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!

Barsanti on Film, Liebman on Health & Fitness, U.S. Birth & Death Rates | Reference Reviews

­Liebman’s no-nonsense title goes back to the basics, educating users on how to do specific exercises; Vital Statistics of the United States is a core title that is ideal for ready-reference collections.

Facts That Astonish, Everything To Know About Zombies, Race and Racism in the United States, & More | Reference Reviews

Well-rounded essays offer concise perspectives of the vice president’s time in office, a fascinating, informative collection that anyone interested in the history of zombies will want to read, a focus on Muhammad and his legacy.

Urban Landscapes, Mythic Traditions, Magill’s Medical Guide | Reference Reviews

Atlas of Cities celebrates the urban landscape’s past, present, and potential for the future, Leeming’s likable and helpful work is recommended for public and high school library collections, expanded coverage of material related to aging, neuroscience, medical diseases, and infectious diseases

Humor Studies, American English, plus Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews

Laughter is the best medicine, and there is a good deal present here, a fascinating look at the American English language that will do well in circulating collections, a contemporary academic treatment to William Shakespeare’s use of plant and garden terminology.

Wagner Encyclopedia, Environmental Literacy, Animals & Birds of the Serengeti | Reference Short Takes

Birds of the Serengeti

A learned treatise on the life and legacy of an influential—and controversial—cultural figure; Dashefsky’s engaging tour of environmental topics; a colorful, easy-to-read overview of the fascinating animals to be found on safari in Tanzania