Every year great librarians gather together to vote for the "Best References" of the year. But what makes this year extra special is this year all 3 library systems got together to vote for the best references sources. Check out the list below to discover awesome reference materials.
2008 BEST OF REFERENCE
APA Dictionary of Psychology
Gary R. VandenBos, editor. American Psychological Association, 2007.
This authoritative work contains 25,000 words and phrases, encompassing a wide range of subject areas in psychology and related disciplines, and is accessible enough for general readers. Now, how does that feel?
Atlas of Religion
Joanne O'Brien and Martin Palmer. University of California Press, 2007.
How many Hindus are in the world? Which countries have the largest number of Scientologists? Is the head of Iran required to be Islamic? This fascinating, fact-filled atlas provides colorful maps, sidebars and graphs highlighting the world's major religions.
An ideal librarian's tool, Credo Reference (formly XRefer) allows the user to simultaneously or individually search almost 300 classic reference works in varied subjects. A simple text box interface makes it easy to use.
Global Health Facts
This interesting site provides data on a variety of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and more. One can access data by topic and by country, Maps are included that provide population statistics indicating who is afflicted with various diseases.
Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: Home Edition
Cynthia M. Kahn, editor. Merck & Co., 2007. ISBN: 0911910999
Endorsed by animal-expert Joan Embry, this one-stop pet health manual, covering dogs, cats, horses, small and exotic animals, even sugar gliders, makes the "purrfect" reference guide to help pet owners keep their companions happy, healthy and well.
New York State Physician Profile
It just got easier to find a great doctor in New York State. This user-friendly website lists doctors' medical education, translation services, and legal actions taken against them. Doctors can add optional information about themselves, such as their published works and community involvement.
Science Reference Center
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This database is an EBSCO product available free through NOVEL. It has a searchable index with hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, scholarly journals, over 500 short videos and thousands of full color images.
Atlas of Global Development: A Visual Guide to the World's Greatest Challenges
WorldBank. WorldBank, 2007. ISBN: 0821368567
Health, eduacation, economic development, the enivornment...all big challenges for our world. Get a visual grasp on the data through colorful maps, tables and charts, and take away a snapshot of global development in many places at one point in time.
Civil Wars of the World: Major Conflicts Since World War 2
Karl DeRouen and Uk Heo, editors. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO, 2007.
This is a well-organized and comprehensive source that provides the background of the area involved, the civil conflict and its outcome. The in-depth coverage makes it valuable for both high school and college students.
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence
Nicky Ali Jackson, editor. 2 vols. Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 0415969689
This source provides comprehensive documentation on a variety of issues ranging from battered woman syndrome to date rape. The second volume covers laws on the topics.
As our world becomes smaller, globalization becomes more prominent. This website, geared for students and teachers but suitable for general users, aims to clearly, accurately and in a bias-free manner explain what globalization is and showcase the complex issues surrounding it.
World Encyclopedia of Archaeology
Dr. Aedeen Cremin, editor. Firefly Books, 2007. ISBN: 1554073111
Dig deep into this reference book, and you shall be rewarded with all manner of treasures from the past. Hundreds of color photos of artifacts are among the cultural discoveries readers will make as they travel through time and to sites around the world.
Body: The Complete Human: How It Grows, How It Works, and How to Keep It Healthy and Strong
Patricia Daniels. National Geographic, 2007. ISBN: 1426201281
With a sense of humor, a sense of wonder, and a sense of purpose, this lushly illustrated and well organized exploration of the human body serves as a comprehensive resource for all ages.
Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction
Jeffrey Prucher, editor. Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 0195305671
Boldly go where no dictionary has gone before with this entertaining and informative lexicon. Definitons of sic-fi terms, chronological usage history and sidebar entries on related topics such as robots and time travel make this a stellar reference source.
Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers
Yolanda Williams Page. Greenwood Press, 2007. ISBN: 0313334293
One hundred and sixty-eight of the most influential women writers of African and Caribbean descent, from the well-known to the obscure, and from 1746 to the present, are given their due in this rich encyclopedia. For high school and beyond.
Encylopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France and England
Diana Maury Robin and Anne R. Larsen, editors. ABC-CLIO, 2007.
This source acknowledges the often overlooked contributions made by women in the fields of science, politics and medicine during this period. Entries provide biographical information on figures such as Elizabeth I, Anna of Denmark, Catherine of Siena and more.
The Library of Congress goes Web 2.0 with The Commons! In this pilot project, users can add tags, comments, and identifying information to two outstanding photography collections of the Library of Congress: 1930s and 1940s in color and News in the 1910s.
Latino Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic
D.H. Figueredo. Greenwood Press, 2007. ISBN: 0313341540
Discover the rich, vibrant history and accomplishments of the Latino community through this expansive chronicle. From the prehistoric era through 2006, this comprehensive work is complemented by factual, unique sidebars on Latino literature, customs, and popular culture.