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Tip: Reference doesn’t begin and end with the Internet; browse the reference books for some interesting surprises.

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Whether you are interested in the workings of the human psyche, the stories of culture through time, or the books that hold these tales, the reference department has a book for you!

Three excellent information sources have been added to the reference collection:

Psychologists and Their Theories: For Students

Vol. I & II

freud Do not let the ‘for students’ note on the cover scare you off from the book Psychologists and Their Theories. These volumes provide an interesting overview of the unfolding of the field of psychology, starting with the early German writings of the 1860s to the cognitive theories of the early 21st century.

A majority of these two volumes are dedicated to profiles of the 20 most well-known psychologists, past and present. Their profiles include a personal chronology, a list of publications, and bibliographical information for readers who wish to go more in depth.

What makes the entries user-friendly is the description of the main points of a psychologist’s theory and then examples provided of how the theory might play out in a specific situation. Although this is not a good source to use for diagnosing or examining personal therapy needs, the language is very accessible and interesting for learning about the history of this science.

U.X.L. Encyclopedia of World Mythology

Vol. I-V

world-mythologyThis encyclopedia contains a global range of alphabetical entries on myths throughout history. There are five different types of entries: character (such as famous heroes), deity (gods and goddesses) , myth (specific stories), theme (symbols across cultures), and culture (myths of one culture). To further the readers learning experience, there is a timeline of world mythology; a glossary of terms; and a read/write/think/discuss section after major entries.

There are a wide variety of illustrations and the majority are in black and white. However, each volume has an inset of color plates of select images.

The cross-cultural themes are particularly interesting, such as floods or demons in mythology. These entries do an excellent job at explaining the different points of view shown through the stories of each culture and the significance of their symbols. The volumes are a good choice to peruse when you have a few extra minutes at the library or if you are wondering who Shamash is…

Book Lust and More Book Lust

by Nancy Pearl

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“[Nancy Pearl] has become…the librarian version of a rock star.”

Bust magazine

The nation’s most popular librarian has written a number of books on books…Book Lust and More Book Lust provide an in-your-lap personal reading advisor, organized by themed sections and “too good to miss” authors.

Quite frankly these books make excellent reading on their own! Pearl’s sense of humor makes for some very funny categories of books like: GritLit, Elvis on My Mind, My Own Private DUI, and Gone Fishin’.

These books can also be found in the circulating collection (along with Book Crush, for kids and teens) but in case they are checked out, you can always mosey over to the reference section to get some help on what to read next…

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