Reference and User Services Association awards

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The Reference and User Services Association annual Outstanding Reference Sources awards are considered[by whom?] the highest awards honoring academic reference books or media,.[1] Besides these awards, the American Library Association (ALA) also grants other medals and honors including the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the Dartmouth Medal for the "creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance."[2] In addition, the ALA List of Notable Books for Adults has been chosen yearly since 1944.

Nomination and awards decisions are made by the ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the "authority in top reference works in print or on World Wide Web."[3] Awards are selected by RUSA's Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) Reference Sources Committee.[4]

An annotated list of their selection of outstanding reference works is published annually in the May issue of American Libraries.

Recent RUSA Book and Media Awards[edit]

2015 Awards[edit]

  • 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.

2014 Awards[edit]

  • American Civil War: Definitive Encyclopedia and Document collection. Spencer C Tucker, Editor; ABC-CLIO
  • Literature of Propaganda, Thomas Riggs, editor. St. James Press/Gale Cengage
  • Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Jacqueline Edmondson, Editor. Greenwood.
  • Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference. Nancy Beck Young, editor. Facts on File
  • History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from Origins to Present Day. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, editors. Princeton University Press
  • Frogs of United States and Canada, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. author. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Encyclopedia of Mind, Harold Pashler, editor. Sage Reference.
  • Almanac of American Military History. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO.
  • Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, editors. University of Illinois Press.
  • Special acknowledgement to ProQuest, for continuing publication of Statistical Abstracts of the United States

2013 Awards[edit]

  • 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 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


  • Encyclopedia of Political Science, George T Kurian editor-in-chief. CQ Press, 9781933116440

Civil War Naval Encyclopedia, edited by Spencer Tucker. ABC-CLIO, 9781598843385

Competing Voices from Russian Revolution: Fighting Words, edited by Michael Hickey. Greenwood, 9780313385230

Oxford Encyclopedia of Books of Bible, edited by Michael D. Coogan. Oxford University Press, 9780195377378

Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites, by Donald B. Kraybill. Johns Hopkins University Press, 9780801896576

Polish American Encyclopedia, edited by James S. Pula. McFarland & Company, Inc., 9780786433087

Green’s Dictionary of Slang, by Jonathan Green. Oxford University Press, 9780550104403

Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, edited by Lyle J. Micheli. Sage Publications, 9781412961158

Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Michael Ryan, general editor. Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405183123

Homer Encyclopedia, edited by Margalit Finkelberg. Wiley-Blackwell, 9781405177689

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan D. Marter. Oxford University Press, 9780195335798

2011 Awards[edit]

Oxford Companion to the Book. Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H.R. Woudhuysen, eds. 2 vols. Oxford, 2010. 9780198606536

Encyclopedia of Identity. Ronald L. Jackson II, ed. 2 vols. Sage, 2010. 9781412951531

Encyclopedia of Geography. Barney Warf, ed. 6 vols. Sage, 2010. 9781412956970

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Michael Gagarin, ed. 7 vols. Oxford, 2010. 9780195170726

Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams, eds. 4 vols. CQ Press, 2010. 9780872895805

Off Broadway Musicals, 1910 – 2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows. Dan Dietz, ed. 1 vol. McFarland. 2010. 9780786433995

Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Joanne B. Eicher, ed. 10 vols. Oxford, 2010. 9780195377330 Berg Fashion Library. Oxford, 2010.

Chronology of Evolution-Creationism Controversy. Randy Moore, ed., et al. 1 vol. Greenwood. 2009. 9780313362873

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. Nigel Young, ed. 4. vols. Oxford. 2010. 9780195334685

21st Century Economics A Reference Handbook. Rhona C. Free, ed. 2 vols. Sage. 2010. 9781412961424

Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Mark Bevir, ed. 3 vols. Sage. 2010. 9781412958653

Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. John M. Levine and Michael A. Hogg, eds. 2 vols. Sage. 2010. 9781412942089

2010 Awards[edit]

Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia Greenwood Press, Francis P. McManamon

Encyclopedia of African American History: 1896 to Present Oxford University Press, Paul Finkelman

Encyclopedia of Modern China Charles Scribner’s Sons, David Pong

Encyclopedia of Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars ABC-CLIO, Spencer Tucker

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy Gale Cengage, J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman

Encyclopedia of Human Rights Oxford, David Forsythe

Social Explorer, an online reference resource location

Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential Facts McFarland & Company Publishers, Thomas S. Hischak

American Countercultures Sharp, Gina Misiroglu

Encyclopedia of Gender and Society Sage, Jodi O’Brien

Encyclopedia of Marine Science Facts on File, Nichols C. Reid and Robert G. Williams

2009 Awards[edit]

Dartmouth Medal: Greenwood Publishing, Pop Culture Universe. Honorable mention: Gershon David Hundert, YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.

