Research Tools - Fall 2000
New Reference Books
Starting with an entry under "abortion" and ending with the term "world," this comprehensive 902 page encyclopedia devoted entirely to the life and works of St. Augustine of Hippo traces the influence of Augustine and his ideas on the entire theological and philosophical community since his initial writings appeared in the fourth century A.D. Following the introduction, a grid containing the complete publication history of Augustine's works with abbreviations, titles, editions, and translations is especially helpful for the researcher hoping to track his writings.
This two-volume work addresses the historical and contemporary impact of the four largest minority groups in the United States. Each of the four sections documents the struggles the group has faced in the political process and notes specific legal cases, organizations, and individuals who have contributed to the slow and painful changes in the American political system. Appendices contain speeches, documents and organizations related to the Asian American, Hispanic American, African American, and Native American groups.A bibliography can be found at the end of each entry.
The introduction to this 715-page reference work describes the amendment process and clarifies the roles of the president, state legislatures, and the Congress in changing the U.S. Constitution. The work is divided into 27 chapters, covering each of the thus far ratified amendments and listing the political and social forces that led to their ultimate implementation. Chapter 28 lists the failed amendments, those proposed to the states but not ratified. The full text of the Constitution, a glossary, a general biography and a table of cases and a detailed index are found at the end of the book.
Although the price ($275) is prohibitive for a personal library, this two volume set covers entries ranging from a few paragraphs to more than fifteen pages. The encyclopedia presents a comprehensive view of the terminology involved in the securities exchanges worldwide, as well as addressing the economic and financial terminology of the industry. Historical coverage such as "Ancient Greece, Banking in" offers a fascinating look, with photographs, of the history of Greek banking. The stock exchange listing for each country is especially helpful to students of foreign commerce. An annotated bibliography and listing of web sites for financial organizations add to its value.