Part of any library science curriculum includes use of the venerable Guide to Reference Books by Winchell then Sheehy. This resource is now online only with the
Guide to Reference published by the American Library Association. It is intended as a resource for libraries when answering reference questions, planning library instruction, identifying items to purchase, and training staff.
The Guide to Reference is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary guide to both print and electronic reference resources. The annotated guide is organized by academic discipline and contains over 16,000 entries that are both fee based and open access. The Guide can be queried by browsing subject headings and by using advanced search techniques with keywords. Additional search options include date and LC classification. Users can set up a profile to create and save lists and other notes derived from searching the Guide that can be exported for use in bibliographic management software, such as RefWorks and EndNote. This resource is a basic reference tool useful to both an undergraduate and graduate audience.
While work began in 2000 to move the Guide to Reference Books online, this is the first to be issued online and include web sites. Closer to home, the Guide is now under the editorship of Denise Beaubien Bennett, engineering librarian at the University of Florida’s Marston Science Library.
For this resource visit http://www.lib.usf.edu. Click on Databases by Title or Subject to begin.