Reference Book Analysis. Susan Hanzelka LIBR 150: Spring 2008 Week 6 (400s & 800s). Merriam-Webster’s VISUAL Dictionary. Call Number: 423.1 MLS Bibliographic Citation:
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LIBR 150: Spring 2008
Week 6 (400s & 800s)
MLS Bibliographic Citation:
Corbeil, Jean-Claude, and Ariane Archambault. Merriam-Webster's VISUAL Dictionary. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2006. Print.
After an introduction, which includes instructions on how to use this dictionary, the book is organized around major subject fields, corresponding themes, or individual objects.
Theindexisalphabetical and extremely extensive (32 pages of very tiny print).
Question: What’s the difference between rowing and sculling?
Answer: Sculling is a race in which the rowers grip one oar in each hand. Rowing is a race in which rowers grip one oar in both hands.
Question: In movie credits you always see “grip” and “gaffer”--what do they mean?
Answer: “Grip” is a person in charge of transporting, installing and handling film equipment, especially moving the dolly along its tracks. “Gaffer” is a person responsible for lighting and for managing the team of electricians.
Thisisahardcoverbookwith 952 pages. Its dimensions are 10 x 7.8 x 2.2 inches. There is also a leather version, a compact hardcover version, a CD-ROM version for Mac/Pc, and a website (http://visual.merriam-webster.com/).
Jean-Claude Corbell is an “expert in linguistic planning, with a world-wide reputation in the fields of comparative terminology and socio-linguistics. He serves as a consultant to various international organizations and governments.”
Arlane Archambault is a “specialist in applied linguistics, has taught foreign languages and is now a terminologist and editor of dictionaries and reference books.”
Amazon Customer Review: “Our son found this dictionary and purchased it himself. As a deaf student, he has poured over the pages with delight. It is a wonderful reference for those with language problems, learning disabilities, and the curious in general. We were so impressed we donated 25 copies to our son's school for classroom use. The students and teachers have loved it!”(http://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-Visual-Dictionary-Merriam-Webster/dp/0877790515/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b)
Amazon Editorial Review: ”…The DK dictionary has a more sumptuous look, but some of the entries, such as those for the densely labeled "Competition Motorcycles" and "A Ship of the Line," can be confusing. If a library has to choose, it's the difference between stilettos and sensible shoes. DK is sexier, but Merriam-Webster, with its clear illustrations and added definitions, is probably a better educational tool.” Susan Awe (Booklist, a review journal of the American Library Association)(http://www.amazon.com/Merriam-Websters-Visual-Dictionary-Merriam-Webster/dp/0877790515/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b)