Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciencesby Fred W. Roper, Jo Anne Boorkman
Following the format of the first two editions, the third edition of "Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences" is divided into three sections: The Reference Collection; Bibliographic Sources; and Information Sources. The purpose remains the sameto discuss various types of reference and informational sources and their uses for reference work in the health sciences. It is written for the library school student as well as for the practicing librarian. The edition has been revised to highlight changes in key reference sources in the health sciences since the previous edition. Portable electronic formats (CD-ROM and disks) and online availability of sources are highlighted. Chapter 5 has been expanded as "Audiovisual, Microcomputer, and Multimedia Reference Sources" to acknowledge the role of these resources in the health sciences.
Author Biography: Fred W. Roper is Dean of the College of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. He is active in the Medical Library Association, and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Jo Anne Boorkman is Head of the Carlson Health Sciences Library, University of California, Davis. She is the co-author of "Reference Update" in "The Literature of Animal Science and Health", edited by Wallace C. Olsen, Cornell University Press, 1993. She is active in the Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association.
Description: Roper and Boorkman is the standard textbook for descriptions of major reference sources in the health sciences. This third edition provides updated descriptions, highlights changes in formats as a result of new technologies, and provides expanded coverage in place of deleted information.
Purpose: This book discusses reference work in a health sciences library by providing descriptions of various types of reference and information sources and how they can be used in supplying bibliographic and information assistance. The authors emphasize discussion of major reference tools; some titles of secondary importance are included.
Audience: The primary audience remains library science students and practitioners who are new to the health sciences field or who are interested in reading background information on unfamiliar titles.
Features: The chapters cover organization of the reference collection, bibliographic sources for identifying monographs, periodicals, indexing and abstracting sources, electronic databases, government documents, and technical reports and conference literature. The section on information sources includes chapters on terminology, handbooks and manuals, drug information, media, statistics, directories and biographical sources, history-related tools, and grants. Useful arrangement and notations of tools are provided. One appendix is included on a complete and thorough reference collection policy to serve as a model for the reader.
Assessment: This book succeeds in introducing the student to a basic understanding and appreciation of reference sources. The descriptions are accurate and up-to-date, and the organization of the book makes it easy to locate desired information. The chapter on organizing and managing the reference collection is special in its unique attempt to raise issues about this important activity. The authors gave up the chapter on health legislation sources, a regret given the issue of heath care reform on this country' s horizon. The expanded chapter on media sources is an important contribution.
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