Access to Information is a part of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. You can learn more on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) website, where they state that “Freedom of Information (FOI) can be defined as the right to access information held by public bodies. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Resolution 59 of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1946, as well as by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”
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Often considered among the most important scientists in history, Linus Carl Pauling, famous chemist and two-time Nobel prize winner, was born on February 28, 1901. He is the only person (so far) to win two unshared Nobel prizes, for chemistry in 1954, and the peace prize, for his opposition to nuclear weapons, in 1962.
Read more about Pauling’s life and the many books and papers he published, including his peace activism efforts, in these sources available in QuickSearch.
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Continuing on from last month, I’ll highlight a few more recent titles we’ve gotten in. First off – striking terror into the hearts of all who have been relying on the 16th edition – there’s a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and we have a copy of it at the Reference Desk:
REF DESK Z253.U69 2017
Chicago Manual Of Style, 17th ed.
The Oxford Handbook Of The Aztecs – Nichols and Rodríguez-Alegría, eds.
GN635.N42 C66 2015
A Companion To The Anthropology Of The Middle East – Soraya Altorki, ed.
The Chessboard And The Web: Strategies Of Connection In A Networked World – Anne-Marie Slaughter
(This title concerns transitions from the borders of nations – the chess board – to the borderless maps of the global internet.)
Dethroning The Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways From Slavery To Obama – Jennifer Jensen Wallach, ed.
(The title comes from the writings of W.E.B. DuBois)
Bartolomeo Cristofori And The Invention Of The Piano – Stewart Pollens
Piano Duet Repertoire: Music Originally Written For One Piano, Four Hands, 2nd ed. – Cameron McGraw. Fisher & Fisher, eds.
ML410.S932 R5 2017
The Rite Of Spring At 100 – Neff, Carr, & Horlacher, eds.
Cambridge History Of Musical Performance – Lawson & Stowell, eds.
Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook, 2nd ed. Rev. – Edward N. Luttwak
Rethinking The Black Freedom Movement – Yohuru Williams
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 – Richard Overy
Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource And Document Collection, 4 vols. – Bartrop & Jacobs, eds.
The Last Superpower Summits: Gorbachev, Reagan, And Bush: Conversations That Ended The Cold War – Savranskaya & Blanton, eds.
The Ottoman Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia, 2 vols. – Mehrdad Kia
(There are also ebooks for the Spanish and Persian empires.)
Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia – Bronner & Brown, eds.
REF KBP144.K364 2017
Shariah Law: Questions And Answers – Mohammad Kamali
Routledge International Handbook Of Rural Criminology – Donnermeyer
Serving Those Who Served: Librarian’s Guide To Working With Veteran And Military Communities – LeMire & Mulvihill
What’s new? Well, at least what’s new in Reference, the Social Sciences, Music, and History, which are my primary areas for selection. Since many of these titles (particularly the ebooks!) don’t make an initial stop on our New Books display near the Main Circulation Desk, it’s always nice to see a representative sampling of what’s currently available.
It’s arranged in rough call number order after the first several titles: the books are easy to arrange, but since ebooks don’t come with call numbers, I’ve arranged them by best guess. I’ve added an occasional annotation as well.
(While I give call numbers for the books and you can usually use QuickSearch on our home page to find the ebooks these days, often the best way to find ebooks is to click on the ‘Ebooks’ link beneath the QuickSearch box and copy the title into the second search box.)
These first two titles sound a little like treatises on Druidic mysticism, but they actually feature a great variety of highly visual examples of how knowledge has been depicted through history up to the present, each organized by the primary style of presentation used: circle or tree formats. Lima’s books have been compared with Edward Tufte’s works on information presentation; both titles make for inspirational and delightful browsing:
The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge – Lima, Manuel
The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge – Lima, Manuel
How To Write a Successful Research Grant Application: A Guide For Social And Behavioral Scientists, 2nd Ed.
