F o c u s on B o o k s
since the b o o k is not written in the style of a legal treatise he does not d o c u m e n t every assertion. Although the b o o k is generally wellorganized and well-developed, he could have developed his concept of the fiduciary ethic more fully. An entire chapter could have been devoted to this concept, drawing from almost every area of law for support. The Litigious Society is a thorough and reasoned analysis of the American impulse to sue. It presents important ideas about the past, present and future of our legal system and is highly recommended reading for anyone who desires a more complete understanding of the American law and public policy.  Basic Boobs,
Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers The reviewer, Julie Bobay is a reference librarian at the Indiana University Graduate School of Business.
tory, Volume 1, includes a subject/place index and several appendices, including a list of Federal Information Centers. The definition of a special library which is used in this directory is very broad, covering collections ranging from university departmental libraries to b o o k collections in trade or local associations. Each entry in the Directory of
Special Libraries and Information Centers contains helpful information, such as name, address, information specialties, and services. Any restrictions on public access to the collection are noted, as well as specialized service such as interlibrary loans. For any person wishing to research a subject in depth, or for those people who simply cannot find any information in local libraries, the Directory of Special
Libraries and Information Centers can be a valuable aid.  Sixth edition, Gale Research Company, 1981. ISBN: 0-8103-0258-6. $160.00.
Concise Dictionary of Business Terminology By Albert G. Giordano
Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers identifies corporate, university, association, and organization libraries which specialize in particular subjects. A special library with a narrowly defined scope can be useful to a researcher who has exhausted the resources of a general library, since the special library focuses directly on the topic of interest. The Directory of Special Li-
braries and Information Centers comprises three volumes: Volume 1 is the alphabetic listing, Volume 2 is Geographic and Personnel Indexes, and Volume 3 is New Special Libraries, which updates the set. The main b o d y of the direc-
The International Dictionary of Business By Hano Johannsen and G. Terry Page
The reviewer, Julie Bobay, is a reference librarian at the Indiana University Business Library. • -~onsidering the impact of technology and innovation on the language of business, the importance of up-to-date business dictionaries is difficult to overstate. New acronyms, phrases and words are constantly creeping into the everyday language of business, and researchers and business people need
to be able to define new terms quickly and concisely.
The International Dictionary of Business is a useful, wide-ranging work which includes primarily English-language business terms, abbreviations, and institutions. The definitions are brief and concise, and the occasional graphs are useful. The acronyms and abbreviations are fully defined within the alphabetic sequence of the dictionary, and there are numerous cross-references. Important contributions in various fields of business are included, with brief explanations of their significance. This dictionary has a decidedly British focus, b u t major U.S. and European institutions, legislative acts, and labor unions are included. The Concise Dictionary of Business Terminology contains brief definitions of business terms, and includes a fairly lengthy appendix of abbreviations and acronyms. The appendix identifies the words which are abbreviated, b u t few of them are contained in the main b o d y of definitions. Thus, one can learn that " F O B " stands for "Free on Board," b u t "Free on B o a r d " is not defined in the main body. Many of these abbreviations are fully defined in the Inter-
national Dic tionary. The Concise Dictionary
contains neither graphs nor important individual contributions, but does have the advantage of including many American slang phrases and terms. For example, the term "sweatshop" is defined in the Concise Dictionary, as compared to "sweated labo(u)r," the equivalent in the International Dictionary. When slang or specifically American terms are sought, such as "take a b a t h " or "Naderism," the Concise Dictionary may prove more helpful. In summary, the International Dictionary seems to be strong in the areas of abbreviations, institutions and unions, governmental acts, individuals important to certain fields of business, and occa-
sional in-depth explanations including graphs and tables. On the other hand, the American bias of the Concise Dictionary may be preferable to users who are seeking quick definitions of American and
slang phrases and terms. Both dictionaries have incorporated the major terms and phrases associated with computer technology, such as "bit," and both include the major elements of standard business par-
lance. V-] Concise Dictionary, Prentice-Hall, 1981. ISBN: 0-13-166553-7. $14.95; International Dictionary, Prentice-Hall, 1981. ISBN: 0-13-470823-7. $17. 95.