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Title: World Fact File
Publisher: Facts of File
ISBN Number:
Book Year: 1990
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

76

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

4,400

Portrayal: 10

Total: 1

Works Cited: 1

 

Care of facts: 9

Maps: 0

 

 

Up-to-date: 9

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 7

Chart/Graph: 1

 

POINTS: 40

35

0.83

0.3

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

292 & 295

Population stats

Out of date; date not disclosed

292

Work sanmaek means mountrain range

Delete sanmaek, use mountain range

295

Geography--Hang-gang river

Han River (-gang means river)

295

Naktong-gang

Naktong River

295

Yi dynasty

Chosön dynasty is preferred

295

Japan conquered Korea in 1904

Conquered is the wrong verb, there was no war, no battle, no conquest. There was a war between Japan and Russia in 1905, after which Korea was made a protectorate of Japan, but Japan did not "conquer" Korea.

297

GDP figures and % of workforce data

Out of date, even for 1990 text

298

Literacy over 90%

98-99%

 

Maps 

Page

Topic

295

Korean Peninsula with major South Korean cities listed.

 

Charts or Graphs 

Page

Topic

297

Sectors percentages that make up the total Gross Domestic Product

 

Comments

Overall, there is some narrative, but it is brief. There are several lists of basic data.

 

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Title: Webster's New World Encyclopedia (College Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN Number: 0-13
Book Year: 1993
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

73

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

3,500

Portrayal: 9

Total: 7

Works Cited: 0

 

Care of facts: 9

Maps: 2

 

 

Up-to-date: 9

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 8

Chart/Graph: 5

 

POINTS: 31.8

35

5.8

0

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

592

Mentions the population of South Korea as 33 million and North Korea as 15 million.

Way out of date for a 1993 text.

594

Covers up to the 1992 election, mentioning Chöng Ju Yong and Kim Dae Jung.

However, there is no mention of the eventual winner, Kim Yong Sam.

 

Maps 

Page

Topic

592

Small map of North Korea in relation to China, Japan, and South Korea

593

Small map of South Korea in relation to China, Japan, and North Korea

 

Charts or Graphs 

Page

Topic

592

Korea: history
Seven important time periods from 2000 B.C. to 1945

592

North Korea:
General country information
Chronology -- 14 important dates from 1910 to 1992

593

South Korea:
General country information
Chronology -- 14 important dates from 1910 to 1992

 

Comments

Very briefly explains Korea in 2 1/2 pages

 

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Title: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN Number: 0-231
Book Year: 1993
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

71

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

4,000

Portrayal: 8

Total: 1

Works Cited: 20

 

Care of facts: 7

Maps: 1

 

 

Up-to-date: 7

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 7

Chart/Graph: 0

 

POINTS: 36.4

29

0.83

5

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

1495

The country once had large timber resources.
Intense government conservation and reforestation programs have increased the supply, and timber occasionally appears on North Korean export lists. The south, on the other hand, is largely deforested.

The text does not mention the results of the reforestation in South Korea. The south is no longer "largely deforested," there are many thousands of acres of trees and forests.

1495

Both North and South Korea must still import grain in order to meet their food demands.

This statement is too strong. Some grains are imported to meet demands, but the most common grain used in South Korea is rice. Korea used to import rice because there was not enough, but now, South Korea produces enough rice for its own people. Some rice is still imported due to people's preference for the import rice.

1495

The Christian religion was introduced by missionaries in the late 19th century.

Christianity was introduced in Korea in the late 18th century (Catholicism--Protestants in the late 19th C.).

1496

Choi Kyu-hah instilled a strong military rule and the following year, Chun Doo Hwan was elected President.

Chun Doo Hwan took over the government in a military coup de'tat.

 

Maps

Page

Topic

1494

Small map of North and South Korea, several cities and rivers highlighted.

