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An annotated guide to reference material on science and technology. This revised and updated edition contains over 7000 entries, the subject arrangement of which is based on the Universal Decimal Classification BS 1000M. A full subject index reflects the importance of the subject arrangement. The subject index has been streamlined and simplified, and includes more differentiation between levels of subject heading and an index to online and database services. Critical annotations and reviewers' comments accompany the citations. The entries are selective and evaluative in order to guide the enquirer to the best source of reference in subject area, whether the source be a journal articles, a textbook, a database, a bibliography, an encyclopaedia, a directory or a monograph.
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This latest edition of the first volume of the three-volume Walford's Guide to Reference Material provides excellent coverage of reference materials in sciences and technology. The editors have added over 1000 new sources (which now total 7,007), have expanded coverage of subjects of current interest (such as conservation and microcomputers), and have added an index of online databases. The book's primary organization continues to be by Universal Decimal Classification (UDC). Citations are annotated and often include quotations from reviews. In addition to the online resources index, there are author/title and subject indexes. This volume is the most currently comprehensive resource on science and technology in print. It compares most readily with Eugene Sheehy's Guide to Reference Books (ALA, 1986. 10th ed.) and the supplement, Guide to Reference Books: Covering Materials from 1985-1990 (Professional Reading, LJ 6/15/92). Both Walford's and Sheehy are excellent guides and cover the same areas of science (except Walford's places anthropology among the sciences) and include sources published mostly in North America and Western Europe. Walford's citations are more current by about two years; the titles covered were published as recently as 1992. It is also much more current, comprehensive, and usable than Ching-Chih Chen's outdated Scientific and Technical Information Sources (MIT Pr., 1987). One criticism is that the quality of the binding may not be adequate for the size of the text. With its expanded subject coverage, inclusion of online resources, and currency, Walford's still belongs on every reference and professional reading shelf.
Joyce Ogburn, Yale Univ. Lib., New Haven, Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Facet Pub, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1856040151