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Signs of the Zodiac. A Reference Guide to the Historical, Mythological, and Cultural Associations. Bibliographic Info. . Call Number: R133.52 SNO Citation: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Westport, Connecticut. Greenwood Press (Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.), 1997. Arrangement.

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signs of the zodiac

Signs of the Zodiac

A Reference Guide to the Historical, Mythological, and Cultural Associations

bibliographic info
Bibliographic Info.
  • Call Number: R133.52 SNO
  • Citation: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Westport, Connecticut. Greenwood Press (Greenwood Publishing Group Inc.), 1997
arrangement
Arrangement

I.E. Table of Contents

  • Preface & Introduction
  • The Zodiac
  • Historical Foundation of Astrology
  • Zodiac from First to the Twenty-First Centuries
  • Zodiac in Art & Science
  • Aries – Pisces
  • Timeline in Developments of Zodiacal Study
  • Comparative Chart of Elements and Constellations
  • Geographical Areas Linked to Sun Signs
  • Planetary Correspondences
  • Zodiacal Pathology
indexing scope
Indexing & Scope
  • Subject, Item, and Person Index
  • Focus on Sun Signs; History and Mythology Thereof
  • Links to Prominent/Ancient Literature (Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Biblical, etc.)
  • Minor Focus on Pathology (Relative Origins)
purpose
Purpose
  • To Educate the Interested
  • Little Use for Field Experts Besides Fanciful Information
  • Fairly Current (1997 Publication), Could be Upgraded
  • No Life-or-Death Necessity for Currency
  • Other Formats: None Located

Business Advertisement on Horoscopes/Forecasting 

special features
Special Features
  • Timeline of Connection in Study of Humans
    • From “25,000 BC Noting Moon Phases” to “Maarten Schmidt Defines Quasars”
  • Addresses Symbolism and History of Each Individual Sign
    • Cancer the Crab = Repentance & Rebirth for Shedding its Shell
credentials
Credentials
  • Unclear…
  • Many References Stated; Other Authors with Similar Subject Matter (Authority here also Unstated)
  • Could be Knowledgeable Through Research, Without Degree/Specialty in Field
  • Likely Interest-Based
reference use
Reference Use?

Examples of Answerable Questions

  • “What sort of ancient Greek mythology involves Aries, and how far back do the dates extend?”
  • “What’s the number of major stars in the Libra constellation? How bright are they according to astronomical ranking?”
personal impression
Personal Impression
  • Unexpected Information
  • Little too Narrative for a Good Reference
  • Needs More Apparent Q&A Formatting
  • Better Break-ups Inside Chapters; Monster Paragraphs
  • Difficult to Read
  • Not the First Resource I would Use for an Informative Project
unfamiliar terms dictionary
Unfamiliar Terms Dictionary
  • Pathology – science or study of origins (main entry found, of diseases)
  • Sun Signs – cardinal “astrological” signs (Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, etc.)
  • Quasar – distant celestial object, power output several times that of our galaxy
work cited
Work Cited

Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Signs of the Zodiac: A Reference Guide to the Historical, Mythological, and Cultural Associations. Westport: Greenwood Press (Publishing Group Inc.), 1997.

Presentation: Mary FreemanLibrary 150, Spring Quarter 2009