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RESOURCE: Oregon Multicultural Archives Digital Collection

August 31st, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


 Ethnic minorities in Oregon are the subject of this Oregon State University Library website and the collection “consists of images that document the lives and activities of ethnic minorities in Oregon.” With its streamlined homepage, visitors can focus on the collection and how to search or browse through it. Visitors are also welcome to contribute information on any unidentified photographs, by clicking on “Contact Us”, near the bottom of the homepage. In addition, visitors can also click on the “Browse” link to see every one of the 239 items in the collection. Those users with something more specific in mind should use the “Quick Links” drop down box in the top right hand corner of the homepage. Some of the subject areas that can be searched for are “African Americans”, “Indians of North America”, “Mexican Americans”, “Political Parades and Rallies”, and “Powwows”. The “Indexes” available to search are organized into headings like “Photographer”, “Subject” and “Geographic”, and they can be found below the “Quick Links” drop down box.



RESOURCE: The Civil War in America from The Illustrated London News

August 31st, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Most people may have a sense of how American newspapers reported on the Civil War, but how did journalists over in London approach this four year conflict? The people at the Beck Center at Emory University, in collaboration with Sandra J. Still and Emily E. Katt, created this digital archive of the Illustrated London News during the Civil War years. The initial phase of this archive began in 1988 when Still and Katt began to collect the ten bound volumes of the Illustrated London News that they would eventually digitize with the assistance of the Beck Center. On the homepage, visitors can look over the various articles from the London News by clicking on the “Articles” area and then view the accompanying illustrative material that accompanied each article in the “Illustrations” area of the site. Visitors are also welcome to search the entire text or illustrations via a convenient search engine.



RESOURCE: The Global Terrorism Database

August 31st, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2007 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as transnational and international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 80,000 cases. For each GTD incident, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and—when identifiable—the group or individual responsible.


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is making the GTD available via this online interface in an effort to increase understanding of terrorist violence so that it can be more readily studied and defeated.


Characteristics of the GTD


  • *Contains information on over 80,000 terrorist attacks
  • *Currently the most comprehensive unclassified data base on terrorist events in the world
  • *Includes information on more than 27,000 bombings, 12,000 assassinations, and 2,900 kidnappings since 1970
  • *Includes information on at least 45 variables for each case, with more recent incidents including information on more than 120 variables
  • *Supervised by an advisory panel of 12 terrorism research experts
  • *Over 3,500,000 news articles and 25,000 news sources were reviewed to collect incident data from 1998 to 2007 alone



United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encyclopedia of camps and ghettos

August 28th, 2009 by David Michalski

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum encyclopedia of camps and ghettos, 1933-1945
[general editor, Geoffrey P. Megargee].

Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press : [Washington, D.C.] : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference D805.A2 U55 2009 Lib Use Only


Concentration camps — Europe — Encyclopedias.
World War, 1939-1945 — Concentration camps — Europe — Encyclopedias.

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this is the modern world…

August 28th, 2009 by David Michalski

The Oxford encyclopedia of the modern world : [1750 to the present]
Peter N. Stearns, editor in chief.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

8 Volumes

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference D205 .O94 2008 Lib Use Only

Aborigines-business — Cairo-dust — Earth Day-heart disease — Hebrew language and literature-luxury — Macau-Oxfam — Pachinko-skyscrapers — Slave rebellions, American-white slavery — Wildlife-Zulu War ; index.

History, Modern — Encyclopedias.
Civilization, Modern — Encyclopedias.

From publisher’s web site…”
The breadth of knowledge offered within this multivolume set is astounding, with features spanning articles on countries, regions, and ethnic groups; themes involving social history, demography, family life, politics, economics, religion, thought, education, science and technology, and culture; events such as major wars; and extensive coverage of the United States. Detailed articles cover not only the major facts but the interpretations as well and are written for readers who are not specialists in the particular area. Enriched with over 800 halftones and 50 maps, this reference work is essential for any scholar, general reader, collector or curator interested in this rich and varied time in history…”

Encyclopedia of human relationships

August 28th, 2009 by David Michalski

Encyclopedia of human relationships
Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher, [editors].
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, c2009.
3 volumes

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HM1106 .E53 2009 Lib Use Only

Interpersonal relations — Encyclopedias.
Social interaction — Encyclopedias.

