Oxford Digital Reference Shelf Titles and Descriptions
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
A "survey of the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory."
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
Covers the "range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. The Encyclopedia includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
"offers the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court."
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
"provides comprehensive coverage of literature from the Abbey Theatre to Israel Zangwill, covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors (e.g., Spenser, Pope, Austen) and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant."
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
"Exhaustive in its coverage, entries on patriarchy and emperors coexist with entries on surgery, musical instruments, and the baking of bread, bringing to life this vastly important culture and empire, from the 4th century to the 15th."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
"documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world.."
Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
"features an abundance of in-depth articles on this field of enduring importance—from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture."
Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
"the definitive account of what we know about the scrolls—their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. The works are viewed in historical, linguistic, and religious contexts, with archaeological evidence providing a clear basis for dating and preservation of the manuscripts."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
"articles range from 500-word entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching, 8,000-word essays on markets, industries, and labor. With coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos."
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
"from the rise of Descartes' disciples in 1670 to the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815, these 700 articles by leading scholars range from discussions of mercantilism and democracy to the battlefield to the dissemination of ideas in salons and coffeehouses."
Encyclopedia of Evolution
"topics include: Darwin, natural selection, human origins, behavioral ecology, diversity, mathematical models, and cell and developmental biology. Special essays include Stephen Jay Gould's "Macroevolution" and Jane Goodall and Elizabeth Vinson-Lonsdorf on "Culture in Chimpanzees."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
"covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink."
Encyclopedia of Global Change
"entries cover a range of general research categories: altered ecosystems, climate change, food and water supply, population, politics and global change, institutions and policies, biographies, and case studies."
Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture
"entries provide in-depth art historical and cultural information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. In addition, over 500 illustrations of sculpture, mosaic, painting, ceramics, architecture, metalwork and calligraphy illuminate the rich artistic tradition of the Islamic world."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
coverage includes articles about "identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history" as they relate to the U.S. Latino community.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History
"covers the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
Learn about "the great civilizations of the pre-Columbian era (including the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya peoples) up through the colonial and postcolonial periods, the Encyclopedia covers art, archaeology, religious studies, anthropology, history, and historiography of the region."
Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
"explores art, architecture, religion, law, science, language, philosophy, and theology, as well as cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history" of the European Middle Ages.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
Published in 2008, this multi-volume work "contains articles on world events; countries; organizations; regions; ethnic groups; and themes such as social history, demography, family life, politics, economics, religion, thought, education, science and technology, and culture. It offers coverage of standard geographic and ethnic units—such as Scandinavia, Korea, or the Gypsies—in the modern period."
Encyclopedia of Popular Music
"the authoritative biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists, covering popular music from 1900 to the present. It is exhaustive, meticulous, authoritative—and incredibly fun to read."
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
"the definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature."
Encyclopedia of Social Work
"four hundred subject entries and two hundred brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work."
Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
"over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies, Women in World History is the definitive reference work in the field."
Oxford Companion to World Exploration
"offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration."
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