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This updated edition of an Oryx bestseller identifies the best information sources for meeting the demands of researchers. New electronic formats and new publications are included among the 200 prime information sources. An annotated bibliography of over 300 abstracts of recent literature on business reference and business libraries is also included.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Basic Business Library is recommended, especially to students of business collection development, practtioners who are new to the task of collecting business information resources, and those responsible for managing small collections as well as to veteran business library practitioners with sufficient funds to update their professional bookshelf."


Sheila S. Interner, Professor Emerita, Simmons GSLIS at Mount Holyoke College/

"Since the 2nd edition of this book dates from 1989, an updated edition is very welcome. An excellent core list of titles for business libraries, it lists books published as late as 1993 and 1994, notes major changes in standard sources, summarizes authority and scope, and offers brief but useful evaluations. A list of 200 basic reference sources can serve as a checklist for building a business library. A second section consists of an annotated bibliography of articles on business librarianship, 1976-94. Section 3 is a collection of subject essays by librarians on issues of interest to business librarians, covering a variety of subjects (e.g., acquisition, training, and online databases). This very useful text for all types of business librarians could also serve as a textbook for courses in business reference."



"The resource is excellent for business collection development in all levels and types of libraries. The bibliographic essay could prove useful to teachers, problem solvers, and those with an interest in the area of business library research. The state-of-the-art essays are particularly fruitful for practicing librarians in the field as well as for students. All in all, the volume serves as a solid handbook for the development of business libraries and librarians."


Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory

"This book, written primarily for the American market, aims to inform business librarians of the sources of information which are available in this subject area….If I was an American Business Librarian I would keep it near to hand at all times. For British Librarians, this is a vital reference work and well worth buying….The book is very well researched and would be an asset to any reference collection."


Managing Information

"Business Libraries will welome this thorough revision of a standard business reference tool….I recommend that any library building a business collection purchase this new edition and use it for collection development and as a reference handbook."


Collection Mgmt

"…provides clearly written abstracts outlining the authority and scope of each title and gives a brief critical evaluation and, where applicable, references to the non-print alternatives currently available…very useful for its extensive coverage and intelligent, well-written appraisals of the most important U.S. imprints and a number of European and other international sources. The essays in the final section will be of interest to anyone with the prospect of developing a business information collection and attendant services for the first time."



Library Journal
This new edition preserves the objectives of the 1983 and 1989 volumes but updates and revises the second edition (Pro-fessional Reading, LJ 4/15/89). Numerous new titles have been added as well as obsolete or out-of-print titles deleted. The 200 titles now included have a total cost of $38,000, so obviously librarians will still have to be selective. The review of business reference literature now covers the years 1976-94, a time period that has seen the business section grow in importance to patrons. Online business services have multiplied and increased in usefulness; Sharon L. Criswell improved and updated that section. Another area of growth and importance is the chapter on "The Best Investment Sources" by Barbara A. Huett. The Investment Bookshelf list alone will endear librarians to investors, as passbook savings no longer provide even a hedge against inflation. Buy wherever possible and share with colleagues-no other collection depends so much on currency.-Susan Awe, Jefferson Cty. P.L. System, Arvada, Col.
This third edition contains the latest electronic information sources and recent books, journals, and newsletters. Features include a core list of some 200 print business reference sources; about 300 abstracts of business, reference, and business librarianship literature; and essays on acquisition and collection development and business reference services. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747394
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/18/1994
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

BERNARD S. SCHLESSINGER, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus from the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University in Denton.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Core List of Printed Business Reference Sources 1
Core List 3
Pt. 2 The Literature of Business Reference and Business Libraries: 1976-1994 99
Bibliography 106
Pt. 3 Business Reference Sources and Services: Essays 157
Online in the Information Age - Access to Business Databases 159
Access to U.S. Government Information: Recommended Directories, Bibliographies, Indexes, Periodicals, and Catalogs 209
Access to U.S. Government Information: Selected Federal Documents on Business Topics 218
Business Periodicals: A Core Collection for the Smaller Business Library 239
The Best Investment Sources 249
Acquisitions and Collection Development in Business Libraries 272
Organization of Materials in Business Libraries 283
Reference Service in the Business Area 315
Continuing Training of the Business Information Professional in the 1990s: The International View 330
Index 339
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