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Special Election Resources

April 30th, 2009 by

voteThe UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Affairs Library has a Special Election, Hot Topics on the May 19th  election guide to ballot measures for the May 19th Special Election.  The guides provide concise descriptions of the ballot measures including non partisan analyses, official voter information, background materials, pro-and-con websites, newspaper articles and editorials, opinion polls, political endorsements, and financial-contribution records.  It also links to a  Ballot Initiative Endorsements page for positions on the propositions by major organizations.

Comments sought on these European presses

April 17th, 2009 by Adam Siegel

These overlooked European presses are publishing interesting material not typically held in the UC system. Are they of interest to you? We would like to know. Check out their online lists of books.

Contact Humanities and Social Science Librarian Adam Siegel to discuss your interest in these presses.

Archiv der Jugendkulturen.

The emphasis of this German publisher lies in documenting international and German youth culture (contemporary and historical). Number of titles: 54. Number of titles in Worldcat: 37. Number of titles in Melvyl: 8. Number of titles in Harvest: 0.

Some recent representative titles include:

Liebel, Mandred & Rohmann, Gabriele (eds). Entre Fronteras: Grenzgänge. Jugendkulturen in Mexiko (Between Borders. Youth Culture in Mexico)

Ranisch, Jörn. le petit mort: Sex & Drugs & Mukoviszidose. Die Geschichte eines Grufties (Le petit mort: Sex and Drugs and Cystic Fibrosis. A Goth’s Story)

Rossig, Rüdiger. Ex-Yugos: Junge MigrantInnen aus Jugoslawien und seinen Nachfolgestaaten in Deutschland (Ex-Yugos: Young Immigrants from Yugoslavia and Its Successor States in Germany)

Nakladatelství Dauphin

This Czech publisher’s list includes contemporary Czech literature, literature in translation (mostly French and German), and social sciences. Melvyl holdings as of today: none.

Recent representative titles include:

Hůla, Jiří. Rozhovory (Conversations) (Interviews with contemporary Czech artists, including R. Dzurko, S. Kolíbal, M. Mainer, M. Moucha, P. Nešleha, J. Róna, Z. Sekal, J. a E. Švankmajer, J. Zeithamml, etc.)

Matzner, Antonín & Pilka, Jiří. Česká filmová hudba (Czech Film Music)

Švankmajer, Jan. Síla imaginace (The Power of Imagination)

Special Trial Access to Databases

April 16th, 2009 by David Michalski

The University Library is offering special trial access to two databases.

After using any trial resources, please complete the brief evaluation questionnaire. We value your opinion!
All responses are anonymous. See the Library Privacy Policy.

Faculty of 1000 Biology

Faculty of 1000 Biology is an online literature awareness tool which comprehensively and systematically highlights and reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences. It is based on the recommendation of well over 2000 leading researchers.
Available for trial until: Dec 31, 2009
The UC Davis Library is offering special trial access to the BioMed Central Faculty of 1000 Biology through December 2009.

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SPORTDiscus is the world’s leading database in sport, health, fitness and sports medicine. SportDiscus has over 700,000 qualified references from thousands of international periodicals, books, e-journals, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, and websites that focus on different areas involving sport, including: sport sciences, engineering, psychology, administration, sociology, history, coaching, training, physical education, physical fitness, health and recreation.

Coverage: 1830-Present,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sph
Available for trial until: Jul 31, 2011

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Social Science Research Network

April 15th, 2009 by David Michalski

Are you familiar with the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)? This open access network is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research, mainly in the form of working papers. It is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences, including business / economics, sociology, and psychology. The network has even opened specialized networks for English literature, and Philosophy.

The objective, according to the site, is to “provide worldwide distribution of research to authors and their readers and to facilitate communication among them at the lowest possible cost.” Authors are allowed to upload papers without charge, and the majority of downloads of papers from the SSRN eLibrary are free.

SSRN Social Science Research Network

Article on Journal Prices and Library Budgets

April 15th, 2009 by David Michalski

Library Journal article discusses the challenges research libraries and scholars face as budgets tighten and journal prices rise, includes survey of the average price per journal subscription.

Reality Bites: Periodicals Price Survey 2009
In the face of the downturn, libraries and publishers brace for big cuts
By Lee C. Van Orsdel & Kathleen Born — Library Journal, 4/15/2009

“As waves of grim economic news wash over state and federal governments here and abroad, libraries of all types and sizes are bracing for budget cuts the likes of which have not been seen in three generations…” Goes OpenData

April 14th, 2009 by


The Center for Responsive Politics announced on April 13 that it’s putting 200 million data records from its archive directly into the hands of citizens, activists, journalists and anyone else interested in following the money in U.S. politics. The data are available through the site’s Action Center.

To download bulk data from, users must register on the site and agree to prominently credit the Center for Responsive Politics, along with other terms of service. CRP is making its data available through a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license, which allows users to remix, tweak, build upon and share the Center’s work non-commercially. CRP will continue to offer its data to commercial users for a negotiable fee.

