Thursday, October 11, 2007

October's Featured Reference Work

Brush up on your Hispanic Heritage knowledge with this month's featured reference work, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States, edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. Gonzalez. From Library Journal:

Starred Review. Many current reference works depict important historical, intellectual, social, artistic, and political developments of Latinos, the largest minority in the United States. This four-volume set, developed by scholars Oboler (Latin American & Latino studies, Univ. of Illinois) and Gonz├ílez (Chicano studies, Loyola Marymount Univ.), aims to provide a general yet intensive overview while dispelling the myths and stereotypes of Latino peoples and cultures. The Grolier set features social commentaries on everyday issues of particular importance to Latino culture. In comparison, the Oxford set offers lengthier entries and more of them—over 750 articles and 280 biographies. It contains over 400 illustrations, charts, and maps. Bibliographies at the end of each article facilitate additional research, as does a useful Topical Outline of Entries divided into 14 subject areas. A list of contributors and institutions precedes a lengthy index of almost 200 pages. Bottom Line This is one of the most thorough sets on the topic to date. — Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib. Syst., CA.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States can be found in the North Campus Library at REF E184.S75 O97 2005.

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