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There are 789 annotated titles in this new edition of a well-received guide, which covers sources from the 1960s through 1995. More than 250 entries are new; nearly 90 percent of the remaining entries have been revised. Chapters are arranged by type of reference work, such as bibliographies, dictionaries, indexes, commercial databases and Internet sources, directories, career guides, and archives. The aim is to be a source for putting together the quintessential reference collection for journalism. Annotations range from 27 words to about 500 words. Most average 250 words. They are informative, critical, and interesting to read. They tell the user precisely what is valuable in the title, how to use it, and why it is important to the collection. Other titles that appear in the volume are referred to at the end of the annotation, and some notes contain references to related titles from the first edition or other sources. There is both a subject index and an author/title index. Jo A. Cates is former head of the Transportation Library at Northwestern University and former chief librarian of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where she got the idea for the first edition when faced with empty library shelves and the need for a book just like this. This is a useful reference tool for university libraries, public libraries, publishing businesses, and secondary schools with an aggressive journalism curriculum.
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