Editorial notes and queries

Tony Chalcraft (Editor Reference Reviews and formerly compiler, Walford’s Guide to Reference Material, York, UK)

Reference Reviews

ISSN: 0950-4125

Article publication date: 19 January 2015



Chalcraft, T. (2015), "Editorial notes and queries", Reference Reviews, Vol. 29 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/RR-11-2014-0315



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Editorial notes and queries

Article Type: Editorial notes and queries From: Reference Reviews, Volume 29, Issue 1

Notes on key reviews in this issue

  • Dictionary of Untranslatables (RR 2015/004). To quote the publisher’s blurb, this novel reference is “(A)n encyclopedic dictionary of close to four hundred philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation”. Originally published in French in 2004, the dictionary covers a number of languages, with the focus on English, French, German, Latin and Greek.

  • Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (RR 2015/036). Springer continue to expand their reference coverage away from their traditional STEM base with this new print (11 vol.) and online encyclopedia of archaeology, which must be considered as one of the primary reference sources in the field.

  • Fairchild Dictionary of Textiles (RR 2015/023). Eighth edition of this classic reference on textiles and the textile industry first published in 1915.

  • Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources (RR 2015/002). This appears to be the first print bibliography of library and information science of this type and scale for many years. Earlier works were Library and Information Science: A Guide to Information Sources (1982) and Reference Sources in Library and Information Services (1984).

  • Race and Racism in the USA: An Encyclopedia […] (RR 2015/009). Major four-volume set from ABC-CLIO containing more than 700 entries and 66 primary documents. More general in focus than the Encyclopedia of Racism in the USA (RR 2006/132) and with greater detail on the USA than Gale’s Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (RR 2008/262).

  • Silent Film Online (RR 2015/033). Another Alexander Street Press collection offering more than 1,000 streaming online titles for silent films, including serials and shorts, from the 1890s to the 1930s.

  • Visuwords: Online Graphical Dictionary (RR 2015/019). Web visual dictionary that uses graphics and mapping to connect and define words. Although the extent of coverage is unclear, appears to compare well with other sources such as the Visual Dictionary (RR 2008/354), the Visual Thesaurus (RR 2014/221) and the well-known and Merriam-Webster-branded Visual Dictionary Online (RR 2014/183).

  • Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England (RR 2015/040). New updated edition of this standard reference work to Anglo-Saxon England, first published in 1999, and now containing over 700 articles with coverage of history, archaeology, arts, architecture, literature and language.

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