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Encyclopedia of Communication Theory now available online.

The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory is now available through the Sage Reference Online platform.  Scholars should find it is “a good central reference for their teaching and research. This encyclopedia provides a one-stop source for theories and theoretical concepts and a relatively comprehensive overview of the entire field of communication theory. It is a significant resource because it summarizes in one place the diversity of theory in the communication field. Yet unlike larger topical encyclopedias that try to cover all topics in many volumes, this is a relatively small set focused just on theory. It will provide an excellent starting place for individuals seeking information on the various topics covered. Furthermore, readers will be able to see how topics relate to one another, get a sense of larger traditions and histories, and find a variety of bibliographical sources with which they can begin to expand their reading lists.

This encyclopedia is a two-volume set that, in more than 300 entries, offers current descriptions of the theories that explain numerous aspects of communication and present the background issues and concepts that comprise these theories. These entries have been written by nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Entries range in length—from 1,000 to 3,000 words, depending upon the scope and detail required…

The entries are written for the introductory reader—students who have little or no background in the topic. For the most part, contributors have avoided unnecessary jargon and defined terms as needed. Although many of the entries require attentive reading, serious readers will find them accessible and informative, and those who want more advanced treatment can pursue further readings or entries in the bibliography.”

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art now available online

Pepperdine University Libraries has just acquired the online edition of The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art.

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (GEAA) deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art (DOA) and adding hundreds of new entries not previously covered in the DOA, GEAA is a comprehensive and current reference resource for information on this important area for students, researchers, and the general public. There are articles on all subject areas in American fine art including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, art education, and more. GEAA will also meet educational interest in this area by providing thorough coverage of American art with an array of articles that are accessible to secondary school students, undergraduate college students, and general readers. GEAA also offers over 600 images.

Joan Marter, the editor, is Distinguished Professor of Art History, Rutgers University and editor in chief of Woman’s Art Journal. She is also the author of Abstract Expressionism: The International Context (Rutgers, 2007) and American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Yale, 2001).

Library adds electronic version of Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace is now available online to all Pepperdine students, faculty and staff.  The Encyclopedia covers the interdisciplinary field of Peace Studies, offering a comprehensive survey of the full range of historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. All major figures are covered, as well as major events, organizations, and theories. Each entry is signed by a leading scholar in the field and contains a bibliography for further reading. The Encyclopedia also includes a peace chronology, key documents and appendices.

Key subjects covered include: world leaders (Mahatma Gandhi, Margaret Mead, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lucretia Mott); major events (Cuban Missile Crisis, Dayton Accords, Good Friday Agreement, Lebanon Hostage Crisis); organizations (Greenpeace, League of Nations, United Nations, Save the Children, International Committee of the Red Cross); theories (Civil Disobedience, Conscientious Objection, Feminism and Peace, Power and Nonviolence Theory, Eco-Pacifism, Gay Rights); and current events (Chemical and Biological Weapons, Human Rights, War Crimes, Terrorism).

The editor, Nigel J. Young, was Cooley Research Professor in Peace Studies and Director of the Peace Studies Program at Colgate University from 1984-2004. Nigel is currently Research Professor in Peace Studies at Colgate University, New York. He holds a BA and MA in Modern History from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in International Studies. Nigel has held several prior university positions including reader and deputy head of school of peace studies at the University of Bradford (1973-1983) and lecturer in political science at the University of Birmingham (1968-1973). He also was a senior research fellow at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway (1981, 1983 and 1984). Nigel was a founding member of CND (1958) and CND London Region Organizer (1962-1964).