For immediate release | January 27, 2019

Outstanding Reference Sources

SEATTLE - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2018 have been named to the 2019 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA. The list was announced today at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications published the previous year 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 reference collections.

The winners are:

“1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List.” James Mustich. Workman Publishing Co.

“American Revolution: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection.” Spencer C. Tucker (ed). ABC-CLIO.

“Americans at War: Eyewitness Accounts from the American Revolution to the 21st Century.” James R. Arnold (ed). ABC-CLIO.

“Black Power Encyclopedia: From ‘Black is Beautiful’ to Urban Uprisings.” Akinyele Umoja, Karin L. Stanford, and Jasmin A. Young (ed). Greenwood.

“The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Spanish Films.” Salvador Jimenez Murguia and Alex Pinar (eds). Rowman & Littlefield.

“The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films.” Salvador Jimenez Murguia (ed). Rowman & Littlefield.

“The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society.” Sebastian Maisel (ed). ABC-CLIO.

“The Mythology Book.” DK.

“Plants of the World: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Vascular Plants.” Maarten J.M. Christenhusz, Michael F. Fay and Mark W. Chase. Kew Publishing and The University of Chicago Press.

The Outstanding Reference Sources selection committee consists of Kara Krekeler, University City Public Library, (Chair); Nateisha Allen, Pierce College; Shelley Arlen, University of Florida; Cindy Craig, University of Florida; Curt Friehs, SUNY Old Westbury; Lisa Johnston, Eckerd College; Alanna Sablotny, Chatham Area Public Library; and Paul Weaver, Owens Community College.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), 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. Learn more at

Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)

Seattle- Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the outstanding business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed nine entries; of these, two were designated as “Outstanding,” six as “Notable,” and one as a “Notable New Edition.” To qualify for these designations, each title must meet the conventional definition of reference: a work compiled specifically to supply information on a certain subject or group of subjects in a form that will facilitate its ease of use. The works are examined for the following: authority and reputation of the publisher, author, or editor; accuracy; appropriate bibliography; organization; comprehensiveness; value of the content; currency; unique addition; ease of use for the intended purpose; quality and accuracy of index; and quality and usefulness of graphics and illustrations. Each year, more electronic reference titles are being published. Criteria for evaluating electronic reference titles include the following: accuracy of links, search features, stability of content, and graphic design. Selected works must also be suitable for medium and large academic and public libraries.


Routledge Companion to Business Ethics. Edited by Eugene Heath, Byron Kaldis, and Alexei Marcoux. New York: Routledge, 2018. $220 hardcover (ISBN: 9781138789562) Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN 9781315764818).


The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy. Edited by Evan Selinger, Jules Polenetsky, and Omer Tene. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 601 p. $150 hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-10718-110-6). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 978-1-316-85927-8)

The Cambridge Handbook of Research Approaches to Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Edited by Patricia H. Werhane, R. Edward Freeman, and Sergiy Dmytriyev. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 322 p. $125 hardcover (ISBN: 9781107150690), Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 9781108548670).

The Handbook for Market Research for Life Science Companies: Finding the Answers You Need to Understand Your Market. By Jean-François Denault. CRC Press, 2017. 201 p. $149.95 cloth (ISBN: 978-1138713574). $59.95 paper (ISBN: 978-1138713567). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 9781315198606

Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership. Edited by Susan R. Madsen. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. 496 p. $290.00 hardcover (ISBN: 9781785363856), $65.00 paperback (ISBN: 9781788119740). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 9781785363863).

Research Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Edited by Richard T. Harrison and Claire M. Leitch. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2018. 512 p. $240 Hardcover (ISBN: 9781783473755). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 9781783473762).

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods. Edited by Catherine Cassell, Ann L. Cunliffe, and Gina Grandy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2018. 2 vols. 1056 p. $325 hardcover (ISBN: 9781473926622). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 9781526430243).

The SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Edited by Robert Blackburn, Dirk De Clercq, and Jarna Heinonen. London: SAGE Publications, 2018. 680 p. $175 hardcover. (ISBN: 978-1-473-92523-6)

Notable New Edition

A Dictionary of Finance and Banking. Edited by John Law. London: Oxford University Press, 2018. 511 p. $19.95 paperback (ISBN: 978-0-1987-8974-1). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 978-0-1918-3143-0).

Encyclopedia of African American Business. Updated and Revised Edition. Edited by Jessie Carney Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 555 p. $198 hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-44085-027-1). Contact the publisher for e-book pricing. (ISBN: 978-1-4408-5028-8).

The BRASS Business Reference Sources Committee contributing members are: Holly Inglis, selections editor; Felipe Anaya, Chair; Adele Barsh, nominations coordinator; Tom Diamond; Wendy Girven; Julia Martin; Lauren Reiter; Genifer Snipes; and Kendra Spahr.

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