Library Journal Recognizes Three Gale Encyclopedias as Best References

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., April 25, 2008 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is proud to announce that three of its titles were named a Best Reference for 2007 by Library Journal.

The titles are:

Encyclopaedia Judaica – One of Gale’s most celebrated titles and last year’s Dartmouth Medal winner is lauded as one of the top references of the 20th century by the American Library Association and a landmark reference work on Judaism. The second edition of this world-renowned Encyclopaedia, which was released in 2007, incorporates information on more than three decades of changes and the latest scholarship, expanding the scope and relevance of the original work.

The Encyclopaedia, the first edition of which was published in the early 1970s, is completely updated for today’s students and researchers, including many features that make its 22 volumes of scholarship extremely accessible, including:

  • A fully-searchable Internet version for libraries, synagogues and other institutions
  • More than 21,000 scholarly articles on history, biography, literature and culture, augmented with hundreds of maps, charts and tables
  • 168 pages of full-color photographs and other images, detailing the many aspects of Jewish life and culture

Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender – This reference encompasses the various concepts of sex and gender that have arisen from the critical study of those subjects worldwide, as well as the emerging reimagination of the more traditional humanities and social sciences. Broad theoretical essays address issues – all through the lens of gender, including:

  • sex and gender at the personal and the social level
  • identity, status, class, ethnicity, race and nation examination
  • sexuality and the body
  • social institutions and the structures of representation

With a truly global perspective, topics of individual entries include changing conceptions of “the feminine,” the family and masculinity, religion, morality, cultural images, medical practice, public health, economy and society and many more. In addition, the work discusses the influences of gender studies on various academic disciplines, examining how it has transformed and utilized methods and theories that have evolved.

Encyclopedia of Diets – This reference examines in two volumes diets and topics, including:

  • a gluten-free or high-protein diet
  • dieting and popular weight-loss programs such as the Atkins Diet
  • dietary concerns
  • nutritional basics
  • effects of a person’s dietary choices on one’s health

The Encyclopdia presents an overview of all topics in a standardized, balanced format. Not intended to be an endorsement of any one diet or lifestyle, the topics presented will be organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Information will be provided across all age groups from infants to the elderly.

“It is a great honor for three of our titles to be recognized among the best reference publications,” said Frank Menchaca, Executive Vice President, Publishing at Gale.  “Being on Library Journal’s Best Reference list lends prestige to our titles, and we are deeply honored for these publications to be listed among other distinguished titles.”

For more information on these titles, please contact Lindsay Brown at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats – books and eBooks, databases and microfilm.  For more information visit: or

About Library Journal
In its 132nd year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. LJ  is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7,000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy. For more information on Library Journal, visit