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Reference Books are Awesome

Are you writing your resume for that great federal job you read about? Want to get published in a leading social work journal? Curious about the racial and economic makeup of the city of Albany? There's a reference book for that!

Whether writing your dissertation, starting a job search or looking to satisfy your curiosity, reference materials are an invaluable resource. General reference materials (e.g. Encyclopedia Britannica) provide short entries on topics from a variety of fields, while subject-specific resources (e.g. Encyclopedia of Power) offer more in depth information, including key terms and concepts, major theories and research trends. Whatever your research needs, the reference section is a great place to start.

Here are some recent additions to our reference collection that might interest you:

The Digital Librarian's Legal Handbook
. John N. Gathegi. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2012. Dewey Library / Reference: KF 2995 G38 2012.
This book provides an in depth look at intellectual property rights as they pertain to digital libraries, including copyright, content ownership, performance rights, licensing and fair uses. The first chapter serves as a general introduction to the topic. Chapter two looks at the unique aspects of the digital library and how they affect and are affected by various intellectual property issues as well as looking at access and preservation issues. Subsequent chapters focus on different aspects of intellectual property and digital collections. Designed for those with little to no legal background, this handbook makes intellectual property law and the issues surrounding it accessible and easy to grasp.

Encyclopedia of Addictions. Kathryn H. Hollen. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009. 2 vols. Online RC 563.4 H65 2009 WWW.
Covering all aspects of addiction from alcohol and drugs to anorexia and gambling, this guide offers a comprehensive overview of the issue, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. There are over 200 entries on key concepts and terms, types of addiction, specific drugs, mental disorders and treatment methods. Entries are concise, easy to read and jargon free, and many include recommendations for further reading.

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory. Francis T. Cullen, Pamela Wilcox, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, c2010. 2 vols. University and Dewey Libraries / Reference: HV 6017 E527 2010.
This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive overview of the field of criminological theory through concise, accessible entries that explain and contextualize each issue. Entries also include a list of related entries and external references for further reading. The encyclopedia also includes a "Reader's Guide��? which groups the entries into schools, 21 in all, to help readers get a complete overview of different the facets of each school of thought.

The Sage Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies. Patricia Hill-Collins and John Solomos, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2010. Dewey Library / Reference: HT 1521 S225X 2010.
This handbook is a comprehensive survey of the history, context and current state of race and ethnic studies, focusing on topics such as methodology, class, gender and sexuality, globalism, law and public policy, and education. The four sections, focusing on theoretical and historical contexts, social hierarchy, social organization, and debates and new horizons, provide an in depth look at the key research, new directions and conflicting voices within the field as well as an understanding of how the theories and issues discussed have affected fields such as anthropology, sociology, politics, and cultural studies.

Organized Crime: From Trafficking to Terrorism. Frank G. Shanty and Patit Paban Mishra, eds. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008. 2 vols. Online HV 6441 O745 2008 WWW.
This online reference book serves as an introduction to the topic, including history, causation theories, and law enforcement efforts and well as both the local and global impact of organized crimes' infiltration of the governmental and legitimate business sectors. The Directory of Major Organized Crimes Groups provides a brief introduction to the major players. Volume 2 is a collection of important international and multilateral documents related to combatting organized crime, including treaties, protocols and conventions.

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