Outstanding Reference Sources

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries. An annotated list of these outstanding reference works is published annually in the May issue of American Libraries. The list is also included in Reference & User Services Quarterly and published on the RUSA Web site.

Publishers are welcome to send books as they see fit if they believe they meet the selection criteria. For more information, please contact the committee chair listed on the committee roster page.


The 2015 winners are:

American Indians at Risk, Jeffrey Ian Ross, editor. Greenwood

Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century, by Monique W. Morris. The New Press.

Bumblebees of North America, by Paul Williams, Robin Thorp, Leif Richardson & Shelia Colla. Princeton University Press.

Consumer Healthcare, Brigham Narins, editor. Gale Cengage Learning.

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Barbara Cassin, editor. Translation edited by Emily Apter, Jaques Lezra, and Michael Wood. Princeton University Press

The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jay S. Albanese, editor. Wiley Blackwell.

The Encyclopedia of Deception. Timothy R. Levine, editor. Sage Publishing.

The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Salvatore Attardo, editor. Sage Publishing.

The Encyclopedia of the Wars of The Early American Republic, 1783-1812. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO.

Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Coeli Fitzpatrick and Adam Hani Walker, editors. ABC-CLIO.