The Columbia encyclopedia /
edited by Paul Legassé.
6th ed.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2000.
xiv, 3156 p. : ill.
0787650153 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2000.
0787650153 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-12-01:
This sixth edition of a leading single-volume encyclopedia boasts 1300 new entries and the revision of 40 percent of the previous content. Last published in 1993, the encyclopedia now includes such new entries as "Internet," "Vladimir Putin," and "Michael Jordan." In another new entry, the term "e-commerce" is explained in full. Included are the history and figures of reported sales over the Internet in 1998 ($7.2 billion), with books being the "most popular on-line order." Of the updated information, the section on Bill Clinton is expanded from a mere 22 lines to nearly a column and a half. Ironically, the "Lewinsky Scandal"Ddescribed as the "sensation that enveloped the presidency of Bill Clinton in 1998-1999, leading to his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives and acquittal by the Senate"Dis given roughly the same space. Hillary Rodham Clinton gets her own entry for the first time, which cites her intended run for U.S. Senate. Additionally helpful are the updated maps of the former Soviet Union and the Baltics. With 40,000 bibliographical references, 800,000 cross references, and 700 line drawings, this concise volume leaves out surprisingly little. Recommended for all libraries.DMark Rotella, Jersey City, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-01:
The sixth edition of Columbia is a distinct improvement over the fifth (CH, Feb'94), which contained not a few embarrassing geographical inaccuracies. Editor Legasse also edited Concise Columbia Encyclopedia. Hefty indeed, the new Columbia contains some 51,000 entries covering a vast array of topics; it is the largest one-volume general encyclopedia in English. Nearly 40 percent of its content has been revised to reflect the political, social, scientific, and technological developments since the fifth edition. Entirely new are some 1,300 entries covering such topics as the Internet, the Ebola virus, and alternative medicine, to name only a few. Among its 6.5 million words are 700 black-and-white illustrations, 80,000 cross-references, and 40,000 bibliographic citations. Articles range in length from a few lines to several pages, usually written in straightforward style free of jargon. A note for readers explains that "information from one article is generally not repeated in another," although numerous articles are properly cross-referenced to related items. Vladimir Putin, for example, is cross-referenced to Chechnya, which is cross-referenced to Dagastan. Entries are arranged alphabetically in boldface; longer articles are paragraphed with italicized subheadings (unlike the fifth edition) and conclude with brief bibliographies. Like its predecessor, the sixth edition dispenses entirely with photographs and portraits of persons, but includes hundreds of useful maps, tables, and diagrams, many new or revised. Other features include a key to pronunciation and a list of abbreviations. Extending a tradition begun in 1935, this version of Columbia is impressive in its sweep, clarity, and authoritativeness, making it a happy choice among one-volume "first-stop" reference works. Highly recommended for home use or for public, high school, or college libraries. S. M. Williams; Bossier Parish Community College
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Reference & Research Book News, November 2000
Library Journal, December 2000
Booklist, January 2001
Choice, January 2001
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