Best Free Reference | Best Reference 2014

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These ten outstanding, and free, resources are wonderful for helping patrons with everything from art questions to earthquake information.

Best Print Reference | Best Reference 2014

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The best reference books of 2014 include a surprising gem: Courthouses of Georgia (Univ. of Georgia) as well as other encyclopedias and atlases, handbooks, and more.

InCites Gets a Makeover | Reference News

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Thomson Reuters has recently upgraded its InCites platform, which analyzes various types of scientific output to give a complete picture of, for example, a scientist’s or an institution’s activity.

Oxford Historical Treaties; Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences | Reference eReviews, February 15, 2015

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It’s hard to imagine why any academic library serving legal and history scholars wouldn’t subscribe to Oxford Historical Treaties; Elsevier delivers high-quality reference sources into one platform for a much easier user experience.

Monuments of Tibet, Islam & Muslim Beliefs, “Mummymania,” & More | Reference Reviews, February 15, 2015

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Henss’s epic book on Tibetan history and culture will be in great demand, Renard explains Islam using an accessible and balanced approach, a truly rollicking blend of scientific and pop culture for “mummymaniacs” everywhere.

Arab World Research Source; Morningstar Investment Research Center | Reference eReviews, February 1, 2015

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There’s useful content to be found in Arab World Research Source, but it’s somewhat uneven and sometimes quirky; Morningstar Investment Research Center is a valuable tool for public libraries with the available budget.

English Grammar, World Religions, Jewish Ethics, Holistic Health & Healing | Reference Reviews, February 1, 2015

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An unusual approach to grammar; an introduction to the world’s religions, from the Christian perspective; a Talmudic reference to support ideas in writing or speaking; a starting point for those seeking alternative medicine information.

SF History, Guides to Champagne, The Beatles | Reference Reviews, January 2015

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A must-buy for sf aficionados and infographic enthusiasts; Stevenson delivers a superb tome to pore over or dip into selectively; Womack gives a wealth of information on the famous band in two volumes.

Scholarly Metrics | Reference eReviews, January 2015

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Connolly and Golderman investigate the burgeoning field of scholarly metrics and here review Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters), Plum Analytics’s PlumX, Altmetric for Institutions, and Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities.

Q&A: Mike Sweet

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Credo Reference is well known to librarians as the creator of Topic Pages, handy collections of reliable information on myriad subjects. Sweet, the CEO of Credo Reference here talks to LJ about information literacy and advocacy.