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  1. Apr 2017
    1. Among Americans, for example, people for whom private space is a highly valued commodity, any number of devices— from having your own plate from which to eat, your own drawers for your clothes, your own special chair on which to sit, to even having your own bathroom can help achieve the goal of privacy.

      I like this particular sentence due to the fact that, I believe that you need a space a private space where you can put words on paper. A space that makes you feel like your out of this world. It's your space, no one else's. Since we are talking about the vernacular I find it cool how the author incorporated this sentence into his piece. ATLSPRs17

  2. Sep 2015
    1. The structures within the book are research based

      I'd be curious to know more about what kind of content is included and how it might be used.

    1. online at Dictionry.com

      Does this online source make Merriam's unnecessary?

    1. The DSM-5 Guidebook addresses the history and evolution of the DSM-5, the difference between DSM-IV and DSM-5

      Good -- documenting these kinds of changes is an important process

    2. bibliography of approximately 10,000 citations

      This would make it very useful as a full reference source and not just a fact checking source. Nice.

    3. Several new topics are introduced in the fourth edition, including the topics of “bisexuality,” “recovered memories,” “post-traumatic stress” and “post-partum depression.”

      Nice observation to point out.

    1. three hundred and fifty of the most influential literary figures

      Curious, how's the coverage of women, minorities, etc?

    2. By presenting the entries in a timeline, as appears in 501 Great Writers: A Comprehensive Guide to the Giants of Literature (2008)

      That's an interesting comparison. Would these works complement each other? Or would the second one make the first one unnecessary?

    1. While this particular book isn’t current at all since it is from 2009

      I don't know -- do the later additions function as supplemental to the previous year or do they also include information from previous years? In other words, would this be useful as an archival piece, also?

    2. The only fault in this layout is that it seems to be used by those who know generally what area they need to research about.

      Handbooks / manuals are interesting in this way. Maybe the option you mention in the following sentence might be a good addition that would exclude having to rearrange structure of the work?

    1. particularly in communications or sociology studies

      Why these students in particular?

    2. an archival option

      I'm curious -- what do you mean by an 'archival option'? Sounds like it would be useful.

    3. similar databases, this one is easier to use

      Good, but how so?

    4. The functionality of this database has been tested on multiple computers and devices and performs well on each.

      Interesting. Was there something about this resource that led you to believe it wouldn't?

    1. the internet version does not include page links in their index pagination

      Does it offer search/advanced search?

    2. covers topics from historical figures

      Despite the term 'handbook' in the title of this source, given its coverage of this extra info, does it go beyond being just a handbook?

    3. in need of an update

      I wonder how it compares to sources provide by MedlinePlus and PubMed?

    4. Exceptional

      "Essential," do you mean?

    1. Though no bibliographic sources are made apparent

      It may not need sources because it's functioning more like a dictionary. So, sources like these may be good for quick fact checking or basic info gathering.

    2. no identifiable references or bibliographic citations

      So it may not function well as a referring source. In fact, as a dictionary, it serves the other function of reference type work, which is to provide basic facts.

    3. which means that while the terms listed are likely still relevant in the field, there are many new terms missing from the past 12 years.

      Plus, those terms that are relevant might also need to be revised.

    1. The latest text on lock picking, Deviant Ollam’s Practical Lock Picking (2nd ed., 2012)

      Compare and contrast!

    2. There are no resources provided for readers interested in learning about legal aspects of lock picking, advanced picking techniques, or making their own tools.

      Nice thing to take note of.

    3. Mark McCloud presents a second edition of his visual manual for lock picking.

      Okay, so this must be awesome.

    4. This new edition of Cartridges of the World adds details for 55 new cartridges and offers updated information for over 1,500 types of ammunition.

      Proof that there is a reference book for just about any topic you can think of. Who'd a thunk? I love these specialized sources.

    1. These volumes are updated annually, with sources listed, including the date that they were first accessed, to help locate additional resources, if necessary.

      I wonder how this source compares to:


    2. With the website, since the search bars are simple and intuitive, there is no index.

      Is that good that there isn't an index? How does search work?

    3. each school that offers that major listed alphabetically

      The schools are listed alphabetically under the majors that are also listed alphabetically?

    1. FAO Statistical Yearbook 2014 Series – 5 vols, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, http://www.fao.org/publications/  —  Africa food and agriculture, 187p bibl index ISBN 978-92-5-108145-7 (print), E-ISBN 978-92-5-108146-4 (PDF), Asia and the Pacific food and agriculture,195p bibl index, ISBN 978-92-5-108145-7 (print), E-ISBN 978-92-5-108146-4 (PDF); Europe and Central Asia food and agriculture, 130p bibl index, ISBN 978-92-5-108167-9 (print), E-ISBN 978-92-5-108168-6 (PDF); Latin America and the Caribbean food and agriculture,197p bibl index, ISBN 978-92-5-108149-5 (print), E-ISBN 978-92-5-108150-1 (PDF); Near East and North Africa food and agriculture, 174p bibl index, ISBN 978-92-5-108147-1 (print), E-ISBN 978-92-5-108148-8 (PDF).

      I think this would be easier to read if you could separate these from the review text.

    1. This database is valuable for quick reference for clinical appointments, student presentations, and more, but it is not sufficient for in-depth research.

      That's quite good to know. One concern, I suppose, would be an over-reliance on this source that doesn't offer the capabilities to do really advanced research. Do you think that would be a problem?

