The need for new resources concerning the nature and function of bibliography is made plain by the dramatic effect of the computer upon information storage and retrieval. New tools ranging from online search services to CD-ROM and multimedia packages greatly expand the type of information present either in the home, school, or library. A guidebook detailing the resources available and basic standards of an enumerative or descriptive bibliography becomes an indispensable tool. This new edition of the Elements of Bibliography has been thoroughly overhauled, taking into account the impact of computer technology and new media practices. The book elucidates a practically useful history of the term bibliography and includes a historical survey of the creation of bibliographies. It also includes important tips on compiling enumerative and analytical bibliographies in light of new electronic resources, hints on using electronic sources to search out bibliographic material, suggestions for career opportunities in the fields related to bibliographic study, and a discussion of the future of bibliography in an age of increased 'electronic' literacy. Three appendixes include a list of abbreviations, a glossary of important terms, and descriptions of major bibliographic organizations.
Robert B. Harmon (M.L.S., Rutgers) is Reference Librarian at San Jose State University. He has also been an acquisitions librarian and maintains his own private reference service, Bibliographic Research Library.