Best of Reference 2007: Big Top Reference
Annotation:From Sappho to Steinem to Sontag – authors, works, topics, timelines, criticism, filmographies, and primary sources (to name a few) convey the depth and breadth of the feminist literary movement.
Annotation:This three-volume encyclopedia covers the impact of Latinas in many areas of society including the arts, science, politics and much more. In-depth biographical information fills a much needed (and well deserved) place in reference collections in the city and across the United States.
Annotation:What do Hispanics think about the war in Iraq, or the immigration debate? How do they view their place in U.S. society? Stay informed and draw your own conclusions about these and other critical questions, using this nonpartisan research center's website.
Annotation:Let your government and your tax dollars work for you -- stay safe by using this online resource for recalls. Search current and past recalls posted by six separate federal agencies of everything from Acme toys to peanut butter to Zenith TVs. Also – Información en español.
Annotation:An objective, independent means to analyze school data by examining national and state test results, class size, graduation and dropout rates, demographics, adult education, comparisons of spending, revenues and taxes.
Annotation:This colorful atlas provides ample maps, charts, photos, illustrations and information to help us understand climate change and face its great challenges.
Annotation:Hudson's masterpiece speaks of the many people, places, and even songs that were part of the railroad. This exhaustive tome will bring light to the well-hidden Underground Railroad.
Annotation:If you are a fan of “CSI” or old enough to remember “Quincy, M.E.,” then this is the reference tool for you. A must-have for curious forensic fans looking for more information than TV provides. The substantial introduction gives a detailed history of forensic science.
Annotation:To learn more about a drug, you may reach for the latest edition of the PDR. But what if your doctor has taken a more novel approach? One out of every four prescriptions written is off-label: administered for a treatment the FDA hasn’t formally approved. Learn about your options as well as the risks, side effects, and interactions.
Annotation:This book is vital to understanding the social currents and political changes that rock this volatile region of the globe- from Afghanistan to Yemen and all stops in between. Points along the way include types of governments and constitutions, political parties, NGOs and foreign relations.
Annotation:More than the familiar guide to herbal remedies, this is illustrated with botanical drawings and color photographs. It gives the cultural, historical, and scientific background of hundreds of plants used for healing by people the world over.
Annotation:The place to steer patrons for practice on exams such as the GED, ASVAB, civil service, nursing, and TOEFL. Subject e-books can be downloaded. Whatever you need in the world of tests, you'll likely find it here. Totally free through NYPL's website.
Annotation:Get a better understanding of Queer Culture in the world by searching the thematic list of entries. You will find details on international gays, lesbians, and bisexual or transgender individuals as well as topics of relevance to the gay community.
Annotation:Herbal solutions and support for all that ails you. Find the right supplement, the proper dose, and the perfect meal and recipe to keep you feeling your best.
Annotation:From the wilds of central Ohio, OCLC has finally unleashed WorldCat to the wider web. Search for materials held by member libraries around the globe, and then narrow it down to see where to find those items close to home.
Annotation:“You want a primary source from when?” One-stop shopping for full-text digital images from more than a thousand U.S. newspapers published from 1690 to 1922. Zoom in and out of particular time periods with a score of handy limit options.
Annotation:You say tomato… I say, well, heirloom, plum, cherry, or beefsteak. Whether you’re looking for the definition of cuttlefish, cornichons, or Cincinnati chili, this encyclopedia gives you the meaning, history, and context for each term. It also includes important culinary tools, techniques and people.
Annotation:A wild and unexpected romp through the world’s most famous buildings, organized chronologically and cutting across continents. Maps, floor plans, and approachable text draw out surprising architectural ties between such structures as the Forbidden City and Villa Medici.
Annotation:This handy website will show you who invented what. When they invented what they invented and where they invented it, too. Last but not least you will even learn how they invented it. A quick and easy way to research the many inventions that have made our lives easier.
Annotation:This vital archive holds high-resolution scanned images of scholarly journals from the seventeenth century to the last three to five years. Search, browse, link, and print full-text articles in cultural studies, literature, economics, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science and sociology.
Annotation:This isn’t your grandfather’s price guide! Thirty-five chapters detail average selling prices for a wide variety of goods, based on careful analysis of past sales. Each category includes useful tips for buyers and sellers on eBay whether you’re looking to make a buck or score a great deal.
Annotation:What are the origins of your favorite curses and swear words? Need some insults from literature or classic film to impress your friends? There's something to offend and amuse everyone in this comprehensive volume, complete with illustrations.
Annotation:These volumes reflect and radiate the artistic and expressive folk tradition among African-derived peoples in the Americas and the Caribbean. They contain a mélange of music, literature, fashion, speech, spirituality & religion, social groups, personalities and much more.
Annotation:Organizing 66.6 million web logs, Technorati lets you browse the hottest searches, tags, and topics in the real-time blogosphere. As their slogan promises, you’ll know: “Who’s saying what. Right now.”
Annotation:f you’re looking for a website that no longer exists, or cached content from a page that has changed over time, type the URL into the Wayback Machine. It serves as a repository of hypertexts from the earliest days of the World Wide Web to the present.
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Best of Reference is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians for their usefulness in branch reference collections. Selection criteria include value and appropriateness for branch collections, organization of material, style of presentation, and authority of authors and editors. These sources were selected by the following committee from the staff of The New York Public Library: Helen Broady, Lauren Lampasone (Co-Chair), Fred Michel, Auburn Nelson, Kim Walstad (Co-Chair), and Jennifer Zarr; with Tara Kay Johnson and Hong Yao, Advisors.