Awards & Reviews

AWARD WINNERS


Notable American Women Writers

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2021

"This set is one of the few recent publications focusing on women writers of the Americas and covering such a wide variety of writing. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." -CHOICE

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Principles of Marine Science

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2021

"Entries are well written and accurate. Students should find the consistently structured aspect of individual entries helpful... Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for July 2021

"The value of this reference work, beyond the unique scholarly perspectives within, is in the collocation of 15 recent, well-researched and well-written critical essays in one book, analyzing much of Douglass’s output... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Abraham Lincoln

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for July 2021

"This compilation, while deliberately not a full-length portrait (many already exist), is a sympathetic reference on a justly esteemed and consequential personage. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels." -CHOICE

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Defining Documents in American History: Slavery

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for January 2021

"This collection of primary resources offers insights into the rationalizations, horrors, legalities, and many other important aspects of American slavery. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers through faculty." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: The Odyssey

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2020

"Nearly exhaustive in its embrace of approaches, the volume is marked by an authenticity, balance, and relevance that will impress even the strictest classicists. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates." -CHOICE

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Careers Working with Infants & Children

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2020

"Overall, this accessible, information book is useful for anyone who enjoys working with children but is unsure of the many career paths available. Summing Up: Recommended." -CHOICE

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Principles of Botany

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2020

"This is a good, solid work suitable for more reference collections... Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." -CHOICE

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Defining Documents in American History: Drug Policy

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for November 2020

"Not just for libraries serving undergraduates, the set should also be purchased by public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Students enrolled in two-year technical programs. General readers." -CHOICE

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Principles of Zoology

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for November 2020

"The book is suitable for high school students and lower-level undergraduates. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. General readers." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Conspiracies

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for November 2020

"This collection differs by offering essays about conspiracy and conspiracy theories in classics and other novels, popular film, and graphic novels. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Oscar Wilde

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for October 2020

"Part of the "Critical Insights" series, this volume presents an interesting collection of scholarly approaches to the multifaceted life and works of Oscar Wilde... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Malcolm X

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for October 2020

"Most of the literature on Malcolm X (1925-65) is monographic or in scholarly journals, and it tends to skew toward either reverential or iconoclastic/oppositional⁠—leaving a small core of evenhanded scholarship in between. The present collection is one such balanced work." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Satire

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2020

"Evans (English, Auburn Univ.) contributes to Salem’s “Critical Insights” series with this collection of accessible essays... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates." -CHOICE

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Critical Survey of Poetry: Contemporary Poets

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2020

"The two-volume set features profiles of 200 poets and 21 essays on movements and themes... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers, including, in particular, high school students." -CHOICE

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Principles of Anatomy

Library Journal Best Reference Title for 2020

Library Journal Starred Review for August 2020

"Introducing students and researchers to anatomy fundamentals, editor Renneboog provides solid scientific background on the human body with simple, jargon-free language... VERDICT: ...This will be invaluable to the general public, as well as to students and researchers in need of background or introductory material outside of their expertise." -Library Journal

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Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, 3rd Edition

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for July 2020

"Although not novel, this resource does provide a current and easily understood introduction to the breadth of environmental issues, written for general, high school, and undergraduate readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. General readers." -CHOICE

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Encyclopedia of Global Resources, 3rd Edition

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for June 2020

"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. General readers." -CHOICE

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Ethics: Questions & Morality of Human Actions

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for June 2020

"[...] ethics continues to expand beyond philosophy in many diverse directions, making this updated work a great addition to any academic library. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." -CHOICE

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Salem Health: Women's Health

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for June 2020

"This set would be an appropriate addition to consumer health collections at public libraries and would also see use by students in academic libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates. General readers." -CHOICE

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Salem Health: Infectious Diseases & Conditions

Library Journal Best Reference Title for 2019

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for October 2019

Library Journal Starred Review for August 2019

"Not only have the entries from the previous edition been extensively updated, but approximately thirty new ones have been added... this encyclopedia will be an extremely useful resource for many. Summing Up: Three Stars. Highly recommended. All readers." -CHOICE

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Critical Insights: Censored & Banned Literature

