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[Visited June’17] The Style Guides and Manuals Reference Guide is a web-based handbook with a focus on three basic writing styles on the landing page: Chicago, APA, and MLA. The guide is then organized by tabs (topical) under the page header, and information arranged in boxes by more specific topics. For many styles, including additional styles to the three previously mentioned, the guide provides links to online resources and information on how to find paper resources. A tab labeled “Formatting Tools” provides information on how to generate references in each style. While it states this is a research guide for Style Guides and Manuals, the guide focuses heavily on citation and reference. Students looking for quick information for creating a Works Cited or References page would find this a good place to start. Multiple tools are provided, so students have options if a website is down or inaccessible. The author of the guide is a reference librarian, and his contact information is provided. The last update to the website was on 5/31/2017, and the information is current. The MLA handbook referenced is the 7th edition; while this is not the most recent edition, the 8th edition is less than a year old and may not be in use by all instructors. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, researcher. -M. Lieske, University of Kentucky student.



Information Science

This book is OVERDUE! How Librarians and Cybrarians can save us all.
Johnson, Marilyn. HarperCollins, 2010. $14.99. ISBN 978-0-06-143161-6.

This is not a typical collection of advice based on theories, research, and statistics. Students exploring or new to the library and digital library frontier will find this guide a refreshing collection of experiences told as stories. It is organized as a collection of chapters. Each chapter begins with a short quote which gives a general idea of the library role most prominent in the chapter. At the end of the book is a collection of notes about each chapter, along with a select bibliography. Published in 2010, the book covers challenges which are still prominent, such as privacy and information sickness. The author diverges from the expected academic nature of guidebooks to provide a stimulating and entertaining read which is at once a plea for the image of the librarian to move past the cliché and an acknowledgement of the roles of a librarian. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, semi-professional, professional, and library volunteer. -M. Lieske, University of Kentucky student.




The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Augmented Third Edition, College Edition.
Coogan, Michael (Editor). Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-528883-4
Subjects: Religion, Literature, Reference.

This translation of the Bible is not simply a religious book. The college edition contains many notes on the text, including comments on translation, context, and euphemisms which do not hold the same meaning today. The text is treated as literature, intended for study outside religious or moral debate. The end of the text also includes selected essays (including cultural contexts), timelines, conversions (i.e., of calendars and units of measure), a glossary, and maps of the relevant areas. Each book of the Bible has an introduction which summarizes facts about the specific section and gives brief background information. Overall a highly appropriate text for a literature focus, particularly given the translation notes. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate, graduate, researcher. –M. Lieske, University of Kentucky student.




An Introduction to Fiction, Tenth Edition.
Kennedy, X.J.; Gioia, Dana. Pearson Longman, 2007. ISBN 0-321-47583-6.

This text is a combination of a collection of short stories, selected essays, and guidelines on how to think critically about fiction. The book is laid out in chapters meant to guide the reader through the process of becoming an analytical reader. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of a story, such as character or setting, or on how to analyze and write about a story, such as discovering ideas, finding research sources, or organizing a paper. Also included are excerpts from writers about their own stories and selected essays, and many of the pieces have critical thinking questions following the text. Student work is also included with key points (thesis, textual evidence, etc) identified for the reader. Ideal for undergraduates, particularly those who struggle with ideas for writing essays. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate. –M. Lieske, University of Kentucky student.