Series: Introduction to Reference Work

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Introduction to reference work by William A. Katz
Introduction to Reference Work, Vol. 1: Basic information sources by William A. Katz1
Introduction to Reference Work, Vol. II: Reference services and reference processes by William A. Katz2

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  1. Basic Research Methods for Librarians by Ronald R. Powell (1985)
  2. Reference and Information Services: An Introduction by Richard E. Bopp (1991)
  3. Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard Rubin (1998)
  4. The Reference Interview As a Creative Art by Elaine Z. Jennerich (1987)
  5. Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, Third Edition by Kay Ann Cassell (2013)
  6. Anglo-American Cataloging Rules by Michael Gorman (1967)
  7. Introduction to Reference Work in the Digital Age by Joseph Janes (2003)
  8. Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice by F. W. Lancaster (1991)
  9. The Whole Library Handbook 3: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa about Libraries and Library Services by George M. Eberhart (2000)
  10. Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century: An Introduction by Kay Ann Cassell (2006)
  11. Library Research Models: A Guide to Classification, Cataloging, and Computers by Thomas Mann (1993)
  12. The Organization of Information by Arlene G. Taylor (1999)
  13. Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction by Lois Mai Chan (1981)
  14. Conducting the Reference Interview: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Catherine Sheldrick Ross (2002)
  15. The Subject Approach to Information by A. C. Foskett (1971)

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