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Free Access to World Bank Data

April 21st, 2010 by Juri Stratford

The World Bank Group is now offering free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers.

Researchers may access the World Bank’s databases via a new website,

The World dataBank provides a similar interface to the earlier WDI Online. It includes World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Africa Development Indicators and Global Economic Monitor.

CQ Researcher – new issue on Earthquake Threat

April 15th, 2010 by

CQ Researcher is an invaluable resource for students and researchers seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on current issues.  CQ Researcher publishes four issues a month, each issue featuring one theme, usually a current or controversial topic.  The articles present a summary, overview, background, current situation, projections, charts or graphs, chronology, pro/con debate, bibliography and contact information for further research as well as information on action in Congress. 

A recent issue on Earthquake Threat:  is the U.S. Ready for a Seismic Catastrophe?, April 9, 2010, was prepared following the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, and analyzes the state of U.S. preparedness. 

The most recent Researcher is Revising No Child Left Behind Can Obama’s blueprint fix Bush’s education policies?

Search and view previous CQ Researcher’s online by using the Advanced Search form, or by Browsing by Topic or Date.  Our online subscription goes back to 1991.  Previously titled, Editorial Research Reports, available in the library for the dates 1963-1990.


New Reference Book – The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

April 13th, 2010 by

The new Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History has been added to the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Reference Collection.  The two volume set is edited by Michael Kazin with alphabetical entries written by different contributors.


Hum/SS Reference  E .183. P85 2010

Meister Eckhart manuscript fragment discovered

April 5th, 2010 by Michael Winter

A sheet of 14th century parchment previously known only as a fragment from an anonymous mystical treatise has been identified as the oldest known text authored by the German mystic Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)/Ein Pergamentblatt aus dem 14. Jahrhundert, bisher nur als “Bruchstück aus einem mystischen Traktat” bekannt, konnte jetzt als ältestes Fragment einer Predigt des mittelalterlichen Theologen Meister Eckhart identifiziert werden

Natural History of Food? Here’s Where to Start

April 2nd, 2010 by David Michalski

Encyclopedia of food and culture /
New York : Scribner/Thomson Gale, c2003.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference GT2850 .E53 2003 Lib Use Only

The Oxford companion to American food and drink /
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference TX349 .O94 2007 Regular Loan

Davidson, Alan,1924-2003.
The Oxford companion to food /
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Shields Library Bio/Ag Reference TX349 .D38 2006 Lib Use Only

McLean, Jack.
The compendium of nosh /
London : John Murray, 2006.
Shields Library TX349 .M43 2006 Regular Loan

Smith, Andrew F.,1946-
Encyclopedia of junk food and fast food /
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference TX370 .S63 2006 Lib Use Only

Encyclopedia of agricultural, food, and biological engineering /
New York : Marcel Dekker, 2003.
Shields Library Bio/Ag Reference TP368.2 .E57 2003 Lib Use Only

Larousse gastronomique
New York : Clarkson Potter, c2001.
Shields Library TX349 .L365 2001 Regular Loan

The Cambridge world history of food
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Carlson Health Sci Library Reference WA11 A1 C25 2000 Lib Use Only

Davidson, Alan,1924-2003.
The Oxford companion to food
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference TX349 .D38 1999 Lib Use Only

Gay, Kathlyn
Encyclopedia of North American eating & drinking traditions, customs, & rituals
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1996.
Shields Library GT2853.U5 G39 1996 Regular Loan

David Michalski
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
University of California, Davis