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Our reference sets gathered awards and raving reviews from journals all across the library industry. Here are a few excerpts from reviews that you may find helpful and interesting.

CYCLOPEDIA OF LITERARY CHARACTERS

Clearly written essays effectively summarize the poems and then bring out the important contextual influences that help students understand the poems and their authors.

Booklist
April 2015

 
THE 50 STATES

The 50 States is structured for ease of use and is tastefully illustrated with both B&W and color photos. The overall impression one gets from examining this set is of a well-designed reference with high production value. The audience for this work will range from high school students to undergraduates, and to the interested lay reader. In short, anyone interested in facts and data about the 50 states should find value in this set.

Against the Grain,
December 2013 - January 2014

...A straightforward, useful and pleasing resource for all readers.

Choice, March 2014

The reference set provides a thorough presentation and is best suited for secondary students and above when researching states, exploring topics of population, health and medical care, transportation, educations, crime and law, politics or economics, fulfilling a general interest to learn more about the United States, analyzing graphical information employing critical thinking skills or even to prepare for a geography bee.

Library Journal, March 15, 2014

2000s IN AMERICA

This compilation would be a great addition to a school, public or undergraduate library collection.

Choice, December 2013

The Decades series offers a uniquely deep cross-sectional view of our country's politics and popular culture from (so far) the 1920s on. This newest entry is no exception…. this title makes a richer resource both for young researchers and for general readers whose personal memories of the era may have turned hazy.

Library Journal, September 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS:
AMERICAN SPORTS FICTION


Academic libraries should not be without this book. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections.

Choice, November 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS:
CRIME & DETECTIVE FICTION


A fine introduction to the detective genre.

CHOICE, December 2013

GREAT LIVES FROM HISTORY:
SCIENTISTS & SCIENCE


This is a very readable source for information on a wide variety of scientists and the science they studied…. High-school libraries and public libraries serving students will make good use of this set.

Booklist, April 2013

GREAT LIVES IN HISTORY:
ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDERS


Tight writing, straightforward design and attention to detail characterize a reference title that accomplishes its mission of “providing in-depth biographies of important American men and women from a broad range of cultural, social, and national backgrounds.”

Emerald Group Reference Reviews

INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY CONTEXT:
AMERICAN POST-MODERNIST NOVELS


The content, simply presented and accessibly written, will be a helpful resource for students as they begin to explore the world’s literary output. Recommended for libraries serving high-school students and college undergraduates.

Booklist, March 15, 2014

CRITICAL SURVEY OF MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE:
LOVE, SEXUALITY & DESIRE


This multicultural set will be very helpful to teachers, more advanced high-school students, and college students. A highly recommended purchase for public and school libraries where mythology is studied.

Booklist, June 2013

CRITICAL SURVEY OF MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE:
HEROES & HEROINES


The supplementary material, which includes maps, a discussion of mythology in the classroom, and lists of different cultures’ major heroes and heroines, is excellent and should prove very useful to both teachers and students. This book is recommended for academic libraries wishing to support general-mythology or cultural-survey courses. It will provide an excellent overview and jumping-off point for undergraduate and advanced high-school students.

Booklist February, 2014

This valuable resource, which will engage students and encourage though, is useful for high school and undergraduate students for papers, project and class discussions.

Library Journal, January, 2014

CRITICAL SURVEY OF MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE:
WORLD MYTHOLOGY


The bibliography at the end of each entry is short but generally provides good references for further study. This reference is recommended for high-school and college students and for storytellers looking for inspiration for their stories or performances.

Booklist, May 2014

INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY CONTEXT:
AMERICAN SHORT FICTION


The essays do an excellent job bringing out the context of the stories…. This volume will be helpful to literature teachers, students, and fiction readers by giving information that supplements other literary criticism. A recommended purchase for public, school, and college libraries.

Booklist, February, 2014

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS

These volumes should serve as authoritative resources and are recommended for high-school, large public, and academic libraries.

Booklist, September 2013

While Computer Technology Innovators will be a key reference for budding engineers, mathematicians, and computer techies.

School Library Journal, October 2013

Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries serving lower- and upper-division undergraduates and two-year technical students; general readers.

CHOICE, November 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS:
PULP FICTION OF THE 1920s AND 1930s


An excellent addition to those libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate literature students.

Library Journal, September 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS:
JAMES JOYCE, KURT VONNEGUT, PHILIP ROTH, RAYMOND CARVER, SYLVIA PLATH, WILLIAM FAULKNER, ZORA NEALE HURST.


This range of original essays by learned, intelligent writers with something to say about their subjects makes these works valuable for those in high school and up, who are researching the subject authors. Recommended.

Library Journal, October 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS: KURT VONNEGUT

Novelist. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.

CHOICE, November 2013

DEFINING DOCUMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
MANIFEST DESTINY & THE NEW NATION (1803-1859)


This work provides a unique insight into some of the most important legal, social, political, and philosophical works influencing or condemning Manifest Destiny. This work would be of great benefit in high-school advanced-placement and honors history courses, and it is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.

Booklist, February

Concise and well-written section introductions give even-handed treatment to many-layered topics, and the essays are uniformly of high quality…an excellent choice for teachers or motivated high school students looking for a detailed examination of this period.

School Library Journal, February, 2014

MAGILL'S LITERARY ANNUAL, 2013

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.

CHOICE, January 2014

CAREERS IN CHEMISTRY

Most valuable to librarians is the online access that accompanies the print volume; the material found there is easily searchable and integrated with other science reference products from the publisher.

School Library Journal, August 2013

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ENERGY

There are two characteristics of a reference book that I look for; is it usable and is it useful. This book wins on both counts.

Emerald Group Publishing, Reference Reviews Vol. 27 - Number 8 - 2013

This excellent reference work covers a vast amount of material on the topic of energy in a nontechnical, highly readable manner.

Choice, April 2013

   
BIOMES & ECOSYSTEMS

A very clear, nontechnical presentation useful to high school and community college students encountering ecological concepts for the first time, who will love the online access that comes with this work.

Library Journal, September 2013

   
CRITICAL SURVEY OF GRAPHIC NOVELS:
MANGA


The selection of texts is generally strong...Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-and upper-level undergraduates; general readers.

CHOICE, August 2013

   
   
CAREERS IN COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Recommended for high-school and academic libraries.

Booklist, May 2014

   
     
CRITICAL INSIGHTS: LITERATURE OF PROTEST

An excellent addition to those libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate literature students.

Library Journal, September 2013

CRITICAL INSIGHTS: ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Part of the Critical Insights series, this splendidly edited, visually appealing collection of essays is at once a guide for undergraduates and a manifesto marking a new stage of Hurston studies. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.

CHOICE, December 2013