The annual edition of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) is an indispensable tool filled with practicing librarians' reviews of the latest reference materials. It enables libraries to build the strong reference collections their patrons need, no matter the size of the budget.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) provides collection development and reference librarians with critical reviews of all print and online reference materials published in 2011, as well as some resources from 2010 and 2012. Reviews are written by practicing academic, public, and school librarians who are intimately familiar with the needs of libraries and ideally suited to discerning both positive and negative aspects of each resource, including eBooks, electronic databases, and free reference websites.
The 2012 edition is organized into four main parts: General Works, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Technology. Topical chapters are arranged alphabetically within each section. Unlike many other reference review sources, ARBA comprehensively covers all materials that will be relevant for academic, public, and school libraries, as well as professional tools that can be used by librarians in these fields.
• All reviews are written specifically for this volume
• Each entry offers complete bibliographic information, including publisher, copyright date, pricing information, and ISBN
• An author/title index is included in addition to a comprehensive subject index
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About the Author
Shannon Graff Hysell has been editor of American Reference Books Annual for the past ten years. Working with a five-member advisory board, she is also editor of Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers and of ARBAonline.