Reference Reviews | July 2013

Library Journal Reviews starred review Ladd, Dana L. & Alyssa Altshuler. The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources. ALA Neal-Schuman. 2013. 336p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781555708900. pap. $80; ebk. ISBN 9781555709457. REF

Ladd and Altshuler, both librarians, provide other librarians “with a background of key diabetes concepts [to] aid them and patients in finding reliable information about the disease from a variety of print, audiovisual, and web resources.” The 25 chapters are organized into four parts covering basic resources, diabetes management resources, resources on daily life with diabetes, and resources on related health complications and care. Noting in the first chapter that much of the overwhelming amount of information available on diabetes is either outdated or incorrect, the authors offer an excellent general overview of diabetes mellitus plus a discussion of the reference interview and website evaluation. Chapters 2 through 5 each discuss a specific type of diabetes: type 1, type 2, prediabetes, and gestational diabetes. Chapter 6 concentrates on resources for children who have the condition as well as those close to them. Each chapter includes a brief, succinct topic overview followed by a current, annotated bibliography organized by resource format and special groups such as women, children, parents, and teens and multiple languages including sign language. Some annotations include language information (e.g., Healthy Roads Media’s materials come in languages “including Amharic, Bosnian, Karen, Somali, and Spanish”). Resources and websites were current, and links were active at the time this review was written. Even though the book is well organized and designed for easy access, the detailed index provides another access point. The title’s three-person medical content advisory board consists of a case manager, a pharmacist, and a pediatric dietician, all with experience in diabetic care. VERDICT This basic, plainly written bibliography is a must for any collection expected to provide current resources on diabetes to health-care students, medical professionals, or patients and their families.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

Library Journal Reviews starred review World Englishes. 3 vols. Bloomsbury. 2013. 952p. ed. by Tometro Hopkins. maps. bibliog. ISBN 9780826478481. $750. REF

These three volumes, which cover, respectively, English as it is spoken in the British Isles, in North America, and in Central America, are the first in a planned 12-volume series edited by Hopkins (linguistics, Florida International Univ.). Chapters within the volumes cover different regions and all answer the question, “What is the English language like in this place?” in amazing detail. For example, the chapters on Ireland (in Volume 1) and Canada (in Volume 2) are longer here than in the Routledge Handbook of World Englishes. More important is the breadth of coverage; 12 chapters cover the British Isles in Volume One, and seven chapters cover the United States and Canada in Volume 2, with multiple chapters about the Southern United States. Whereas a single chapter focuses on the Caribbean in Braj and Yamuna Kachru and Cecil Nelson’sHandbook of World Englishes, Volume 3 of this resource offers seven portraits of the language in Central America, including in Belize and Panama. A different scholar authors each chapter, and narratives are supported with tables, maps, and a bibliography. Each narrative also incorporates an array of linguistic terms, but, unfortunately, there is no glossary. The result is high-quality scholarship yet only for readers with a solid linguistics foundation. These readers would benefit from a cumulative index and other forms of cross-referencing between articles and volumes. Links could be established in the resource’s electronic format through hyperlinks and superior indexing. An electronic version would also enable adding other chapters, such as those about specific Canadian provinces. No information about these ideas or a time line for later volumes was readily available on the publisher’s website. However, Hopkins’s university profile indicates plans for a series website. VERDICT Though expensive, this great scholarly contribution is highly recommended for language specialists, who should watch for its future electronic form.—Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL

Library Journal Reviews starred review Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. SAGE. 2013. 584p. ed. by Jeffrey Ian Ross. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781412999571. $115. REF

Ross (criminal justice, Univ. of Baltimore; coauthor, Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison) defines street crime as crime connected to the urban lifestyle, against people and property, and committed in both public and private places. He adroitly compiles informative essays on every aspect of this definition, focusing on street crime in the largest U.S. cities. The work contains 175 alphabetically arranged entries on criminals and their victims, publicly charted criminal justice agencies, seminal figures in the battle against street crime, major criminal justice initiatives, important cases, and theories concerning street crime’s causation. The well-written and well-researched articles, by 146 scholars representing major universities across the country, range in length from a few hundred words to several pages. All are signed, cross-referenced, and offer further-reading suggestions. Features include an alphabetical listing of articles, a thematic subject guide that groups entries into nine major headings, a chronology that provides a historical perspective of street crime in America, a glossary, an appendix of street crime trends in America’s 25 largest cities over the past 24 years, and a resource guide of monographs, scholarly journals, and websites. This engaging and informative encyclopedia will appeal to criminologists, criminal justice practitioners, students of criminology/criminal justice, and members of the general public with an interest in street crime. VERDICT An outstanding one-volume source on a subject that regularly makes headlines. Researchers and readers at all levels will value highly its compelling information, ease of use, and sensible organization.—Rob Tench, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, VA

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


Kurian, George Thomas. The AMA Dictionary of Business and Management. AMACOM: American Management Assn. 2013. 304p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780814420287. $24.95. REF


A Cultural History of Women. 6 vols. Bloomsbury Academic. (Cultural Histories). 2013. 1700p. ed. by Linda Kalof. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781847884756. $550. REF

Language & Literature

Houston, Keith. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks. Norton. Sept. 2013. 320p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780393064421. $25.95. REF

Performing Arts

Decker, Jonathan. 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families. Cedar Fort. Sept. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781462112180. pap. $12.99. REF


Dittmer, Robert. User’s Guide to the Second Amendment. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2012. 394p. ISBN 9781479145997. pap. $13.99. REF

Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today. 2 vols. Greenwood. 2013. 867p. ed. by Russell M. Lawson. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313381447. $189. REF

Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO. 2013. 813p. ed. by Jill Condra. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313376368. $189; ebk. ISBN 9780313376375. REF