Reference Source Review 1

Arnold, Kathleen R. Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. 876 p. 2011 978-0-313-37521-7. $198

America, perhaps more than anywhere else, is a nation formed by immigrants and that has not changed much throughout the years. As the immigration issue has once again come to the forefront in the past several years, this encyclopedia has become more relevant. This encyclopedia attempts to chronicle the history and current policies of anti-immigration. People have opposed immigration since the beginning, and this resource shows the evolution of anti-immigrant sentiment. It has not been updated since 2011, its first printing. In that regard, it is missing information on the past four years and could benefit from an update. However, it does offer a good look at the historical basis of anti-immigration today. It comes in two volumes, and is arranged by an alphabetical list of entries, as well as, a topical list of entries. It includes people, laws/acts, different groups of immigrants, and important topics in regards to anti-immigration. Also included are primary documents, which give examples of anti-immigration in the past. There are over 200 entries, which include plenty of cross-referencing and sources for further reading. There is no other encyclopedia to compare it to as it is, as of now, a unique resource that would be beneficial addition especially in academic libraries.

Summing Up: Highly Recommended

McFarland, Ian A. Fergusson. Kilby. Torrance, 2011. The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. 549 p index ISBN 978-0-521-88092-3

Christian theology can be difficult to understand. In fact, one can study it for years and still not understand everything. This dictionary does not attempt to give a detailed explanation of matters relating to  Christian theology, however, it works as a good introductory text for quick reference. As it is limited to about 550 entries. It provides a lot of information in its entries and cross references with other topics, which makes it a great starting point for research dealing with Christian theology. It is arranged alphabetically. The text is easy to read and authors of the entries do not use difficult terms to understand. It includes important people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as, essential ideas in the history of Christian theology like grace. The editors included many contributors that come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which gives this dictionary a  well-rounded viewpoint. As it does not focus on one denomination in Christianity, it is unbiased. It perhaps is not something for those who have been studying theology for a long time, although it works as a quick refresher. One thing that could make the electronic version better is direct links to other entries that are cross-referenced in the entries themselves. Compared to other resources similar to this one (like the Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology), this one is  more up to date and concise. It could benefit from an update, but it is not completely essential. Overall, this would be a great resource to have in a library.

Summing Up: Highly Recommended especially for seminaries and academic libraries