Universal Bibliography/Reference

Type classification: this is a bibliography resource.

This part of the Universal Bibliography is a bibliography of reference.

See w:Category:Bibliographies of reference works and s:Category:Reference

  • Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources [1]
  • Mulac. Fundamentals of Reference. (ALA Fundamentals Series). 2012. [2]
  • Hopkins, Florence May. Reference Guides that Should be Known and how to Use Them. [3]
  • Roberts, Arthur Denis. Introduction to Reference Books. Library Association. 1st Ed: 1948, 2nd Ed: 1951, 3rd Ed: 1956 [4]
  • Benge, Ronald Charles. The Study of Reference Material. 2nd Revised Ed: 1962 [5]
  • Richardson, "Reference Books" (1893) 18 The Library Journal 254 (July)
  • Walford's Guide to Reference Material [6] Walford. Guide to Reference Material. [7]
  • Walford's Concise Guide to Reference Material [8]
  • Bryant, David. Finding Information the Library Way: A Guide to Reference Sources. Library Professional Publications.1987. [9]
  • Guide to Reference Books. American Library Association. 7th Ed: 1951 (ed. Winchell), 11th Ed: 1996 [10] See w:Guide to Reference
  • Mudge, Reed & Winchell. Guide to Reference Books. Fifth Edition. American Library Association. 1929. Google Books
  • Isadore Gilbert Mudge. Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books. American Library Association. 1917. Vol 3: Google Books
  • Reference Books: A Brief Guide for Students and other Users of the Library. Enoch Pratt Free Library. [11]
  • Reference Books. (PACAF Basic Bibliographies) [12]
  • Sader, Marion (ed). General Reference Books for Adults: Authoritative Evaluations of Encyclopedias, Atlases, and Dictionaries. (Bowker Buying Guide Series). R R Bowker Company.1988. [13]
  • Sader, Marion (ed). Reference Books for Young Readers: Authoritative Evaluations of Encyclopedias, Atlases, and Dictionaries. (Bowker Buying Guide Series). R R Bowker Company.1988. [14]
  • Lock, Muriel. Reference Material for Young People. (Readers Guide Series). Clive Bingley. Archon Books. 1967. [15]

Basic, fundamental:

  • Sweetland. Fundamental Reference Sources. ALA. 3rd Ed: 2001. [16]
  • Taylor and Powell. Basic Reference Sources: A Self-study Manual. Scarecrow Press. 1971. 1973. 3rd Ed: 1985. 4th Ed: 1990. [17]
  • Shores, Louis. Basic Reference Sources: An Introduction to Materials and Methods. American Library Association. 1954. [18] Basic Reference Books, two Eds.
  • Basic Library Reference Sources. (Small Business Bibliography 18). US Small Business Administration. [19]
  • Basic Reference List. Brooklyn Public Library. 1969 [20]
  • Bonk, John Wallace. Use of Basic Reference Sources in Libraries. 1964. [21]


  • Bowker's Best Reference Books [22]
  • Best Reference Books: Titles of Lasting Value Selected from American Reference Books Annual. 1970-1980 1981-1985 1986-1990
  • Checklist of the Most Useful Reference Books. Indiana State Library. 1967 [23]


  • Munford, William Arthur. Reference Books. (Book List, 2nd series). National Book League. 1949 [24]
  • "Selected Reference Books". State Library Bulletin. Issue 4. 1899 [25]

For libraries and media centres:

  • O'Gorman (ed). Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries. 8th Ed: 2014 [26]. Kennedy (ed). Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries. ALA. 6th Ed: 1999. [27]
  • Nichols. Handbook of Reference Sources and Services for Small and Medium-sized Libraries. Texas State Library. 2nd Ed: 1994. [28]
  • Hysell (ed). Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centres. Volume 27. 2007 Ed. [29]
  • The Classified List of Reference Books and Periodicals for College Libraries [30]
  • Peterson. Reference Books for Elementary and Junior High School Libraries. Scarecrow Press. 1970. 2nd Ed: 1975. [31]
  • Wynar. Guide to Reference Books for School Media Centers. 1973 [32]
  • Cundiff. Recommended Reference Books for the Elementary School Library. Wilcox and Follett. 1949. 2nd Ed: 1951. [33]
  • Cundiff. Recommended Reference Books for the High School Library. 5th Ed: 1955 [34]
  • CLA Basic Reference Books for Catholic High School Libraries [35]


  • Government Reference Books. Libraries Unlimited. 76/77 Ed

Countries etc:

  • Maichel. Guide to Russian Reference Books. (Hoover Institution Bibliographical Series). 1962 to 1967. Vol 1: 1962, vol 2: 1964, vol 5: 1967.
  • Guide to South African Reference Books [36]
  • Dalby. South East Asia: A Guide to Reference Material. (Regional Reference Guides, vol 2). Hans Zell Publishers. 1993 [37]
  • Bond and Caron. Canadian Reference Sources: An Annotated Bibliography: General Reference Works, History, Humanities. UBC Press. 1996 [38]
  • Guide to New Zealand Reference Material and Other Sources of Information. 1950. Guide to New Zealand Reference Material, Supplement No 1. 1951 [39]
  • A Classified List of Reference Books in the Reading Rooms of the National Library of Peiping. [40]

In print, paperback or special media (such as braille), or on the internet:

  • Lea and Day (eds). Printed Reference Material and Related Sources of Information. Library Association. 3rd Ed: 1990. [41] Higgens (ed). Printed Reference Material. (Handbooks on Library Practice). Library Association. 1980. [42]
  • Recommended Reference Books in Paperback. Libraries Unlimited. 1981 [43]. 2nd Ed: 1992 [44]. 3rd Ed: 2000 [45].
  • Wynar. Reference Books in Paperback: an Annotated Guide. Libraries Unlimited. 1972 [46]. 2nd Ed: 1976 [47]
  • Reference Books in Special Media [48]. Barber. Reference Books in Special Media: Addendum. 1987 [49]
  • Diaz, Karen. Reference Sources on the Internet: Off the Shelf and Onto the Web. Haworth Press. 1997. [50]
  • Miller and Pellen. Evolving Internet Reference Resources. [51]
  • Evolution in Reference and Information Services: The Impact of the Internet [52]



  • American Reference Books Annual (ARBA). 1970 onwards. 2019 Ed, vol 50
  • Index to American Reference Books Annual [61]
  • Reference Sources. Pierian Press. 1977 onwards. 1982


  • Katz. Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources. (History of the Book Series, Number 4). Scarecrow Press. 1998. [62]
  • Taylor, Archer. Renaissance Reference Books: A Checklist of Some Bibliographies Printed Before 1700. (Renaissance Bibliographies and Checklists). [63]

Publication, reviewing

  • Katz and Kinder. The Publishing and Review of Reference Sources. (The Reference Librarian, No 15). Haworth Press. 1987. [64]. (Routledge Library Editions, vol 70)
  • Balay, "Subject Coverage of Reference Books in Reviewing Journals" (1986) 24 Choice 424 (November)

Reference collections:

  • Nolan, Christopher W. Managing the Reference Collection. American Library Association. 1999. [65]
  • Nichols. Selecting and Using a Core-reference Collection. Texas State Library. 2nd Ed: 1993 [66]

Reference work

Reference services

  • Katz. Introduction to Reference Work [67]
  • Hutchins. Introduction to Reference Work [68]
  • Sharma. Reference Service and Sources. Atlantic Publishers & Distributors. 2006 [69]