Review by Choice Review
Raymond Corsini passed away in 2008, but his classic work lives on in this fourth edition (Encyclopedia of Psychology, ed. by Corsini, 1st ed., CH, Dec'84; 2nd ed., CH, Sep'94, 32-0019; 3rd ed., Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, ed. by W. E. Craigland and C. B. Nemeroff, CH, Jun'01). Updating this title required a major effort; approximately 1,200 authors contributed articles (half entirely new, others updated with revised references). New topics include such entries as "Happiness," "Postpartum Depression," "Bisexuality," "Art Therapy," "Recovered Memories," "Premenstrual Syndrome," and "Attribution Theory." Articles concerning the current state of psychology in certain countries can be found under a country's name. The subject index, criticized as inadequate in the third edition, is greatly enhanced (from 7 pages to 32 pages). In addition to the detailed biographies of the 63 most distinguished practitioners within the main volumes, brief biographies of 543 additional important people are now included in a special section in volume 4. The set is pricey but remains a valuable resource as the field of psychology continues to evolve. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. J. A. Badics Eastern Michigan University
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Review by Library Journal Review
In this edition, updated by Weiner (Handbook of Psychology) and Craighead (Psychopathology), each signed article-organized alphabetically and one to three pages long-includes its own suggested readings and references. Some of the longer articles are broken down into subheadings (e.g., "Cognitive Theories of Affect" has five subheadings). Sixty-three biographies of psychology's "most distinguished persons" appear within the 1,189 articles, with another 543 brief biographies of "important contributors to psychological theory and research" at the end of Volume 4. The short biographies range from one to six lines, providing just enough information for the reader to identify the reason for that person's importance, and this reviewer was disappointed by their brevity. See and See also references appear within the table of contents, index, and at the end of each article. Both the author index and the nicely detailed subject index are located in Volume 4 and make information quickly and easily accessible to the reader. The 1,165 contributors listed at the front of each volume represent institutions from all over the globe, but more substantial information such as position/title and educational credentials would have been nice. BOTTOM LINE Current and comprehensive but brief technical articles make this most suitable for academic libraries. Purchase where needed.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.