In this introduction to the literature of the public utilities, Roess covers publications that deal with public utilities in general, and the more specific publications that deal with the unique features of each utility industry: electric power, natural gas, water, and telephone. Bibliographic guides, glossaries and dictionaries, abstracting and indexing services, databases, regulatory reporting services, texts and monographs, periodicals, and other publications are listed, such as conference proceedings and standards. This literature guide is directed to those interested in the public utility industries, whether they are general readers or researchers. It shows the vastness of the literature and points the user to the more important information sources, as well as to organizations to contact for further information.
Anne C. Roess is librarian at the Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co. in Chicago. She has been Chairman of the American Gas Association Library Services Committee and Chairman of the Public Utilities Division, Special Libraries Association and is a reviewer for the American Reference Books Annual.