A Telepsychology Casebook: Using Technology Ethically and Effectively In Your Professional Practice – Campbell, Millan, And Martin
BF575.P9 C33 2017
The Cambridge Handbook of The Psychology of Prejudice – Chris G. Sibley And Fiona Kate Barlow, Eds.
What Psychology Majors Could and Should Be Doing: A Guide to Research Experience, Professional Skills, and Your Options After College, 2nd Ed.
Social Issues in Living Color: Challenges and Solutions from the Perspective of Ethnic Minority Psychology – Arthur Blume, Ed.
The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions – Antony and Norton
War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict – Jeffrey M. Shaw And Timothy J. Demy, Eds.
Food, Feasts, and Faith: An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions – Paul Fieldhouse
1916: A Global History – Jeffery, Keith
DK254.R3 S66 2016
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs – Douglas Smith
DS735.C3145 V.9 Pt.2
Cambridge History of China: Vol. 9 Part 2 The Ch’ing Dynasty To 1800 – Willard Peterson
The “Russian” Civil Wars, 1916-1926: Ten Years that Shook the World – Smele, Jonathan
The Ryukyu Kingdom was centered on Okinawa:
DS895.R95 A3713 2017
The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia – Mamoru Akamine
History Of Korea In Maps: From Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century – Michael D. Shin
The following title is an excellent book on the Charleston slave rebellion of 1822:
The Denmark Vesey Affair: A Documentary History – Ed. By Douglas R. Egerton And Robert L. Paquette
E98.M34 C65 2017
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture – Chip Colwell
How States Pay for Wars – Cappella Zielinski, Rosella
Theory for the Working Sociologist – Rojas, Fabio
Culture in Networks – Mclean, Paul
Social Media Freaks: Digital Identity in the Network Society – Kidd, Dustin
Trafficked Children and Youth in The United States: Reimagining Survivors – Goździak, Elżbieta M.
Immigration: Examining the Facts – Eastman, Cari Lee Skogberg
Talking Conflict: The Loaded Language of Genocide, Political Violence, Terrorism, and Warfare – Anna M. Wittmann
Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope – Mariam M. Kurtz and Lester R. Kurtz, Eds.
Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology – Marx, Gary T.
Dangerous Spaces: Beyond the Racial Profile – Jones, D. Marvin
Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives – Holly Rogers
Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes Across the Globe – Adamczyk, Amy
Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st-Century Social Work – Charlotte Williams, Ed.
The Disability Studies Reader, 5th Ed. – Lennard J. Davis, Ed.
After Life Imprisonment: Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration – Liem, Marieke
Josquin des Prez and His Musical Legacy: An Introductory Guide – William Elders
Composer Genealogies: A Compendium of Composers, Their Teachers, and Their Students – Pfitzinger, Scott
ML410.E44 C34 2014
Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington – Edward Green
Vaccination and Its Critics: A Documentary and Reference Guide – Rosner, Lisa
Oxford Companion to Cheese – Catherine Donnelly
Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing – Kirschenbaum, Matthew G.
This next title is by our own Paul White of Anthropology:
The Archaeology of American Mining – Paul White
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This year, the Great American Smokeout will be on November 16, 2017, when smokers across the country take part in the American Cancer Society’s annual event. The Smokeout began nationwide in 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary.
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Occasionally, someone asks us at the Reference Desk to verify a quotation. It may be a commonly known phrase, something a famous person said, a proverb from another land, or something pretty (okay, terribly!) obscure. What to do? Google, right! But hold onto your Googs; if you try Google, you’ll often find that the exact same quote – whether correct or not – ping-pongs and pinballs and pachinkos its way from blog to website to Facebook to Pinterest and back to blog ad infinitum with no authoritative source to ground it until nobody really knows whether the quote is accurate, where it originally came from, or whether it’s coming or going. Of course, that might not matter if you share the philosophy of the Bandar-Log Monkeys in the chapter on Kaa’s Hunting in the first book of Kipling’s The Jungle Book:
We all say so, and so it must be true….
