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 Selections for 2013
Biotechnology: In Context, edited by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner & K. Lee Lerner, Gale Cengage
Dictionary of African Biography, edited by Emmanuel K Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Oxford University Press
Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition, edited by Andrew T. Carswell, Sage Publications
Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology, edited by Daniel J. Christie, Wiley-Blackwell
Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, edited by Charles R. Figley, Sage Publications
Enslaved Women In America: An Encyclopedia, edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford, Greenwood
Japanese Philosophy: A Source Book, edited by James W. Heisig, et al, University of Hawaii Press
Literature of War, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press/Gale Cengage
Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History, by Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman, Sage/CQ Press
Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography, edited by Allan Haley et al, Rockport Publishers
Women in American Politics: History and Milestones, by Doris Weatherford, Sage/CQ Press