Barsanti on Film, Liebman on Health & Fitness, U.S. Birth & Death Rates | Reference Reviews


­Liebman’s no-nonsense title goes back to the basics, educating users on how to do specific exercises; Vital Statistics of the United States is a core title that is ideal for ready-reference collections.

Facts That Astonish, Everything To Know About Zombies, Race and Racism in the United States, & More | Reference Reviews


Well-rounded essays offer concise perspectives of the vice president’s time in office, a fascinating, informative collection that anyone interested in the history of zombies will want to read, a focus on Muhammad and his legacy.

Urban Landscapes, Mythic Traditions, Magill’s Medical Guide | Reference Reviews


Atlas of Cities celebrates the urban landscape’s past, present, and potential for the future, Leeming’s likable and helpful work is recommended for public and high school library collections, expanded coverage of material related to aging, neuroscience, medical diseases, and infectious diseases

Humor Studies, American English, plus Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews


Laughter is the best medicine, and there is a good deal present here, a fascinating look at the American English language that will do well in circulating collections, a contemporary academic treatment to William Shakespeare’s use of plant and garden terminology.

Wagner Encyclopedia, Environmental Literacy, Animals & Birds of the Serengeti | Reference Short Takes

Birds of the Serengeti

A learned treatise on the life and legacy of an influential—and controversial—cultural figure; Dashefsky’s engaging tour of environmental topics; a colorful, easy-to-read overview of the fascinating animals to be found on safari in Tanzania

The Birth of a Database


Adam Matthew is a London-based database vendor that produces collections of digitized primary sources in the humanities and social sciences. They believe a collaborative approach is crucial to producing a great resource.

Social Media & Politics, Military Science, Chemistry | Reference Reviews

Social media and politics

Social media has profoundly changed the landscape of political communication, a welcome modernization and an accessible, comprehensive approach to military studies, an outstanding resource for high school and college chemistry students

Reference Reviews | March 1, 2014


Reviews of Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary; Street Lit: Representing the Urban Landscape; John R. Vile’s The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 15, 2014


Reviews of American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment, and Issues, Mary Ellen Snodgrass’s World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence, and a list of titles from the February 15 issue.

Reference Reviews | February 1, 2014


Reviews of Anthony Lo Bello’s Origins of Mathematical Words: A Comprehensive Dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic Roots, Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture, and a list of titles from the February 1 issue.