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The Cambridge encyclopedia
Crystal, David, 1941-
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
vi, 1336 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Format :


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AG5 .C26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction E-Branch

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia, which now appears in a significantly expanded and updated Fourth Edition, is one of the world's leading single-volume encyclopedias. It has an unrivalled reputation for its authority and reliability, as well as for the stylishness and concise nature of its entries, and it is a presence in homes, studies, offices, classrooms and libraries the world over. The book, with A-Z entries running to about two million words and an easy-to-use Ready Reference section, has been praised for its inclusiveness and for the clarity of its information. As a compendium of general knowledge in one easily accessible volume, it provides a superb reference resource. Its range of coverage is broad (from people and places to scientific concepts, the media, philosophical ideas, and international issues) and its information is precise and accurate.

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Library Journal Review

This new entry into the desktop encyclopedia field represents a collaborative effort between Cambridge University Press and W. & R. Chambers, publishers of the Chambers Biographical Dictionary and Chambers World Gazetteer. It is the first comprehensive, alphabetically arranged one-volume encyclopedia to be published since the fourth edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia in 1975. With 25,000 entries, it is about 50 percent smaller than the New Columbia and its entries are much shorter, averaging about 125 words without bibliographies. Entries include 15,000 topical, 5500 biographical, and 4000 gazetteer. They are crisply written with 75,000 cross references and more than 800 illustrations and maps, some in color. The maps are often superior in detail to those in the New Columbia . English spellings predominate, although U.S. equivalents are usually given. The computer revolution and contemporary international issues are well covered. Statistical data is reasonably current, although extensive use of the 1980 United States census gives some entries an aged appearance. While entries are generally well chosen, there are some surprising omissions; for example, there is no entry for Charles III of Spain or for any Canadian political parties. Unlike the New Columbia, the Cam bridge adds a lengthy ready-reference section (128p.) with 7000 additional entries including helpful charts on space, distances, measurement, rulers, and sports. Overall this is an authoritative, thoroughly modern, attractively printed compendium, bargain priced, which will make a timely addition to any library's shelf, and a useful home companion as well.-- Brian E. Coutts, Western Ken tucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

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Table of Contents

How to use The Cambridge Encyclopedia
Atlas section
A-Z section
Ready Reference section
Consultants and contributors