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for October 2019

"An instructor looking for a book to unify a course on censorship or writing would not be disappointed with this choice. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers." -CHOICE

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Careers in Nursing

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2019

"...Content such as interviews as professionals in the field, a consideration of the Holland occupational themes personality theory, and information about less popular fields like criminal justice of the insurance industries are useful." -CHOICE

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Defining Documents in American History: The Gun Debate

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for September 2019

"[This volume] uses more than 30 historical documents, including court rulings, speeches, legal texts, and legislation, to impartially review this complicated topic... Summing Up: Recommended." -CHOICE

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Novels Into Film: Adaptations & Interpretations

CHOICE Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources for June 2019

"those interested in how a narrative is crafted for film will be fascinated at the accessible, thoughtful treatment. VERDICT: Recommended for those curious about how stories transition from the printed page to the big screen." -Library Journal

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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes

CHOICE Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources for June 2019

"This set is good for readers' advisory for those who enjoy graphic novels and comics as well as a starting point for research on individual graphic novels and comics as works of literature. It will fit with the reference collection of any public, high school, or college library." -ARBA

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Defining Documents in American History: Secrets, Leaks & Scandals

Library Journal Best Reference Title for 2018

School Library Journal Starred Review for March 2019

CHOICE Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources for April 2019

"...users will find foundational information on important historical moments and topics... High school and undergraduate students starting a research project of hoping to find answers to identification questions will find this a useful set... Highly recommended." -ARBA

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Defining Documents in American History: Political Campaigns, Candidates & Debates (1787-2017)

CHOICE Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources for April 2019

 "It highlights moments most representative of a period in our nation’s history, moments that may have marked a turning point. Summing Up: ⋆⋆ Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.” -CHOICE

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Defining Documents in World History: The 20th Century (1900-1950)

CHOICE Editors' Top 75 Community College Resources for April 2019

"Taken altogether the set provides a broad overview of major developments worldwide during the 20th century. This is a solid reference to consult at the beginning of a research project and would be a valuable supplement to material presented in a survey course.” -ARBA

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Defining Documents in American History: LGBTQ+ (1923-2017)

Booklist Editor's Choice for 2018

Booklist Starred Review for 2018

"A stunning collection of official commentary and memorabilia, this two-volume set deserves a place in public, high-school, and college libraries." - Booklist

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Defining Documents in World History: Women's Rights

Booklist Starred Review, August 2018

Booklist Top 10 Reference Books, May 2019

"The balance of text, commentary, and illustrations guides the student of women’s rights to the heart of issues of equal pay, child custody, abortion, and antiwar, antiviolence initiatives. This valuable set organizes the basics of women’s historical advances. Highly recommended for public, high-school, and college libraries." - Booklist

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Great Events from History: LGBTQ Events

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2018

CHOICE Four Starred Review

"The references for further reading are extensive without being overwhelming. The boxes with quotations from landmark publications are worth exploring. The list of contributors is impressive… Essential. All public and undergraduate libraries." - CHOICE

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Salem Health: Genetics & Inherited Conditions

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2018

"The second edition of Genetics & Inherited Conditions, an A-Z reference encyclopedia, has been updated and expanded to nearly 500 essays by an assortment of medical writers and academics. All aspects of genetics—its history and relation to diseases and congenital conditions, biotechnologies such as genome editing, and epigenetics, the role environmental factors play in causing diseases such as cancer—are addressed." - CHOICE


Critical Survey of Drama

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2018

"This set is a solid cornerstone to any reference collection which seeks to include drama as a subject area and would be appropriate to both larger public and academic libraries, especially those in support of theater arts programs." - ARBA

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Racial & Ethnic Relations in America

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for March 2018

"This is an excellent resource that will be extensively used and appreciated by students in social sciences and humanities. The writing style, scope, and range of the essays make this three-volume set an appropriate acquisition for academic, public, and secondary school libraries." - ARBA

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Careers in Sports & Fitness

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for March 2018

"Careers in Sports & Fitness is an easy-to-read guide to the major careers in the sports and fitness industry, aimed at informing high school and college students about career possibilities, including many that would not immediately jump to mind." - ARBA

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Great Events from History: African American History

