Library JournalThe ``Bibliographies of New England History'' began publication with Massachusetts in 1976. Libraries that welcomed the earlier volumes on individual New England states will not be disappointed with these latest two. Additions . . . , which also incorporates corrections, adds 11,500 titles. Included are items that had been overlooked, became appropriate when editorial guidelines were modified, or have more recent publication dates. The cutoff date for coverage in both volumes 7 and 8 is 1987; however, several more recent publications are cited. Librarians familiar with this series know that it meets very high bibliographic standards. Excellent organization and overall layout facilitate use by a wide range of researchers. Each entry, except in the case of serials, notes one holding library and its presence in the National Union Catalog to assist in the identification of other holding libraries. Users are also encouraged to consult the OCLC Online Union Catalog for further interlibrary loan options. School and smaller public libraries who may have found the individual volumes unnecessary should consider purchasing Volume 7, which incorporates unique titles for the entire region. Like the rest of the series, New England is comprehensive in scope, encompassing various works by academic scholars, professional writers, and amateur historians. Primary source materials are omitted. A two-part introductory essay addresses the development of New England local history. More than 4000 citations are arranged in notably browsable fashion in nine chapters, e.g., General and Chronological; Population and Ethnic Groups; Economic Life; Religion; Education; etc. Individual chapters include as many as 17 subdivisions. The index is excellent. As in all volumes of the series, durable acid-free paper and superior binding contribute to long-term serviceability. At a time when access to computer databases obviates the need for many published bibliographies, this series continues as a model of bibliographic communication.-- Sally Linden, Wellesley Coll. Lib., Mass.
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