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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
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Coverage in this remarkably thorough yet easy-to-digest encyclopedia includes all significant battles, people, places, and weapons, and the work encompasses the social, political, cultural, and economic issues of the time. (Top of the List winner—Reference Source.)
Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History.
Ed. by Brian C. Black and others.
4v. 2013. ABC-CLIO, $399 (9781598847611).
Distinguished by currency, authoritative content, and primary-source documents, this encyclopedia will appeal to students, researchers, and the general public.
Democratic, Republican, and Third Parties in America: An Encyclopedia. Sharpe, $495 [www.sharpe-online.com].
This database encompasses the totality of American political history, from the highly contentious Jefferson-Hamilton rivalry of the 1790s to the reelection of Barack Obama in 2012. Along the way, the content surveys the nuts and bolts of party politics, including campaign financing, organization, and congressional leadership as well as campaign slogans and electioneering.
Digital Literacy. Rosen [http://digitalliteracy.rosendigital.com].
This digital literacy and cybercitizenship resource is meant to teach students how to be better consumers of digital information. Topics include careers, cyberbullying, gaming, online safety, privacy and ethics, research skills and tools for the digital age, and social networking.
Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Ed. by Roger Bagnall and others. 13v. 2012. Wiley/Blackwell, $2,495 (9781405179355).
This stunningly original academic work of impeccable research moves beyond the confines of the Greek and Roman world into the amorphous realm of the ancient Near East.
Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. By Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Chase. 2v. 2013. Univ. of Illinois, $250 (9780252037238).
Both the content and perspective of this encyclopedia make it a special work. It fills a gap and, by presenting the scholarship of researchers living and working in the region, truly offers a Caribbean perspective on Caribbean religion.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Ed. by Byron Kaldis. 2v. 2013. Sage, $350 (9781412986892).
This unique and engaging work weaves together the subjects of philosophy and the social sciences in a way that reveals how the two are “interrelated, interwoven at certain times but also differentiated and contrasted at others.”
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Ed. by Jeffrey Ian Ross. 2013. Sage, $125 (9781412999571).
This detailed work focuses on the various aspects of street crime, providing comprehensive coverage of such topics as criminal cases, types of crimes and perpetrators, law-enforcement and other governmental and community-based criminal-justice agencies, legislation, crime-prevention strategies, and criminology theory.
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency. Ed. by Nancy Beck Young. 6v. 2013. Facts On File, $550 (9780816067442).
This set distinguishes itself in an already crowded field of reference works covering those who have served as president via excellent organization, presentation, and writing. The set’s superb style of presentation is suitable for students or the interested general reader.
Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera. By Stephen A. Marshall. 2012. Firefly, $125 (9781770851009).
The Diptera (flies) constitute an order that encompasses insects such as mosquitoes, midges, and fungus gnats as well as hundreds of thousands of species yet to be formally named. This work covers them all, with informed entries, clear writing, and revealing photographs.
National Geographic Virtual Library. Gale [www.gale.cengage.com/ngvl].
The National Geographic Society has partnered with Gale to expand the National Geographic Virtual Library to include full-text books, National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present, more than 300 videos, 655 full-color maps and atlases, and 600 images.
Operas in English: A Dictionary. 2d ed. By Margaret Ross Griffel. 2v. 2012. Scarecrow, $160 (9780810882720).
This update to the 1999 edition includes approximately 900 additional works and totals more than 4,000 entries. The focus here is on English-only works and the exclusion of biographies of composers and singers, resulting in many more unique opera listings than most other resources.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. 2d ed. Ed. by Andrew F. Smith. 3v. 2012. Oxford, $450 (9780199734962).
An update to the 2004 edition, this revision adds more than 500 new entries, and updates previous entries with current information. New topics cover the rise in popularity of organic farming and foods, the locavore movement, and food imports.
The SAGE Reference Series on Disability. Ed. by Gary L. Albrecht. 8v. 2013. Sage, $600 (9781412980159).
This set covers several major topics in the subject of disability. The volumes are also available individually and are written for a general audience, with overviews of broad issues such as assistive technology, employment, health, and ethics.
The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America. Ed. by Wilbur R. Miller. 5v. 2012. Sage, $620 (9781412988766).
This comprehensive work provides the reader with a wide understanding of the many aspects of crime and punishment. Controversial subjects from both past and present receive balanced treatment.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 2d ed. Ed. by Thomas Riggs. 5v. 2013. Gale, $767 (9781558628472).
This set updates 2000 edition and adds an additional 300 entries drawn from the intervening years. The coverage of American pop culture feels all-inclusive, ranging across the fields of film, music, sports, television, radio, and art.
Terra Maxima: The Records of Humankind. Ed. by Wolfgang Kunth. 2013. Firefly, $49.95 (9781770852426).
This stunning volume comprises more than 3,000 color photographs that showcase the biggest and the best religious, cultural, and technological marvels of the world.
Today’s Science. Infobase. [www.infobasepublishing.com/OnlineProductDetail.aspx?ISBN=1578520282].
This database contains thousands of links to accessible sources about commonly assigned topics in science-related fields: anthropology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology, and more.
The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social & Political Movements. Ed. by David A. Snow and others. 3v. 2013. Wiley, $495 (9781405197731).
The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, anti-austerity riots, and the Arab Spring—these are among the many political and social actions of the contemporary world. The editors of these volumes bring the past to bear on current events in an effort to understand the social and historical context of these tumultuous movements.
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