ALA Guide to Reference: 2 Month Trial

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The ALA (American Library Association) has provided UMass Lowell with a two-month trial to its Guide to Reference. The trial will run from March 2 until May 2, 2o11.

The Guide to Reference offers more than 16,000 essential print and Web reference resources across key academic disciplines, including General Reference, History, Science, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Guidance is provided in the form of expert introductory essays and annotations for entries.  It also offers tips for reference department activities such as collection development and reference-desk training.

This is the first edition of the Guide to be issued in electronic form. It takes full advantage of the Web’s capacities to connect information sources and create and link to content. The new edition supports curricula for undergraduate and graduate students, the research efforts of faculty and academic staff and the advanced information needs of the public. Expert contributors from more than 50 universities have identified the best available reference sources from leading collections in their subject specialty, such as Engineering by Carnegie Mellon.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

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