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This course is designed for members of the library community who do not have formal library training.  It will help you learn how to evaluate both print and electronic reference resources.  Other courses in this series are on the reference interview, basic reference tools, and ethical issues in reference service.

This course is divided into four sections.  Each section has one or more web pages, plus a self-evaluation test.  You will typically move ahead in the course by correctly answering the last question on each self-evaluation.  The course takes approximately one and one-half hours to complete.  If you have stopped working on the course and wish to re-enter at a section, you may do so by clicking on the objective for the section in the list below.

While you take the course you will notice some links to external web sites.  If you click on one of these, a new window will open.  When you are ready to return to the course, just close that window.

At the end of the course is a final examination.  Idaho library staff members or trustees completing the examination will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion for the course.  Send a copy of the final page of the course to the Continuing Education Consultant, Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, Idaho 83702, or fax it to (208) 334-4016.

Completion of all Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) courses will earn a certificate of completion for the ABLE program.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education Consultant Team using our online contact form..

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Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn:

  1. The importance of evaluating reference resources.
  2. Criteria for evaluating all types of reference resources.
  3. Specific criteria for evaluating reference books.
  4. Specific criteria for evaluating electronic resources.

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