Booklist Editors' Choice: Reference Sources

About the Booklist Editors' Choice: Reference Sources
Titles were reviewed in RBB from February 2006 through January 2007. All the titles are intended for a general readership at the high-school level and up. For our pick of the crop for students, see “Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers” in the September 1 issue.

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2012 Selection(s)

African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage, and Excellence

By Lean’tin Bracks. 2012. 560p. illus. Visible Ink, $22.95 (9781578593231).

This affordable, concise, and overall first-rate resource chronicles the African American experience from the arrival of the first Africans to North America in the early 1600s to the present day.

Atlas of Yellowstone

By W. Andrew Marcus and others. Ed. by Ross West and Stuart Allan. 2012. 296p. illus. Univ. of California, $65 (9780520271555).

This visually stunning and readable reference contains more than 500 maps, photos—including aerial and satellite imagery—and charts. A necessity for any collection in the West, and most academic and public libraries will want a copy, too.

Atlas of the Great Irish Famine

Ed. by John Crowley and others. 2012. 704p. illus. NYU, $75 (9780814771488).

Sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail, this atlas offers multiple perspectives and insights by way of first-person oral and written accounts, poetry, art, photography, and scholarship. Scholarly in tone yet accessibly written, this resource is an example of how well done print reference can still be.

Biotechnology: In Context

Ed. by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner. 2v. 2012. 1,000p. illus. Gale, $270 (9781414490823). Gr. 9–12.

The ease of locating information—coupled with the fact that this reference is aligned with national science standards and supportive of school curriculum—makes this set highly recommended for high-school and public libraries.

Britannica School

Oct. 2012. Britannica []. Gr. K-12.

One look at the sleek new interface will convert users to this robust and attractive product. The combination of a stylish, user-friendly interface with high-quality, interactive content makes this a must-consider choice for school libraries.

The Celts: History, Life, and Culture

Ed. by John T. Koch and Antone Minard. 2v. 2012. 898p. illus. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781598849646).

Consisting of 808 essays written by more than 260 contributors who represent the leading edge of Celtic research in the world today, this set is recommended to fill the gap in this popular growing area of interest.

Dictionary of African Biography

Ed. by Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr. 6v. 2011. 3,300p. illus. Oxford, $995 (9780195382075).

This huge undertaking contains more than 2,100 entries covering all periods of African history, from the first humans through the twenty-first century, and all regions of the continent. (Top of the List winner—Reference Source.)

Economics Book

Ed. by Niall Kishtainy. 2012. 352p. illus. DK, $25 (9780756698270); e-book, $15.99 (9781465407771).

This entertaining and informative volume will make economics not only accessible but potentially even fascinating to a wide range of readers at and above a high-school reading level.

Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and People of Color in the Americas

By Stewart R. King. 2v. 2012. 875p. illus. Facts On File, $185 (9780816072125).

A unique and useful resource representing an emerging body of scholarship that would be a worthy addition to academic and public library collections.

Encyclopedia of Global Studies

Ed. by Helmut K. Anheier and Mark Juergensmeyer. 4v. 2012. 2,072p. Sage, $595 (9781412964296).

This elegantly written and authoritative set seeks to clarify the “concepts, approaches, theories, and methodologies” encompassed by the emerging field of global studies by offering keen, scholarly insight from a unique perspective.