Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Modern China

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Modern China

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Modern China. By Xiaobing Li. Understanding Modern Nations. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 421 p. Acid free $89.00 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-625-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-626-5), call for pricing.

Are you still adding country studies to your print reference collection? If so, you might be interested in the Understanding Modern Nations series published by ABC-CLIO. Along with Modern China, ABC-CLIO released Modern Spain during 2015. Forthcoming titles will cover Brazil, Mexico, India, Japan, and South Africa. Why these particular countries? It appears that the publisher is pitching titles that they believe will be responsive to the needs of high school seniors and college undergraduates. If you have to write a paper on China, where do you begin your research? Print sources such as Modern China can be extremely helpful as a way to scope out your topic, picking up key words which can then make database searching more fruitful.

It is a well-organized subject encyclopedia with thorough coverage of the social sciences and humanities. There is also limited coverage of sports and popular culture. In terms of content and tone, it is comparable to the CQ Researcher or World Book. Most entries are about two pages in length, with a list of suggested reading at the end of each entry. …

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