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Gale's guide to genealogical & historical research : a Gale ready reference handbook
DesJardins, Dawn Conzett, 1970-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 303 pages ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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CS1 .G35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This resource provides contact information and descriptions for 4,200 associations, libraries, publishers, research centers, databases, online services, periodicals, directories, and newsletters (in that order) that provide information about genealogical and historical family research. Entries include names, addresses, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail addresses/URLs. Two indexes-one by location, one by title and keyword - are included. The master index edge tabs have inadvertently been printed on most of the book's pages.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Gale Ready Reference Handbook series is a spin-off from the publisher's vast master database. Organizations, publications, research centers, government and quasi-government agencies, associations, and libraries have been culled to create six sourcebooks and four task-specific guides. Titles already published are Fast Answers to Common Questions [RBB Jl 00], Fast Help for Major Medical Conditions [RBB My 1 00], First Stop for Jobs and Industries [RBB My 15 00], and Where to Go/Who to Ask [RBB Jl 00]. In addition to the two subject sourcebooks being reviewed here, four others are slated to be published in the near future--Gale's Guide to the Arts, Gale's Guide to the Government, Gale's Guide to Industry, and Gale's Guide to the Media. The titles under review each include more than 4,000 American and international listings relating to their respective subjects. Organization of material is similar. Each guide is divided into chapters: "Organizations," "Publications," and "Databases." Under "Organizations" are listed associations, libraries, publishers, and research centers. "Publications" is subdivided into sections on directories, newsletters, and periodicals; and "Databases" covers CD-ROMs, online sources, and other formats. Page headers would make it easier to know what section one is in. Entries are alphabetically arranged by title or name within each section and consecutively numbered. They consist of address, telephone and fax numbers, Web site and e-mail addresses, contact people, and a brief description. The listings are followed by a geographic and a master index. Both of these resources are well suited for the ready reference shelves of public, academic, and specialized libraries. Those on limited budgets may want to choose between these subject-specific guides and their full-blown counterparts such as Directory of Special Libraries, Encyclopedia of Associations, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Newsletters in Print, and Research Centers Directory. Depending upon the people they serve, other libraries may opt to provide both types of directories. There is duplication of material in all sources, but that is to be expected, considering the same database is used. All are high-quality reference sources.

Library Journal Review

Aimed at reference librarians needing quick answers to a wide range of patron questions, the "Ready Reference Handbook" series provides information, essays, overviews, and contact information. The quality and usefulness of the information provided, however, varies in each. Since much of the material in these six volumes is gleaned from other Gale titles and also some government publications, librarians might wonder whether they need to purchase some of these works. Although First Stop for Jobs and Industries provides information on more than 500 jobs and 1100 industries, this unillustrated paperbound work duplicates much material already available in Occupational Outlook Handbook, an illustrated clothbound volume published by the U.S. Department of Labor. Where To Go, Who To Ask, which contains descriptive listings of associations, databases, publications, and research centers, is gleaned mostly from the Encyclopedia of Associations and other Gale publications. Gale's Guide to Nonprofits features over 4600 entries, including names, addresses, phone/FAX numbers, e-mail addresses/URLs, and descriptions. Again, much of this material on nonprofits was gleaned from the Encyclopedia of Associations, Research Centers Directory, Newsletters in Print, and other Gale publications. Containing descriptive listings of 4200 organizations, publications, and databases, Gale's Guide to Genealogical & Historical Research contains many citations derived from Regional, State, and Local Organizations. The last two titles discussed here probably present the most material not available in other Gale publications. Offering material on 100 common medical diseases and conditions, Fast Help for Major Medical Conditions (FHMMC) provides some unique information, both original and specially researched, including introductory essays providing an overview of a particular disease or condition and lists of state, regional, and local organizations garnered by both the FHMMC staff and federal and nonprofit health agencies. Finally, the very interesting Fast Answers to Common Questions, modeled after the Science and Technology Desk Reference (LJ 3/15/93), was co-compiled by the Saint Louis Public Library. Containing 4500 common and not-so-common reference questions in a wide variety of fields, this work is organized in a Q&A format and includes specific citations for every answer provided. Since all these works are paperbound but still pricey, the durability of the volumes may also be a purchase factor for volumes that can expect frequent use. Nonetheless, libraries with specific needs and without the other Gale titles will find these useful.DDonald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The guide contains just over 4,200 descriptive listings to genealogical and family history sources in the US and Canada. Most entries include an organization or publication name, address, e-mail, URL, and general holdings or publication information. Entries are further divided into three chapters focusing on organizations, publications, and databases. Indexes give access geographically by state or province or alphabetically by entry names. The editor compiled the listings from ten reference sources and directories published by Gale. This method of compilation presents risks for obtaining the "best" genealogical and family history sources. An organization or publication omitted or overlooked in a prior reference or directory may continue to be overlooked; for Kentucky, for example, special collections departments at six state universities and five local public record repositories are omitted, all of which hold significant collections of genealogical or family history information. This warning aside, the guide is recommended for historical agencies and universities with graduate programs in US or Canadian history. F. R. Levstik; Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives