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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Society and culture
Length:
787,162 words
300 entries This renowned encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of the culture, history, and business of sports around the world. The third edition brings the study of ... More
A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
303,593 words
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1
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the whole of Celtic mythology, legend, saga, and folklore. It covers the people, themes, concepts, places, and creatures of Celtic mythology, from ... More
The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Society and culture
Length:
1.46 million words
Illustration(s):
72
Winner of the 2005 Annual Book Award at the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists. This comprehensive scholarly reference ... More
A Dictionary of African Mythology

A Dictionary of African Mythology   Quick reference

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
This collection of fascinating, mysterious, and revealing tales captures the immense sweep and diversity of African mythology. The stories touch on virtually every aspect of belief: gods ... More
A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

A Dictionary of Asian Mythology   Quick reference

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002
Meet the supreme Gautama Buddha, the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesa, and Chang O, the Lunar Toad who is Chinese goddess of the Moon. Journey to the sacred Cambodian ruins of Angkor and ... More
A Dictionary of Creation Myths

A Dictionary of Creation Myths   Reference library

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Covering thousands of years of intricate creation tales, A Dictionary of Creation Myths is the first and most comprehensive work devoted to creation myths from cultures throughout the ... More
A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
331,546 words
This is a fascinating dictionary covering the wide range of folk beliefs that have survived into our own age. Each superstition is illustrated by quotations tracing its development through ... More
Dictionary Plus Society and Culture

Dictionary Plus Society and Culture   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Society and culture
Length:
21,783 words
This dictionary comprises authoritative, highly accessible entries relating to society and culture—from mythology, media, sexuality, and cultural traditions, to food and drink, art, and ... More
The Diner’s Dictionary

The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)   Quick reference

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Over 2,300 entries Seasoned generously with literary wit, The Diner’s Dictionary is a veritable feast, tracing the origins and history of over 2,300 gastronomical words and ... More
A Dictionary of English Folklore

A Dictionary of English Folklore   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Includes over 1,250 entries An absorbing and entertaining guide to English folklore and an authoritative reference source on such legendary characters as Cinderella, Jack the ... More
Food and Fitness: A Dictionary of Diet and Exercise

Food and Fitness: A Dictionary of Diet and Exercise (2 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink, Science and technology
Length:
201,499 words
Illustration(s):
73
Over 2,000 entries This accessible dictionary is packed full of authoritative information on foods and drinks, types of diet, sports and activities, ... More
A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition

A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink, Science and technology
Length:
221,131 words
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53
Over 8,000 entries This dictionary offers jargon-free entries on food, nutrition, diet, and health that clearly explain even the most technical of ... More
The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
Length:
430,637 words
‘the finest reference book of its kind: a brilliant and meticulous interweaving of anecdote and quotation … it provides the ideal way to plan any kind of literary pilgrimage ... More
The Oxford Book of Health Foods

The Oxford Book of Health Foods   Reference library

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
"A handy guide to more than a hundred types of food for which health claims have been made." Catholic Library World The health food industry ... More
The Oxford Companion to Beer

The Oxford Companion to Beer   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
569,900 words
Illustration(s):
119
Over 1,100 entries 1st Place Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Award for Best in the World in the Beer category. The first major reference work to investigate the history and ... More
The Oxford Companion to Cheese

The Oxford Companion to Cheese   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
510,885 words
Illustration(s):
184
Over 850 entries The Oxford Companion to Cheese is the first truly comprehensive reference work dedicated to the exploration of how four basic ingredients—milk, microorganisms, ... More
The Oxford Companion to Food

The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
1.10 million words
Illustration(s):
190
‘the best food reference work ever to appear in the English language … read it and be dazzled’ – Bee Wilson, New Statesman Over 3,000 entries ... More
The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
532,518 words
Illustration(s):
115
Over 595 entries This is the most ambitious and eclectic reference work of its kind, a sweeping collection of nearly 600 entries on all things sweet, written by 265 expert ... More
The Oxford Companion to the Garden

The Oxford Companion to the Garden   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Society and culture, Lifestyle, Home, and garden, Art & Architecture
Length:
616,444 words
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134
‘a word of warning - there's no quick escape from this marvellous book’, Hugh Johnson This Companion is devoted to gardens of every kind and the people and ... More
The Oxford Companion to Wine

The Oxford Companion to Wine (4 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
994,969 words
Illustration(s):
75
Winner of the James Beard Foundation 2016 Award in the Beverage category. ‘The greatest wine book ever published’ - The ... More
The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
304,086 words
Illustration(s):
91
This online edition was reviewed and selectively updated by the original author in 2011. Covering all aspects of mythology, this Companion includes essays on the world's major ... More
Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
‘brilliantly arranged … I recommend it without hesitation to all students of the English language and lovers of literature, as well as to pedants, crossword fanatics and those ... More
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
1.38 million words
Illustration(s):
401
Over 1,400 entries The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, originally published in September 2004, covers the significant events, inventions, and ... More
The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Religion, Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
1.02 million words
over 5,000 entries With thousands of entries totalling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It ... More
Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City   Reference library

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Society and culture, Cookery, Food, and Drink
Length:
431,201 words
Illustration(s):
94
Over 565 entries Savoring Gotham traces the rise of New York City's global culinary stardom in well-researched, yet accessible A-Z entries. From the Native Americans ... More
A Dictionary of Sports Studies

A Dictionary of Sports Studies   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Society and culture
Length:
262,963 words
This is the brand new Dictionary of Sports Studies. It contains over 1,100 clear, concise, and authoritative entries compiled by Professor Alan Tomlinson, a leading expert in the field. ... More
A Supplementary Dictionary of Sports Personalities

A Supplementary Dictionary of Sports Personalities   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Social sciences, Society and culture
Length:
21,271 words
Over 250 entries This new Supplementary Dictionary of Sports Personalities contains biographical information on famous individuals from the world of ... More
A Dictionary of World Mythology

A Dictionary of World Mythology   Quick reference

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
129,130 words
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19
Since Plato first coined the term 'mythologia', mythology has come to hold greater significance and power as a crucial element of civilization as a whole. Written by a leading scholar of ... More

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