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Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources - The History of the Book 4 (Hardback)
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Cuneiform to Computer: A History of Reference Sources - The History of the Book 4 (Hardback)

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Hardback 440 Pages / Published: 05/03/1998
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Cuneiform to Computer provides a brief history of how reference works developed, but concentrates on how they reflect attitudes of their particular period of publication. Each chapter focuses on a basic reference form and highlights the major titles in its evolution. Stress is on the inter-relationship of reference sources with social change and development.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810832909
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Katz delves deeply into reference history...every page is filled with facts that you can drop casually at the next cocktail party or budget hearing... * Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie *
Katz's way with words is apparent throughout...an illuminating and readable book. * CHOICE *
...a delight...this book should be read by all aspiring reference librarians...a welcome addition to library literature and the history of the book. * Lisca *
The particular strength of this informative work is that it assembles material from diverse sources into a well-integrated study of the entire spectrum of reference materials. A thoroughly readable and authoritative history enriched by Katz's eclectic selections of comments, reflections and criticism from compilers and readers of reference works. * AB Bookman's Weekly *
I know of no such book as this: a history of reference sources in general...a dip into just one page and I was hooked. What more heady read for a reference librarian than a book about the origin of the books of their trade, and how they came to be, and why...now we have a history devoted to "our" books, our inheritance...with some 400 pages of text, a 27-page index, and 956 bibliographical and elaborative notes, Katz has done us a tremendous service...the depth of knowledge is impressive...anyone doing historical and literary research or interested in our intellectual history would do well to use this. -- Bob Duckett * s *
...fascinating survey of reference titles... * American Libraries *
Katz's book is an impressive brief history, and is also a pleasure to read... * The Library Association Record *

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