ARTSTOR: New features make it easier to teach with images

August 26th, 2009 by Daniel Goldstein

Save details to image groups
In response to feedback from our user community, ARTstor has released two new features in the Digital Library. You will now see an icon in the ARTstor Image Viewer that allows you to zoom in and save a particular detail of an image to an image group. With this new feature, full views and multiple details of an image may appear together in any given group, as well as be exported for use in the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) or PowerPoint. This ability to save and share multiple views of the same image helps to meet the many teaching, research, and presentation needs of the ARTstor community.
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Nested folders

ARTstor has also enhanced the functionality of folders in the Digital Library. Instructor-level users can now create nested sub-folders that can be moved easily from one folder to another by dragging and dropping. For example, you can build draft versions of your image groups in a private folder and simply drag them to a public folder when they are ready to be shared. The addition of nested folders allows you to organize ARTstor content in ways that are meaningful and intuitive to you
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CIA OIG Report on Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (September 2001-October 2003)

August 26th, 2009 by

The CIA Special Review of Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities.

As widely reported in the press, the CIA Office of Inspector General has just released material on past detention practices in the ‘War on Terrorism’. The release of this material came about following a FOIA request by the American Civil Liberties Union, and a copy of the OIG report (along with supplemental documents) is currently available on their website.

RESOURCE: U.S. Department of Education: Doing What Works

August 24th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Educators across the United States are always looking for compelling new resources to use in the classroom, and this fine website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education delivers high-quality resources for just that purpose. The Doing What Works website contains content based on the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ “What Works” clearinghouse. First-time visitors can orient themselves by playing the informational video featured on the homepage. After that, they can click on the “Find What Works!” area to learn about resources in the fields of early childhood education, English, math and science, and the psychology of learning. After making a foray into those areas, visitors can click on the “Featured Content” section, and then maybe take a guided tour of the features on the site. Visitors are also encouraged to sign up for updates and to sign up to access the Digital Teacher Workshop.



Anthropology 152: Human Evolution

August 6th, 2009 by Michael Winter

6 August 2009
Shields Library Instruction Room
ANT152 Human Evolution

Part 1. Locating known item. Periodical article.

  • McHenry, H.M. (1994). Behavioral Ecological Implication of early hominid body size. Journal of Human Evolution 27, 77-87.
  • Begossi, Alpina. (1992). The use of optimal foraging theory in the understanding of fishing strategies: A case from Sepetiba Bay (Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil). Human Ecology 20, 4: 463-475.

Sidebar: see “Anatomy of a Citation.”

Step 1: Choose Database/Subject Guides

  • Anthropology Plus
  • Biosis Previews

Step 2: Dealing with a zero posting (i.e. failure)–typos and other errors are common. Question:
What’s wrong with this picture (i.e. where’s the error in the cite?)

Step 3: try truncation/wildcard strategy: search root or stem of a word with # or *

Part 2. Locating known item: book. S.L. Washburn, ed. (1961). Social Life of Early Man. Chicago:
Aldine Publishing Company.

Step 1: Harvest Library Catalog for items held at UCD

Note: Catalogs contain records for items like books, maps, videos, etc–but not for articles, chapters, etc. I.e. for items added as wholes, not their constituent parts.

Melvyl: for items held at any of the 10 UC campuses

WorldCat for national and international coverage

Part 3. Topic search (or, alternatively put, search for item not yet known)

Step 1. Sidebar: Your interests? Review course materials. talk to instructor, browse an encyclopedia, a periodical index, consult a reference librarian.

Step 2. Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT)

Sample Biosis Previews search with limits

Optimal foraging theory 65
–anthropology 13
–Behavioral 20
–Article (document type) 15

Step 3. Paper A identified, “Use of OFT in fishing.” Skim abstract. Stay in Biosis Previews, click on title field.

Step 4. Skim paper——UC e-Links to go to Paper A.

Part 4. The Citation Trail.

Step 1. Need 3 refs cited by Paper A. (I.e. in Paper A’s bibliography)

Step 2. Locate the 3 cited papers. Back to UC e-Links

Step 3. Now find 3 papers citing/that cite Paper A

Sidebar: Reversing time’s arrow: “cited by” vs. “citing.”

When we look for the papers that cite Paper A, we start with Paper A’s date of publication, and we look forward in time—since the papers that eventually cite Paper A are still unwritten/unpublished when Paper A was published.

Citation Status of paper Direction of time’s arrow

  • Cited papers Back to past
  • Citing papers Forward to future

Michael Winter
Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian
288 Shields Library
100 NW Quad
UC Davis