Cold War Intelligence Online; Core Concepts: Chemistry | Reference eReviews

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A collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents illustrating the U.S. intelligence community’s spying on the USSR throughout the Cold War; an online chemistry resource for middle school and high school students.

Facts To Make Your Mouth Drop, Oxford’s Dictionary of Journalism, Contemporary Slang, & More | Reference Reviews

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Titles like Facts To Make Your Mouth Drop are somewhat addictive, providing entertainment and plenty of laughs; a very affordable resource for journalism schools and reference collections in large public libraries

Transparent Language Online; Rosetta Stone Library Solution | Reference eReviews

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TLO offers not only a wide variety of languages but also different forms of some languages (both Urdu and Urdu–transliterated, for example); Rosetta Stone is popular, but libraries might be better off with a more comprehensive language-learning service.

What’s the Best Database of 2014?

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ARTstor and JSTOR. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Credo Reference. What do all these resources have in common? They’ve been named Best Database by LJ readers over the past three years. It’s time to pick the 2014 winner, and we want to hear from you! The winner will top the list of our popular “Best Databases” […]

Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

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Consider the Fisherman’s Bible for more complete angler collections only; a recommended ready reference on a growing demographic; an illuminating compendium for money-crunching history buffs

The LGBT Experience | Reference eReviews & E-Short Takes

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Librarians Connolly and Golderman examine the resources that deliver—via text and film—archival history, scholarly research, and popular thought relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) experience in all its variations.

Overviews of Black Migration, Analytic Philosophy, Conifers, Social Deviance | Reference Reviews

Great Migration

Editor Reich’s excellent work provides researchers with a broad overview of the two waves of migration by Southern blacks to the North and West regions of the United States, a detailed work comprised of beautiful photographs

Reference Questions on Ephemera | Ask Reddy

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Thorny Reference Questions Tackled Dear Reddy: While at the reference desk this morning, I had a gentleman come in asking if we had anything on package labels, matchbook covers, old railroad timetables, and a bunch of other stuff that sounds like total junk. He said he collects these things, and called them ephemera, a word […]

1960s Broadway Musicals, A Guide to Digital Media, Oxford’s Islam and Politics | Reference Reviews

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Despite some shortcomings this is a useful resource for theater buffs and general readers, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media accomplishes its goals and is appropriate for any collection

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924–1950, U.S. Political Stats | Reference eReviews

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Highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries everywhere, a boon to students and frontline librarians for the ads alone; U.S. Political Stats is not a database for a cash-strapped library…but may be a worthwhile time-saver.

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