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A bibliography of the Caribbean
Goslinga, Marian.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
xvii, 341 pages : map ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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F2161 .G68 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The first comprehensive general bibliography on the Caribbean in more than a decade, Goslinga's work provides a balanced and representative overview of the bibliographic output about the region from Bermuda to Trinidad as well as Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. This text will serve as a guide to the general reader and the specialist to the most important literature on the region... --REFERENCE REVIEWS

Author Notes

Marian Goslinga is the Latin American and Caribbean Librarian at Florida International University. She has been the bibliographer for Hemisphere since 1988.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This is the first attempt since the 1970s to compile a comprehensive bibliography of the Caribbean (here defined to include all the islands from Bermuda to Trinidad and Tobago as well as mainland countries traditionally identified with the Caribbean such as Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). The task is formidable, even with electronic databases such as OCLC, since it requires knowledge of English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. Goslinga (Florida International Univ.) uses a regional approach to arrange 3,600 entries (confined to monographs and reference works). The cutoff date of 1992 seems rather early for a book published in 1996. The organization is systematic and logical, major divisions consisting of historical materials (pre-20th century), reference materials, and contemporary works. The latter section (the largest) is divided into subsections ranging from physical terrain to politics and government. The greatest numbers of entries describe the people: culture and society (846 entries), history (544), and politics and government (465). Goslinga adds a number of nice touches, including translation of Dutch titles and notes on reprints. There are separate geographical, title, and author indexes. The absence of running heads discourages browsing. Although useful for broad regional studies, this bibliography is less useful for country studies. For those, researchers can turn to volumes in Clio Press's "World Bibliographical Series" or Scarecrows's "Latin American Historical Dictionaries" series. This work of meticulous scholarship in the Besterman tradition will be valuable for all Latin American collections. B. E. Coutts; Western Kentucky University