May 24, 1995

Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences

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Chicago, Ill


by Fred W. Roper and Jo Anne Boorkman, 3rd ed, 301 pp, $35, ISBN 0-8018-2889-8, Chicago, Ill, Medical Library Association; Metuchen, NJ, The Scarecrow Press, distributor, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(20):1627. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520440081048

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Ten years ago, when the second edition of this volume was published, AIDS was just surfacing as a major health problem, the Internet was unheard of, no one knew what a virtual library was, and the Cold War seemed destined to remain a disruptive international force. Remarkably stable, however, have been the contents of this important volume. The third edition of Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences has added to the second edition when needed, while retaining the important elements that have made this volume such a unique information source.

This handy guide's primary purpose is "to discuss various types of reference and information sources and their use in reference work in the health sciences, regardless of format," with an emphasis on US publications and libraries. As expected, the major change between the second and third editions is the inclusion of information on electronic sources.

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