Library News from Germany

May 27, 2010

Reference Reviews Europe

Filed under: reference — Tags: , , , , , , , — Jürgen Plieninger @ 20:11

Each year Reference Reviews Europe offers around 300 English-language reviews of European reference titles. The journal is published in two forms: the electronic Reference Reviews Europe Online (RREO) and the printed Reference Reviews Europe Annual (RREA). Much of the content consists of abstracts in English of reviews that originally appeared in the German journal Informationsmittel: IFB (IFB) [previous title Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken]. IFB, edited by Klaus Schreiber (Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart) and formerly published by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut in Berlin, currently is available only online. Since its inception in 1993, it has reviewed more than 500 titles per year, covering reference materials in all subjects and formats. Although German-language publications predominate in IFB, titles in other European languages, including French, Icelandic, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish are also covered. The reviewers for IFB are mostly German librarians and academics. The abstractors for Reference Reviews Europe are mainly North American librarians.

The original in German is open access, but you can use the English edition, Reference Reviews Europe Annual or Reference Reviews Europe Online only as bibliography, because the abstracts are for subscription or purchase.

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