RUSA announces the list of 2007 Outstanding Reference Sources

Contact: Eileen Hardy
RUSA Marketing Specialist
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2007

RUSA announces the list of 2007 Outstanding Reference Sources

SEATTLE—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the 2007 list of Outstanding Reference Sources for small and medium-sized libraries. The titles were selected by the Reference Sources Committee of RUSA to represent high-quality reference works that are suitable for small to medium-sized libraries.

The annotated list will appear in the May 2007 issue of American Libraries and will also be available on the RUSA Web page at

The Selections for Year 2007 are:

• “Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History.” ed. James Ciment. M. E. Sharpe, 2005. 0765680653. $499

• “Crusades: An Encyclopedia.” 4 vols. ed. Alan V. Murray. ABC-Clio, 2006. 1576078620. $385

• “Encyclopedia of Swearing: The Social History of Oaths, Profanity, Foul Language, and Ethnic Slurs in the English-Speaking World.” Geoffrey Hughes. M. E. Sharpe, 2006. 0765612311. $110

• “The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History.” eds. Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard Ryerson, Kirk Werner (Editor), Andrew McCormick (Editor). ABC-Clio, 2006. 1851094083. $485

• “Encyclopedia of the Developing World.” 3 vols. ed. Thomas M. Leonard. Routledge, 2005. 1579583881. $565

• “Encyclopedia of US Labor and Working Class History.” 3 vols. ed. Eric Arnesen. Routledge, 2006. 0415968267. $565

• “Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450.” 3 vols. ed. Thomas Benjamin. MacMillian, 2007. 0028658434. $395

• “Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America.” 3 vols. ed. Rosemary Skinner Keller. Indiana University Press, 2006. 0253346851. $325

• “Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present.” 5 vols. eds. Susan B. Carter, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Michael R. Haines, et al. Cambridge, 2006. 0521817919. $825

• “Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America.” Stephen A. Marshall. Firefly Books, 2006. 1552979008. $95

• “The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature.” 5 vols. ed. David Scott Kastan. Oxford University Press, USA, 2006. 0195169212. $595

• “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature.” 4 vols. ed. Jack Zipes. Oxford University Press, USA, 2006. 0195146565. $495

• “The Qu'ran: An Encyclopedia.” ed. Oliver Leaman. Routledge, 2005. 0415326397. $225

• “Right, Wrong, and Risky: A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage.” Ed. Mark Davidson. W. W. Norton, 2005. 0393061191. $29.95

For further information contact the chair of the Reference Sources Committee:

Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library,