New Reference Book: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 3rd, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Popular Culture edited by Gary Hoppenstand, Greenwood Press, 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 306.03 G85W

Each volume in this 6-volume set  discusses popular culture from a particular area of the world.

Included are:
• Volume 1 – North America
• Volume 2 – Latin America
• Volume 3 – Europe
• Volume 4 – North Africa and the Middle East
• Volume 5 – Sub-Saharan Africa
• Volume 6 – Asia and Pacific Oceania

Each volume then discusses the following topics:
•    Architecture
•    Art
•    Dance
•    Fashion and Appearance
•    Film
•    Food and Foodways
•    Games, Toys and Pastimes
•    Literature
•    Love, Sex and Marriage
•    Music
•    Periodicals
•    Radio and Television
•    Sports and Recreation
•    Theater and Performance
•    Transportation and Travel

Helpful for: Humanities III, Humanities IV, Humanities IV Research Paper, Humanities V, Humanities V Research Paper, Topic Finding, History, Middle Eastern Voices, Global Studies

New Reference Set: Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 28th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture edited by Carole Boyce Davies, ABC-Clio, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 305.896 B69

From the introduction:

“The term African Diaspora refers to the dispersal of African peoples all over the world” (xxxiii).

Use this set to learn about the movement, forced and voluntary, of African people throughout several centuries.

Entries include: Afro-Cuban Literature; Feminism: Black Feminist Movement in the United States and Netherlands; East Indies: African Soldiers.

Helpful for: Humanities, History, Religious & Social Studies.

New Reference Book: New Encyclopedia of Africa

By - Systems Librarian February 26th, 2009

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

New Encyclopedia of Africa edited by John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 960 M858 2008 v.1-v.5.

New Encyclopedia of Africa

A comprehensive introduction to Africa past and present, these five volumes contain over 1200 cross referenced entries with bibliographies, covering geography, human and natural history, politics, and culture, from ancient times to the present. The fifth volume’s reference aids include a chronology, charts of ethnic and other identity groups, a detailed index, and a thematic outline, grouping related entries.

HELPFUL FOR: Humanities III & V, Leadership for Social Justice, American Foreign Policy, The Cold War World, Introduction to Islam: Its Literature and Practice, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: global citizens, armchair travelers