Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0684314207
  • ISBN-13: 9780684314204
  • DDC: 960.03
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - College Senior
  • 968 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released December 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin 20 Best Bets for Student Researchers 2002

Based on the scholarship in the acclaimed academic Encyclopedia of Africa, which is aimed at college and graduate students, this work presents Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and from prehistoric times to the present day, in a format that is inviting to high school students. The 4-vol. set spans many disciplines with its articles on animals, foods, holidays and festivals, tribal groups, ecology, music and art, trade and the economy, geography, religion, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries.

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  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0684806509 | ISBN-13: 9780684806501


"Based on the 1997 Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara and overseen by the editor of that publication, John Middleton, this well-illustrated, readable, and clearly organized encyclopedia "covers the same ground as the earlier work at a level suitable for middle and high school students." Eight years in production, its alphabetic articles offer sidebars with definitions of terms and short in-depth explorations of specific aspects of the main subject. Although the articles are not signed (posing a problem for librarians wishing to evaluate their quality), many of them are based on original pieces from the previous set, with updates and changes, and a substantial amount of new information in the section on North Africa is included. ... This work will be most useful for well-funded large public library reference collections, high school libraries, and academic libraries with a strong teacher training component to their curriculum." -- ARBA (2002)


"The highly regarded Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara was published by Scribner in 1997. The editor, John Middleton, has now produced an abbreviated version, appropriate for high-school and undergraduate students, and adults...In an effort to make the resource user-friendly, time lines, sidebars, and definitions now appear in margins next to related text; and individual country entries include quick reference face boxes. Each volume has an eight-page color photo essay...Additional black-and-white photographs and more than 50 maps are also offered...Should be seriously considered by high-school, undergraduate, and public library collections that do not own the parent set." -- Booklist (June 2002)

— Booklist

"Attractively produced, this comprehensive four-volume compilation on the continent of Africa, from pre-history to present day (2001), is a welcome addition to research tools in the area of African history and culture...This fills a void, as there are no other publications (in a collection) that are so focused on the subject of Africa and with such current data..." -- Catholic Library World (November 2002)

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"With all the challenges to a Euro-central view of history, this set on Africa is an important addition to the print reference collection. ...The reading level is high school, but advanced middle school students should do fine. The prose is encyclopedic in nature and there is a brief section of four-color photographs in volume four. This set is an important second-stop on a researcher's journey; a place where a full, authoritative background can be obtained on the way to building a more complete expertise. Highly recommended to bulk up the collection in an area of the world often." -- Reference Reviews on (April 2002)

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"This excellent source will be heavily utilized for any introductory study. The 500 alphabetically arranged articles focus on individuals, historical trends, cultural and religious concepts, and natural history...Plenty of black-and-white photographs and reproductions accompany the articles. Each volume also has a centerfold collection of color plates depicting scenes of daily life, land, peoples, and art. An accessible, basic resource for any collection." -- School Library Journal (August 2002)

— School Library Journal

"Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students was also listed in Booklist's Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers." -- Booklist (September 2002)

— Booklist

"This excellent source will be heavily utilized for any introductory study...An accessible, basic resource for any collection." -- School Library Journal (August 2002)

— School Library Journal