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Introduction to Reference Work, Vol. 1: Basic Information Services, 8th Edition Hardcover – April 27, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072441079 ISBN-10: 0072441070 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 8 edition (April 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072441070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072441079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Don't let this book turn you off.
RNS
It escapes with 2 stars instead of 1 because the patient reader and beginner Library Science student may be able to glean some helpful advice from the text.
Evan Day
I have found it to be poorly written and organized and of little practical use.
Meredith B. Trunk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RNS VINE VOICE on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been a librarian for - jeees -- 32 years and looking at this current, eighth edition, cannot believe that Katz hasn't spent some of his royalties to edit this book down to a manageable number of essential resources and had the text redesigned to be more visually interesting and vibrant to help convey some of the fun that being a reference librarian is all about. The presentation is poorly presented, boring, tedious and zzzzzzzzzzz ... Oh, I'm sorry, I was looking through the text again. I must have dozed off, where was I?

Oh yes, as I was saying -- Reference work is fun! Don't let this book turn you off. If you enjoy talking to people, are curious and always find yourself asking: Who? What? When? Where? How? You're either a born reporter or a reference librarian and just didn't know it! Reference work is a holy profession, full of bright, cheerful and caring intellectual people; don't let this book get you down!

Katz is highly respected in the profession and knows reference resources inside and out. Unfortunately, for you, the reader, he has not done a good job to persuade McGraw-Hill to produce a very reader-friendly book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By door number 3 on February 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is terrible. I bought it for a class and by the end of the semester I was completely disgusted with it. It is full of errors: misspelled words, improper examples, inconsistencies in style and usage, and the like. It's hard to believe that this is the book's 8th edition! If you can ignore all of this then maybe you'll find some of the information useful. I'm not sure about its companion volume, I didn't bother reading it. All I know is that when I pay $120 for two thin books I expect far better quality than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quietlibrarian on October 11, 2007
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Just when you think you know all about reference resources, you are bound to learn something new in this book. For a beginner or an experienced person if you are looking for ways to reach different references , this book is great! I think it is worth every cent I paid for it... now looking to buy the second Volume.
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VOL I review
I am not in library school, but I am following along the curriculum of some library schools. This was one of the books required for reference courses in a number of universities so I picked it up to expand my knowledge.

The first two chapters are awful, the author seemed to take a 'librarian knows all' stance. I think you can skim through these chapters since they are not page turners.

In my opinion this "textbook" is not really a textbook per se. It is intended to teach you some new information, but in reality this book is really meant to be used as a reference book. It lists a lot of databases, what they are good for, where to find them, and how much they cost. I did not hang on every word of the text, I skimmed through it, because I am not rainman, I won't be able to remember all these facts from memory.

Using this book as a reference book, I expanded my knowledge of databases, I gained greater appreciation of the databases that my local and college libraries have, and I experimented more with them since I knew a little more about them.

Treat this book as a desk guide, and not a textbook, and you'll be fine.

The book gets 3 stars because: it is a bit out of date (8th edition), it is a bit self righteous, and because it is misleading. The book should be called something like "A Reference Librarian's guide to Reference Resources"

VOL II review
This book barely squeaks by with a 2 star rating.
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