For immediate release | January 27, 2013

RUSA reveals 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List: Reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries

SEATTLE - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2012 have been named to the 2013 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual handpicked list from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries. The selected titles are valuable reference resources and are highly recommended for inclusion in any library’s collection. The 2013 winners are:

  • 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

The winners were selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee: Patricia Gregory, chair, Saint Louis University; Curtis Ferree, vice-chair, Fairfield University; Elinor Appel, North Seattle Community College; Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University; Julie Elliott, Indiana University-South Bend; Annie Fuller, University City (Mo.) Public Library; Adam Jackman, Pierce County (Wash.) Library; Emily Keller, University of Washington; Stephen Marvin, West Chester University; and Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Not a member, but interested in being part of a member community and enjoying discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at


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