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August 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.
African American National Biography. Ed. by Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. 8v. 2008. 5,568p. Oxford, $795 (9780195160192).
More than 4,000 African American lives are “collected and resurrected” in this impressive set, a product of the African American National Biography Project. A major new standard reference work that most libraries of any size will want to have.
Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading. Ed. by Kenneth Womack. 4v. 2008. 1,352p. Greenwood, $399.95 (9780313337383).
In an encyclopedia that is designed to help librarians, general readers, and students understand contemporary American literature, entries give a broad overview of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics since 1980.
Climate Change: In Context. Ed. by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner. 2v. 2008. 1,006p. Gale, $245 (9781414436142).
Designed to explain “the complexity of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports to younger students,” these volumes contain articles contributed by various science writers and academics in geology, law, and environmental science.
Encyclopedia of Education Law. Ed. by Charles J. Russo. 2v. 2008. 923p. Sage, $325 (9781412940795).
Education legal expert Russo has edited an encyclopedia that covers U.S. education law since the seminal case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954). Entries provide a unique combination of general educational legal issues and case-specific information.
Encyclopedia of Taoism. Ed. by Fabrizio Pregadio. 2v. 2008. 1,551p. Routledge, $305 (9780700712007).
Focusing on the history and traditions of Taoism, this encyclopedia covers texts, doctrines, sacred beings, religious practices, and other topics for an audience of advanced students and experts.
The Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. 4v. 2008. 1,553p. ABC-CLIO, $395 (9781851098415).
This encyclopedia presents a comprehensive look at the myriad aspects of the continuing clash between Arabs and Israelis. The entries are balanced and complemented by a substantial selection of primary documents.
Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Ed. by John R. Vile and others. 2v. 2008. 1,464p. CQ, $275 (9780872893115).
An excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about broadcast regulation, the establishment of religion clause, students’ rights, or numerous other topics involving the First Amendment and its political, cultural, and legal significance.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition. Ed. by Jacqueline L. Longe. 2008. 1,101p. Gale, $360 (9781414429915).
Articles contributed by specialists in nutrition and medical writing provide an objective presentation of diets, nutrition, and health. No other reference source pulls together so much information on so many different popular diets.
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Ed. by Donald Haase. 3v. 2008. 1,248p. Greenwood, $299.95 (9780313334412).
This scholarly compendium is a well-organized, well-documented introduction to the evolving field of folklore and fairy-tale studies, recommended especially for libraries that support literature or teacher-preparation programs.
The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1,500 Species in Cultivation. By Isobyl la Croix. 2008. 524p. Timber, $59.95 (9780881928761).
Horticulturist la Croix selected the fraction of orchid species that may be cultivated in gardens and greenhouses to summarize for enthusiasts and interested readers. The book’s strength is the author’s sensible advice, based on her work as a scientist and orchid grower.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Ed. by Bonnie G. Smith. 4v. 2008. 2,752p. Oxford, $495 (9780195148909).
Aiming to survey “women’s history in all parts of the world and at all times in the past,” this impeccably produced encyclopedia contains nearly 1,250 entries and subentries covering not only individual women but a very wide range of other topics.
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