Scholarly collection of slang honored with 2012 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work of the year

The 2012 Dartmouth Medal–an annual award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) recognizing the most outstanding reference work of the year–has been awarded to “Green’s Dictionary of Slang”, published by Chambers.
The dictionary was selected for its comprehensive and inclusive scholarship for slang in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, and other English speaking countries. This source covers 500 years of slang usage with 110,000 words and phrases, over 400,000 citations, and 6,000 titles as sources. Scholars of language and history, as well as creative writers, and a wide range of curious readers will enjoy this dictionary for many years.
In addition to the winning title, the award committee also named the International Encyclopedia of Political Science published by Sage Reference in association with the International Political Science Association as an honorable mention. Its international scope, objective coverage, and extensive bibliographies will appeal to a broad readership. This collaborative effort of international scholars from 40 countries contains over 1500 articles about political science, foreign policy, law, and religion.

The committee will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Statistical Abstract of the United States published by the United States Department of Commerce which, for the last 133 years, has been one of the premier reference sources. It is the recognized authority for U.S. statistics and serves as an entrée into government documents. It went electronic early, in 1993, and continues to be viable in print. The legacy of the Statistical Abstract will continue as it provides an in-depth snapshot of American life.

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