Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, Sixth Edition

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Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, this completely updated, revised, and expanded edition lists classic and up-to-the-minute print and electronic resources in the health sciences, helping librarians find the answers that library users seek. Included are electronic versions of traditionally print reference sources, trustworthy electronic-only resources, and resources that library users can access from home or on the go through freely available websites or via library licenses. In this benchmark guide, the authors

  • Include new chapters on health information seeking, point-of-care sources, and global health sources
  • Focus on works that can be considered foundational or essential, in both print and electronic formats
  • Address questions librarians need to consider in developing and maintaining their reference collections

When it comes to questions involving the health sciences, this valuable resource will point both library staff and the users they serve in the right direction.

List of Figures and Tables 
A Brief History of Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences
Part I: Health Reference in Context
Chapter 1
Health Information Seeking Behaviors
J. David Johnson
Part II: The Reference Collection
Chapter 2
Organization and Management of the Reference Collection
Anneliese Taylor and Jean Blackwell
Part III: Bibliographic Sources
Chapter 3
Bibliographic Sources for Monographs
Jeffrey T. Huber
Chapter 4
Bibliographic Sources for Periodicals
Feili Tu-Keefner
Chapter 5
Indexing, Abstracting, and Digital Database Resources
Laura Abate
Chapter 6
U.S. Government Documents and Technical Reports
Melody Allison
Chapter 7
Conferences, Reviews, and Translations
Beatriz Varman
Part IV: Information Sources
Chapter 8
Michelle L. Zafron
Chapter 9
Handbooks and Manuals
Katherine Schilling
Chapter 10
Drug Information Sources
Penny Coppernoll-Blach and Sharon Giovenale
Chapter 11
Consumer Health Sources
Mary L. Gillaspy and Mary O'Connor Pranica
Chapter 12
Medical and Health Statistics
Jennifer Darragh
Chapter 13
History Sources
Lucretia W. McClure
Updated and revised by Michael A. Flannery
Chapter 14
Directories and Biographical Sources
Tracy Shields
Chapter 15
Grant Sources
John D. Jones Jr.
Chapter 16
Point-of-Care and Clinical Decision Support Resources
Susan Swogger
Chapter 17
Global Health Sources
Megan von Isenburg and Mellanye Lackey
List of Contributors 

Jeffrey T. Huber

Jeffrey T. Huber is Director, School of Library and Information Science, at the University of Kentucky. He completed his master's at University of Kentucky and earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and has been on the faculty in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University since 1998. He held a concurrent appointment as associate director for research at the Houston Academy of Medicine–Texas Medical Center (HAM–TMC) Library from 2001 to 2008. During that time he also was appointed adjunct associate professor in the School of Health Information Sciences at the Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas.

Susan Swogger

Susan Swogger began her interest in libraries by repairing books as a student worker, eventually going to the University of Texas at Austin for library school. She spent some years as director of a psychology library in Phoenix before joining the University of North Carolina's Health Sciences Library as Collections Development Librarian.

"An effective primer for newly minted health sciences librarians, this guide is also useful for those who are veterans in the profession ... Highly recommended. "