Bibliographic Details

Latin America and the Caribbean : a critical guide to research sources / edited by Paula H. Covington ; David Block ... [et al.], associate editors.

Imprint New York : Greenwood Press, 1992.
Description xvi, 924 p. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Series Bibliographies and indexes in Latin American and Caribbean studies no. 2
Subject Latin America -- Bibliography.
Caribbean Area -- Bibliography.
Caribbean Area.
Latin America.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Covington, Paula Hattox
ISBN 0313264031 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes indexes.
Review by Choice Review

This indispensable tool for the Latin Americanist or Caribbean scholar is well made and beautifully printed, but its bulk will discourage browsing, which is unfortunate since much of the value lies in the essays that preface each major disciplinary division. For example, the essay introducing sociology clarifies briefly and expertly such arcane concepts as modernization theory and its successor, dependency theory. Oddly enough, the clarity becomes somewhat clouded in the bibliography for this section: population studies appear (rightly) under "Demography," but that term does not appear in the index, which yields up the relevant pages only under "Population." The table of contents does not provide listings of the multifarious subdivisions in each section, and for this reason lapses in indexing are especially damaging. The bibliographies themselves are no doubt authoritative, but will soon become dated, and given the complexities of division and subdivision they are not always easy to use. One particularly valuable element is the listing "Resources," under which heading important special collections are identified. Although the editors state that the work is designed to be of use to undergraduate majors as well as graduate students and faculty, any use by undergraduates assumes either graduate-quality bibliographic searching skills or considerable assistance from faculty or librarians. Essential for any strong Latin American or Caribbean reference collection. N. F. George; Kenyon College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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