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Edited by Kirsti Nilsen

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1992. 8th ed. 596pp, paper, $50.00
ISBN 0-8020-6004-8. CIP

Reviewed by Ted Monkhouse.

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September

This is the most recent edition of this guide for students in the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto. Almost 300 more pages than the 1984 (seventh) edition, the eighth edition is, however, still a representative rather than a comprehensive listing, containing almost 3,000 annotations for close to 4,000 references.

Each entry provides a general description of the item at hand, including its availability online or on CD-ROM. (It missed stating that the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Science ... is available on CD-ROM.) Using the Chicago Manual of Style for bibliographic entries, it includes where to find the item among the forty library locations listed for the U. of T. system, as well as the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library and the Toronto Public Library System.

Arranged broadly in four parts ("Gen­eral," "Humanities," "Social Sciences" and "Science and Technology"), the work contains forty-five subsections in total. Titles are arranged alphabetically within these sections as a general rule, if appropriate. The "General" section is by far the most exten­sive, considering this work's audience. Greatly appreciated is the repetition of a title in other sections where that item is interdisci­plinary in coverage.

This work is of most value to the working professional librarian. It is not a buying guide, since these books were not selected on the basis of being in print. It serves well when a librarian needs to know or be reminded of the reference tool to use to satisfy a request needing material outside the normal, everyday working tools.

The separate author, title and subject indexes get you to an entry number but no page. (I noticed that Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA) is not listed in the title index but is found at AF7. However, this minor error and the one previously men­tioned may be the only ones.)

If you're in need of that periodical title, dictionary, handbook, index, manual, directory, etc., this is a big help to most disciplines. There are other guides in the market-place, but this also does the job.


Ted Monkhouse is a school library consultant with the Wellington County Board of Education in Guelph, Ontario.
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