Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Multicultural Resources Online

We've expanded the multicultural category in the Gale Virtual Reference Library with the addition of:

Food Cultures of the World (2011) and
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2009)

In Food Cultures, you can pick a region of the world, then drill to a specific country, to be able to read about the major foods of the country, how cooking is done there, what typical meals are, food for special occasions, and issues related to diet and health. A brief history of the country is also included. A representative recipe may be available as well. In the case of large countries (like the United States), you'll be able to select a region within the country.

The Worldmark Encyclopedia is also divided by region--Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe--, but instead of countries, you drill to ethnic groups that reside within the region. For example, the Americas provide entries for various native American tribes (Aleuts, Choctows), religious groups (the Amish, Mormons), and immigrant groups (Polish Americans, Scotch-Irish).

With the GVRL, you can search complete categories like Multicultural Studies as well as individual works.

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