Books and Beyond: Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading. Kenneth Womack, ed. 4 vols. Greenwood, 2008. 9780313337383. Encyclopedia of Taoism. Fabrizio Pregadio, ed. 2 vols. Routledge, 2008. 9780700712007.

Encyclopedia of First Amendment. John R. Vile, David L. Hudson Jr. and David Schultz, eds. 2 vols. CQ Press, 2009. 9780872893115.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Donald Haase, ed. 3 vols. Greenwood, 2008. 9780313334412.

Encyclopedia of Education Law. Charles J. Russo, ed. 2 vols. Sage, 2008. 9781412940795.

Climate Change: In Context. Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner, eds. 2 vols. Gale Cengage, 2008. 9781414436142.

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition. Jacqueline L. Longe, ed. Gale Cengage, 2008. 9781414429915.

New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation. Isobyl la Croix. Timber Press, 2008. 9780881928761.

Encyclopedia of Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social and Military History. Spencer C. Tucker, ed. 4 vols. ABC-CLIO, 2008. 9781851098415.

African American National Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks-Higginbotham, eds. 8 vols. Oxford University Press, 2008. 9780195160192.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Bonnie G. Smith, ed. 4 vols. Oxford University Press, 2008. 9780195148909.

2008 Awards[edit]

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. ed. by George Ritzer. 11 vols. Blackwell, 2007. 1405124334.

Encyclopedia of Body Adornment. by Margo Demello. Greenwood, 2007. 313336954.

Encyclopedia of Race & Racism. ed. by John Hartwell Moore. 4 vols. Gale, 2008. 9780028660202.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. ed by John B. Hattendorf. 4 vols. Oxford, 2007. 9780195130751.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film. ed. by Barry Keith Grant. 4 vols. Gale, 2006. 0028657912.

Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre. ed. by Samuel L. Leiter. 2 vols. Greenwood, 2007. 03133529x.

Brave New Words: Oxford dictionary of science fiction. ed. by Jeff Prucher. Oxford, 2007. 0195305671.

Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural and Economic History. by James Ciment. 4 vols. ME Sharpe, 2007. 079568067x.

Oxford companion to world exploration. ed. by David Buisseret. 2 vols. Oxford, 2007. 019514922X.

2007 Awards[edit]

Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. ed. James Ciment. M. E. Sharpe, 2005. 0765680653.

Crusades: An Encyclopedia. 4 vols. ed. Alan V. Murray. ABC-Clio, 2006. 1576078620. $385

Encyclopedia of Swearing: Social History of Oaths, Profanity, Foul Language, and Ethnic Slurs in English-Speaking World. Geoffrey Hughes. M. E. Sharpe, 2006. 0765612311.

Encyclopedia of American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History. eds. Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard Ryerson. ABC-Clio, 2006. 1851094083.

Encyclopedia of Developing World. 3 vols. ed. Thomas M. Leonard. Routledge, 2005. 1579583881.

Encyclopedia of US Labor and Working Class History. 3 vols. ed. Eric Arnesen. Routledge, 2006. 0415968267.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450. 3 vols. ed. Thomas Benjamin. Macmillan, 2007. 0028658434.

Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. 3 vols. ed. Rosemary Skinner Keller. Indiana, 2006.

Historical Statistics of United States: Earliest Times to Present. 5 vols. eds. Susan B. Carter, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Michael R. Haines, et al. Cambridge, 2006. 0521817919.

Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity. Stephen A. Marshall. Firefly, 2006. 1552979008.

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. 5 vols. ed. David Scott Kastan. Oxford, 2006. 0195169212.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. 4 vols. ed. Jack Zipes. Oxford, 2006. 01951146561.

Qu'ran: An Encyclopedia. ed. Oliver Leaman. Routledge, 2005. 0415326397.

Right, Wrong, and Risky: A Dictionary of Today's American English Usage. Norton, 2005. 0393061191.


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