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  1. If I sign up for a 30 day free trial, will I be automatically subscribed at the end of my Free Trial?
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  1. Why should I subscribe to ARBAonline?
    ARBAonline will provide you access to the last 11 years of ARBA-18,000 reviews. Written by librarians and scholars, these reviews will aid you in collection development and keep you abreast of the latest reference materials on the market. The easy searching capabilities and download features will save time for the busy librarian.

  2. My library already has the print version of ARBA. Why should I subscribe to ARBAonline?
    Both the print and online versions of ARBA offer critical reviews of the most currently available reference materials; however, ARBAonline will provide you access to the last 11 years of ARBA-18,000 reviews at your fingertips 24 hours a day. ARBAonline also provides the added feature of monthly updates, advanced searching mechanisms, and download capabilities. ARBAonline will save the busy librarian time while still providing the reliable and authoritative reviews that librarians have counted on for more than three decades.

  3. Where can I get an ARBAonline brochure or fact sheet to share with my colleagues?
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  4. How can I find out about the new features and books on ARBAonline?
    Email alerts notifying you of new titles in a subject area will be available in the near future. In the meantime, you can sign up for ARBAonline's electronic mailing list which informs of the latest additions and enhancements.

  5. How often is the database updated?
    ARBAonline is updated at the beginning of each month. Generally, 150 to 200 new reviews are added each month in a variety of subject categories. Newly added titles are highlighted with a blue bullet.


  1. Are there any special setup requirements on my computer to use ARBAonline?
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  1. What is ARBAonline’s privacy policy?
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    You can be assured of the following:
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    If you have any questions about our site or our privacy policy, please contact ARBAonline at arbaonline@librariesunlimited.com.
  2. How can I become a reviewer?
    The ARBA staff is always looking to expand its team of reviewers. If you have relevant professional experience and writing proficiency we would like to hear from you. You can contact the ARBA staff to request an application at arba@librariesunlimited.com, or visit the ARBAonline reviewer website at http://reviews.arbaonline.com
  3. How can I get books reviewed?
    Publishers wishing to have their materials reviewed on ARBAonline can send their reference products (e.g., dictionaries, encyclopedias, guidebooks, indexes, etc.) to the ARBA offices at:

American Reference Books Annual
130 Cremona Dr., Ste C
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

For more information on ARBA’s policies please read the Inclusion Criteria and Information for Publishers sections.

May 23, 2019
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