Catalogue


The American Historical Association's guide to historical literature /
general editor, Mary Beth Norton ; associate editor, Pamela Gerardi.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
description
2 v.
ISBN
0195057279 (set)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
isbn
0195057279 (set)
general note
Contains nearly 27,000 annotated citations (primarily to English language works) divided into forty-eight sections; citations refer chiefly to works published between 1961 and 1992.
Includes indexes.
local note
HOLDINGS: v. 1-2.
catalogue key
922158
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-12:
Norton and Gerardi, working with more than 400 contributors, have produced a monumental work of historical bibliography. It is composed of 26,926 annotated entries in 48 sections that cite books, articles, and chapters in books primarily in English published from 1961, the date of the last edition, through 1992. The 1st edition appeared in 1931. More than a decade in the making, this project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with support from the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Luce foundations, sets out to identify "the finest and most useful books and articles in every field of historical scholarship" and "combines qualitative selectivity, inclusive breadth, and intellectual integration." The editorial board identified three user needs that governed the selection of items: "the need for reliable syntheses and reference works that provided entry into a historical field, the need to know the most highly esteemed works that set the standard of excellence ... and the need to explore major alternative interpretations represented in current scholarly debate." Although most sections relate to geographical areas, some are subject-oriented (e.g., "Science, Technology, and Medicine," "International Relations"), still others relate to such specialized topics as "Theory and Practice in Historical Study" or "Native Peoples in the Americas." Each section begins with an introductory essay followed by a guide to the arrangement of that section. Within a section, reference works and general studies precede entries arranged to suit the materials in that field. Citation to a given work generally appears only once, and the most recent American edition is preferred. In addition to standard bibliographical information, entries include series titles associated with scholarly institutes, societies, and associations, and ISBN or ISSN. Annotations average 30 words and are signed. Some sections have see also references at the end. Following the last section is a list of journals grouped by section name. The second volume concludes with a 118-page author index and an extremely detailed, useful, and accurate subject index of nearly 300 pages. The set is worth much more than its price and deserves to be in all but the smallest libraries. J. D. Haskell Jr.; College of William and Mary
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-04-01:
This Guide is in a class all by itself. The third edition concentrates "on works published since 1961," when the second edition was published. Like its predecessors, it aims to list "the finest and most useful books and articles available in every field of historical scholarship," but this is a brand-new edition, not just an update. Entire subject areas no longer have their own separate sections (e.g., "History of Religion"), while others are new ("Science, Technology, Medicine"). Sections are generally much more detailed: U.S. history, for instance, moved from one 34-page section to six sections totaling 265 pages. The subject index provides excellent access to the material, and the annotations, averaging 30 words in length, are lucid. Though as in previous editions the Guide is often too general for the specialist, it is still invaluable for the nonspecialist. This superb new edition belongs in every library whose users want to identify the best historical scholarship.-Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"This new edition has been ten years in the making, and it is worth the wait....A splendid achievement...sure to be heavily consulted for years to come. It is difficult to imagine an academic library without this title. "--Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"This new edition has been ten years in the making, and it is worth thewait....A splendid achievement...sure to be heavily consulted for years to come.It is difficult to imagine an academic library without this title; medium-sizeto large public libraries will also want to seriously considerpurchase."--RBB/Booklist
"A monumental work of historical bibliography....The set is worth much more than its price and deserves to be in all but the smallest libraries."--Choice
"A monumental work of historical bibliography....The set is worth muchmore than its price and deserves to be in all but the smallestlibraries."--Choice
"The arrival of GHL3 seems as welcome as its two predecessors....This work should be available in any library serving an audience of history majors. It is easy to use and loaded with citations to a quality literature."--The Library Quarterly
"The arrival of GHL3 seems as welcome as its two predecessors....This workshould be available in any library serving an audience of history majors. It iseasy to use and loaded with citations to a quality literature."--The LibraryQuarterly
"This Guide is in a class all by itself....This superb new edition belongs in every library whose users want to identify the best historical scholarship."--Library Journal
"This Guide is in a class all by itself....This superb new edition belongsin every library whose users want to identify the best historicalscholarship."--Library Journal
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Summaries
Long Description
The new edition of this uniquely comprehensive reference work is the place for anyone to start researching any topic from the field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and annotated the best works in their fields -- over 26,000 annotated citations -- to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of unprecedented breadth, from the pre-history to the recent history of the United States. Presented in an easily readable format, these two volumes are a completely new work, designed to replace the classic but now outdated editions of 1931 and 1961. Ten years in planning and execution, the new edition is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national/regional history, each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations, and complete author, title, and subject indexes. Features of the new edition: * Expanded coverage of Africa, Asia, and North and South America *
Long Description
This entirely new edition of a keystone reference is the place to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields--almost 27,000 annotated citations--to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary breadth, from prehistory to the twentieth century. Presented in an accessible format, this completely new work has been ten years in planning and execution. It is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national and regional history, with each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. And it also contains expanded coverage of Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations and complete author and subject indexes. An indispensable work for scholars, students, librarians, and general readers, the AHA Guide to Historical Literature is essential for anyone who is serious about history.
Main Description
This entirely new edition of a keystone reference is the place to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields--almost 27,000 annotated citations--toprovide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary breadth, from prehistory to the twentieth century. Presented in an accessible format, this completely new work has been ten years in planning and execution. It is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national and regional history, with each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. And it also contains expanded coverage ofAfrica, Asia, and North and South America. Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations and complete author and subject indexes. An indispensable work for scholars, students, librarians, and general readers, the AHA Guide to Historical Literature is essential for anyone who is serious about history.
Main Description
This entirely new edition of a keystone reference istheplace to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields--almost 27,000 annotated citations--to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary breadth, from prehistory to the twentieth century. Presented in an accessible format, this completely new work has been ten years in planning and execution. It is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national and regional history, with each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. And it also contains expanded coverage of Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations and complete author and subject indexes. An indispensable work for scholars, students, librarians, and general readers, theAHA Guide to Historical Literatureis essential for anyone who is serious about history.

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