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Philip's illustrated encyclopedia
Humphries, Chris, 1966-
Publication Information:
London : George Philip, [1999]

Physical Description:
902 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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AG5 .P57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Science and technology, the arts, history, geography, current affairs, religion, sports, and popular culture: this new, compact home reference has all the information you're looking for. Especially designed for use by students, and international in scope, it offers 16,500 fully cross-referenced A-to-Z entries on core subjects, accompanied by 300 illustrations, diagrams, cutaways, and artworks. Besides the wealth of data (compiled by 50 academic consultants), there's a 16-page full-color world atlas with separate maps for all the continents and the eastern and western hemispheres. A treasure trove for browsers, and an important resource for anyone attending school or college. 912 pages, 316 color illus., 300 b/w illus., 5 1/4 x 8 1/2.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

This new entry into the concise single-volume encyclopedia market offers a handy, up-to-date resource for ready reference. The editors previously collaborated on The International Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, and Steve Luck edited The American Desk Encyclopedia. This encyclopedia consists of 6500 entries, 300 black-and-white illustrations, and a 16-page color map section. Entries, more dictionary-length than encyclopedia-length, average under a few column-inches. Longer entries, such as the one for "Asia," fill a page. Related entries are shown in small capital letters; there is no index. While the too-brief (six-page) ready-reference section shows a British emphasis, this encyclopedia aims toward international coverage; measurement is expressed in metric and imperial system terms. Non-British users should be aware of British spellings. Information is generally current, including expected contemporary figures in government and popular culture. However, certain statistics, such as population figures, could be more recentDU.S. state population figures represent early 1990s data when 1998 Census Bureau estimates should have been available. Libraries wanting to update the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia (Houghton Mifflin, 1995) or the American Desk Encyclopedia (LJ 3/15/99) should consider.DKatie Sasser, Bowdoin Coll., Brunswick, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.