The following data sets, along with a user guide, resource tables and other documentation, are now available in CSV format (comma-separated values, for easy importing) through’s Action Center at

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: 195 million records dating to the 1989-1990 election cycle, tracking campaign fundraising and spending by candidates for federal office, as well as political parties and political action committees. CRP’s researchers add value to Federal Election Commission data by cleaning up and categorizing contribution records. This allows for easier totaling by industry and company or organization, to measure special-interest influence.

LOBBYING: 3.5 million records on federal lobbyists, their clients, their fees and the issues they reported working on, dating to 1998. Industry codes have been applied to this data, as well.

PERSONAL FINANCES: Reports from members of Congress and the executive branch that detail their personal assets, liabilities and transactions in 2004 through 2007. The reports covering 2008 will become available to the public in June, and the data will be available for download once CRP has keyed those reports.

527 ORGANIZATIONS: Electronically filed financial records beginning in the 2004 election cycle for the shadowy issue-advocacy groups known as 527s, which can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, labor unions and individuals. also offers a number of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to give users direct access via web programming to data displayed on Web developers are already using these APIs to display OpenSecrets data on their web pages and create mashups using live, up-to-date data.

Users can also share CRP data using’s widgets, which can be placed easily on any website or blog. New widgets for the 2010 election cycle are in development., an independent website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, continues to offer campaign financial disclosure information, data and analysis through it’s website.

New Resource: Encyclopedia of gender and society

April 13th, 2009 by David Michalski

The Library has recently acquired the long awaited Encyclopedia of gender and society, (Sage 2009) edited by Jodi O’Brien. This well constructed two volume encyclopedia provides both framing essays on major topics, such as “Economy: history of women’s participation” and more specific entries, on a wide array of social topics, such a “Cheerleading”. It is recommended to gender studies scholars as well as others seeking to apply the dimension of gender to their research. The entries are cross-referenced and elaborated with important “further reading” lists.

cover image from Sage site.

Encyclopedia of gender and society
edited by Jodi O’Brien.
Los Angeles : SAGE, c2009.
2 v. (xxxii, 976 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HQ1115 .E54 2009 Lib Use Only

“A Sage reference publication.”

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Women — Encyclopedias.
Men — Encyclopedias.
Social history — 1970- — Encyclopedias.

8 New African, African American Studies Reference Sources

April 10th, 2009 by David Michalski

The African American national biography /

New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
E185.96 .A4466 2008 Lib Use Only


Freedman, Eric.

African Americans in Congress : a documentary history /

Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2008.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
JK1021 .A47 2008 Lib Use Only


Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007

Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of
Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2008.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
E185.96 .B526 2008 Lib Use Only

image of Joseph Hayne Rainey, Representative, 1870–1879, Republican from South Carolina linked from Library of Congress.

Jones, Sharon L.(Sharon Lynette)

Critical companion to Zora Neale Hurston : a literary
reference to her life and work

New York : Facts On File, c2009.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference In


Armes, Roy.

Dictionary of African filmmakers /

Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2008.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
PN1998.2 .A758 2008 Lib Use Only


Encyclopedia of African American history, 1619-1895 : From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass /

New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
E185 .E545 2006 Lib Use Only


Encyclopedia of African American history, 1896 to the
present : from the age of segregation to the
twenty-first century

New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
E185 .E5453 2009 Lib Use Only


Encyclopedia of African religion /

Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, c2009.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference
BL2400 .E53 2009 Lib Use Only

RESOURCE: Education Today: The OECD Perspective

April 10th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


From Introduction:


This summary report is based on results from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) work produced primarily since 2002 when the Directorate for Education was created, and especially in the past 3-4 years. The background to its preparation is explained in the Foreword by Director Barbara Ischinger. The approach chosen focuses on results and policy orientations which are published and hence in the public domain. Only generalised findings about developments, policy, or practice relevant across most OECD countries have been included. So, not covered are: studies or reviews of single countries; publications which provide exchange of information on promising practice without broader analytic conclusions; work plans and programme intentions; clarifying statements of problems/ challenges/issues.


It is divided into nine sections, devised as a structure to reflect well the different areas of educational work and to bring out policy conclusions and messages. The choice of a larger number of short sections is deliberate in order to allow the key messages to emerge more clearly than they would in a smaller number of extensive “chapters”. We have also included some illustrative charts as visuals to complement the text.


It is produced entirely in modular format rather than as a continuous narrative. Each of the sections is divided into, respectively: Key findings and conclusions and Orientations for policy. Each modular text is introduced by the key message it contains or, where the module is in the form of a list of messages, these are highlighted instead. Each one also includes the title and chapter reference to the OECD report from which it comes, and these titles are brought together in an extensive but not exhaustive bibliography at the end.


In order to stay within manageable limits, this resource is highly selective of all the possible findings and policy orientations regarding education at OECD. As the included texts are removed from the fuller analyses from which they are taken, there is a natural risk of oversimplification with short conclusions taken out of their wider analytical context. For both of these reasons, therefore, it is strongly advised that users looking for more than the headline messages should refer back to the original OECD source for the fuller picture .



RESOURCE: Multicultural Literature in the United States Today

April 9th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The latest edition of eJournal USA focuses on distinguished American writers from various ethnic backgrounds who add immeasurably to mutual understanding and appreciation through tales of their native lands and their experiences as Americans.


Access: Multicultural Literature in the United States Today