Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Reference Guide to Data Sources

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Reference Guide to Data Sources

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The Reference Guide to Data Sources. By Julia Bauder. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 172 p. Paper $62 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1227-0).

For librarians faced with reference questions that have them wishing for a data specialist on staff to provide guidance, The Reference Guide to Data Sources provides expert assistance. Written by a librarian for librarians, the guide contains clear and concise directions on how to start a data search. The book focuses on helping library professionals answer questions in the burgeoning field of data reference, but it could also be easily used by end users. The guide begins with basic background information on how to conduct a reference interview for a patron with a data need and an overview of data jargon, definitions, and terms. The author also lists major agencies that gather statistics at both the national and international levels, clarifying the reasons some data is disseminated and some is not. The second chapter lists general data sources, places to begin a search before heading to the more specific resources listed in the subject based sections. The subsequent chapters provide quick introductions to the kind of data collected in various topic areas and list annotated resources for each that are divided into major and minor sources. …

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