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The Irish diaspora has spawned an immense literature. In this slim volume, Metress and Hardy-Johnston (Univ. of Toledo) attempt to enumerate the anthropological, economic, geographical, historical, political, psychological, and sociological writing (monographs, articles, theses, and dissertations) about the Irish experience in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, they exclude works of fiction, government documents, electronic resources, and archival materials. Nor do the compilers adequately explain their selection criteria or methodology; they seem to include everything they found regardless of quality, and they avoid annotations, even when titles are uninformative. Researchers will be frustrated by the bibliography's largely geographical arrangement, misclassification of some entries, and lack of subject and author indexes. Surnames, place names, journal titles, and even common nouns are misspelled. One publication date is off by two centuries, part of the text is improperly formatted, punctuation is sloppy, and authors' given names are indicated only by initials. The first appendix provides a highly technical account of "interlibrary searching," the second a terse "bibliographic introduction," without mentioning such fundamental tools as America: History and Life (1964- ), Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CH, Sup'99), and Richard J. Hayes's monumental Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation (9v., 1970). Until something better appears, Irish studies collections will have to make do with this deficient listing. J. D. Blackwell; St. Francis Xavier University
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