CHOICE selects two Adam Matthew Digital collections as ‘Outstanding Academic Titles 2020’

20 January 2021

Excellent individual reviews saw Ethnomusicology and Colonial America both named in the publication’s prestigious annual list.

In naming a work an Outstanding Academic Title, CHOICE reviewers consider several criteria across some 6,000 published reviews over the course of the year:

  • Overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • Importance relative to other literature in the field
  • Originality or uniqueness
  • Value to undergraduate students
  • Importance in building undergraduate library collections

Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings, which CHOICE calls in its February 2020 review “a rich, rewarding, expansive database”, is a diverse and comprehensive resourceIt features thousands of audio recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence, and ephemera from over 60 fields of study, including sites in West Africa, North America, South East Asia, and more. 

Reviewed in March 2020, Colonial America was called “a tremendous and unique collection of primary source material.” The resource, split across five modules, enables access to a vast archive of c.7,000 manuscript documents which benefit from the addition of Handwritten Text Recognition technology. 

Having first been named an Outstanding Academic Title in 2018, it’s a joy to see the publication of Colonial America’s final module lead to the resource receiving this award again in 2020. Colonial America is a multi-module collection which we’ve worked on for many years and we’re proud to receive this award for the work we’ve done to bring this content to students and researchers of all levels, all over the world. 

It was especially exciting to see Ethnomusicology receive this prestigious award from CHOICE given the unique nature of the resource and the contentEthnomusicology is a growing area of study and we’re delighted to support and enrich that growth with this collection.”

Louise Hemmings, Head of Editorial Development, Adam Matthew Digital 

Find out more about Ethnomusicology here, and Colonial America here.