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Australasia and South Pacific islands bibliography
Thawley, John, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xvii, 587 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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DU17 .T5 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The countries spread over the vast area of the Pacific Ocean range from small islands to the continent of Australia and differ in almost every way imaginable: with respect to population, history, politcal systems, culture, language, religion, and economics. This selective bibliography of nearly 6,000 items concentrates on monographs published during the last fifty years, updating other major bibliographies on the Australasian and South Pacific region. It is directed towards the student who needs specific information about Australasia and the South Pacific and to the researcher looking for new areas of investigation. Both will find numerous references to works about the region as a whole and to specific countries, which are divided into four major areas--Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Each section is further defined by key topics, including art, economic conditions, education, flora and fauna, history, politics, social life and customs, literature, and urban development. A special attempt has also been made to record major reference works and bibliographies for each geographical area and for individual countries.

Author Notes

John Thawley, an Australian librarian, has worked for years at Australian university libraries and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a leading scientific research agency. He has published bibliographies and indexes on Australian history and the Australian Aborigine and a number of books and articles on issues relevant to the library industry.

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Choice Review

Latest in the publisher's "Area Bibliographies" series, this welcome addition covers Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Selective and multidisciplinary, it contains nearly 6,000 unannotated items of use to undergraduates and scholars in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. All references are to books; most are in English with a few in French, and most were published within the last 50 years. The work is organized hierarchically by region, country, or island group, and by subject (e.g., "Melanesia--Papua New Guinea--Social Conditions"), with individual sections organized alphabetically. There is a section for general works, and separate listings for books dealing with entire regions. This arrangement results in a scattering of subjects; while someone searching for Maori religion need look only in one place, for Polynesian religion in general one must page to a dozen sections. There is an author but no subject index. An appendix lists relevant journals and computer databases. Recommended for most library collections. J. C. Wanser; Hiram College