Reference Short Takes, September 1, 2012

Baugh, Scott L. Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends. Greenwood. 2012. c.315p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313380365. $89. REF Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

Expanding upon documentaries such as Nancy De Los Santos’s The Bronze Screen (2002) and foundational reference guides such as Gary D. Keller’s Hispanics and United States Film (1994), Baugh (film & media studies, Texas Tech Univ.) has compiled an essential scholarly tool for Latino American film and culture studies. Alphabetically arranged entries cover stars, directors, significant production figures, and feature films. The entries, which rightly focus on professional credits rather than personal lives, offer brief, objective analyses of career credits. Black-and-white film stills and publicity portraits are often too few; additional images would have helped elevate identification of under-recognized figures. VERDICT Despite a slight dearth of images, this solid resource fills a critical gap in Latino studies reference material.

The Complete Mental Health Directory. 8th ed. Grey House. 2012. 800p. ed. Greenwood. 2012. by Laura Mars-Proietti. index. ISBN 9781592378661. pap. $165. REF Online: Grey House GOLD database

This update of a resource that last year won an Annual National Health Information Award reflects advances in treatments and changes to support resources. Content is divided into eight major segments, including “Disorder Types” and “Pharmaceutical Companies.” In the first section, 100 specific ailments are organized into 22 categories. Mars-Proietti (Fmp: Suppliers ) has added three new entries to this section, including “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” VERDICT Filled with straightforward explanations and lists of support groups and specialists, this one-stop professional-help resource will prove valuable to patients and their relatives and to medical professionals.

Cordón, Luis A. Freud’s World: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times. Greenwood. 2012. c.315p. c.499p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313339059. $89. REF Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

In more than 60 entries, Cordón (psychology, Eastern Connecticut State Univ.; Popular Psychology: An Encyclopedia ) profiles Freud’s practicing contemporaries, intellectual heirs, historical circumstances, prominent cases, and most influential concepts. Entries are alphabetized by term, book title, surname, or patient nickname and run, on average, between three and 15 pages in length. Often, direct quotations from the doctor’s notes and essays are included, and the later reception of these ideas are briefly discussed. Further-reading lists of two to five titles follow each entry. VERDICT An excellent encyclopedia-style Freud primer, both engaging and practical for secondary and college-level researchers as well as interested lay readers.

The Healing Remedies Sourcebook: Over 1,000 Natural Remedies To Prevent and Cure Common Ailments. Harper: HarperCollins. 2012. c.432p. ed. by C. Norman Shealy. illus. index. ISBN 9780007914098. $66. REF

Originally published as The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies , Shealy’s (founder, American Holistic Medicine Association; Sacred Healing ) retitled book draws largely from the original, including the contributions from six fellow alternative health specialists. Like the 1998 guide, contents extend beyond herbal homeopathy to incorporate more than 1000 therapeutic materials, including vitamins and minerals. Two key segments comprise the book and embrace most major alternative health approaches. The first part presents culturally divergent treatment methodologies; the second part explores ailments in alphabetical order. Instead of identifying photographs, decorative illustrations offer Old World appeal, recalling the wood engravings of German Renaissance botanical manuscripts. VERDICT Multi-sourced, newly updated, and fully revised, this volume will prove highly useful and is a good addition to naturopathy and homeopathy collections.

Market Share Reporter: Trends Over Time. Gale Cengage. 2012. 800p. ed. by Monique D. Magee. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781414496207. $971. REF Online: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Magee (president, Editorial Code and Data, Inc.) provides concise overviews of market share alterations experienced by 50 of the most significant, fastest changing, or most troubled industries in the U.S. economy, in entries ranging from “Advertising” to “Telephones.” Each piece is approximately 12 pages in length and contains an industry definition and time line, current and projected field developments, a multi-title bibliography, and corporations ranked by market share for each year after 1988. Perhaps most revealing is the “Industry Overview,” which offers narratives that expose mergers shaping the current corporate landscape. VERDICT A vital data fount for collections serving economic and business analysts, marketing professionals, and even cultural studies researchers.

Sports Injuries Sourcebook. 4th ed. Omnigraphics. (Health Reference Series). 2012. c.623p. ed. by Laura Larsen. index. ISBN 9780780812260. $95. REF Online: Credo Reference, ebrary, Gale, MyiLibrary, Rittenhouse R2 Digital Library

Larsen ( Fitness and Exercise Sourcebook ) compiles previously published data and articles issued by a variety of sources, including 13 government agencies and nearly 50 independent associations, websites, and corporations. Excerpted articles are cited on each chapter’s first page. Rather than providing an alphabetical list of injuries, the book is divided into 11 major anatomical segments and 60 injury-specific chapters, such as “Dislocated Patella.” The five-page glossary could be expanded to increase utility. VERDICT While packed with valuable information, this title does not surpass illustrated guides such as Lars Peterson and Per Renström’s Sports Injuries or Robert Gotlin’s Sports Injuries Guidebook .

Working Americans 18802012. Vol 1: The Working Class. 2d. ed. Grey House. (Working Americans). 2012. c.600p. ed. by Scott Derks. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781592375646. $150. REF Online: Ebrary, Gale, MyILibrary, eBooks on EBSCOhost, OverDrive

Originally published in 2000, this first volume in the revised series has been updated to reflect new research and to incorporate a decade’s worth of recent history. Derks (The Value of a Dollar ) employs primary-source material, such as diaries and letter excerpts, period photographs and advertisements, home-expense lists, and newspaper columns, to fully illuminate historical circumstances. Further contributing to the book’s didactic power are bulleted fact lists and sidebars explaining important concepts. A five-page bibliography, organized by decade, closes the book. VERDICT This is a wonderful teaching tool with an engaging layout and fact-filled content, perfect for secondary and post-secondary educators seeking to enliven history courses. —­ Savannah Schroll-Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC

About Savannah Schroll Guz

Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Libs., Washington, DC