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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Reference Books
These top 10 reference books were reviewed in Booklist between May 15, 2017, and May 1, 2018, and represent useful resources for libraries of all sizes.
Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past. Ed. by Paul Bahn. 2017. Smithsonian, $45 (9781588345912).
Spanning from prehominid beginnings in Africa to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, in 1876, Bahn’s copiously illustrated, involving, and informative guide discusses how what we leave behind tells us about how we lived, including how we thought and worshipped.
Artifacts from Modern America. By Helen Sheumaker. 2017. ABC-CLIO, $100 (9781440846823).
A valid study of intrinsic and extrinsic worth, this resource presents an organized synopsis of changing times, interests, and needs.
The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Ed. by University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. 2017. Univ. of Chicago, $70 (9780226287058).
Faithful to its mission to help authors and editors achieve consistency and clarity, the seventeenth edition gives new attention to metadata and keywords, software and devices, and the opportunities and challenges of online publishing.
Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice. Ed. by David A. Dieterle. 4v. 2017. Greenwood, $399 (9780313397073).
This four-volume set captures the essence of economics by focusing on people, concepts, institutions that are charged with analysis or carrying out economic functions, and major world events.
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology.
Ed. by Paul Corby Finney.
3v. 2017. Eerdmans, $495 (9780802838117).
Spanning roughly the years 200 to 650 and extending geographically to Europe, Asia, and Africa, this three-volume work brings late antiquity to life.
Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties. Rev. ed. By Otis H. Stephens. Ed. by Kara E. Stooksbury and John M. Scheb. 4v. 2017. ABC-CLIO, $435 (9781440841095).
Though there have been other reference volumes on these topics, this inclusive, outstanding work provides current and historical coverage and conveys the changes in controversial and enduring national issues.
Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare. Ed. by Paul J. Springer. 2017. ABC-CLIO, $89 (9781440844249).
Cyberwarfare involves an ever-changing array of people, companies, and software, and this is the best overview of the field currently available.
Horror Literature through History: An Encyclopedia of the Stories That Speak to Our Deepest Fears. Ed. by Matt Cardin. 2v. 2017. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781440842016).
Extremely informative, easy to use, and engaging, Cardin’s comprehensive and inclusive reference work not only makes the case for horror’s enduring importance throughout history but it is also a pleasure to read.
Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation. By Mindy Johnson. 2017. Disney, $60 (9781484727812).
Award-winning historian Johnson chronicles the invaluable role women have played in animation history, especially in Walt Disney Studios, in this lavishly illustrated volume.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives.
Ed. by Paul Joseph.
4v. 2017. SAGE, $650 (9781483359892).
This is an excellent choice as either as a stand-alone reference book on war or as a complement to existing historical-reference resources.
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