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Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, organized by academic discipline.

An editorial team of reference librarians and subject experts have selected and annotated some 16,000 entries, both print and web-based, free and subscription. Users in libraries subscribing to Guide to Reference can set up a profile to create and save lists and notes to use in their reference and research work. This subscription database, published by the American Library Association, is updated on an ongoing basis.


"Credo Reference aggregates some of the best of reference works from more than 75 publishers around the world and provides them in an online reference service that is very popular with libraries. . . . We are choosy. . . . ALA's Guide to Reference has turned out to be the best . . . . because it is built on previous work going back decades we often find classics of reference which are still valuable and which other electronic publishers have missed since they're only looking at what's newly published. We get high marks for the quality of our content and ALA's Guide to Reference is one of our secrets."

John Dove
President, Credo Reference


"ALA's online Guide to Reference unlocks a hundred years of reference scholarship devoted to identifying, describing, and organizing the best sources for finding authoritative information on any subject. It blends traditional print reference tools with timely Internet resources and makes them available to any subscriber, anywhere at any time."

Peter Z. McKay
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida






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