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Judith Matthews and Steven Sowards, Advisors

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ARBAonline is the most comprehensive, authoritative database for quality reviews of print and electronic reference works.

Derived from the trusted reference standard American Reference Books Annual, ARBAonline features more than 22,000 reviews of reference works published since 1997. Written by librarians for librarians, ARBAonline's reviews cover reference sources from more than 400 publishers in over 500 subject areas.

Accessible 24/7, ARBAonline lets you identify reference publications with confidence and ease, and enables you to keep library collections up-to-date, maintain quality standards, and ensure depth of coverage. More than 500 reviewers—all experts in their fields—provide thorough content evaluations that cover strengths and weaknesses of each reference resource and in many cases compare reference publications to similar titles, giving you pertinent information about titles that best fit your requirements.


  • Updated with 1,500 new reviews every year, users can browse over 22,000 reviews of print titles in subject areas ranging from social sciences, economics and business, literature, history, science and technology, health and medicine, and math
  • In addition to print titles, ARBAonline reviews over 700 CD-ROMs and websites
  • Features more than 400 publishers
  • Includes coverage of over 500 expert reviewers from the United States and Canada


  • Is easy-to-use and saves time
  • Helps you confidently select quality reference works and perfect your collection development process
  • Keeps you abreast of the latest releases and editions
Author Info

Shannon Graff Hysell has served as associate editor of American Reference Books Annual, ARBAonline, and Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers since 1998. She currently heads the five-member ARBA Advisory Board, who oversee the content and direction of the series.

Susanne Bjørner is president of Bjørner & Associates.

Joe Janes is associate dean for Academics Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Judith Matthews is head of Biomedical and Physical Sciences Library at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Steven Sowards is assistant director for Collections at Michigan State University Libraries.

Arthur P. Young is director at the Northern Illinois University libraries.



"The obvious advantage of ARBA Online is currency...ARBA Online presently contains more than 10,000 reviews with 1,700 to 1,800 being added each year, or 150 to 200 reviews added each month."Booklist

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