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  • Coverage Dates: 1997-present
  • Update Frequency: monthly

"Dr. Bohdan S. Wynar, the founder of Libraries Unlimited, compiled the first volume of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) in 1970 to provide librarians with a reliable tool to select the best reference materials for their collections and inform them of the most current resources available. Over the years, ARBA has evolved with the ever-changing library profession by providing reviews of electronic products and serving as a source of information on professional products for librarians and information specialists. ARBA is noted for providing reviews written by librarians for librarians.

ARBA is published in two formats: annually in print—Volume 36 publishes March 30, 2005—and as a subscription-based website, ARBAonline. The web version includes the data from Volume 28 (1997) - present. New reviews of reference works are published monthly in ARBAonline, and the reviews published from February through January in ARBAonline are published in the print edition. Libraries Unlimited and Paratext partnered to produce the first version of ARBAonline which debuted in 2002 at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference in Atlanta.

On February 1, 2005, Libraries Unlimited and its sister company, Greenwood Electronic Media (GEM), launched this new version of ARBAonline. ARBAonline—the most comprehensive, authoritative database for quality reviews of print and electronic reference works—has been entirely redesigned to offer a new layout and enhanced searching and browsing. The intuitive interface is easier to use and read, and search functionality has been enhanced to offer easier, more powerful searches. Users will now be able to search by author, ISBN/ISSN, and content area. In addition, you will be able to browse by subject, or can zero in on new features by browsing the monthly updates. As a reference and research guide, and collection development tool for reference works, ARBA has long been known as an invaluable resource. Now, with the benefits of continuous coverage, frequent updates, and a new, user-friendly design, ARBAonline is unsurpassed."

Exerpt from ARBAonline website

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