Outstanding Reference Sources

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries.

Publishers are welcome to send books as they see fit if they believe they meet the selection criteria. For more information, please contact the committee chair Cindy L. Craig (clcraig@ufl.edu), listed on the committee roster page.


  • “The 21st-Century Voter: Who Votes, How They Vote, and Why They Vote.” Guido H. Stempel III and Thomas K. Hargrove, editors. ABC-CLIO.
  • “Gun Politics in America: Historical and Modern Documents in Context.” Harry L. Wilson. ABC-CLIO.
  • “Youth Cultures in America.” Simon J. Bronner and Cindy Dell Clark, editors. Greenwood.
  • “Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present.” Patrick J. Hayes, editor. ABC-CLIO.
  • “American Governance.” Stephen Schechter, Thomas S. Vontz, Thomas A. Birkland, Mark A. Graber, John J. Patrick, editors. Macmillan Reference USA.
  • “Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967.” Mitzi M. Brunsdale. McFarland & Company, Inc.
  • “Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe.” Jose Blanco F., Mary D. Doering, Patricia Hunt-Hurst, and Heather Vaughan Lee, editors. ABC-CLIO.
  • “The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation.” Bryan A. Garner. The University of Chicago Press.
  • “Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction.” Alan Burton. Rowman & Littlefield.
  • “Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.” Franklin W. Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr., editors. Oxford University Press.
  • “Africa: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Society.” Toyin Falola and Daniel Jean-Jacques, editors. ABC-CLIO.
  • Black Stereotypes in Popular Series Fiction, 1851-1955: Jim Crow Era Authors and Their Characters by Bernard A. Drew. McFarland & Company, Inc.
  • Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters: 956 Confederate and Union Naval and Military Personnel, Contractors, Politicians, Officials, Steamboat Pilots and Others by Myron J. Smith, Jr. McFarland & Company, Inc.
  • The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature Dino Franco Felluga, editor. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection by Paul R. Bartrop and Steven Leonard Jacobs, editors. ABC-CLIO.
  • The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal. Oxford University Press.
  • The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives Scott C. Martin, editor. SAGE.
  • Weird Sports and Wacky Games Around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbin by Victoria Williams. ABC-CLIO.
  • Women’s Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People Tiffany K. Wayne, editor. ABC-CLIO.
  • Worldmark Global Business and Economy Issues Thomas Riggs, editor. Gale.
  • American Indians at Risk, Jeffrey Ian Ross, editor. Greenwood
  • Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century, by Monique W. Morris. The New Press.
  • Bumblebees of North America, by Paul Williams, Robin Thorp, Leif Richardson & Shelia Colla. Princeton University Press.
  • Consumer Healthcare, Brigham Narins, editor. Gale Cengage Learning.
  • Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon. Barbara Cassin, editor. Translation edited by Emily Apter, Jaques Lezra, and Michael Wood. Princeton University Press
  • The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Jay S. Albanese, editor. Wiley Blackwell.
  • The Encyclopedia of Deception. Timothy R. Levine, editor. Sage Publishing.
  • The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Salvatore Attardo, editor. Sage Publishing.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Wars of The Early American Republic, 1783-1812. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO.
  • Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. Coeli Fitzpatrick and Adam Hani Walker, editors. ABC-CLIO.
  • American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document collection, Spencer C Tucker, Editor; ABC-CLIO.
  • The Literature of Propaganda, Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Press/Gale Cengage.
  • Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Jacqueline Edmondson, Editor. Greenwood.
  • Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference, Nancy Beck Young, editor. Facts on File.
  • A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, editors. Princeton University Press.
  • Frogs of the United States and Canada, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. author. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Encyclopedia of the Mind, Harold Pashler, editor. Sage Reference, publisher.
  • Almanac of American Military History. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO.
  • The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, editors. University of Illinois Press.
  • Biotechnology: In Context, edited by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner & K. Lee Lerner, Gale Cengage
  • Dictionary of African Biography, edited by Emmanuel K Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Oxford University Press
  • Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition, edited by Andrew T. Carswell, Sage Publications
  • Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology, edited by Daniel J. Christie, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide, edited by Charles R. Figley, Sage Publications
  • Enslaved Women In America: An Encyclopedia, edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford, Greenwood
  • Japanese Philosophy: A Source Book, edited by James W. Heisig, et al, University of Hawaii Press
  • Literature of War, edited by Thomas Riggs, St. James Press/Gale Cengage
  • Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History, by Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman, Sage/CQ Press
  • Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography, edited by Allan Haley et al, Rockport Publishers
  • Women in American Politics: History and Milestones, by Doris Weatherford, Sage/CQ Press
  • The Encyclopedia of Political Science, George T Kurian editor-in-chief, published by CQ Press
  • The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia, edited by Spencer Tucker, published by ABC-CLIO
  • Competing Voices from the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words, edited by Michael Hickey, published by Greenwood
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible, edited by Michael D. Coogan, published by Oxford University Press
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, by Donald B. Kraybill, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press
  • The Polish American Encyclopedia, edited by James S. Pula, published by McFarland & Company, Inc.
  • Green’s Dictionary of Slang, by Jonathan Green, published by Oxford University Press
  • Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, edited by Lyle J. Micheli, published by Sage Publications
  • The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Michael Ryan, general editor, published by Wiley-Blackwell
  • The Homer Encyclopedia, edited by Margalit Finkelberg, published by Wiley-Blackwell
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan D. Marter, published by Oxford University Press

Lists for the years 1963 – 1993 are in pdf format.

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