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for February 2018

"The work brings disparate topics and themes together to validate the importance and influence of African Americans in U.S. history. VERDICT A well-organized, clearly written, and accessible compilation for a wide range of users from high school and undergraduate students to general readers." - ARBA

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Great Events from History: The 21st Century

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for February 2018

" Editor Tandy's introduction reflects on journalism and historiography, and offers useful advice about interpreting events and evaluating evidence, truth, and falsehoods. Summing Up: Recommended. High school through lower-level undergraduate students; general readers." - CHOICE

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The Criminal Justice System

CHOICE Editor's Top 75 Community College Resources for December 2017

"Put together by hundreds of contributors from both the academic world and the criminal justice profession, The Criminal Justice System is a valuable one-stop reference work for a quick understanding of some of the most important issues in the U.S. criminal justice system." - ARBA

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Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society

Library Journal Best Reference Title for 2011

"VERDICT This enlightening, well-written set, which has no current competitors, is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries." - Library Journal

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Forensic Science

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009

"The entries provide precise information on any forensic-oriented topic that reader could conceivably wish to study... The articles aimed at nonscientists are clear and concise... Recommended." - CHOICE

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Reviews

Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues & Behavior

"The articles are written with a wide audience in mind, providing succinct explorations of topics that minimize jargon and maintain a balanced perspective that represents the supporting and opposing opinions on controversial issues… its focus and timeliness make it a valuable addition to reference collections.” -CHOICE, 2019

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Novels Into Film: Adaptations & Interpretations

"...those interested in how a narrative is crafted for film will be fascinated at the accessible, thoughtful treatment. ­VERDICT Recommended for those curious about how stories transition from the printed page to the big screen.” -CHOICE, 2019

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Masterplots, 2010-2018 Supplement

"VERDICT Not just for students in a rush, this wide-ranging reference resource will be invaluable to anyone interested in literature.” - Library Journal, 2019

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Defining Documents in American History: The Legacy of 9/11

"Shally-Jensen supplies contextualizing information for all the documents as well as biographies of the creators. The best audience for this book is lower-division undergraduates, who can use it as a source for making connections among the various events surrounding the terrorist attacks. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.” -CHOICE, 2019

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Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships & Behavior

"This informative resource engages the reader from the first entry...The prose is accessible to those who are new to sociology, and the treatment will also be a good refresher for those with some background in the discipline. The contents give readers insight into areas of importance in sociology, and the framework provides for easy understanding. This volume will help those new to the discipline understand how sociologists think and how the field regards itself." -ARBA, 2019

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Great Lives from History: The 21st Century

"This volume is highly recommended for “quick reference” and as a starting point for a research paper on the life and accomplishments of a noted individual. It is recommended to academic and public libraries and should prove invaluable to students and faculty of universities and to anybody interested in learning more about a public figure." -ARBA

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Great Athletes of the Twenty-First Century

"This edition updates the original ‘Great Athletes’ set published in 2009. Biographical articles on nearly 400 individual athletes are included in all sports around the world..." -CHOICE, 2019

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Defining Documents in World History: The 20th Century (1900-1950)

"Taken altogether the set provides a broad overview of major developments worldwide during the 20th century. This is a solid reference to consult at the beginning of a research project and would be a valuable supplement to material presented in a survey course." -ARBA, 2019

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Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships & Behavior

"This would be an especially useful resource for someone taking a sociology course for the first time or for someone who needs a refresher on key concepts. Recommended for school and academic libraries.” -ARBA, 2019

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Careers in Sports Medicine & Training

"This material is enhanced by the use of black-and-white photographs, charts and tables, fun facts, famous firsts, and conversations with real people working in a particular profession. The reader comes away with valuable information, delivered in an easy-to-read and engaging way.” -ARBA, 2019

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Critical Insights: Edith Wharton

"Taken together, these impressive essays accomplish the book’s stated objective of a “starting point” and “introduction” to the study of Edith Wharton’s work. The book invites and continues conversations on Wharton’s engagement with a host of issues.” -Edith Wharton Review, 2018 (Published by: Penn State University Press)

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Defining Documents in World History: The Middle East (141 B.C.E. - 2017)

 "An excellent resource for high-school history courses.” -Booklist, 2018

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