For immediate release | August 5, 2014

Guide to Reference in business and economics

CHICAGO — Guide to Reference is used internationally as the “source of first resort” for identifying information and training reference professionals. Focusing on key print and electronic sources, “Guide to Reference in Business and Economics,” edited by Steven W. Sowards and Elisabeth Leonard, is a must-have for every reference desk. In this guide, available through the ALA Store, readers will find sources of information on such topics as:

  • business law;
  • e-commerce;
  • international business;
  • management of information systems;
  • occupations and careers;
  • market research.

Sowards, associate director for collections at the Michigan State University Libraries and the guide's division editor for the Social Sciences since 2005, reviewed and updated entries for this print format edition.

Leonard, formerly associate dean of library services at Western Carolina University, served as the primary contributor for the Economics and Business section of the online Guide from 2006 to 2012. This 2014 edition builds on her extensive work in selection, organization, explanation and writing, which supported the 2008 launch of the online Guide.

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

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