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Bérard, Sylvie, Julia Bettinotti and Gaëlle Jeannesson, 1996. 
Les 50 romans d'amour qu'il faut lire (Québec: Nuit blanche).
Bontly, Susan W. and Carol J. Sheridan 
Enchanted Journeys Beyond the Imagination: An Annotated Bibliography of Fantasy, Futuristic, Supernatural and Time Travel Romances, (Beavercreek, OH: Blue Diamond Publications). Various volumes, 1995 and 1996.
Bouricius, Ann, 2000. 
The Romance Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Guide to Love in the Stacks (Chicago: American Library Association).
Campbell, Lee, 1995. 
The romance series index and checklist: your guide to finding new keepers among old books (Parkersburg, W. Va. : Grace Enterprises).
Carpan, Carolyn, 2004. 
Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction (Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited).
Charles, John, Shelley Mosley, Joanne Hamilton-Selway, and Sandra Van Winkle, 2007. 
Romance Today: An A-to-Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers (Westport, Conn: Greenwood Publishers). Table of Contents from WorldCat.
Clevenger, Lisa, Jeanne Macho, and Shannon McCravy, 1998. 
The Alternate reality romance guide: A reader's and collector's resource for the paranormal sub-genres, (Beavercreek, OH: Blue Diamond Publications).
Falk, Kathryn, 1982. 
Love's Leading Ladies (New York: Pinnacle Books).
Falk, Kathryn, Melinda Helfer, and Kathe Robin, 1989. 
Romance Readers Handbook. Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. : Romantic Times, c1989
Fallon, Eileen, 1984. 
Words of Love: A Complete Guide to Romance Fiction (New York: Garland). Some further details via Google Books
Flesch, Juliet, 1995. 
Love Brought to Book: A Bio-Bibliography of 20th-Century Australian Romance Novels (Melbourne: National Centre for Australian Studies).
Guiley, Rosemary, 1983. 
Love Lines: The Romance Reader's Guide to Printed Pleasure (New York: Facts on File).
Henderson, Lesley and D L Kirkpatrick, 1990. 
Twentieth-Century romance and historical writers (Chicago : St. James Press). [This may be a revised edition of Vinson, see below. See also Vasudevan below.]
'Historical Romance
A Reader's Checklist and Reference Guide, 1999. : Checkerbee Checklists (CheckerBee Publishing). Table of Contents
Hubbard, A.P., 1984. 
A century of romance : including historical novels, period romances, gothic & romantic suspense, & family sagas from 100 modern storytellers, together with check-lists of authors' work, including bibliographical, biographical, and critical notes, (Richmond, Va. : Richmond Book Shop).
Jaegly, Peggy J., 1997. 
Romantic Hearts: A Personal Reference for Romance Readers (Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press).
Kay, Mary June, 1986. 
The romantic spirit: a romance bibliography of authors and titles (San Antonio, TX : MJK Enterprises).
Little, Denise, Laura Hayden, and Nora Roberts, 2003. 
The Official Nora Roberts Companion (New York: Berkley).
Mussell, Kay, 1981. 
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood).
Mussell, Kay and Johanna Tuñon, 1999. 
North American Romance Writers: 1985-1995 (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow).
Orr, Cynthia, and Diana Tixier Herald. 2013.
Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests. Section on romance fiction. 7th edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Ramsdell, Kristin. 1987. 
Happily Ever After: A Guide to Reading Interests in Romance Fiction (Littleton, Colo: Libraries Unlimited).
Ramsdell, Kristin, 1997. 
What Romance Do I Read Next?: A Reader's Guide to Recent Romance Fiction (Detroit, MI: Gale Research).
Ramsdell, Kristin, 1999. 
Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre (Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited).
Ramsdell, Kristin. 2012. 
Romance Fiction: A Guide To The Genre. 2nd. ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
Ramsdell, Kristin, 2018. 
Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood, 2018. Excerpt
Reno, Dawn, and Jacque Tiegs, 1995. 
Collecting romance novels (Brooklyn : Alliance Publishers).
Romance by the Number: Numerical Listing of Romance Series, 1993. 
(Baton Rouge, LA: Twilight Pub. Group).
Romance Forever Magazine, 1996-????. 
(Brooklyn, NY : Forom Pub. Corp). WorldCat details
Sheehan, Sarah, 2010. 
Romance Authors: A Research Guide. (Santa Barbara,CA: Libraries Unlimited)
Strasbourg, Rudolph, 1978. 
Strasbourg's catalogue and guide to the romances (Redondo Beach, CA : Strasbourg).
Vasudevan, Aruna (ed.) and Lesley Henderson (consulting editor), 1994. 
Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers (London: St. James). [Preface to the 1st and 2nd eds. by Kay Mussell; preface to the 3rd ed. by Alison Light.]
Vinson, James (ed.) and D.L. Kirkpatrick (associate ed.), 1982. 
Twentieth-Century Romance and Gothic Writers (Detroit, MI: Gale). [With a preface by Kay Mussell.]
Wendell, Sarah and Candy Tan, 2009. 
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels. New York : Simon & Schuster.
Wyatt, Neal, Georgine Olson, Kristin Ramsdell, Joyce Saricks, and Lynne Welch. 2007. 
"Core Collections in Genre Studies: Romance Fiction 101." Reference and User Services Quarterly 47, no. 2: 120-126. Online version available from RUSQ