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New Reference Titles on the Sixties, Food and Drink, and More; Continuing Series Updated |Reference Reviews

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From Presidential history to world clothing and fashion, new reference books for the K-12 library are reviewed, while several titles in continuing series are listed.

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List

Carle, Eric and Friends. What’s Your Favorite Animal? illus. by authors

What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.

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Reference Book Reviews | February 2014

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New reference works on mythology and folklore, science, the American Civil War, and more.

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How to Start through Creating Citations: ProQuest Research Companion | Online Reference | January 2014

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ProQuest’s new Research Companion serves as an effective introduction for those making their first attempts at conducting original research. A convenient step-by-step guide shepherds users through the process, allowing students to avoid many of the pitfalls of this critical exercise.

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Book Reviews: Reference | October 2013

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Reviews of recent print reference works on careers, sports, and more.

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SLJ Reviews Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine Archive Database

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Combining an industry and educational standard in the field of aerospace with a recognized leader in the world of science and arts, the Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive Database is seamless in action and an excellent source for both papers and projects.

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Reference Book Reviews | August 2013

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Presidential, Colonial, and Civil War history; careers; folk art; and science are covered in this month’s reviews of new print reference works.

Reference Book Reviews | June 2013

Native People of the World

Referencing American Presidents, immigration, and education.

Reference Book Reviews | April 2013

Reviews of recent encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and atlases.

Reference Book Reviews | February 2013

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: February 2013

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Check out this month’s listing of stars! WOW!

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: December 2012

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Sleep Like a Tiger (Logue), Illustration by Pamela Zagarenski

Preschool to Grade 4

FYLEMAN , Rose. Mice . illus. by Lois Ehlert. S & S/Beach Lane. 2012. p. 90.

HANLON , Abby. Ralph Tells a Story. illus. by author. Amazon. 2012. p. 91.

LOGUE , Mary. Sleep Like a Tiger . illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. p. 94.

OBED , Ellen Bryan. T welve Kinds of Ice. illus. by Barbara McClintock. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. p. 96.

SMITH , Lane. Abe Lincoln’s Dream. illus. by author. Roaring Brook. 2012. p. 100.

Reference Reviews: December 2012

 BANES, Graham L. The Kingfisher Encyclopedia of Life: Minutes, Months, Millennia–How Long Is a Life on Earth? 160p. chron. diags. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. Kingfisher. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-7534-6891-3.
Gr 3-6–Aiming to provide an “imaginative introduction to the natural world and the huge array of species that inhabit it,” this work is a spectacular success. It focuses on 230 species (considering that 18,000 new ones are discovered each year, we’ll give them credit for selecting the most interesting), categorizing them according [...]

Reference Review: October 2012

BARNES-SVARNEY, Patricia & Thomas E. Svarney. The Handy Math Answer Book. 512p. (The Handy Answer Book Series). appendix. charts. diags. illus. index. photos. Visible Ink Press. 2012. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781578593736; ebook $21.95. ISBN 9781578593866.
Gr 10 Up–Students who have wondered, “What is the ‘music of the spheres’?”; “How do astronomers determine the distances to the stars?”; or “What is a problem with our modern calendar?” can find the answers to those questions and many more in this engaging work. [...]

Reference Reviews: August 2012

BAKER, William & Kenneth Womack. The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare. 5 vols. 2156p. (Facts On File Library of World Literature Series). appendix. bibliog. glossary. illus. index. maps. Facts On File. 2012. PLB $375.00. ISBN 978-0-8160-7820-2; LC 2010054012. Online: Infobase eBooks
Gr 10 Up–Students and general readers with an interest in Shakespeare will benefit from the array of texts covered and the clear and concise essays and explanations of the Bard’s works provided here. The set opens with [...]

The Last Word: Dictionary evangelist Erin McKean taps the best word resources online

Illustration by Phil Wrigglesworth

Go look it up. That’s what students who have questions about words are often told. But where should they go? Depending on the question, some resources are better than others, and some aren’t very good at all, no matter what the question. Finding the most helpful word resource for students can be a challenge, especially now that search engines often return millions of results for almost every English word. Here are my picks for the [...]

21,730 Pages to Go

Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages (Penguin, 2008).

Ammon Shea has been reading dictionaries for the past decade or so. He acknowledges owning about a thousand of them, along with assorted thesauri, lexicons, and glossaries (in a New York City apartment, no less). So, how does this avid word lover and collector feed his insatiable curiosity? Well, one project Shea tackled was the 20-volume, Second Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, reading it cover to cover–from “a” to [...]