Fundamental Reference Sources

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American Library Association, 2001 - Education - 612 pages
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Completely updated and revised, this authoritative reference on reference features the best available materials in all media for general library collections. Credible and comprehensive, this handy manual outlines what it takes to easily locate, evaluate and select the best information sources for a wide variety of needs. Speaking to the heart and soul of every library, Fundamental Reference Sources is a guide through the shifting landscape of reference sources, new electronic formats and remote systems that are supported through the Internet and World Wide Web. Use it to locate data sources to provide better, faster and more complete answers for reference patrons, and to: develop practical guidelines for evaluating reference works; meet the needs of a multicultural audience using non-English sources, biographical listings of under-represented populations, and bilingual dictionaries; discover more electronic and nonprint media, government publications, collective indexes and abstracts to broaden search capabilities; and identify current electronic resources for each reference category to stay on top of the wired generation.
 

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Contents

School Dictionaries
284
Etymological Dictionaries
287
Usage
289
Synonyms and Antonyms
296
Pronunciation
299
Slang
300
Dialect
303
Abbreviations
304

Sources of Bibliographic Information
21
Definitions
25
Library Catalogs
31
National Library Catalogs
33
Union Catalogs
40
National Book Bibliographies
43
Bibliographies of Other Publications and of Audiovisual Materials
58
Subject Bibliographies
87
Selection Aids
93
Current Selection Tools
97
Bibliographies of Bibliographies
99
Summary
102
Indexing and Abstracting Services
103
General Periodical Indexing and Abstracting Services
106
Citation Indexes
118
Table of Contents Services
119
Subject Indexes to Periodicals
122
Newspaper Indexing and Abstracting Services
138
Other Indexes and Concordances
143
Summary
169
Directories
170
Handbooks
172
General Directories
173
Specialized Directories
178
Summary
209
Sources of Biographical Information
210
Bibliographies
214
Indexes to Biography
215
International Biographical Sources
225
Current Sources
229
National Biographical Sources
231
Professions
243
Summary
261
Sources on Words
262
Why a Dictionary Is Made
263
Unabridged Dictionaries
266
Abridged Dictionaries
275
Visual Dictionaries
306
Special Fields
310
ForeignLanguage Dictionaries
318
Summary
332
Encyclopedias
333
The Making of Encyclopedias
336
Multivolume Adult Encyclopedias
352
Encyclopedia Supplements
362
One to ThreeVolume Encyclopedias
363
Childrens and Young Adults Encyclopedias
367
Electronic Encyclopedias
376
Foreign Encyclopedias
378
General Reference Features of Encyclopedias
385
Sources of Statistics
386
Statistical Reference Service and Evaluation of Statistical Sources
387
Terminology
396
General Sources
400
General Collections of Data
407
Subjects
417
Other Types of Statistical Sources
445
Summary
454
Sources of Geographical Information
455
General Reference Works
463
Cartographic History and Map Librarianship
474
General World Atlases
481
School Atlases
489
National Maps and Atlases
493
Thematic Maps and Atlases
497
Gazetteers
510
Directories and Encyclopedias
513
Dictionaries of Geographical Terms
518
Travel Guides
519
Acronyms and Initialisms
529
Guidelines for Particular Types of Reference Works
535
Index
547
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Page 5 - The reference process, therefore, comprises a complex interaction among questioner, librarian, and information sources, involving not only the identification and manipulation of available bibliographic apparatus, but also the operation of psychological, sociological, and environmental variables which are imperfectly understood at the present time.

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