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Library Journal






30-34, 38


It’s been a robust year for reference, as reflected in our best of list. While you’ll find tried-and-true reference, such as the most recent edition of Oxford Atlas of the World, we also attempted to surface the unusual—it’s not every year we see an Atlas of Beer! Though it was a particularly good year for history texts (with books on the Renaissance, the Holocaust, and the Vietnam War), we are particularly excited about the offerings that explored subjects that have gone unacknowledged, such as the Encyclopedia of Black Comics and Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archive. Speaking of photos, many of these books are just as visually stunning as they are informative, such as Endangered, Natural Wonders of the World, and Thomas Schiff’s lush and lovely The Library Book. Finally, be sure to check out our roundup of the top databases of 2017 and the best free resources, which include amazing apps, websites, and additions to works you already know and love.

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Dar, M., Knapp, M., Lothrop, P., Pugl, D., Selwyn, L., Sharbrough, C., & Tench, R. (2018). Best reference 2017. Library Journal, 143(4), 30-34, 38.