From Library Journal In the academic world, the field of women's studies is still relatively uncharted territory. Although such programs are offered at many institutions, the interdisciplinary nature of the subject (encompassing history, literature, social science, arts, and humanities) presents a real challenge for the researcher. Aiming "to guide the reader through the mass of published work on women and gender to date," this work surveys more than 500 topics as well as individuals in women's studies and provides brief discussions of recommended books in each area. Entries are arranged alphabetically by topic and begin with a list of the relevant books followed by a bibliographic essay. Helpful features include a simple alphabetical list of entries, a thematic list of entries, a list of all books discussed in the entries, and numerous cross references within entries. Subjects range widely, from "Aboriginal Women" and "Battlefield Nursing" to "Widowhood" and "Womanism," and individual women featured include Louisa May Alcott, Marguerite Yourcenar, and "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias. Comparable sources, such as Sarah Carter and Maureen Ritchie's Women's Studies: A Guide to Information Sources (McFarland, 1990) and Catherine Loeb and others' Women's Studies: A Recommended Core of Bibliography 1980-85 (1987), as well as its 1979 predecessor, Women's Studies: A Recommended Core Bibliography, are in need of updating, and this work meets that need. A solid addition to all reference collections.?Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Here is a welcome addition to the limited resources available in women's studies. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, and general readers, its purpose is "to provide . . . brief discussions of some of the best books on over 500 topics and individuals." Editor Amico worked with an impressive list of advisors and contributors, including well-known feminists Jill Johnston and Marilyn French. Entries are arranged alphabetically from Aboriginal women to Zaharias, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson. Among other topics are aging, patriarchy, sexual harassment, and women such as Clara Barton, Hildegard of Bingen, Anita Hill, Marie Antoinette, Golda Meir, Anna Pavlova, and Virginia Woolf. Approximately 170 of the entries treat individual women. There are some omissions that are disappointing. Amico gives a long list of women whom she wanted to include but could not because she found "a lack of adequate book-length material about them." Not included are Jane Addams, Fanny Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, and many others. Each entry includes a list of "best" books, as many as 12 to 14 or as few as 3, followed by an essay. Bibliographic information consists of author, title, publisher, and date. The essays provide useful perspective by discussing what each title contributes to scholarship on the subject or individual. The volume is intended as a guide to secondary literature, and primary-source material is not included. Children's literature is generally not included, nor are journal articles. Since a great deal of the work in women's studies is in journal form, a guide to the journal literature would also be helpful. An alphabetical and a thematic list of entries precede the main text. Following the text are an index of books and articles discussed in the entries and a general index. Access is also aided by see and see also references. Academic and larger public libraries will find this to be very useful as a starting place for further research. Perhaps, as more book-length material becomes available, we can look forward to updated and expanded editions. The publisher recently produced a similar guide to the study of American history [RBB Ja 1 & 15 98].