ENG 6009            Bibliography   for English Studies


Dr. Laura L. Runge    Office: CPR 358N/ 813-974-9469

Spring 2003    email: runge@chuma.cas.usf.edu

CPR 344                        Wednesday 3-5:50 PM


Mar 1.              Gibaldi, Ch. 8 & Appendix, appropriate Harner --

References:  Bibliographical Index, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Books in Print


Our reading and reference work is minimal this week, and so I encourage you to a) use the time to conduct research on your annotated bibliography and b) bring any issues to class that were not adequately covered previously (citation and notes, alphabetization, biographical research, etc.)  Note, I have changed the database Books In Print from Mar. 8 to today’s class.  Also, take some time this week to consider which of the online databases you would like to add to our class discussion on the open date: April 5.




Gibaldi, Chap. 8 – Abbreviations


Review the practices described in the chapter.  What surprises or new information did you encounter here?  (I, for instance, never abbreviated the names of publishers in my citations.) 


Review the list of Common Scholarly Abbreviations and Reference Works 8.4.  Again, what did you learn from this list?


Pay close attention to the proofreading symbols and practice them on your own manuscripts.


Much of the information in this chapter and in the appendix will serve you at later points in your writing and researching careers.  Take mental note of what the reference contains so that you will know where to go to find the information when it is called for!!





Bibliographic Index:  A Cumulative Bibliography of Bibliographies


A serial publication.  Examine the listings closely in order to differentiate the various publication formats of the bibliographies represented.  42 volumes through 2002 are shelved in the basement on the far left side, across two cases.


Note:  BI is comparable in scope to Theodore Besterman’s monumental five-volume World Bibliography of Bibliographies, 4th edition (Z/1002/.B4/1965) – well worth a look, if you can locate it.  The first to find Besterman wins the Besterman prize; please announce to the class on the discussion board.

Besterman goes back earlier than the BI and has even more universal coverage, although Besterman references only separately published bibliographies, i.e. not those appearing in periodicals or as parts of books.  There was at one time a 1971 reprint of Besterman’s 4th edition in Tampa circulating collection.


Supplementing Besterman is Alice Toomey’s A World Bibliography of Bibliographies, 1964-1974 in two volumes (REF/Z/1002/.T67).  As of 2-22-05, this remained in the main reference area.



Library of Congress Subject Headings


The latest edition, the 27th edition. 5 vols. LC26.7 is available in the cataloging department, the TOOLS table, but I don’t believe you can have access to it. 


The 16th edition of 1993 is located in circulating on the 5th floor:  Z695. Z8 L524a.


Five large red volumes, in multiple copies.  Note that LCSG is now available for subscribers only by website: http://classweb.loc.gov/.


WebLUIS programming does not always reflect current LCSH nomenclature.  Furthermore, you cannot call up subject headings in WebLUIS for which the SUS (State University System) libraries have no holdings. 





Books in Print – the database is no longer available.  You will be referred to the webpage for www.booksinprint.com.  This is a commercial site, part of Bowker’s Books in Print.  Evaluate the usability.  Note: this is filled with inaccuracies, but it is the standard place to look for records on books in print. 


What alternatives to Booksinprint.com can you use?  How effective are these alternatives?