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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Outstanding Reference Sources
This list was compiled by the Reference Sources Committee, Collection Development and Evaluation Section, ALA Reference and User Services Association. The annotations come from Reference Books Bulletin.
21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook. 2v. Ed. by Rhona C. Free. 2010. 1,048p. Sage, $325 (9781412961424).
This title is part of the Sage 21st Century Reference Series, “established to provide undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source that serves their research needs.”
Berg Fashion Library. 2010. Oxford [www.bergfashionlibrary.com].
Along with its print counterpart, Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (see below), this database was the 2011 Dartmouth Medal winner. One advantage of the database is that it adds several thousand color images.
Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy. By Randy Moore and others. 2009. 470p. illus. Greenwood, $85 (9780313362873).
Depicts major events related to legislation, intelligent design, scientific progress, the origin of life, evolutionary evidence, creation science, technical advances, and social Darwinism.
Encyclopedia of Geography. 6v. Ed. by Barney Warf. 2010. 3,398p. illus. Sage, $895 (9781412956970).
Geography has become a technology-driven discipline that is so eclectic that it defies easy definition. This summary of the current state of the discipline far outstrips other encyclopedic resources on the subject.
Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 2v. Ed. by John Levine and Michael A. Hogg. 2010. 998p. Sage, $375 (9781412942089).
Undergraduate students are the primary audience here, and the information provided will help them better understand the complexities that define intra- and intergroup behavior.
Encyclopedia of Identity. 2v. Ed. by Ronald L. Jackson. 2010. 953p. Sage, $350 (9781412951531).
This encyclopedia looks at the concept of identity from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, religion, art, and culture.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory. 3v. Ed. by Mark Bevir. 2010. 1,524p. Sage, $425 (9781412958653).
Coverage of the field is broad and deep, with entries on the history of political thought, theoretical perspectives in political theory, important theorists, central concepts in the field, and major political theories.
Encyclopedia of Religion in America. 4v. Ed. by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams. 2010. 2,792p. CQ, $600 (9780872895805).
Notable for its in-depth coverage, especially when it comes to America’s larger religious groups and major topics such as architecture and worship.
Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. 10v. Ed. by Joanne B. Eicher. 2010. 6,000p. illus. Oxford, $1,595 (9780195377330).
A valuable resource for anyone interested in fashion and dress but particularly useful for students in anthropology, art history, cultural studies, museum studies, and, of course, fashion and textiles. See also Berg Fashion Library.
Off Broadway Musicals, 1910–2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More than 1,800 Shows. By Dan Dietz. 2010. 656p. McFarland, $295 (9780786433995).
Offers historical insights and facts about works that went on to extended runs on Broadway as well as those that were all but forgotten weeks after their opening nights.
The Oxford Companion to the Book. Ed. by Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen. 2010. 1,327p. illus. Oxford, $275 (9780198606536).
When the very future of the book is so often called into question, Oxford produces what will likely be—for the foreseeable future—the final word on the subject.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. 7v. Ed. by Michael Gagarin. 2010. 3,408p. illus. Oxford, $995 (9780195170726).
A comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world. Also covers the legacy of the classical world and its later interpretation and influence.
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. 4v. Ed. by Nigel J. Young. 2010. 2,848p. Oxford, $395 (9780195334685).
A scholarly, but accessible, comprehensive reference work that fills a critical niche at a critical time.
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