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Outstanding Business Information Sources: Reference Resources 2019

Sponsored by the Business Information Sources Committee (formally Business Reference Sources Committee)

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Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the outstanding business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed twenty-one entries; of these, one was designated as “Outstanding,” seven as “Notable,” and two as a “Notable New Edition.” To qualify for the award, the title must meet the conventional definition of reference: a work compiled specifically to supply information on a certain subject or group of subjects in a form that will facilitate its ease of use. The works are examined for the following: authority and reputation of the publisher, author, or editor; accuracy; appropriate bibliography; organization; comprehensiveness; value of the content; currency; distinctive addition; ease of use for the intended purpose; quality and accuracy of index; and quality and usefulness of graphics and illustrations. Additional criteria for electronic reference titles are accuracy of links, search features, stability of content, and graphic design. Works selected must be suitable for medium to large-size academic and public libraries.

In the fall of 2019, the committee voted to change their name and expand beyond reference sources for key business information sources. This will be reflected in future year's selections. 

Outstanding Titles

Notable Titles

Notable New Editions

There were no notable new editions selected in 2019. 

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