ABC-CLIO Takes Home the Gold in Outstanding Reference Awards


Six recent ABC-CLIO reference publications spanning subject areas as diverse as religion, women’s studies, genocide and conflict, popular culture, and world history have been recognized by The Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), on its annual Outstanding Reference Sources List.

ABC CLIO’s representation on the 2018 Outstanding Reference Sources List, which RUSA defines as the most outstanding reference publications published the previous year for public and academic libraries, is truly remarkable. Of the 11 titles honored, six are ABC-CLIO publications, and ABC-CLIO is the only publisher to appear on the list multiple times.

Following the award announcements at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President, said: “We are grateful for this honor by the RUSA committee, and for the countless hours they volunteer to provide publishers with critical feedback. For over 60 years we have been dedicated to producing quality reference works that improve and support research and scholarship in the humanities and these awards are a validation of this endeavor.”

The 2018 Outstanding Reference Sources List marks more than a decade of annual honors for ABC-CLIO from RUSA. The new RUSA award winning titles, available for direct purchase at or through any major distributor, are as follows:

  • End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse in World Religions, Wendell G. Johnson, Editor (ABC-CLIO)
  • War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict, Jeffrey M. Shaw and Timothy J. Demy, Editors (Greenwood)
  • Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Peg A. Lamphier and Rosanne Welch, Editors (ABC-CLIO)
  • Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts, Timothy J. Stapleton, Editor (ABC-CLIO)
  • Musicals in Film: A Guide to the Genre, Thomas S. Hischak (Greenwood)
  • The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Paul R. Bartrop and Michael Dickerman, Editors (ABC-CLIO)

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