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Overview

Prepared with the Medical Library Association, this completely updated and revised fifth edition lists classic and up-to-the-minute print resources and helps librarians to meet customers' changing expectations for electronic versions of traditionally print reference sources, new reliable electronic only resources, and resources that they can access from their home computers through freely available Web sites or through library licenses. The authors address questions librarians need to consider in developing and maintaining their reference collections in both the print and electronic environments, focusing on works that can be considered foundation or basic works.

New contributors - including Jean Blackwell, Feili Tu, Katherine Schilling and Tom Flemming - provide fresh takes on organization and management of the reference collection; bibliographic sources for periodicals; indexing, abstracting, and digital database resources; U.S. government documents and technical reports; conferences, reviews, and translations; terminology; handbooks and manuals; drug information sources; and grant sources. Other chapters cover bibliographic sources for monographs, consumer health sources, medical and health statistics, directories and biographical sources, and history sources.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Heidi L. Marshall, MLS, AHIP (Washington Hospital)
Description: Written with the needs of health sciences library professionals in mind, this book is designed to provide reference resource information specific to that area.
Purpose: This purpose is to provide a selective guide to the major reference materials in the health sciences. The evolution of the health sciences reference field has been tremendous since the first edition was published in 1980, making this book essential. The objectives are met in the 14 chapters that cover all areas from print through electronics.
Audience: The audience includes students in the field of health science librarianship as well as working library professionals.
Features: The book concisely provides direction and advice for some of the most important reference resources that are available today. It includes a broad cross section of a variety of health sciences information. A health sciences professional with a limited budget should be able to build a core reference collection consisting of monographs, journals, and databases by referring to this book. It is of value to beginning professionals as well as librarians who have experience in the field. It is a book that should be referred to in order to insure a sound purchase of reference sources.
Assessment: The nature of health sciences reference resources has evolved since the first edition of this book, and it is essential to keep it as current as possible. New editions are therefore justified. This is a high quality book whose usefulness has endured for 28 years.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Heidi L. Marshall, MLS, AHIP (Washington Hospital)
Description: Written with the needs of health sciences library professionals in mind, this book is designed to provide reference resource information specific to that area.
Purpose: This purpose is to provide a selective guide to the major reference materials in the health sciences. The evolution of the health sciences reference field has been tremendous since the first edition was published in 1980, making this book essential. The objectives are met in the 14 chapters that cover all areas from print through electronics.
Audience: The audience includes students in the field of health science librarianship as well as working library professionals.
Features: The book concisely provides direction and advice for some of the most important reference resources that are available today. It includes a broad cross section of a variety of health sciences information. A health sciences professional with a limited budget should be able to build a core reference collection consisting of monographs, journals, and databases by referring to this book. It is of value to beginning professionals as well as librarians who have experience in the field. It is a book that should be referred to in order to insure a sound purchase of reference sources.
Assessment: The nature of health sciences reference resources has evolved since the first edition of this book, and it is essential to keep it as current as possible. New editions are therefore justified. This is a high quality book whose usefulness has endured for 28 years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555704810
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 389

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Appendices

A Brief History of Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences

Pt. I The Reference Collection

Ch. 1 Organization and Management of the Reference Collection Jean C. Blackwell Blackwell, Jean C. Jo Anne Boorkman Boorkman, Jo Anne Anneliese Taylor Taylor, Anneliese 3

Pt. II Bibliographic Sources

Ch. 2 Bibliographic Sources for Monographs Jeffrey T. Huber Huber, Jeffrey T. 35

Ch. 3 Bibliographic Sources for Periodicals Feili Tu Tu, Feili 47

Ch. 4 Indexing, Abstracting, and Digital Database Resources Laura Abate Abate, Laura 61

Ch. 5 U.S. Government Documents and Technical Reports Melody M. Allison Allison, Melody M. 91

Ch. 6 Conferences, Reviews, and Translations Dell Davis Davis, Dell Beatriz Varman Varman, Beatriz Mary Jackson Jackson, Mary 111

Pt. III Information Sources

Ch. 7 Terminology Michelle L. Zafron Zafron, Michelle L. 141

Ch. 8 Handbooks and Manuals Katherine Schilling Schilling, Katherine 155

Ch. 9 Drug Information Sources Susan M. McGuinness McGuinness, Susan M. Nancy F. Stimson Stimson, Nancy F. 169

Ch. 10 Consumer Health Sources Mary L. Gillaspy Gillaspy, Mary L. 215

Ch. 11 Medical and Health Statistics Jocelyn A. Rankin Rankin, Jocelyn A. Mary L. Burgess Burgess, Mary L. 249

Ch. 12 Directories and Biographical Sources Cheryl Dee Dee, Cheryl 303

Ch. 13 History Sources Lucretia W. McClure McClure, Lucretia W. 327

Ch. 14 Grant Sources Jo Anne Boorkman Boorkman, Jo Anne Tom Flemming Flemming, Tom 345

Index 361

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