Category Archives: Featured Materials

Encyclopedia of play in today’s society / Rodney P. Carlisle, general editor

Call number: GV11 .E555 2009 (reference-doesn’t circulate)



Play is considered to be a lighthearted, fun, and entertaining topic. Yet it plays a key role in our lives, and, as a research field, it has generated an extensive and sophisticated literature exploring a range of penetrating questions, e.g., Do we play to avoid danger or to experience it? Do we play to escape work or work to engage in another form of play? All public and academic libraries will want to obtain this encyclopedia, so that academics, researchers, and students can understand how play affects child and adult development, especially in terms of health, creativity, and imagination. A preface, introduction, and reader’s guide further enhance this encyclopedia, as do a glossary, listing of the 450 articles and contributors, and “Chronology of Play.” In addition, Volume 2 features a resource guide of books, journals, and Internet sources that includes the URLs to companies in the world of play.
Appendix A gives statistics on work and play as listed by categories, hours, gender, and marital status and leisure hours spent. Appendix B is actually a report to Congress by the Federal Trade Commission, “Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children,” which gives details about the effect on children of the recording, DVD, and electronic gaming industries and the health and psychological results recorded. BOTTOM LINE This ground-breaking resource is strongly recommended for all libraries and health and welfare institutional depots; essential for university collections, especially those catering to social studies programs.—Al Vara, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia  

Good grief / Granger E. Westberg ; foreword by Timothy Johnson

Call number: BV4905.2 .W45 2011

For fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. Today this classic text continues to offer helpful insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief-shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance-but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no “right” way to grieve. Whether grieving the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes. (From Google Books)

God after Darwin : a theology of evolution / John F. Haught

 Call number: BT712 .H38 2008

Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of the divine mystery. He argues that Darwin’s disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God. (Publisher’s description ).

Employee body language revealed : how to predict behavior in the workplace by reading and understanding body language / Harmony Stalter

Call number: BF637.N66 .S73 2010

Only 7 percent of communication is verbal and 38 percent is vocal (pitch, speed, volume, tone of voice). The largest chunk then, 55 percent, is visual (body language, eye contact). People form 90 percent of their opinion about you within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Understanding body language is a skill that can enhance your life. This understanding can be a plus in the workplace. You can know what an employee or co-worker thinks and feels by examining their subconscious body language. And, like the world’s best communicators, you can have strong body language that reflects confidence, competence, and charisma.This groundbreaking new book will make you an expert on body language. (From Google Books)

Are we born racist? : new insights from neuroscience and positive psychology / Susan T. Fiske

Call number: BF575.P9 A74 2010

In this slender multidisciplinary analysis, scientists, novelists, and religious leaders examine the roots of racial prejudice and possible antidotes. Princeton psychology professor Susan T. Fiske presents neuroscience findings that in repeated studies, when white test subjects look at photographs of black people, their amygdalae—the seat of the fear response system in the brain—lights up, suggesting that bias is unconscious and deep-seated. But biology is not destiny, nor is bias ineradicable, as following essays attest. Contributors address how schools, businesses, and police departments can counter an inborn tendency to distrust that which is different.
And the book’s third section celebrates racial and ethnic diversity as a source of vitality. Rebecca Walker addresses being biracial, and others meditate on raising bi-cultural and biracial children or being part of an interracial couple. The concluding essay by Archbishop Desmond Tutu relates how the truth and reconciliation process helped heal South Africa’s deep racial fissures. While topics are explored too briefly to be of scholarly interest, their brevity will be an advantage to readers looking for a snapshot of contemporary research into and activism around ending racism. (From Google Books)

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf – New Titles Now Available

Australian Law Dictionary
Edited by Trischa Mann
www.oxford-auslawdictionary.com
The Australian Law Dictionary is the best reference for those who want familiarity with, and knowledge of, Australian legal terms. Clear, relevant and well-pitched definitions explain the meaning of Australian legal terms and for those interested in contextualising these terms further and exploring legal concepts in more depth, more information and detailed in-text cross references are provided.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology
Edited by Clifford J. Rogers
www.oxford-medievalwarfare.com
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology examines all aspects of warfare and military technology in medieval times. Approximately 1,000 articles written and signed by leading experts in medieval military history provide an exhaustive and accurate view of how and why wars were waged throughout Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Crusader States from 500 C.E. to 1500.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Edited by Robert E. Bjork
www.oxford-middleagesdictionary.com
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages is an essential new reference work covering all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era. It is designed both for medievalists, who need a detailed and reliable reference tool, and for students and general readers seeking an accessible guide to the period. Over 800 scholars have assembled thousands of comprehensive entries, lavishly supplemented by hundreds of illustrations and dozens of maps.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought
Edited by F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo
www.oxford-africanthought.com
From St. Augustine and early Ethiopian philosophers to the anticolonialist movements of Pan Africanism and Negritude, The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought offers a comprehensive view of African thought, covering the intellectual tradition on the continent and throughout the diaspora. All major trends in African philosophy, political theory, and religion will be covered, as well as significant historical figures and social movements.

NEW: Multilanguage Searching Expansion

EBSCOhost customers can now enjoy the expansion of multilanguage searching in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCOhost® to include over forty-five (45) languages. This means that users will experience improved search results in both EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCOhost databases.

Continued improvements support multilingual capabilities for non-Roman character set languages including Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Russian and others. Additional improved searching in complex languages, and advanced support for non-Roman languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) are also being addressed. For example, phrases or sentences in languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean are commonly written without spaces between words. Some languages contain multiple scripts per language, and there are regional and historical variations to consider. EBSCO has created a system to handle these variations among character sets and offers unparalleled searching in these non-Roman languages.

Supporting multiple languages with non-Roman characters is a challenge with most online search services in the library marketplace. EBSCO Publishing’s Senior Director of Software Development, Ron Burns, noted that “EBSCO knew it had to develop a custom solution that addressed the needs of a global and diverse customer base, and became an essential element of the continued development of the EBSCOhost platform.”