New Reference Book: Handbook to Life in the Medieval World

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Research & Instruction Librarian

May 5th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Handbook to Life in the Medieval World by Madeleine Pelner Cosman and Linda Gale Jones, Facts On File, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 909.07 F11H

Divided into twelve topics, this reference set presents daily life during medieval times.  Topics are presented from the viewpoint of medieval Christians, Jews and Muslims.
A sampling of topics include: Warfare & Weapons (including an entry on Women’s Arms), Mysticism & Magic (including an entry on Alchemy), and Clothing, Costume & Textiles (including an entry on Fashionable Hats and Headgear).

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

New Reference Set: Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora

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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.