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Ready Reference 
What Questions 
Peterson Field Guides 
by Dana Dorais
Ready Reference Sources... 
allow librarians to provide ready answers quickly 
*Reference and public service librarians se...
Examples of Handy Resources 
Directories 
Almanacs 
Handbooks 
Manuels
Types of Ready Reference Questions: 
and some popular reference sources 
Who-Anywho, Superpages, Switchboard, Marquis’ Was...
Evaluating Ready Reference Sources 
Most important areas to evaluate are: 
Accuracy and Currency (updating policy) 
Also i...
More background on what facts 
from Cassell and Hiremath text 
Oftentimes what questions arise from consumers. For example...
Example of a WHAT ready reference: 
PETERSON FIELD GUIDES 
WHAT QUESTIONS CAN BE 
ANSWERED BY THIS RESOURCE? 
This online ...
Online Ready Reference: 
There are many resources available from Peterson guides 
such as apps, guide books and this prese...
Wiki background
Peterson’s 
Identification and fact guides 
wiki facts 
*His (Roger T. Peterson) inaugural volume was the classic 1934 boo...
The Field Guides by subject 
The site lists all their guidebook available from Houghton Mifflin via amazon: 
Birds 
Plants...
The site also introduces you to 
each of their series available for purchase: 
Field Guides 
First Guides 
Coloring Books ...
Types of Podcasts to be found 
Family Overviews: 
bird facts 
This is the best resource 
for ready reference at this site....
PODCASTS 
The main feature this online site has to help 
with ready reference what questions is their 
podcasts available ...
Podcasts 
Each unique 
podcast is 
focused and 
fact filled-- 
and provides 
excellent 
visuals and audio.
HOW TO 
Librarians can teach patrons 
how to download podcasts 
and show them the easy 
directions on the site as well.
Roger Troy Peterson-an 
inspiration 
I encourage you all to take some time 
to visit this site. 
My family loves to go bir...
Bonus features for convenience and fun: 
Toys 
Cards 
Calendars 
and 
Great 
APPS
Bibliography 
Referencing and Information Services An Introduction, Third Edition, Kay Ann 
Cassell and Uma Hiremath, Chic...
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Ready reference what questions peterson guides -dana dorais

  1. 1. Ready Reference What Questions Peterson Field Guides by Dana Dorais
  2. 2. Ready Reference Sources... allow librarians to provide ready answers quickly *Reference and public service librarians select a collection of resources that they can rely on to provide answers that are “straightforward” and require “little or no negotiation” . (Topic Overview for week nine, Dr. Huggins) *Ready reference questions seek answers that are “short, factual and nonanalytical information” (Cassell and Hiremath, p. 101)
  3. 3. Examples of Handy Resources Directories Almanacs Handbooks Manuels
  4. 4. Types of Ready Reference Questions: and some popular reference sources Who-Anywho, Superpages, Switchboard, Marquis’ Was Who in America, Who’s Who in the World What-Consumer Reports, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kelly Blue Book, Edmund Guides, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, Peterson’s Guides Which-Masterplots, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, RxList: the Internet Drug Index When-Anyday, Chase’s Calendar of Events Where-CIA World Factbook, City Profiles USA, Statesman’s Year-book How-Statistical Abstracts, Emily Post’s Etiquette, Robert’s Rules
  5. 5. Evaluating Ready Reference Sources Most important areas to evaluate are: Accuracy and Currency (updating policy) Also important to consider: scope, quality authority, format, appropriateness to audience, arrangement/usability and cost Cassell & Hiremath (p. 114-115) lists 4 ways to monitor online ready references: 1. check for dead links 2. check the citation sources for verifiability 3. cross-checking answers to establish accuracy 4. checking the updating timetables for each site
  6. 6. More background on what facts from Cassell and Hiremath text Oftentimes what questions arise from consumers. For example, “what is the best restaurant, vacuum cleaner, ...or the more weighty ones of what occupation, college or government aid is available” (Cassell and Hiremath, p.108) are all what questions. There are many patrons who need help with finding out what college entrants need to do to prepare and what trades are in demand and where to go to pursue them. In summary, questions for Ready Reference Librarians of the what nature can be simple or complex. But they all need quick answers.
  7. 7. Example of a WHAT ready reference: PETERSON FIELD GUIDES WHAT QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED BY THIS RESOURCE? This online podcast library with 15 family overview podcasts will answer questions about specific bird groups.
  8. 8. Online Ready Reference: There are many resources available from Peterson guides such as apps, guide books and this presentation will focus on the website: when you google “Peterson Field Guides”-you select... www.petersononline.com and this link will take you to… http:// www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/peterson/
  9. 9. Wiki background
  10. 10. Peterson’s Identification and fact guides wiki facts *His (Roger T. Peterson) inaugural volume was the classic 1934 book A Field Guide to the Birds, published (as were all subsequent volumes) by the Houghton Mifflin Company. (wiki) *The PFG series utilized what became known as the Peterson Identification System, a practical method for field identification which highlights readily noticed visual features rather than focusing on the technical features of interest to scientists. The series both reflected and contributed to awareness of the emerging environmental movement. (wiki) *Most books in this series use a section of plates of drawings (usually reduced from commissioned paintings) rather than photographs of the subject species, grouped at the center of the book. This allows for idealized portraits that highlight the identifying "field marks" of each species; such field marks are often indicated by arrows or straight lines in the plate illustrations (wiki)
  11. 11. The Field Guides by subject The site lists all their guidebook available from Houghton Mifflin via amazon: Birds Plants Mammals Reptiles and Amphibians Fishes Insects Earth and Sky Seashore Ecology
  12. 12. The site also introduces you to each of their series available for purchase: Field Guides First Guides Coloring Books Audio Guides Young Naturalists Flash guides Backyard Bird Guides Reference Guides Workbooks
  13. 13. Types of Podcasts to be found Family Overviews: bird facts This is the best resource for ready reference at this site. Though there is much more to discover.
  14. 14. PODCASTS The main feature this online site has to help with ready reference what questions is their podcasts available for download or on youtube. The links to youtube are there and a librarian could share these with patrons.
  15. 15. Podcasts Each unique podcast is focused and fact filled-- and provides excellent visuals and audio.
  16. 16. HOW TO Librarians can teach patrons how to download podcasts and show them the easy directions on the site as well.
  17. 17. Roger Troy Peterson-an inspiration I encourage you all to take some time to visit this site. My family loves to go birding and we use many apps-including this one. This site introduces you to the variety and marvel of birds. They are many amazing facts to find!
  18. 18. Bonus features for convenience and fun: Toys Cards Calendars and Great APPS
  19. 19. Bibliography Referencing and Information Services An Introduction, Third Edition, Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, Chicago 2013. http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/peterson/, 10/27/2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterson_Field_Guides Ready Reference Sources: Topic Overview for week 9, Dr. Huggins, 10/2014.

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