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Title:
Parapsychology : new sources of information, 1973-1989
Author:
White, Rhea A.
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Publication Information:
Methuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
699 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810823853
Format :
Book

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Summary

Here is the long-awaited continuation of the basic reference volume Parapsychology: Sources of Information (Scarecrow, 1973). More than double the size of the previous edition, the new volume updates older material that is still relevant and adds hundreds of new information sources, most of them annotated. New Sources also goes further than Sources in that, in addition to covering books, serials, and organizations, it contains a chapter describing sources of parapsychology information in general library materials, a chapter documenting U.S. government involvement in parapsychology, and a review of changes in the field since Sources was written. The list of dissertations and theses on parapsychology is nearly seven times larger, and the glossary has been greatly expanded. The current scientific status of parapsychology is dealt with in an appendix by leading psi researcher John Palmer, Ph.D. The indexing is lengthy and detailed and covers authors, titles, and subjects.


Author Notes

Rhea A. White is a reference librarian at the East Meadow (NY) Public Library and edits the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research and her own journal, Exceptional Human Experience (formerly Parapsychology Abstracts International). She directs the Parapsychology Sources of Information Center and produces the PsiLine database system. She is enrolled in the doctoral program in sociology at SUNY Stony Brook.


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Choice Review

This is not a new edition of the author's Parapsychology: Sources of Information (CH, Feb'74) but, rather, a chronological continuation of the first work. The new book is first an annotated bibliography of the best books in parapsychology published from 1973 to 1989. The selection of books is good, with 29 categories being used to subdivide the selections. A total of 925 books are included. The annotations are descriptive, rarely evaluative. The compiler's bias favoring parapsychology is rarely shown in this section. A descriptive list of inclusions of parapsychology in about 60 general encyclopedias, periodicals, general reference works, and psychology texts follows. Interspersed are lists of articles on parapsychology in journals not specializing in the field and book chapters on parapsychology in volumes on other subjects. Sections on US government interest in parapsychology and new views of parapsychology follow. There is a glossary plus lists of theses in parapsychology, of books containing illustrations, of abbreviations, and of publishers' addresses. An essay on the reality of psi and several indexes complete this volume. The listings are accurate, but one may wonder whether this vast gathering of material should all be in one book. Yet, here it is, and much of it is useful. All academic libraries (and probably many public libraries) will find this a handy volume that receives a good amount of use. -G. Stein, University of Rhode Island


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