 

Comments

For such a recent edition, there were several "up-to-date" errors as well as "care with facts." The bibliographies given for Korea, Korean Language, and the Korean War are extensive, and provide a good starting point for further references.

 

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Title: The Facts on File Encyclopedia of the 20th Century
Publisher: Facts on File, Ltd.
ISBN Number: 0-948894
Book Year: 1991
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

*Volume numbers are not marked on copies.

TOTAL POINTS

69

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

3,000

Portrayal: 8

Total: 12

Works Cited: 5

 

Care of facts: 8

Maps: 4

 

 

Up-to-date: 8

Pict./Illust.: 4

 

 

Romanization: 7

Chart/Graph: 4

 

POINTS: 27.3

31

10

1.3

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

675

Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established in 1953 after the Korean War.
Kim Il Sung has been ruling North Korea since 1958.

North Korea was established in 1948 after the Second World War.
Kim Il Sung has been ruling North Korea since 1948.

843

Park Chung Hee (1962-79)

Park Chung Hee (1961-79)

844

Soviet and U.S. troops begin withdrawal in 1949.

In 1948 Soviet and U.S. troops began their withdrawal.

522

In 1904, Korea was conquered by Japan and in 1910 became a Japanese colony.

Korea was annexed to Japan in 1910.

523

Japanese occupied Korea since 1904.

Japan occupied Korea since 1910.

484

Korean War of 1950-52

Korean War of 1950-53

705

Park Chung Hee declared martial law in 1971.

Park Chung Hee declared martial law in 1972.

 

The text sites two different periods for the Japanese occupation of Korea: 1904-45 and 1910-45.

The latter period, 1910-45, is the correct time period.

 

The text sites two different periods for Park Chung Hee's regime: 1962-79 and 1963-79.

The correct dates should be 1961-79.

 

Maps 

Page

Topic

676

Map of North Korea with major cities and rivers highlighted

845

Map of South Korea with major cities and rivers highlighted

196

Large map of China with North and South Korea highlighted

484

Map of Japanese islands with North and South Korea highlighted

 

Pictures or Illustrations

Page

Topic

523

Panmunjum (P'anmunjöm) cease-fire talks in October, 1951
American troops rest during the frigid Korean winter

524

UN Forces, crossing the 38th Parallel from North Korea in 1950

576

U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur

 

Charts or Graphs

Page

Topic

677

Major events in North Korean history from 1905-1990

844

Major events in South Korean history from 1904-1991

923

Major events in U.S. history from 1901-1991, Korea cited in 1950-53

211

Major events during the Cold War era, 1945-1991, Korean war cited 1950-53

  

Comments

There are many references to the Korean war throughout the text. Several individuals involved in the Korean War in various capacities are profiled in this volume. 

 

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Title: The Cambridge Encyclopedia
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN Number: 0-521-39528-3
Book Year: 1990
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

*Volume numbers are not marked on copies.

TOTAL POINTS

64

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

1,600

Portrayal: 9

Total: 18

Works Cited: 0

 

Care of facts: 9

Maps: 3

 

 

Up-to-date: 8

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 8

Chart/Graph: 15

 

POINTS: 14.55

34

15

0

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

RR 83

Korean speakers--60 million

70 million

601

Inch'ön also pronounced Jinsen

Jinsen is the Japanese pronunciation and is no longer necessary (since Korea was liberated from the Japanese in 1945).

669

Elected indirectly by a 5,000 member electoral college.

Out of date. Direct election of the president has been in effect since 1987 (and again in 1992).

670

50 million speakers of Korean

Elsewhere in the same text (p. RR 83) it says 60 million. Actually it is closer to 70 million.

990

P'yongyang Jap Heijo

Why give the Japanese pronunciation of any Korean city? Delete

1089

Ch'angdö-kung

Ch'angdök-kung

1182

Taegu [tigoo]
Taejon [tiyjon]

Taegu [tehgoo]
Taejon [tahjuhn]
* If bold means accent, then delete; Korean terms do not have accent.

