reference is both reference sources and professional practices for librarians, making it helpful on both sides of the reference desk ... Highly recommended for academic, school, and public libraries."
— Catholic Library World

”Of benefit to any academic library as well as a comprehensive public library reference collection.."
— Reference Reviews

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