Best Free Reference Websites & Apps of 2016

INFOdocket editor Gary Price highlights the top free online resources and apps that should be at the fingertips of every reference librarian.

Best Databases of 2016

The most highly acclaimed databases and digital reference products reviewed by LJ in 2016.

Best Reference Titles of 2016

The top reference titles published in 2016, selected by a committee of LJ reviewers and editors.

Best Reference of 2012 (Including Best Free Reference)

There are dozens of the year’s best reference titles, but for sheer labors of love, winners this year are Louisiana Place Names, the entries of which were collected over a lifetime by Clare D’Artois Leeper, who died shortly before this was published by LSU Press, and Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera from University of Guelph entomologist Stephen A. Marshall, who displays the world’s fly families in 2,200 stunning color photographs from Firefly Books. Find those and many more, including Best Free Reference sources of 2012.