 

Maps 

Page

Topic

632

Map of Japan with the Korean peninsula represented.

669

Map of the Republic of Korea with major cities and rivers listed.

670

Map of Democratic People's Republic of Korea with major cities and rivers listed.

 

Charts or Graphs 

Page

Topic

RR14

Major tsunamis within the Sea of Japan resulting in deaths/damage to Korea and Japan.

RR17

International time differences

RR26

National Holidays in South Korea

RR34

General Data for North and South Korea inc. name, languages, currency, and population.

RR54

Political Leaders (1900-1990) from North and South Korea

RR83

Languages: Numbers and Speakers.

RR86

Aircraft registration codes

RR87

Airline Designators for North and South Korea.

RR88

International Direct Dialing Codes

RR102

Olympic Games, 1988 Seoul, South Korea

RR103

Competitive Sports and Games: Archery

RR105

Competitive Sports and Games: Badminton

RR105

Competitive Sports and Games: Baseball

RR114

Competitive Sports and Games: Judo

RR120

Competitive Sports and Games: Table Tennis

 

Comment

Overall an excellent reference work, written in dictionary style.

 

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Title: The Random House Encyclopedia
Publisher: Random House
ISBN Number: 0-375, 0-394, 0-676
Book Year: 1990
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

62

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

2,400

Portrayal: 9

Total: 7

Works Cited: 0

 

Care of facts: 9

Maps: 3

 

 

Up-to-date: 9

Pict./Illust.: 2

 

 

Romanization: 7

Chart/Graph: 2

 

POINTS: 21.8

34

5.8

0

 

Pictures or Illustrations

Page

Topic

2349

Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

1638

A schematic illustration of the Ko-Ri power station near Pusan in South Korea.

 

Maps

Page

Topic

2349

Small map showing China, the USSR, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan.

1273

The expansion of Japanese territory at the end of the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries, Korea shown in relation to other Asian countries.

A71

North and South Korea, with major cities highlighted, in relation to Japan, China, and the USSR.

 

Charts or Graphs

Page

Topic

2348

Country profile of North Korea: general information

2348

Country profile of South Korea: general information

  

Comments 

The best feature of the work is a comprehensive timeline. Country reports were brief; additional data found under biographies and entries on several cities.

 

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Title: The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN Number: 0-213-06938-3
Book Year: 1989
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

50

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

1,200

Portrayal: 9

Total: 3

Works Cited: 0

 

Care of facts: 10

Maps: 2

 

 

Up-to-date: 8

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 9

Chart/Graph: 1

 

POINTS: 10.9

36

2.5

0

 

Factual Errors or Inconsistencies

Page

Errors

Correction

442

Yi dynasty

Chosön dynasty

 

Maps 

Page

Topic

 

Map of the world with Korean peninsula represented.

 

Map of Japan and Korea with major cities identified.

 

Comments

The text is written in dictionary format, gives basic data, and some biographies.

 

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Title: Webster's New World Encyclopedia (Pocket Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN Number: 0-13
Book Year: 1993
Reviewer: Hae Kyoung Kim, Scott Moncrief

 

TOTAL POINTS

46

 

Word Count (40)

Accuracy (40)

Visuals (15)

Bibliography (5)

1,000

Portrayal: 8

Total: 0

Works Cited: none

 

Care of facts: 9

Maps: 0

 

 

Up-to-date: 9

Pict./Illust.: 0

 

 

Romanization: 8

Chart/Graph: 0

 

POINTS: 11.8

34

0

0

 

Charts or Graphs

Page

Topic

464

North Korea: general information
South Korea: general information

464-465

Chronologies:
North Korea -- 14 dates from 1910 to 1992
South Korea -- 14 dates from 1910 to 1992

 

Comments

The text on North and South Korea is all on one page with very general information. The information on the Korean War is very brief and does not contain much in the way of important dates or facts.

 

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