Resources for College Libraries (RCL)

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Resources for College Libraries (RCL) serves as a basis for undergraduate curriculum development, student research, reference, bibliographic instruction, and collection development. The result of a unique collaboration between Choice, a publishing division of ACRL, and bibliographic authority Bowker, it also serves as core list of book collections recommended for academic libraries. RCL covers 58 curriculum- specific subject areas and includes reviews that have appeared in Choice magazine. The database is searchable by RCL subject, LC Classification Range, Dewey # Range, Audience, Format, Awards, and date added to the database.

RCL is the successor to the print edition of Books for College Libraries, last published in 1988.


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Dates covered

Continuous coverage beginning in November 2006.

Updating frequency



Books, as well as a variety of electronic resources including e-books, CDs/DVDs, subscription databases, and websites.

Type of coverage

Books in Print type information plus class numbers, subject headings, audience levels, and related information. Also includes full-text reviews from Choice, and is linked to the so that searchers can ascertain whether Rutgers owns listed titles.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Although there is a 7 volume print edition available, it is not owned by Rutgers University Libraries. RCL's predecessor, the 3rd edition of Books for College Libraries: a Core Collection of 50,000 titles (six volumes) may be found at ALEXANDER, DANA, DOUGLASS, LSM, ROBESON REF Z1039.C65B67 1988.

Producer/content provider

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Bowker

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Bowker