ENGL 126: Poisonwood Bible

Tropical Forests

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (5 volumes) / QH 541.15 B56 E53 2001 Ref
"Africa, Ecosystems of "
"Biodiversity-rich Countries"
"Forest Canopies"
"Forest Ecology"
"Hunter-gatherer Societies, Ecological Impact of"
"Tropical Forest Ecosystems"

Encyclopedia of the Biosphere: Humans in the World's Ecosystems (11 volumes) / QH 343.4 B5613 2000 Ref
Volume 2 is devoted entirely to Tropical Rainforests; note that the table of contents is in the back of the volume, not the front.

Venomous and Poisonous Animals: A Handbook for Biologists, Toxicologists and Toxinologists, Physicians and Pharmacies / QP 235 M4313 2002 Ref

Peoples of the Congo

Cultural Atlas of Africa / DT 14 C83 1998 Ref

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of the World / GN 495.4 E53 1993 Ref

Encyclopedia of World Cultures / GN 307 E53 Ref / Volume 9 is devoted to the peoples of Africa and the Middle East. Sections to read include "Introduction to Africa," pp. xxiii-xxxiv, and "Map 2: Cultures of Africa" (to get the names of the various peoples of the Congo). You can then look up the various ethnic and linguistic groups.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life / GN 333 W67 1998 Ref / Volume 1 is devoted to Africa.

CultureGrams locked database
Concise reports on more than 182 cultures of the world and US States. Daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

History & Current Events of the Congo

Africa South of the Sahara 2004 / DT 351 A37 2004 Ref / Use this reference book for the most up-to-date information, including political and economic facts.

An African Biographical Dictionary / DT 18 B76 1994 Ref

Encyclopedia of African History and Culture / DT 3 P27 2001 Ref

Encyclopedia of African Nations and Civilizations / DT 14 E43 2002 Ref

Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara / DT 351 E53 1997 Ref

Background Notes (US. State Dept.) - includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations

Country Profiles (BBC) - quick guides to the history, politics and economic background of countries and territories.

To find articles, start with these databases:

Religion / Missionaries in Africa

For information on American Southern Baptists:

Contemporary American Religions/ BL 2525 C65 2000 Ref

Dictionary of Christianity in America / BR 515 D53 1990 Ref

Encyclopedia of American Religious Creeds / BL 2525 M4495 1994 Ref

Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism / BL 238 E63 2001 Ref

Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience / BL 2525 E53 1988 Ref

For information on religion in Africa, including Christian missionaries, consult any of the resources listed under "History of the Congo" as well as the following:

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Africa / DT 3 C35 Ref

Encyclopedia of Religion (16 volumes) / BL 31 E46 2005 Ref / See the entries on "African Religions," "Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa," and "Missions."

ATLA Religion Index
A good research starting point for religious and theological scholarship. Indexes both popular and scholarly periodicals.

Tips for Building Context

When you begin to place a work in context, the best place to start is the reference collection of the library. Reference resources include specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, handbooks, concordances, directories, manuals, yearbooks and indexes. Many reference resources are in the format of books, but some are also available online through subscription databases. Exanples of the latter include Sage Reference Online and Oxford Reference Online.

Why use a reference book?

  • Reference resources provide concise information on a subject in an easy-to-find format.
  • Reference materials help you identify key terms and their definitions as well as concepts unique to the field
  • It is an efficient method for establishing the boundaries of your topic.
  • Most subject reference books provide bibliographies of the major books and articles that have been written on the topic, providing you with suggestions for further reading and research.
  • Entries are typically written by scholars who are specialists or experts on that topic.

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Biblical References

The NSRV [New Standard Revised Version) Concordance / BS 425 .K645 1991 Ref / This concordance will help you locate the exact Biblical passages that Kingsolver quotes or alludes to.

Anchor Bible Dictionary / BS 440 .A54 1992 Ref

The New Interpreter's Bible / BS 491.2 N484 Ref / This multi-volume set provides overviews of traditional and scholarly interpretations of the various books in the Bible. You may wish to compare the traditional interpretations of various verses of the Bible with the context and style used by Kingsolver.

ATLA Religion Index
A good research starting point for religious and theological scholarship. Indexes both popular and scholarly periodicals

Literary and Author Resources

Literature Resource Center  -Explore the literary-historical timeline as well as extensive fulltext biographies, book reviews, author interviews and critical interpretations of individual authors.

Literary Criticism Online Literary commentary and analysis. Contains the full text of every volume in the the following Gale series: Literature Criticism from 1400-1800,  Nineteenth-century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

MLA International Bibliography, 1926+
The Modern Language Association Bibliography (MLA) indexes research on modern languages, literature, linguistics, and folklore. It includes citations drawn from books, journal articles, essays in books, proceedings, and dissertations.

Encyclopedia of the Novel (2 v.) / PN 41 E487 1998 Ref

Family Dynamics

Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family / HQ 9 .E52 1995 Ref / See the entries on "Family Gender Roles," "Marital Power," and "Spouse Abuse and Neglect."

Encyclopedia of Psychology / BF 31 E529 2000 Ref / See the entries on "Family Dynamics," "Family Violence," "Power" and "Power Motivation."

Encyclopedia of Sociology / HM 425 .E5 2000 Ref / See the entries on "Family and Household Structure," "Family and Religion," "Family Violence," and "Interpersonal Power."

To find articles about family dynamics, start with these resources:

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