BackTalk: 20 Years, One Assistant, 70,000 Words | May 1, 2013

An analysis of the various incarnations of the Merriam-Webster dictionaries.

Reference Reviews | April 15, 2013


Reviews of First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia,Operas in English: A Dictionary, and The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing, plus a full list of reference reviews in the April 15 issue.

Reference Reviews | April 1, 2013


Reviews of Ghada Talhami’s Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa, Justine Reel’s Eating Disorders, and Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, plus a full list of reference reviews in the Apr. 1 issue.

Gale Announces Artemis Digital Humanities Database


On Tuesday Gale, part of Cengage Learning, announced a new database product, Gale Artemis. Named by the company “for the Greek goddess who symbolizes new ideas, discovery, power and ‘the hunt’,” Artemis will combine several existing Gale databases to create what the company claims is the world’s largest offering of digital humanities scholarship.

Reference Reviews | March 15, 2013


Reviews of the Dictionary of American Regional English, Art in Oceania, and Spencer C. Tucker’s Almanac of American Military History, plus a full list of reference reviews from the Mar. 15 issue.

Reference: Graphic Novels in Depth | March 1, 2013


Reviews of Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga; History, Theme & Technique; and Independents & Underground Classics.

Reference Reviews | March 2013


Reviews of The Presidency A to Z, Historical Dictionary of Russian Literature, and The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions, plus a full list of reference reviews from the March 1 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 15, 2013


Reviews of Urban Sustainability, Atlas of the World, and Tom Jackson’s The Universe and The Elements, plus a full list of reference reviews in the Feb. 15 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 1, 2013

space atlas

Reviews of James Trefil’s Space Atlas, William C. Wooldridge’s Mapping Virginia, and Amnon Kabatchnik’s Blood on the Stage, plus a full list of reference reviews in the Feb. 1 issue.

Reference News from the Show | ALA Midwinter 2013


As usual, ALA was a whirlwind of panels, book buzzes, parties, and my favorite—meeting librarians in the inevitable lines for food and bathrooms (will the conference centers ever figure this out?). The best fun was at the AAP Library Family Feud, where librarians took on authors about such burning questions as what 100 librarians said […]

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