Guide to Reference for essential general reference and LIS sources

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/19/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources,” edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing, collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information. Encompassing internet resources, digital image collections and print resources, it includes the full section on LIS Resources from Guide to Reference, which was voted a No. 1 Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers. In this guide, available through the ALA Store, readers will also find information on such essential general reference sources as:

  • bibliography;
  • biography;
  • core geography;
  • dissertations;
  • encyclopedias;
  • genealogy;
  • government publications;
  • language dictionaries;
  • newspapers;
  • periodicals.

Whitlatch, faculty emeritus, San Jose State University Library, serves as division editor for General Reference Works of Guide to Reference.

Searing, interim associate university librarian for User Services at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, serves as contributing editor for the Library and Information Science section of Guide to Reference.

Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, both print and Web-based, organized by academic discipline and available as a subscription database. An editorial team of reference librarians and subject experts select, annotate, and update some 16,000 entries. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or