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New and Awesome Reference Books!

We have recently added more reference books to the collection on subjects of interest to the downtown campus, including social security, criminal psychology, medical terminology, and children’s literature. Below are some highlights that might interest you.


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Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults Two Decades in Review by Michael Cart. Chicago ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013. Online / Z 1037 C335 2013 WWW.

Michael Cart, former YALSA president and the best-selling author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, applies his expertise as one of the nation’s leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults’ recreational reading tastes. His roundup of high-quality titles covers a wide range of genres, from graphic novels and real-life adventures to romance and speculative fiction, and includes numerous read-alikes and related-titles lists, making it a great tool for both collection development and readers’ advisory. This resource makes finding a great book easy, with multiple indexes and thorough annotation.


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Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation by Sonja K. Foss and William Waters. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2007. Online / LB 2369 F59 2007 WWW.

Dissertations aren't walls to scale or battles to fight; they are destinations along the path to a professional career. Destination Dissertation is a handbook that helps students successfully develop and complete their dissertations. It uses travel as a metaphor, framing the process as an exciting trip of 29 steps that can be completed in less than nine months. Designed for use by students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations, the book shows concrete and efficient processes for completing those parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck, from conceptualizing a topic to editing the final work. It includes a wealth of real-life examples from throughout the dissertation process, such as creating the proposal and coding data. This time-tested method comes from the authors' successful work at the Denver-based Scholars' Retreat.

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Employment and Work by Susanne M. Bruyere and Linda Barrington. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, c2012. Online / HD 7255 B78 2012 WWW.

This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores issues facing people with disabilities in employment and the work environment. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for those whose current or future work involves the care and/or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. This volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study.

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Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Thousand Oaks, CA; London: SAGE, 2013. Online / HV 6789 E53 2013 WWW.

Street crime has changed over past decades, especially with the advent of surveillance cameras in public places. However, criminals have found ways to adapt. This encyclopedic reference focuses primarily on urban lifestyle and its associated crimes, ranging from burglary to drug peddling to murder to new, more sophisticated forms of street crime and scams. This traditional A-to-Z reference has significant coverage of police and courts and other criminal justice sub-disciplines while also featuring thematic articles on the sociology of street crime. This volume includes 175 signed entries providing in-depth coverage of street crime in America; cross-references and suggestions for further reading; a thematic reader’s guide that groups related entries by broad topic areas; a detailed Index for convenient search-and-browse capabilities; a chronology providing a historical perspective of the topic; and annotated appendices providing sources of data and statistics.

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Guide to the White House Staff by Shirley Anne Warshaw. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, CQ Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Reference: JK 552 W37 2013.

This work examines the evolution and current role of the White House staff. In eight thematically-arranged chapters, it provides a study of executive/legislative relations, organizational behavior, policy making, and White House-cabinet relations. It introduces the first members of the White House staff and details the need, statutory authorization, and funding for staff expansion and addresses the creation of the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and a formal White House staff in 1939. It also explores the statutes, executive orders, and a succession of reorganization plans that have helped shape and refine the EOP, tracing the evolution of White House staff from FDR to Obama and the specialization of staff across policy and political units. This resource explores how presidential transitions have operated since Eisenhower created the position of chief of staff and explains the expansion of the president's in-house policy-making structures, beginning with national security and continuing with economic and domestic policy.