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Although the main focus of the book is the United States, additional headings are provided for each of the world's populated continents. The most commonly included piece of information is the establishment of national associations. Notwithstanding the author's admission that there might be errors in this book, the quality of work found in the chronology is high.
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Five years of research went into its creation, and a respectable bibliography confirms the range of this research. In addition, each entry in the book is accompanied by a source, which increases the reliability and usefulness of the book considerably.
As the author points out in the preface, any errors in the work likely stem from inaccuracies in these original sources, and when discrepancies were apparent, the author consulted numerous sources to try and identify correct information. The only critique that might be made about the work is the sometimes seemingly random nature of information included. While some pieces of information appear consistently from year to year, including Newbery and Caldecott winners, others seem to be included by chance because the author came across a reference somewhere.
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The only indication given of how items came to be selected for inclusion is the author's statement that the "book will attempt to cover the panoply of library subjects that fall within this era" xi. Given the assortment of information provided, in addition to the subject headings previously mentioned, one of the most useful features of this book is If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'. View freely available titles: Book titles OR Journal titles.
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