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Survival Skills, Music Conservation, Parrots of the Wild, & More | Reference Short Takes, November 1, 2015


Emerson offers a solid (if scary) addition to the survival guide collections, an uplifting compendium for larger New Age collections, important knowledge from an expert on early musical instruments, a rich study of “the most human of birds”

Sharks, Baseball, Sweet Treats, and Speeches | Reference Reviews, June 15, 2015


A Pocket Guide to Sharks is ideal for scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts; Leventhal succeeds in relating an expansive account of baseball; readers will delight in this reference that serves any kitchen, chef, patisserie, or person with a sweet tooth

Sports, the Middle East, & the U.S. Presidential Campaign | Social Science Previews, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1


Coppins, McKay. The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House. Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780316327411. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316327466. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316383714. POLITICAL SCIENCE With all the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency, wouldn’t it be nice to have […]

Q&A: Roger Jänecke

Roger Janecke 2015415

LJ talks to Roger Jänecke of Visible Ink Press about trends in reference and how his company has responded to them over the years.

Histories of Irish Americans, the World Cup, plus Guides to Baby Names, Organic Foods | Reference Reviews, March 15, 2015


A thorough look at the history of Irish Americans in the United States, Lisi’s valued updated edition on soccer’s most important competition, an extensive investigation into naming your child, a must for those buying organic.

ALA Reference Announcements | Reference News, March 1, 2015


Several database vendors were showing or announcing new products at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting in Chicago, held January 30–February 3.

InCites Gets a Makeover | Reference News


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.

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


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


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.

Best Sellers: Reference, November 2014


From the Guinness World Records 2015 to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!