But we rely on accuracy rather than popularity here, and having to plow through an endless number of parroting web pages just makes it all the harder to verify the authentic text and its original source. That’s why we have what you might call the Un-Google: a good half dozen or so shelves of quotation books and related dictionaries and sources in the Reference Collection in the P6000’s. It requires patience, sure, and it’s far from perfect — finding an accurate quote with a confirmed provenance can be a very lengthy and difficult affair, especially when the quotation is inaccurately or only partially remembered — but at least when you find one, the source is usually given.
There are general quotation compilations, such as Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, as well as ones on very specific subjects. (Throwing Monkeys at the Coconuts, for instance, is a collection of travel quotations, although that’s one we don’t have.) And the indexing of quotes inside the book will vary: some will be indexed by author, some by date or theme, some by the first line of the quote, and others might be by language or country. Here are a few examples from several quotation books and specialized dictionaries in this part of the Reference Collection:
REF PN6080 .C57 2001
The Concise Dictionary of Foreign Quotations (p. 113)
Si nous n’avions point de défauts, nous ne prendrions pas tant de plaisir à en remarquer dans les autres.
(If we had no failings, we would not be so pleased to notice them in others.)
(La Rochefoucauld: Reflexions)
REF PN 6084 .W6 B47 1996
Women’s Words: The Columbia Book of Quotations by Women (p. 251)
… people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are.
(George Eliot, Middlemarch, chapter 72)
REF PN 6231 .W64 B43 2015
Spin-glish: The Definitive Dictionary of Deliberately Deceptive Language (pp. 82, 232)
Section 1: Spin-glish to English definition:
Health care procurement specialist: Insurance salesperson
Section 2: English to Spin-glish definition:
Undertaker: After-death care provider; bereavement care expert; post-health professional.
(This recent spin-quote will unfortunately have to wait for the 2nd edition:
“empowering a culture of controversy prevention.”
REF PN 6371 .D65 1996
I Love Me, Vol. I
Now, this title sounds rather like a multi-volume ode to narcissism, doesn’t it? Anyone you know? Can’t wait for Vol. II to come out? Then try reading it backwards: it’s a dictionary of palindromes! Many entries are rather forced – after all, palindromes are difficult! – but some are rather charming (p.231):
Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron
Nor are palindromes restricted to English (p. 219.):
Nisumaa oli isasi ilo aamusin
(Finnish: The field of wheat was your father’s joy in the morning)
Hmm, I think I’ll let you figure out what that one means! There are full word palindromes, too, not just letter-by-letter ones (p. 139):
Girl, bathing on Bikini, eyeing boy, finds boy eyeing bikini on bathing girl.
And for those who don’t care for Hawaiian music (p. 250):
Oh, no! Don Ho!
But if someone comes up and tells you this practically cliché palindrome: “A man, a plan, a canal: Panama!” you can offer the perfect rejoinder given on p.227: “No, it’s a banana bastion.”
Sometimes, everyone knows the quotation and who said it – except when that’s not the case. Like what? Well, like this popular and insightful quotation from Petronius Arbiter in about 210 B.C.:
We trained hard – but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
But there’s no note of who translated it into English – or did it even need to be translated? Did Petronius even write it? Jim Reeds looked into it and noted that Petronius Arbiter was alive in Nero’s reign over 200 years later – a rather Biblical lifespan! Beyond that, Reeds couldn’t find any citing of the quotation before 1945 or so (and that’s A.D., mind you, not B.C.!). But what about the provenance of this revisionist information, much less the quotation itself? I’ve seen the relevant web page myself, but All Things Must Pass (à la George Harrison’s album title), and so has that web page! Fortunately, the Wayback Machine (www.waybackmachine.org) can come to the rescue, so here’s a preserved version of the page:
(You can close the banner message that appears at the top.)
There are plenty of variants and translations given in the beginning, so you’ll need to scroll down a bit to get to the source information about the quotation.
A recent book has even been written on the subject of mistaken quotes:
Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole
Still, not every good quote is collected in a quotation book, so until next time, I’ll leave you with this bit of wisdom from a long ago fortune cookie:
A little madness,
A little kindness
Makes for happiness