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Designed as a research aid for educators and students in high school or college, this work gathers and organizes valuable information about Web resources that deal with multicultural issues. For each site the authors provide a complete Internet address and a brief annotation.

Designed as a research aid for educators and students in high school or college, this work gathers and organizes valuable information about Internet and Web sources that deal with multicultural issues. Sites with multiple cultural or ethnic coverage are reviewed in the first chapter. Other chapters cover specific cultures and ethnicities (e.g., Native American, African American, Jewish American). Further arrangements are made by subject (e.g., current events, politics and business). For each site the authors provide a complete Internet address and a brief annotation.


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Booklist Review

More than 1,600 Internet resources for 12 ethnic groups in the U.S. and Canada: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans in general, followed by Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Asian Indian Americans, Jewish Americans, Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent, French Canadians, Cajun and Creole peoples, and Hawaiian Americans. For each group, entries are divided into areas such as business, culture and humanities, education, fine arts, history, language arts and literature, science and technology, and popular culture. The initial chapter is devoted to comprehensive Internet sites that include information on multiple ethnic groups and cultures. Coverage in each subsequent chapter varies, depending on the author. Generally, each begins with an introduction providing basic information about the featured ethnic group. Some introductions have more information than others about the divisions within the chapter, the terms used, how the sites were initially discovered, searching strategies, and recommended Web search engines that would be helpful for further research. Although 10 of the chapters include a specific segment on business Web sites, the chapters about Native American resources and Jewish American resources do not. Future editions will include some of the ethnic groups omitted from this edition, such as Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, and Cambodian Americans. The authors, all of whom are faculty, students, or former students in the Graduate Library and Information Science program at the University of South Florida, judged the sites by the type of information contained and by authorship. Particular attention was paid to the site owner or sponsor, with preference given to government sites and those hosted by religious organizations, museums, and other institutions likely to maintain and update their Web sites. Information was gathered from electronic mailing groups, Internet search engines, citations in periodical articles, and other sources. All sites are in English or have an English component, although some are primarily in languages other than English. The book includes a site/sponsor index and a brief summary of the contributors. As with all compilations of Web sites, significant numbers of the listed resources are no longer available, have changed their address, have altered the content of their site, or are currently "under construction." A few are on hiatus and their stated date for resumption has long passed. Some have information that has not been updated in years. Many have information that is readily available by conducting a simple search using common search engines, such as Yahoo! or Excite. That said, this is still a useful tool. It brings together a number of newsgroups, foreign media resources, and special interest information that would be time consuming or difficult to find by any other method. Academic libraries, large public libraries, and libraries that serve a multicultural population will find this a helpful, inexpensive reference resource.


Choice Review

The intent of this guide is to compile and organize Internet and Web sources dealing with multicultural issues of interest to English-speaking audiences in the US and Canada. A strong chapter on comprehensive Internet sites for multiple cultures is followed by separate chapters for Native, African, Hispanic, Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Asian Indian, Jewish, Middle Eastern-North African, Hawaiian, and Cajun-Creole Americans as well as French Canadians. Each chapter lists sites by subject, including business; education; fine arts; history; language arts and literature; religion; science and technology; popular culture; and government, law, and politics. Each site is annotated to some degree. For inclusion, preference was given to sites that seemed likely to stay in existence (such as government agency sites), but a random sample of Internet sites found 30 percent no longer valid for various reasons. This will remain a problem as the Internet continues its rapid expansion. Overall, this book pulls together an interesting array of multicultural resources and should be useful for a short time. J. A. Badics; Eastern Michigan University