Reference Best Sellers | Reference 2016


The reference titles most in demand by libraries and bookstores nationwide from Baker & Taylor April–September 2015.

New Databases Releases | Reference 2016

Dozens of new and forthcoming databases to consider for your library’s electronic collections, with release dates indicated. Also listed are resources that were released in previous years that are still worth considering.

New Reference Releases | Reference 2016

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New and recent reference titles in categories from arts to science.

In with the (Mostly) New | Reference 2016


Like a spiffy wardrobe, a great reference toolbox is frequently updated. The following apps and websites will put some spring in your reference step. Some of them will be unfamiliar to you, and while others may be old friends, we’ve highlighted their lesser-known but convenient (or just cool) ­features.

All in the Family | Reference 2016


Top genealogy books, databases, and websites that will be useful to anyone interested in constructing their family tree.

Women Farmers, Wonders of Evolution, Mass Surveillance, Cancer Survival Strategies | Science & Technology Reviews, June 15, 2015


A comprehensive volume on farming for women, Schneier’s readable yet chilling book about the dangers of the ubiquitous mass surveillance, an inspiring compilation for anyone struggling with cancer, a heart-lifting self-help story

Q&A: Thomas Leitch | Reference 2015

Wikipedia U

Thomas Leitch’s Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age (Johns Hopkins, 2014; see review, LJ 11/1/14, p. 91) examines ideas surrounding accuracy and authority in the academy today and challenges what readers think they know about Wikipedia, its contributors, and its users. Via email, Leitch recently answered some questions about his new title.

Graphic Novel Reviews | March 15, 2014


Get in the ring with Schechter and Clarke’s Mendoza the Jew; chuckle along with Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?; experience the rise and fall of Stephenson, Bellegarde & Jordie’s Nowhere Men; nine reviews from the March 15 issue

Science & Technology Reviews | February 15, 2014


Reviews of Patrick Dawson’s Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time, Kevin Fong’s Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century, Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and a list of titles from the February 15 issue.

A Genre’s Woman Problem | Mystery BackTalk, December 2013


Award-winning author Hilary Davidson decries crime fiction’s violent misogyny