Introduction to Reference Books


THIS book is based on lectures given during the 1945– 46 and 1946– 47 sessions of the School of University College, London. Most of its chapters describe the different types of reference books available, such as encyclopæ dias, dictionaries, and directories ; but other reference sources are also covered, including newspapers and other serials, Government publications, atlases and maps. There is a good chapter on bibliographies, and in the introduction and the concluding chapter Mr. A. D. Roberts gives sound advice on handling inquiries. Overseas publications are well covered ; but the book is weak on the scientific and technical side and would be improved by including the wider types of reference works in that field such as Thorpe's “Dictionary of Applied Chemistry", Glazebrook's ”Dictionary of Applied Physics"or Hutchinson's “Scientific and Technical Encyclopedia".

Introduction to Reference Books

By A. D. Roberts. Pp. viii + 181. (London: Library Association, 1948.) 12s.; to Members of the Association, 9s.


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BRIGHTMAN, R. Introduction to Reference Books. Nature 164, 296 (1949).

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