Cheryl LaGuardia

About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | Reference eReviews

There’s no question that Secret Files offers valuable primary source material. However, given the high price, those who have a large collection budget and serve scholars of these subjects should seek out a free trial before committing to ­purchasing.

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender | Reference eReviews, September 15, 2016

With a combination of grassroots, local, national, and international full-text primary source content, this archive is recommended to academic libraries serving scholarly researchers

Sage’s Business Researcher | Reference eReviews, February 1, 2016

Business Researcher is solid overall; however, the searching functionality needs improvement.

Colonial America | Reference eReviews, November 15, 2015

There should be at least one copy of Adam Matthew’s Colonial America in each state within the United States, accessible to all American history researchers.

Asian Film Online | Reference eReviews, March 15, 2015

Asian Film Online: Volume 1 is a streaming video collection of nearly 690 feature films, documentaries, animations, and shorts selected by film scholars and critics.

Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1980 | Reference eReviews, March 1, 2015

This collection gives ready, granular access (thanks to meticulous metadata) to an exhaustive archive of formerly confidential material.

Best Databases 2013 | Best Reference

Database reviewer LaGuardia outlines her picks for the best resources of the year, including her favorite rerelease, a great option for the job seekers in your library. For a list of the databases lauded by our readers, see

Reference eReviews | June 15, 2013

Reference eReviews from the June 15 issue.

Reference eReviews | May 15, 2013

The latest reference eReviews from the May 15 issue.

Reference eReviews | May 1, 2013

An ereview of Merriam-Webster Unabridged.