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This new edition has grown to six volumes. An international group of contributors with academic affiliations helps this set continue to bridge the gap between science, medicine, and technology and the philosophical, ethical, religious, legal, and social dilemmas that rapid advances in the laboratory create.
The Book: A Global History. Ed. by Michael F. Suarez and H. R. Woudhuysen. 2014. Oxford, $50 (9780199679416).
This academic work contains essays previously published in volume 1 of The Oxford Companion to the Book (2010) with additional essays on intellectual property and copyright, censorship, and the Caribbean and Bermuda.
The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States. Ed. by Terryl L. Givens and Reid L. Neilson. 2014. Columbia Univ., $80 (9780231149426).
LDS primary sources fill this work from beginning to end, organized by themes that define this unique religious group. The editors explore these themes in a truly academic way by selecting what they consider “core documents” from both orthodox and non-orthodox LDS perspectives.
The Complete Book of 1960s Musicals. By Dan Dietz. 2014. Rowman & Littlefield, $95 (9781442230712).
This hefty volume examines all 271 musicals that opened on Broadway from 1960–69, from the familiar to the obscure. General theater enthusiasts will enjoy perusing this readable resource, and students or researchers in the field will find this to be a great starting point.
Core Concepts: Chemistry. Rosen [chemistry.rosendigital.com].
Chemistry joins Biology and Periodic Elements in Rosen’s clean, appealing, and easy-to-navigate Core Concepts database suite. Aimed at middle- and high-school students, this database offers high-quality information for today’s digital learners.
Digital Dictionary of American Regional English. Harvard/Belknap [daredictionary.com].
The digital DARE contains all the material from the print dictionary of regionalisms. For those who fear they may miss the serendipity of browsing through the print pages, the “Word Wheel” feature on the right side of the home page encourages scrolling through a list of entries.
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Ed. by Craig J. Forsyth and Heith Copes. 2v. 2014. Sage, $350 (9781452240336).
This masterful survey of disruptive and aberrant behaviors presents comprehensive views on deviance. The 318 subjects range in degrees of “menace” from vegetarianism and aggressive roller derbies, to police profiling and terrorism.
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Ed. by Kerric Harvey. 3v. 2014. Sage, $460 (9781452244716).
This set skillfully and expansively canvasses the increasingly ubiquitous topic of social media and its relationship to both the American political process and the organization of politics in U.S. society.
A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture. 2d ed. By Virginia Savage McAlester. 2013. Knopf, $50 (9781400043590).
Expanded and revised from the 1984 edition, this edition includes American house design from the last three decades and adds more than 600 new illustrations.
The First World War. Adam Matthew [www.firstworldwar.amdigital.co.uk/].
Three modules—Visual Perspectives and Narratives, Personal Experiences, and Propaganda and Recruitment—make up this immersive and fascinating online repository that will appeal to undergraduates and graduate students as well as experienced academic researchers.
Global Events: Milestone Events throughout History. 6v. 2014. Gale, $840 (9781414491271).An excellent starting point for students and general readers wanting to learn about some of the seminal events in world history. More than 800 total entries cover major events, significant time periods or reigns, important battles and wars, plagues and diseases, exploration and discovery, and artistic and architectural achievements.
The Glory of the Tree: An Illustrated History. By Noel Kingsbury. 2014. Firefly, $39.95 (9781770852655).
This collaboration between horticulturist Kingsbury and garden photographer Andrea Jones is a stunning tribute to this important and diverse part of nature. Entries on more than 90 global species of trees yield data about the antiquity, ecology, sacred aspects, utilitarian value, food, and ornamental uses of trees.
The Grove Dictionary of American Music. 2d ed. Ed. by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. 8v. 2013. Oxford, $1,195 (9780195314281).
Definitely the source for all things American music, this set is highly recommended for music collections in academic and large public libraries. Nearly 1,500 authors worked with 70 editors to write 9,000 entries, about half of them new.
A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day. Ed. by Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora. 2013. Princeton, $75 (9780691151274).
The essays presented here provide the general reader with a flavor of the rich Muslim-Jewish relationship since early Islam, making this an excellent reference for students and for general readers looking for more depth than current media coverage provides.
The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession. Ed. by Lindsey K. Hanson and Timothy J. Essenburg. 2v. 2014. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781610691819).
The editors avoid the slippery slope into politically charged argumentation and provide students and general readers with a balanced, well-conceived survey of America’s most imperative social issue.
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. By Robert E. Buswell and Donald S. Lopez. 2013. Princeton, $65 (9780691157863).
As the most comprehensive collection of discrete Buddhist terms available, this resource is an outstanding addition to available reference sources. More than 5,000 entries treat individuals, sacred texts, concepts, schools, deities, and important geographical locations.
ProQuest Research Companion. ProQuest [proquest.com/products-services/rescomp.html].
This new, cloud-based service is almost a hybrid between a discovery service and a database, meant to prepare high-school and community-college students for university-level research, as well as to help undergrad students produce better papers.
The Virgil Encyclopedia. Ed. by Richard F. Thomas and Jan M. Ziolkowski. 3v. 2013. Wiley/Blackwell, $595 (9781405154987).
With well over 2,000 entries by more than 350 scholars from all over the world, this set endeavors to provide users with a single comprehensive resource in English to consult for information on the classical Roman poet best known for composing the influential Aeneid, the epic poem of ancient Rome and a major part of the Western literary canon.
The World of Birds. By Jonathan Elphick. 2014. Firefly, $75 (9781770853041).
Handsome photographs, paintings, and drawings illustrate a wealth of information about birds: their origins, biology, populations, habitats, human relationships, and bird families. The essays here are both succinct and highly descriptive. The value-to-cost ratio makes this a worthy addition to the ornithology collection in most libraries. (Top of the List winner—Reference Source.)
World War I: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. 5v. 2014. ABC-CLIO, $520 (9781851099641).
August 2014 saw the 100-year anniversary of the start of WWI, and this year has seen no shortage of books on the subject. However, this extensive examination of the war fulfills the aim of being a “definitive” set. Celebrated war-historian Tucker and his editorial team have assembled a five-volume set of nearly 1,500 entries as well as a collection of 207 primary documents.
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