Extra Servings "From the Reference Desk" 09/12/22

We just received a reminder about a part of EBSCO’s merger with H.W. Wilson that may have gotten lost in the hoopla.  H.W. Wilson print and online reference titles are now being “represented by Salem Press”.  (See Below)

In this week’s update, we also note some other new reference publications and services that you may be interested in.

(Please feel free to contact Tom Gilson if you have news and updates that you would like to suggest we include.)

Salem Welcomes H.W. Wilson

H.W. Wilson printed reference and eBooks are represented by Salem Press. Salem and Wilson are both divisions of EBSCO Publishing and the combination “promises expanding options for libraries everywhere” according to a recent email.

Paratext announced that it has added “full coverage of the indexes” to the Annals of Congress, Register of Debates and Congressional Globe to its Public Documents Masterfile. In addition, all of these citations include links to the full text at the Library of Congress’ American Memory.  This takes the coverage of Congressional documents in the Public Documents Masterfile to 1873.


The Dictionary of Early American Philosophers edited by John Shook is being published in Feb. 2012 as a companion to the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers (2005).  These two volumes contain more than 400 U.S. and Canadian biographies between 1600 and 1860 and “theologians as well as philosophers” are included.




The Civil War Era and Reconstruction: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History  was just released by M.E. Sharpe and is authored by Mary Ellen Snodgrass.  These two volumes provide coverage of “the non-military history of the Civil War and Reconstruction” through 1877.  As the title indicates the set offers a multidisciplinary approach to the topic.



Grey House Publishing recently announced the publication of the 2012 Edition of The Comparative Guide to American Elementary & Secondary Schools providing “demographic and comparative statistics” … “for 5,838 public school districts in the United States.




Grey House has also recently released the new edition of the Complete Directory for People with Disabilities providing information about “products and services available for people with disabilities such as Periodicals & Books, Assistive Devices, Employment & Education Programs, Camps and Travel Groups.”


(Both of these Grey House titles are available online via GOLD, Grey House Online Databases at: http://gold.greyhouse.com.)



The Oxford Companion to Beer investigates “the history and vast scope of beer” and “features more than 1,100 A-Z entries written by 166 of the world’s most prominent beer experts.”

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