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Guide to reference : essential general reference and library science sources
Whitlatch, Jo Bell, editor.
Publication Information:
Chicago : ALA Editions, An imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.

Physical Description:
xiv, 230 pages ; 26 cm
Essential general reference: 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 sciences: General works ; Professional practice.
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Z1035.1 .G885 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 as voted #1 Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers. Organized by topic and thoroughly indexed, this guide makes it a snao to find the right source.

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Booklist Review

Questions about health and medicine are very common at the reference desk, and librarians not familiar with these topics often feel challenged when they need to assist patrons with these queries. This new book from ALA is a print version of the health and medicine section of the electronic Guide to Reference. It covers the major topics in health and medicine, including bioethics, consumer health, dentistry, and health care. Each chapter includes a variety of print and electronic resources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, and handbooks. The resources reflect those available in enough libraries to be readily available, and many are free. The one issue is that the entries do not always show the latest edition of the works, and, in fact, some resources are quite dated. They may be historically significant and useful in academic libraries but not suitable for answering questions about current research and treatment. Overall, this is a useful resource for those in need of an overview of medical reference and should be considered by academic, public, and special librarians in the health sciences.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist