Reference experts announce annual Outstanding Reference Sources list for adults

For Immediate Release
Sat, 02/10/2018


Leighann Wood

Sr. Program Officer

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

American Library Association

DENVER - The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2017 have been named to the 2018 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 the American Library Association. The list was announced today at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

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:

“Defining Documents in American History: Immigration and Immigrant Communities (1790-2016).” James S. Pula (ed). Salem Press.

“A Dictionary for the Modern Percussionist Drummer.” James A. Strain. Rowman & Littlefield.

“Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts.” Timothy J. Stapleton (ed). ABC-CLIO.

“Encyclopedia of Black Comics.” Sheena C. Howard. Fulcrum Publishing.

“End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse in World Religions.” Wendell G. Johnson (ed). ABC-CLIO.

“The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection.” Paul R. Bartrop and Michael Dickerman (eds). ABC-CLIO.

“Horses of the World.” Élise Rousseau.Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. Princeton University Press. 

“The Last Superpower Summits: Reagan, Gorbachev, and Bush at the End of the Cold War.” Sventlana Savranskya and Thomas Blanton.  Central University Press.

“Musicals in Film: A Guide to the Genre.” Thomas S. Hischak. Greenwood.

“War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict.” Jeffrey M. Shaw and Timothy J. Demy (eds). Greenwood (ABC-CLIO).

“Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection.” Peg A. Lamphier and Rosanne Welch (eds). ABC-CLIO.

The Outstanding Reference Sources selection committee consists of Cindy Craig, University of Florida, (Chair); Stephanie Alexander, California State University, East Bay; Nateisha Allen, Pierce College; Shelley Arlen, University of Florida; Laura Birkenhauer, Miami University; Curt Friehs, SUNY Old Westbury; Kara Krekeler, University City Public Library.

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