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Fundamental Reference Sources, 3rd Edition
James H. Sweetland
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0780-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $77.00
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384 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0780-1
Year Published: 2001
Completely updated and revised, this authoritative "reference on reference" features the best available materials in all media for general library collections. Credible and comprehensive, this handy manual outlines what it takes to easily locate, evaluate, and select the best information sources for a wide variety of needs. Speaking to the heart and soul of every library, Fundamental Reference Sources is a guide through the shifting landscape of reference sources, new electronic formats, and remote systems that are supported through the Internet and World Wide Web. Use it to locate data sources to provide better, faster, and more complete answers for reference patrons, and to:
  • Develop practical guidelines for evaluating reference works.
  • Meet the needs of a multicultural audience using non-English sources, biographical listings of
    under-represented populations, and bilingual dictionaries.
  • Discover more electronic and nonprint media, government publications, collective indexes, and abstracts to broaden search capabilities.
  • Identify current electronic resources for each reference category to stay on top of the wired generation.

    About the Author
    James H. Sweetland, Ph.D., is associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He teaches collection management, computer information retrieval, and advanced reference work in social sciences and the humanities. Sweetland also served as head librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and director of academic services and of reference and bibliographic services at the Howard-Tilton Library at Tulane University. He was president of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and chaired RUSA's machine-assisted reference section.

    “This reference on reference highlights the best available materials in all media for general library collections.”
    —Reference & Research Book News

    “Reference librarians have long relied on [this book] as a handy guide to the most important reference sources. They will be glad that after more than 20 years a new edition is available.”

    “…recommend this book for library science reference courses; as a valuable evaluation and selection tool; and as a useful addition to reference desk collections in academic libraries and large public libraries.”

    “Clearly useful to library professionals, this is an authoritative compilation of information…”
    —Book Report

    “ excellent textbook and truly fundamental source of reference material. It should be in every reference collection.”
    —Collection Building

    “...a good textbook for educating librarians.”
    —Collection Management

    “...a classic guide to the most essential works of reference... Sweetland has produced an indispensable tool for students, beginning reference librarians, and experienced librarians. It is essential for most general libraries.”
    —American Reference Books Annual

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