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Spring Q Freshman Seminar

March 29th, 2011 by Michael Winter

New offering from the Davis Honors Challenge Freshman Seminar Program, on the  history of the book and the text in the West: “Adventures of the Book: from the Papyrus Scroll to the Cyberbook.” FRS001-021.  Instructor: Michael Winter

Expanded course description:

Vesper, Ensslin, Baader Urszenen des deutschen Terrorismus

March 28th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Gerd Koenen’s 2003 study of of Bernward Vesper, Gudrun Ensslin, and Andreas Baader. Shields Library HV6433 .G3 K64 2003.  English language article:

Adam Siegel on Lexical Borrowing

March 22nd, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

Congratulations to colleague Adam Siegel on the recent publication of his article, “Resolving an Anomaly in Balkan Lexical Borrowing: Turkish Loanwords in Serbian / Croatian,” Osmanli Arastrirmalari/The Journal of Ottoman Studies35, 2010: 245-259.

New Encyclopedias in Social and Cultural Studies

March 21st, 2011 by David Michalski

Encyclopedia of social movement media
/ John D. H. Downing, editor.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, Inc., c2011.
Description: xxvii, 602 p. ; 29 cm.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference P96.A44 E53 2011 In process

Includes bibliographical references and index as well as more than 250 essays on the varied experiences of social movement media throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Alternative mass media — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Alternative mass media — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Political aspects — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Political aspects — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias
Social movements — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Social movements — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of Asian American folklore and folklife
/ Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen M. Nadeau, editors.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2011.
Description: 3 v. (xl, 1254, I-49 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference GR111.A75 E63 2011 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Asian Americans — Folklore — Encyclopedias.
Asian Americans — Social life and customs — Encyclopedias.


The Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology
/ edited by Alan Barnard and Jonathan Spencer. 2nd ed.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
Description: xxxi, 855 p. ; 26 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference GN307 .R68 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Ethnology — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of cross-cultural school psychology
edited by Caroline Clauss-Ehlers
New York ; London : Springer, c2008, 2010
Online link
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Includes bibliographical references

Subject: School psychology — Encyclopedias
Ethnopsychology — Encyclopedias
Minority students — Psychology — Encyclopedias
Minority students — Counseling of — Encyclopedias


Encyclopedia of religion in America
edited by Charles H. Lippy, Peter W. Williams.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2010.
Four volumes ; { Access restricted to UCD IP addresses. }

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary: Encyclopedia of Religion in America examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. This authoritative four-volume reference work explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States.

Subject: North America — Religion — Encyclopedias.


Star struck : an encyclopedia of celebrity culture
/ Sam G. Riley, editor.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, c2010.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference E169.12 .S73 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subject: United States — Civilization — 1970- — Encyclopedias.
United States — Social life and customs — 1971- — Encyclopedias.
Popular culture — United States — Encyclopedias.
Celebrities — United States — Encyclopedias.
Celebrities in mass media — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — United States — Encyclopedias.
Fame — Social aspects — United States — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of U.S. political history.

Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2010.
Description: 7 v. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference E183 .E53 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. Colonial beginnings through Revolution, 1500 to 1783 / editor, Andrew W. Robertson — v. 2. The early republic, 1784 to 1840 / editor, Michael A. Morrison — v. 3. Expansion, division, and Reconstruction, 1841 to 1877 / editor, William G. Shade — v. 4. From the gilded age through age of reform, 1878 to 1920 / editor, Robert D. Johnston — v. 5. Prosperity, Depression, and war, 1921 to 1945 / editor, Robert H. Zieger — v. 6. Postwar consensus to social unrest, 1946 to 1975 / editor, Thomas S. Langston — v. 7. The clash of conservatism and liberalism, 1976 to present / editor, Richard M. Valelly.

“…explores the events, policies, people, ideas, institutions, groups, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States. With contributions from scholars in the fields of history and political science, this encyclopedia provides students, researchers, and scholars the opportunity to examine the political evolution of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. It identifies and illuminates patterns and interrelations in American political institutions, culture, and behavior. The encyclopedia is organized around seven time periods that correspond to key eras in American history. This chronological organization enables users to trace themes over time or delve deeply into the interconnected elements of a particular era.”–P. [4] of cover.

Subject:United States — Politics and government — Encyclopedias.
Political science — United States — History — Encyclopedias.
Political culture — United States — History — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of research design
/ edited by Neil J. Salkind.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, c2010.

Description : 3 v. (xxxi, 1719 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HA29 .E525 2010 Lib Use Only

Three Volumes
Includes bibliographical references and index.

“Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results. It covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research; it addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences; it provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies; and it uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases.”–Publisher’s description.

Subject: Social sciences — Statistical methods — Encyclopedias.
Social sciences — Research — Methodology — Encyclopedias.


The Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

/ Nigel Young, editor in chief.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Description:4 v. ; 29 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference JZ5533 .O95 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents v. 1. Abraham Path Initiative-Dunant, Henri — v. 2. Early Christianity and antimilitarism-Mass violence and trends — v. 3. Mead, Margaret-Rwanda — v. 4. Safe space-Zones of peace.
Peace — Encyclopedias.
Peace — Study and teaching — Encyclopedias.
War — Encyclopedias.
War and society — Encyclopedias.
Conflict (Psychology) — Encyclopedias.
Social conflict — Encyclopedias.
Conflict management — Encyclopedias.
Peace-building — Encyclopedias.

Digital Pileup

March 17th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Some have suggested that libraries need to reduce their “paper footprint.” Implicit in this view is the assumption that digital information and communication technologies are somehow greener and more sustainable than others; but this is highly questionable:

“The data centers dotting the globe, colloquially known as “server farms,” are major power users with considerable carbon footprints[…]In the United States, it’s estimated that server farms, which house Internet, business and telecommunications systems and store the bulk of our data, consume close to 3 percent of our national power supply. Worldwide, they use more power annually than Sweden. ”


Earthquakes – CRS Report

March 17th, 2011 by

Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning and Research, a February 2011 report prepared by Congressional Research Service analyzes the possibility of large economic losses from earthquake-damaged buildings and infrastructure in the United States. California alone accounts for most of the estimated annualized earthquake losses for the nation. The report discusses funding legislation for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and issues related to the Federal agencies with responsibility for assessing earthquake hazards.

This timely report is only one of many reports prepared by the Congressional Research Service, often at the request of members of congress working on pending legislation. There is no one place with archived CRS reports, however, the Open CRS makes many released reports available to the public.

Dictionnnaire du Cinema Populaire Francais Des Origines a Nos Jours

March 7th, 2011 by Michael Winter