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Hospitality and Tourism Management: Reference Works

A guide to resources and research in hospitality


There are several major types of reference works, to name a few here:

Almanac: A usually annual reference book composed of various lists, tables, and often brief articles relating to a particular field or many general fields

Dictionary/Thesaurus: give definitions, subject overviews, broad perspective.

Directory: give a list of people, places, industries, associations, addresses and basic facts. Good for contacting experts

Encyclopedia: a comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically

Handbook or Manual: a concise manual or reference book providing specific information or instruction about a subject or place

Reference works in Hospitality at OSU Library

Below are a list of selected reference works in hospitality that are available at the OSU Edmon Low Library. Please note that those titles that are shelved in the General Refernece Area 1st floor are non-circulating, in-house use only. 

To search for other reference works in hospitality, use the library's BOSS search engine. Search tips: in your search, include keywords such as

hospitality AND handbooks  
tourism AND handbooks
food AND encyclopedias
hotel management AND handbooks
restaurant management AND (handbooks OR encyclopedias)