April 18, 2014

Core Reference Books

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Core Reference books for the small public library

Here is what I suggest a library of your size consider purchasing (minimum):

1.      World Almanac and book of facts 2012, $12.99

Buy annually – can contact Chris Spink, Tech Processing Dept about a

standing order

Otherwise, check amazon.com

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on      File (November 22,2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600571484ISBN-13:      978-1600571480

2.      Encyclopedia, est. cost $899  for 2012 edition

-  have one less than 5 years old.  I recommend World Book

Contact Chris Spink, Tech Processing Dept about ordering a set.

If you have a set less than 10 years old, you may want to have for

circulation.  Anything older than 10 years – TOSS!!
3.      Dictionary, $25.00 est.

– have one that is less than 5 years old

        Check Proquest for current article on what is recommended

        Or Amazon:

 Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. $26.95

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1664 pages
  • Publisher:      Merriam-Webster; 11 edition (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877798095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877798095

4.      Atlas, $13.95

.– Rand McNally road atlas – buy every 2 years

Check Amazon

Product Details for 2011 edition

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Rand      McNally & Company (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0528003364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0528003363

5.      Medical dictionary

3 years or less

Ex. Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary

Hardcover: 2176  pages

  • Publisher: Saunders; 31 edition (May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141606272 ·  ISBN-13: 978-141062578

6.      Have current  local phone book (free )

revised  11/29/2011