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December 2015

About the Cover: Baron-Forness Library, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA. Donald H. Dilmore, Ph.D., associate vice president of university libraries. Donald H. Dilmore, photographer.

Editorial: Coming Full Circle. As his retirement nears, Editorial Director Tom Radko reviews his long professional association with Choice.

Bibliographic Essay: Women and the American Civil War: Notable Publications, by Elizabeth A. Novara.  The American Civil War continues to capture the imagination of the general reader, the undergraduate student, and the historian.  The war's recent sesquicentennial celebration has demonstrated that scholarship in this area of history continues to flourish.  Since the 1980s there has been ever-expanding academic research on the social and cultural aspects of the war, including women's roles and perspectives.  These works are becoming overwhelming for academic librarians to sift through in order to build consequential collections on this topic. This essay discusses books in the broad categories of recent scholarship including general works; gender matters; the Southern perspective; the Northern perspective; African American and Native American women; nursing and benevolence; soldiers, spies, and military wives; young women; and writing and culture.

Community College Feature: Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources.

Forthcoming Art & Architecture Publications, 2015-2016. This feature presents selected titles scheduled for publication in December 2015 and later, including new books and a variety of electronic resources.


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