    2. for healthcare professionals. With that said, the database serves a much wider audience than just those already considered “professionals” and should be considered a highly valuable source of information for pre-medical and medical students as well.

      So the health profession, broadly viewed?

    3. establishment of the field

      Maybe some assumptions about what this field is could be more explicitly laid out? What do you think?

    4. address both the United States and the United Kingdom

      Huh, I wonder why this is separated out? Any ideas why?

    1. Available selections cover jazz’s history from its beginnings, to current artists and evolving genres

      Nice search coverage. I'm really interested in what the strong content and weak content areas are of this resource!

    2. Popular music

      Is this kind of content a strong area? What are the strong content areas?

    3. tutorial section. While the average user will most likely assume quotation marks would initiate exact word or exact phrase searches, a single “equals” sign indicates an exact word and a double “equals” sign denotes an exact phrase

      Oh, okay. Good note here.

      Is the content really important and valuable to override these problems? Especially for music researchers?

    4. Users expecting Google-style searching aids

      Is there a help page for guidance? Will people familiar with how music is recorded have an easier time searching the site? Conversely, will it be more difficult to search if users are unfamiliar with music and how it's documented?

    5. Records feature

      Huh, what's this?

    1. For instance, the entry for Adelaide of Saxe-Meinigen incorrectly refers to her as the Queen of England instead of the Queen of the United Kingdom, and also asserts unconvincingly that she was an unpopular consort.

      Interesting. Could there be something that is contested about this issue, such that it might be factual under a certain view? Are references provided?

    2. Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)

      One of the benefits of converting print sources into digital formats (digital libraries, in fact) is that readers can start searching the source. How good is search on DARE?

    1. It perhaps is not something for those who have been studying theology for a long time, although it works as a quick refresher

      Or, could it help with referring readers to more in-depth material?

    2. it is unbiased

      Could still be?

    3. There is no other encyclopedia to compare it to

      There really isn't much. I found this:


      I wonder if that would complement this work?

    4. This dictionary does not attempt to give a detailed explanation of matters relating to  Christian theology

      Do you think a specialized encyclopedia might be better more appropriate for more in-depth explanations?

    1. Good resource

      So, optional, do you think? Or Recommended?

    2. However, the resource fails to accurately cross reference resources, particularly the cultural history of Panama by leaving out significant cultural influences.

      That's too bad. Are there any examples?

    1. Each topic

      Who are the authors of these topics?

    2. searched by keyword or phrase

      Does search work well?

    3. Encyclopedia of Alabama

      What's interesting about this encyclopedia is that it blurs the difference between what a traditional encyclopedia does and what digital libraries now do.

    1. (the “Nivkh” chapter is only 4 pages long, for instance), the information presented in this volume reflects the most complete, up-to-date information available

      Should it be longer? I keep going back to part of the title of this work: 'Concise'?

    2. Recommended

      this review is so praiseworthy of the work, it sounds like it should be 'highly recommended' or 'essential'!

    1. While some of the concepts remain important, because the handbook is severely outdated, it has lost some of its value to the audience.

      It might be worthwhile to list some examples.

    1. y not be a wise investment for an undergraduate student.

      Good purchase for a library, do you think?

    2. is organized, but is also somewhat difficult to navigate quickly

      well organized? Is navigation difficult because of the amount of material covered?

    3. Reference Source Review I

      These are superb and very nicely written.

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    1. contains exhaustive content

      Maybe include some example content?

    2. An index would be a recommended addition to aid in the ease of use of this material.

      Nice observation -- and you're right -- this is essential.

    1. essential to academic libraries

      These are very nice reviews. What's the recommendation level? Essential? Highly recommended? Recommended? Etc.


    1. this book may contain slightly out of date information

      what do you think might be out of date? Btw, a fifth edition is coming out soon. What might be updated?

    2. Introduction to Public Librarianship

      Underline or link to.

    1. The basic search more closely resembles the advanced search on other databases

      how so?

    2. Early English Books Online

      Provide a more complete citation.

    1. monotony of traditional history textbooks

      Is it an actual textbook?

    2. With bibliography and recommended for further reading information included by Johnson


    1. I recommend this resource for academic user based on the initial review and consulting the Louisville Free Public Library recommendation.  This website will be a valuable tool for high school and older students.

      same thoughts as above --- more info on search functions would help

    2. The site also includes a broader reference area that allows the user a more general information search.  It includes many of the same features as the other areas, but geared toward the adult user.  There is also a search feature that allows the user to type in any keyword or phrase.  Each resource includes specialized features that assist the user in citing the information, finding related information, and notes the reading level of the associated article.

      More information on arrangement would be helpful, plus a description of strengths compared to deficiencies

    3. Business ReferenceUSA Review

      Also a full citation needed here.

    4. Britannica Library Reference

      Full citation needed.

    1. completed

      or who have completed ...

    2. Authored by a bestselling novelist writing with an unassuming and engaging style filled with valuable points.


    3. While lacking a bibliography

      In many respects, this hurts it as a good reference tool.

    1. The inability such a small company to provide large amounts of customized data is acknowledged


    2. Sports Reference

      Source is good, but next time test the waters with something like SportDiscus: http://libraries.uky.edu/record.php?lir_id=426 or World Sports: A Reference Handbook: http://libraries.uky.edu/record.php?lir_id=3210