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The quote sleuth : a manual for the tracer of lost quotations
Shipps, Anthony W., 1926-
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1990]

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xi, 194 pages ; 24 cm
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PN6081 .S44 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The tracer's goals are to identify the source of a quotation, to find or to produce detailed citation based on a reliable edition of the work, to find an authoritative text of the passage being traced, and to do all this in the shortest time possible and with the least possible amount of effort.

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Locating quotations is one of a reference librarian's most labor-intensive endeavors. This specialized, useful book will help lead librarians and others particularly interested in quotations through the labyrinth of potential quote sources. Shipps (Indiana University) evaluates varied quotation sources, including dictionaries and concordances, as well as more traditional quotation dictionaries, and gives helpful advice on searching techniques. The 63-page bibliography lists top quotation sources in a number of categories, including the best general sources and best sources for numerous specialized topics such as business and economics, music, religion, and sports. A long list of single-author concordances and quotation books is also included. Shipps does restrict sources for foreign quotations, making the comment that "Practically all of the non-English quotes we are likely ever to need to trace are from Latin, French, Italian, German, and Greek." However, increasing awareness of the importance of the literature, culture, and philosophy of Asia, Africa, Russia, and other excluded areas warrants similar compilations of specialized sources of quotations for these cultures. Shipps's volume is appropriate for reference collections in large public and academic libraries. -M. M. Vass, University of Kentucky