The Library Journal Guide to E-Reference Resources

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$62.00
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$ 55.80
Item Number: 
978-1-55570-685-2
Published: 
2009
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
131
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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  • About the Author
  • Reviews

Overwhelmed by the number of electronic reference resources available? Having difficulty selecting the very best tools for your library? Find the help you've been waiting for in this premier co-publication from Library Journal and Neal-Schuman. This indispensable new guide is armed with concise, easily digestible ratings from an authoritative dream-team of practicing librarians and information professionals.

E-Reference Ratings test drives 180 resources in 14 subject areas, from Arts to Science to Technology and everything in between. Each subject category is matched with an easy-to-understand chart that ranks tools from one to four stars, in 7 categories including Scope, Writing, Design, Bells and Whistles, Ease of Use, Linking and Value. Additional, in-depth descriptions of each tool are included, and a multitude of added features, including contributor biographies and exhaustive indexes, will earn this guide a spot at every reference desk.

Overwhelmed by the number of electronic reference resources available? Having difficulty selecting the very best tools for your library? Find the help you’ve been waiting for in this premier co-publication from Library Journal and Neal-Schuman. This indispensable new guide is armed with concise, easily digestible ratings from an authoritative dream-team of practicing librarians and information professionals.

E-Reference Ratings test drives 180 resources in 14 subject areas, from Arts to Science to Technology and everything in between. Each subject category is matched with an easy-to-understand chart that ranks tools from one to four stars, in 7 categories including Scope, Writing, Design, Bells and Whistles, Ease of Use, Linking and Value. Additional, in-depth descriptions of each tool are included, and a multitude of added features, including contributor biographies and exhaustive indexes, will earn this guide a spot at every reference desk.

Mirela Roncevic

Mirela Roncevic is a professional editor, writer, content developer, and consultant to publishers, libraries, and library vendors. She has written, edited, and spearheaded the publication of a wide range of books, book series, articles, journals, portals, and digital resources. In 2016, Mirela founded the Free Reading Zones (FREZ) project, which brings developers, publishers, libraries, and sponsors together to turn public and private spaces into open virtual libraries, where people have access to books and other content in digital format. She also teaches classes on e-books through the American Library Association, hosts webinars and workshops on e-books and digital publishing, moderates panels at library conferences and book fairs, and speaks internationally on e-books and e-content. She currently serves as Director of No Shelf Required, a portal on e-books and digital content and an organization helping libraries implement FREZ. 

"While this book's target audience is public and academic libraries, law librarians could find this title helpful as a starting point when doing research in an unfamiliar subject area."

--Legal Information ALERT

"An enthusiastically recommended acquisition for librarians and librarian administrators who don't want to be led around loops of verifying sources."
--The Midwest Book Review
"Librarians will be thankful for such a helpful guide ... For more busy librarians this book will give good guidance for their e-reference purchases."
--American Reference Books Annual