The First Rule is Never Begin with the Letter A... Or, How I Learned to Love Writing Reference Books

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona


This autobiographical reflection relates the origin of one scholar's interest in research books and her engagement in the writing and editing of reference works. Her journey from researcher to contributor to editor is detailed in light of her engagement with multidisciplinary scholarship from the history of religions, art history, cultural history, American studies, to women's and gender studies.  Highlighted with examples of varied multidisciplinary dictionary and encyclopedia projects, the pitfalls and rewards of writing and editing reference works are related.  Brief descriptions of the experiential differences in the editing and writing for print versus online reference publications are recorded.


Encyclopedias; Reference Works; Religious Studies

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