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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
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Asian American History and Culture. 2v. Ed. by Huping Ling and Allan Austin. 2009. 800p. illus. Sharpe, $229 (9780765680778).
A unique reference work focusing on the history, culture, contributions, and challenges of a variety of Asian-origin groups in the U.S.
Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: The Spirit of Sustainability. 2v. Ed. by Willis Jenkins and Whitney Bauman. 2009. 502p. illus. Berkshire, $135 (9781933782157).
This title launches Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, which will comprise 10 volumes covering business, law, natural resources, and geographic regions, among other topics.
Career Cruising. 2010. [www.careercruising.com].
User-friendly interactive features as well as information distinguish this online career-planning, vocational guidance, employment-seeking reference database.
Encyclopedia of American Disability History. 3v. Ed. by Susan Burch. 2009. 1,047p. illus. Facts On File, $295 (9780816070305).
By taking a historical approach, this encyclopedia effectively removes disability from the realm of “medical pathology” and allows readers to understand it in social and cultural terms.
Encyclopedia of Journalism. 6v. Ed. by Christopher H. Sterling. 2009. 3,136p. Sage, $795 (9780761929574).
With around 360 A–Z entries covering trends, issues, concepts, individuals, institutions, media outlets, and events, this is the most ambitious reference work published on the topic to date.
Encyclopedia of Modern China. 4v. Ed. by David Pong. 2009. 2,000p. illus. Gale, $520 (9780684315669).
An authoritative and highly accessible guide to China, which, as editor Pong notes, “is now a factor to be reckoned with in practically every aspect of international life.”
Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History. 2v. Ed. by Edward E. Curtis. 2010. 347p. illus. Facts On File, $195 (9780816075751).
Offering a secular as well as a religious focus, this encyclopedia is filled with high-quality, relevant information on a subject of profound importance
Encyclopedia of Religion in America. 4v. Ed. by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams. 2010. 2,250p. illus. CQ, $600 (9780872895805).
Exceptional depth in the treatment of a variety of religious groups along with dozens of “religious” topics that are uniquely American make this a must-have resource for most American libraries.
Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History. 7v. Ed. by Andrew W. Robertson and others. 2010. 4,000p. illus. CQ, $1,200 (9780872893207).
Thorough, comprehensive coverage of the political development of the U.S. from 1500 to the present.
Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. 10v. Ed. by Joanne B. Eicher. 2010. 6,000p. illus. Oxford, $1,595 (9780195377330).Berg Fashion Library. 2010. Oxford [www.bergfashionlibrary.com].
Oxford’s 10-volume encyclopedia is largest reference source on dress and fashion. The online counterpart, Berg Fashion Library, contains the full text and images that are in the print edition plus an impressive color image bank.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers. 5v. Ed. by Jacqueline L. Longe. 2009. 2,119p. illus. Gale, $650 (9781414403830).
This encyclopedia will be invaluable for not only seniors and their caregivers but also librarians seeking accurate, up-to-date, appropriate, and accessible information on a variety of topics specific to the aging population.
Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. 2v. Ed. by Christian Kay and others. 2009. 1,781p. Oxford, $395 (9780199208999).
This, “the first historical thesaurus to be written for any of the world’s languages,” was first proposed back in 1965. For scholars of the English language, it was worth the wait.
Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties. Rev. ed. By Bill Warren. 2010. 1,040p. illus. McFarland, $99 (9780786442300).
Covering nearly 300 films released between 1950 and 1962, this handsomely produced new edition is the premier reference for this subject.
National Geographic Atlas of the Civil War: A Comprehensive Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle. By Neil Kagan and Stephen G. Hyslop. 2009. 255p. illus. National Geographic, $40 (9781426203473).
This atlas stands out from other Civil War atlases because of its use of archival maps, and the reproduction of the maps is amazing.
Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth. 2010. 648p. illus. DK, $50 (9780756667528).
An introductory visual guide to the natural world, this volume’s strength rests with original and compelling photographs and illustrations.
New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques: The Indispensable Illustrated Practical Guide. Ed. by David J. Ellis and others. 2009. 480p. illus. Mitchell Beazley, $45 (9781845334840).
Expert gardeners and garden writers have been assembled to execute this tour de force, which every serious gardener will want to consult repeatedly.
The Oxford Companion to the Book. 2v. Ed. by Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen. 2010. 1,327p. illus. Oxford, $275 (9780198606536).
At a time 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.
Oxford Dictionaries Online. 2010.Oxford [www.oxforddictionaries.com].
Imagine everything you would like an online dictionary to do, and it’s likely Oxford Dictionaries Online does it. With this database, Oxford has established the template to which future online dictionaries will be compared in terms of retrieval, accessibility, and interactivity. (Top of the List winner—Reference Source.)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. 2v. Ed. by F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. 2010. 1,024p. illus. Oxford, $295 (9780195334739).
Brings a broadened, thorough understanding of the intellectual traditions and civilizations of sub-Saharan Africa for the general reader, as well as for the specialist.
The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace. 4v. Ed. by Nigel J. Young. 2010. 2,848p. Oxford, $395 (9780195334685).
This resource on the diverse and socially important field of peace studies fills a critical niche at a critical time.
World Geography and Culture Online. 2010. Facts On File [www.infobasepublishing.com].
The appeal of this updated and expanded version of the Facts On File World Atlas database is not only the incredible amount of appropriate and accurate material but also the tools that allow students to work with all the data.
The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos during the Holocaust. 2v. By Michael Berenbaum and Guy Miron. 2010. 1,166p. illus. Yad Vashem, $199 (9789653083455).
The first comprehensive source dealing with the ghettos created by the Nazis is an outstanding piece of scholarship that fills a gap in reference collections dealing with the Holocaust.
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