Reference Reviews Europe / IFB Abstracts is a quarterly compilation of reviews of reference works and bibliographies selected from the German review journal Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken ( = Information Sources for Libraries). The reviews are English-language summaries of the German originals and are addressed primarily to academic librarians who wish to acquire European reference sources for their collections. The reviewers are a team of North American and British librarians. Sources include works in bibliography, the humanities, the social sciences, history and area studies, and a few in the sciences. Although most of the original works are in German, some are in other European languages. The online files begin with a 1994 "backfile" and have appeared quarterly since then. There are nearly ninety reviews in the latest compilation. Each review, according to the editors, attempts to convey the scope of the work, a summary of its strengths and weaknesses, a bottom-line evaluation, and, when relevant, an assessment of related titles. The reviews in each issue are arranged by broad subject area. The World Wide Web presentation of this very substantial work is both attractive and utilitarian. The site is enhanced by a carefully written introduction entitled "Learn more about Reference Reviews Europe / IFB Abstracts," a search engine which permits searching of the entire database by keyword, good navigational links, and the use of diacritics. Reference librarians, acquisitions librarians, and serious students of European culture will want to visit this site often.
Reviewer: W. Thomas Nichol
Position: Systems Librarian
College of St. Benedict & St. John's University
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of review: 22 October 1996