Reference Reviews, August 2012

starred review starEncyclopedia of Gender in Media. SAGE. 2012. 528p. ed. by Mary Kosut. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781412990790. $115. Online: SAGE Reference Online REF

In exploring “the complexity of media across diverse platforms, technologies, and cultural, economic, and political landscapes,” Kosut (media, society, and the arts, SUNY Purchase) and other academic contributors look at mass media from the viewpoint of gender and examine how one’s gender influences or is influenced by the media. They raise the question of whether mass media changes society and culture or merely reflects changes that are already occurring. The 183 signed, alphabetically arranged articles are one and a half to four pages long. Coverage includes biographies (Kalle Lasn, Gloria Steinem), most of which are complemented by a small black-and-white portrait. Other topics range from “Quantitative Content Analysis” to “Feminist Theory” and from “Women’s Magazines: Fashion” to “Blogs and Blogging.” Longer pieces include a three-page article titled “Affirmative Action,” which discusses the influence of related policies on the workplace; the feminist movement; and staffing decisions within journalism, broadcasting, and similar professions. A four-page article, “Sitcoms,” looks at television shows (e.g., “All in the Family”) from the 1950s through today. The 1792–2012 time line offers an interesting overview of cultural, feminist, and societal change as depicted by the various types and uses of mass media. Cross references within the text are lacking, but the detailed index and see-also references after each article provide adequate access points. VERDICT This unique view of the role of mass media from the 19th through the 21st centuries will be of interest to libraries supporting media, communications, advertising, marketing, and public relations programs.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

starred review starThe Oxford Classical Dictionary. 4th ed. Oxford Univ. 2012. 1792p. ed. by Simon Hornblower & Antony Spawforth. ISBN 9780199545568. $175. Online: Oxford Reference Online REF

This rich, varied, and highly reliable tome offers nearly 1600 pages of entries that detail important topics of the Classical world from agriculture to war, social history to science, biography to religion, and just about every other topic imaginable. Two focus areas are new to this edition: anthropology and reception, an area of study that examines how a Classical idea or concept affected various societies during different periods of history, depending on the context of the people reading the narrative, viewing the art, using the building, etc. Suitable for Classical scholars and history enthusiasts alike, this book lends itself well to answering quick reference questions about historical and cultural concepts and persons. Its one weakness is the absence of illustrations, which could have added to the richness of the entries. Overall, though, this magnificent work will form the cornerstone of any institutional or home-based Classical studies library. VERDICT One of the top books of its type; an indispensable reference for individuals and libraries alike.—Lauren de Bruin, The Alberta Lib., Edmonton, AB, Canada

The following titles are reviewed in the August print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


Marcus, W. Andrew & others. Atlas of Yellowstone. Univ. of California. 2012. 296p. ed. by Stuart Allan & Ross West. maps. index. ISBN 9780520271555. $65. REF


Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. 4 vols. SAGE. 2012. 2476p. ed. by James A. Banks. ISBN 9781412981521. $595. Online: SAGE Reference Online REF


Dreier, Peter. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Nation: Perseus. 2012. c.416p. photogs. bibliog. ISBN 9781568586816. pap. $19.99. REF

Conley, Richard S. Historical Dictionary of the Clinton Era. Scarecrow. 2012. 394p. bibliog. ISBN 9780810859722. $95. Online: eBooks on EBSCOhost, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia REF

Hurd, Owen J. After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History’s Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters. Perigree: Penguin. Aug. 2012. c.272p. index. ISBN 9780399537530. pap. $15. REF

Smith, I.C. & Nigel West. Historical Dictionary of Chinese Intelligence. Rowman & Littlefield. (Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence). 2012. 392p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780810871748. $95. Online: eBooks on EBSCOhost, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia REF

language & linguistics

Oxford Latin Dictionary. 2nd ed. 2 vols. Oxford Univ. 2012. 2368p. ed. by P.G.W. Glare. ISBN 9780199580316. $450. Online: Oxford Reference Online REF

Performing Arts

Van Boer, Bertil. Historical Dictionary of Music of the Classical Period. Scarecrow. (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts). 2012. 664p. bibliog. ISBN 9780810871830. $120.


Job. (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms). c.496p. ed. by Tremper Longman III. ISBN 9780801031076. $44.99.

Watson, Duane F. & Terrance Callan. First and Second Peter. (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament). c.272p. illus. ISBN 9780801032271. pap. $24.99.
Ea. vol.: Baker Academic: Baker Bk. House. Aug. 2012. bibliog. index. REF

Williams, Donald C. Global Urban Growth: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. (Contemporary World Issues). 2012. 612p. illus. index. ISBN 9781598844412. $68. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF


Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability. 2011. 518p. ed. by Daniel E. Vasey & others. ISBN 9781933782126.
Vol. 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability. 2012. 435p. ed. by Robin Kundis Craig & others. ISBN 9781933782164.
Vol. 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. 2012. 379p. ed. by Ian Spellerberg & others. ISBN 9781933782409. Ea. vol.: Berkshire Pub. illus. index. $150. REF

Stratton, Stephen E. The Encyclopedia of HIV and AIDS. 3rd ed. Facts On File. 2012. 414p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780816077236. $75. Online: Infobase eBooks. REF

Social Sciences

Daily Life of Arab Americans in the 21st Century. Greenwood. 2012. 261p. ed. by Anan Ameri & Holly Arida. photogs. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313377143. $58.

Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. SAGE. 2012. 520p. ed. by Shannon M. Barton-Bellessa. ISBN 9780412990837. $115. Online: SAGE Reference Online REF

Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law, 2d ed. 3 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2012. 1154p. ed. by Gregg Lee Carter. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313386701. $294. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. 4 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2012. 1848p. ed. by John Nauright & Charles Parrish. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781598843002. $415. Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection REF

Travel & Geography

Oswald, Michael Joseph. Your Guide to the National Parks. Stone Road. 2012. 704p. photogs. maps. index. ISBN 9781621280002. pap. $25. REF

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Henrietta Verma is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.