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Best of Reference 2002: The Magical Realm of Reference

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century
Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century (Book - 2001 ) and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:This 3-volume encyclopedia provides answers to major questions about the issues and ideas that shaped American life during the 19th century. A comprehensive index, maps, and over 400 pictures will help the student and the librarian delve into a surprisingly diverse America.

Annotation:This Gale Group database is designed to draw on many databases to create one stop shopping for students and scholars researching United States history. There are interactive chronological timelines, primary sources, and many articles on thousands of people and events that have shaped United States History. This database makes searching history easy and fun for beginners and experts.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (Book - 2001 ) 972.01 O and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:An authoritative, comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of the geography, peoples, monuments, and history of the cultures of the Mesoamericas, both before and after the historic meeting and mixing with western civilization.

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (Book - 2000 ) 932 O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A comprehensive, historical portrait of the political, social, economic and cultural developments in ancient Egypt. Useful and accessible to both students and scholars, it covers a longer period in history than other similar works: from the early Stone age to Egypt's incorporation into the Roman Empire.

Annotation:A searchable database of fiction and non-fiction, poems and quotations, dictionaries and encyclopedias - free and complete works of the familiar and the famous. Supplemented by illustations, audio files and a daily newsletter.

Death and the Afterlife
Death and the Afterlife A Cultural Encyclopedia By Taylor, Richard P. (Book - 2000 ) 393.03 T and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Succinct, well-written articles examining the elemental meanings behind funeral and afterlife traditions from around the world and across time. Educational, informative and even entertaining content on an unusual topic.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Encyclopedia of Psychology (Book - 2000 ) 150.3 E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"Know Thyself". This definitive eight-volume set provides the most authoritative resource to do just that. 1500 original articles by recognized scholars of psychology, arranged in easy to use alphabetical order, are complemented by an exhaustive index, cross-references, bibliographies and a unique synoptic table of contents.

Annotation:This extraordinary readers' advisory database contains more than 100,000 fiction titles with 10,000 new records added yearly. Search by author, plot, title, location or series. An unparalleled resource with full-text reviews for adult, young adult and juvenile fiction.

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales
The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (Book - 2000 ) 398.21 O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This source has thousands of signed essays on fairy tales from around the world. There is also an extensive general bibliography as well as a separate bibliographies for the more popular entries.

Animal
Animal (Book - 2001 ) 590 A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A resource that is both visually exhilarating and textually satisfying. Concise profiles of over 2000 species support the lavish color photographs. Glossaries, maps, comprehensive lists, and a detailed index complete a source that would enhance any reference collection.

Encyclopedia of the World's Zoos
Encyclopedia of the World's Zoos (Book - 2001 ) 590.7303 E and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:3 volumes of 400 illustrated, signed, indexed and cross referenced articles of international zoos and the animals in them. Other thematic entries include affiliated individuals and associations, conservation, legislation, exhibits, and careers, creating a first and unique reference of a fascinating topic.

Gambling in America
Gambling in America An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society By Thompson, William Norman (Book - 2001 ) 795.0973 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This exhaustive work by a renowned authority on gambling examines the history, personalities, laws, economics dangers, lore and lure all things aleatory, from addiction to zero sum games.

Martial Arts of the World
Martial Arts of the World An Encyclopedia (Book - 2001 ) 796.803 M and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:An introduction to nearly 100 martial arts beyond the familiar karate and kung fu. For practitioners and general readers, these are grouped by nation, historical period, or philosophy in a mix of scholarly research and popular topics.

Annotation:From The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. A definitive source on who played what when and where on the Great White Way. Try the exceptionally versatile advanced search option to find the facts on Broadway's hits and flops from Aristophanes to Ziegfeld.

Annotation:A trustworthy collation and annotation of historical, textual, critical, biographical, educational, literary, and pop-cultural presentations of Shakespeare on the web. Chronologies, genealogies, and full-text features make this an excellent departure point for electronic access to the Bard!

The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (Book - 1994-2001 ) 792.03 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Writers from almost every nation on earth profile native expressions of music, dance, puppet and dramatic theatre since 1945 and comment on trends in design, training, criticism and scholarship, in six insightful, inclusive and entertaining volumes.

International Dictionary of Library Histories
International Dictionary of Library Histories (Book - 2001 ) 027.009 I and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Details the institutional histories of over 224 currently operating libraries throughout the world with contact information provided for each. 34 alphabetically arranged essays describe various types of libraries.

Annotation:The oldest and one of the best WWW directory link pages. This easy to use, elegant site has its own search engine is maintained by volunteer experts and is unencumbered by fancy flash graphics or annoying ads. A timeless Web classic.

Annotation:A cross referenced online reference library providing access to encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, plus a wide range of subject specific reference titles on topics such as art, science and law.

Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History
Encyclopedia of American Cultural & Intellectual History (Book - 2001 ) 973.03 E and more… In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The curtain is lifted on the character and diversity of American thought and expression since the founding fathers with this 3-volume set of 221 essays organized in historical, cultural, social, geographic, economic, artistic, political, and philosophical topical groups.

Annotation:A searchable non-partisan public policy magazine and daily digest of news about New York City.

Annotation:An extensive resource to help citizens become informed health care consumers. Whether you want to see the latest health news, find a doctor, or just get tips on how to keep your vital signs vital, the New York State Department of Health has the information you need.

Organizing Black America
Organizing Black America An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (Book - 2001 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:An alphabetically arranged collection of 576 signed entries, each of which describes the history, key players, achievements and even failures of the featured association. This extensive work will enhance any library's African American history collection.

Annotation:A site worth getting to know, this is a statistical treasure trove that can provide 2000 census data for entities as large as the city and as small as the block. Includes keyword searching, dissipating much of the earlier angst in locating specific census information.

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Best of Reference is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of librarians for their usefulness in local branch collections. Selection criteria include value and appropriateness for branch collections, organization of material, style of presentation, and authority of author/editor. The Best of Reference was selected and edited by Sharon Jarvis (chair) with Jay Barksdale, Susan Chute, Uma Hiremath, Thaddeus Krupo, Bernard van Maarseveen and Karen Weis.


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