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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.