The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 4th edition [electronic resource]
Lerner, Lee K., and J.L. Granatstein, eds.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-07-01:
This encyclopedia has improved substantially since its first edition (CH, Jan'97, 34-2507). The fourth edition provides a good source of science information, especially for high school students and the general public. Articles range from one to eight pages, with broad subjects covered in greater detail, and items on specific animals, plants, and scientific terms handled briefly. Frequent color illustrations include photographs, charts, and diagrams. Charts and diagrams are crisp and clear, but some of the photographs have overly dark backgrounds. Major signed articles begin with overviews on the subject, followed by detailed discussions, in addition to boxes highlighting key terms. References follow most articles; many are recent (2005-), but a few articles on timely issues (e.g., genomics) contain some outdated material. Lists often include Web sites, most of which were accessed at the end of 2006. The excellent detailed index in volume 6 provides ample cross references from scientific to common names, while abundant see and see also references occur in the text. Index entries supply both volume and page number; main subject entries are bolded and those with illustrations italicized. The introduction features an important update on the global warming situation. An alphabetical list of all entries, the introduction and use statements, and the roster appear in the front of every volume. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers. M. S. Muskiewicz University of Massachusetts at Lowell
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