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Museum Studies


Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science includes more than 50 entries on museum studies, as well as other discussions on other museums-related topics. Other topics include, but not limited to,  archives, cabinet of curiosities, careers and education in museum works, collection management in museums, conservation and preservation of museum objects, digital humanities, exhibition design, interactive multimedia in museum, provenance of museum objects, and visitor studies.

Companion to Museum Studies

A Companion to Museum Studies, edited by Sharon Macdonald, contains "multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society." It provides the information on the museum from various aspects such as cultural, political governance, curatoial, and historical perspectives. 

Reference Resources

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For Reference Materials access Reference Universe. Reference Universe contains our complete collection of reference resources in print and electronic format.  Possible titles include titles within the the Mythology and Folklore unit: A DICTIONARY OF AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF ASIAN MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF CELTIC MYTHOLOGY; A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH FOLKLORE; THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE; A DICTIONARY OF SUPERSTITIONS; A DICTIONARY OF WORLD MYTHOLOGY; and THE OXFORD COMPANION TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY.

Reference Books include:

Museums of the World, 2001

Museum studies and training in the United States : 1999-2000 guide

Michigan history, directory of historical societies, museums, archives, agencies, and commissionsl, 2004-2005

Opportunities in museum careers (Electronic)

Museums and Galleries of London

Anthropological resources : a guide to archival, library, and museum collections

Clothing and textile collections in the United States


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