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Prairies and Plains:
Robert Balay, editor and compiler
The Reference Literature of a Region
Prairies and Plains is an analysis of the reference sources—encyclopedias, bibliographies, biographies, almanacs, dictionaries—that readers and researchers will need to prepare class papers, resolve queries, build collections and develop strategies for investigating questions regarding the history and culture of the Prairies and Plains region.
Thanks to the annotations, this is an impressively well-thought-out introduction to the literature of the area. Ranging from 50 to 200 words, the annotations indicate where the authors come from and describe the work, pointing out useful features and exploring contexts.... This is an indispensable reference source for all libraries in this geographical area and others that serve American history readers.-Summing up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. —Choice
Outstanding Academic Title 2009 –Choice
About the Author
Robert Balay is the former Head of the Reference Department of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University (1968-86) and Reference Editor of the American Library Association’s Choice magazine (1986-2005). He is the General Editor of the 10th and 11th editions of the ALA’s Guide to Reference Books (1992, 1996) and the author of Early Periodicals Indexes (2000).
Hardcover and e-Book
8-¾ x 11-¼; 446 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9817736-2-9 (cloth); 978-0-9842260-9-2 (e-book)
2009: $125 (cloth); $59.99 (e-book)