New Reference Book: The Koreas

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 1st, 2011

The Koreas: Asia in Focus edited by Mary E. Conner, ABC-Clio, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 951.9 C76K

A one volume set covering historical and contemporary Korean topics.  This volume is divided into 7 chapters:

  1. Geography
  2. History
  3. Government and Politics
  4. Economy
  5. Society
  6. Culture
  7. Contemporary Issues

Each chapter is then divided into several sub-headings, including:

  • Geography – The Korean Peninsula
  • History – The Colonial Period (1910-1945)
  • Government and Politics – The Impact of Tradition on Political Development
  • Economy – Labor
  • Society – Social Classes & Ethnicity
  • Culture – Etiquette
  • Contemporary Issues – The Koreas in the Information Age


Helpful for
: Korea Week, Asian Studies, Global Studies, Humanities

New Reference Book: Society and Culture in the Ancient World

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 19th, 2010

Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World edited by Peter Bogucki, Facts on File, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 930 B63S

This four-volume set contains sixty-nine entries, fourteen of which cover more in-depth topics,  discussing society and culture of the Ancient World through the fall of Rome, 476 C.E.  Topics include western and non-western societies and cultures.  Each entry discusses the article topic from the viewpoint of the following geographic areas:

  • Africa
  • Egypt
  • The Middle East
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • The Americas

Illustrations, maps and a collection of primary sources are dotted throughout.

Examples include: Adornment, Family, Money and Coinage, Natural Disasters, Textiles and Needlework

Helpful for: Humanities III, European History, Global Studies, Middle Eastern Voices, Classics, African Studies, Asian Studies

New Reference Book: Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 12th, 2010

Berkshire Encyclopedia of China edited by Linsun Cheng, Berkshire, 2009.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 951 B45

Just in time for writing your Ma Prize essay, Ohrstrom Library has acquired this five-volume set with 800+ articles about historical and modern day China. Includes articles that focus on: art, philosophy, economics & development, people, social & cultural history, the natural world and international relationships.

Examples include
:  Bamboo; Clothing, Traditional – Hong Kong; Dragon Boat Festival; Energy, Renewable; Ming Dynasty; and Yungang Caves

Helpful for
:  Asian Studies, Global Studies, Ma Essay Prize, Humanities V

New Reference Book: The Encyclopedia of Taoism

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant May 26th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

The Encyclopedia of Taoism edited by Fabrizio Pregadio, Routledge, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 299.51 P91T

This 2-volume set describes the history, traditions and principles of Taoism. The encyclopedia is divided into 5 main thematic sections:

  1. Overview – including entries related to: Scriptures and Texts, Deities and Spirits, Sacred Sites
  2. The Taoist Universe – including entries related to: Doctrinal Notions, Transcendence and Immortality, Mountains and Mountain Monographs
  3. History- including entries related to: Pre-Han and Han Background, Shangqing, Contemporary Taoism
  4. Forms of Religious Practice and Experience – including entries related to: Meditation, Alchemy, Ritual
  5. Taoism and Chinese Buddhism– including entries related to: Persons, Texts

Two additional, shorter, sections are included at the end of volume two: Miscellaneous Terms Related to Religious Ideas and Practices and Associations.

Helpful for: Chinese Studies, Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Humanities