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Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers

July 12th, 2011 by David Michalski

Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers includes scholarly work on global social, political, and economic change and its gendered effects in developing nations. This fulltext open-access repository brings together research, critical analyses, and proposals for change. GPID is part of the The Center for Gender in Global Context, or “GenCen” at Michigan State University.


New Subject Headings in the Social Sciences

July 12th, 2011 by David Michalski

These new Library of Congress Subject Heading were selected by the Anthroplogy and Sociology Subject and Bibliographic Access Committee.

Subject Headings– are a controlled list of “Tags” or “Key Words” applied to books, websites, and other items. In helping to expand one’s vocabulary, they work to open new research directions and discovery.

Subject Headings are not static– but always being refined and expanded. Here is the list of some of the lasted…

New Subject Headings in the Social Sciences
(from May 2011)

Barkhatov culture
Cancuén Site (Guatemala)
Children’s poetry, Achinese
Colo (Gorilla)
Cotehouse Farm Site (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
Hawaiian teenagers
Indian dentists
Marsoulas Cave (France)
Pryssgården Site (Sweden)
Religious discrimination
Santuario di Minerva (Breno, Italy)
Senuwar Site (India)
Travelers’ writings, Hebrew
Travelers’ writings, Peruvian
Wood sculpture, Micronesian
Zuni painting
Arcóbriga (Extinct city)
Bashada (African people)
Bathampton Down Site (England)
Bric San Vito Site (Italy)
Mmaala language
Navajo youth
Remo (African people)
Transgender athletes
Women Olympic athletes
Awlad Ali (Arab people)
Criminal investigation (International law)
Defense (International criminal procedure)
Evidence, Criminal (International law)
Folk drama, Bhojpuri
Folk drama, Philippine
Genocide (International law)
Hát then (Rite)
Hdi (African people)
Human trafficking (International law)
Lên đòng (Rite)
Terrorism (International law)

ANNOUNCEMENT: UCSB Launches Digital Library

July 11th, 2011 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) recently launched a new digital library, making images and audio recordings from the Special Collections Department of UCSB’s Davidson Library freely available online. The digital library currently contains approximately 3,000 items, with more being added regularly.

Current formats in the collection include historic and artistic photographs, poster prints, music scores, audio recordings, videos, and picture discs. Among the highlights are photographs from Ghana, Britain, and Australia from 1910 to 1921; poster prints from contemporary San Francisco artists; picture discs from the 1940s; and artistic photographs of California and the United States from 1970 to 1990.

The collection also includes a geolocation feature, allowing researchers to view satellite images and street views of image locations through Google Maps. There is also an advanced search feature that allows users to find all items by proximity to a specific location—an address, a city or state, or geographic coordinates.

A collaborative effort with assistance from audio and scanning technicians, faculty members, librarians, and even scholars from the community who access the material and contact the library with additional information about items, the digital library is available at

ANNOUNCEMENT: Free PDF E-books from National Academies Press

July 11th, 2011 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The National Academies—National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council—are committed to distributing their reports to as wide an audience as possible. Since 1994 they have offered “Read for Free” options for almost all their titles. In addition, they have been offering free downloads of most of their titles to everyone and of all titles to readers in the developing world. They are now going one step further. Effective June 2nd, PDFs of reports that are currently for sale on the National Academies Press (NAP) Website and PDFs associated with future reports* will be offered free of charge to all Web visitors.

For more than 140 years, the NAS, NAE, IOM, and NRC have been advising the nation on issues of science, technology, and medicine. Like no other collection of organizations, the Academies enlist the nation’s foremost scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts to address the scientific and technical aspects of society’s most pressing problems. The results of their work are authoritative and independent studies published by the National Academies Press.

NAP produces more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the best-informed views on important issues.

They invite you to visit the NAP homepage and experience the new opportunities available to access their publications. There you can sign up for MyNAP, a new way for us to deliver all of our content for free to loyal subscribers like you and to reward you with exclusive offers and discounts on their printed books. This enhancement to our free downloads means that we can reach out even further to inform government decision making and public policy, increase public education and understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.

*There are a small number of reports that never had PDF files and, therefore, those reports are not available for download. In addition, part of the series, “Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals” are not be available in PDF and future titles in this series will also not have PDFs associated with them.

New Resource Roundup

July 5th, 2011 by David Michalski

The University Library has access to these electronic resources:

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (On the Gale platform.)

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library. The collection includes more than 1000 pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period. The collection covers more than 200 years of accounts from newspapers from England, Ireland, Scotland and a handful of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. The original Burney volumes are now in a fragile condition and have been restricted from ordinary reading room use. Up until now, the only access has been through microfilm. This digital collection will put these early newspapers into the hands of scholars and researchers, opening up new areas of study in English history as well as in many other areas.

19th Century U.S Newspapers (On the Gale platform.)

Provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects. The majority of the newspapers have never before been accessible online.

Archives Unbound: Global Missions and Theology (On the Gale platform.)

This collection documents the broad range of nineteenth century religious missionary activities, practices and thought in the United States by reproducing pivotal personal narratives, organizational records and biographies of the essential leaders, simple missionaries and churches.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX (On the JSTOR platform.)

With a minimum of 150 titles available by the end of 2012, the Arts & Sciences IX Collection widens JSTOR’s coverage in business and the social sciences. Journals from over 25 countries provide outstanding international diversity, and rare materials bring unique depth to the collection, with research covering archaeology, anthropology, sociology, business, economics, population studies, and political science.

Pravda Digital Archive 1912-2009 (On the East View platform.)

Pravda (or “Truth”) was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991, when Boris Yeltsin signed a decree closing Pravda down. Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Pravda originated as an underground, daily workers’ newspaper, and soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement.

After the collapse of the USSR, nationalist and communist journalists intermittently published a print newspaper and an online newspaper under the name Pravda . Today, Pravda represents the oppositional stance of the Communist Party in the Russian Federation.

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TTL) Online
(On the de Gruyter platform)

This is the largest dictionary of the Latin language encompassing the use of Latin from its origin to the 7th century A.D. The entries list every single known occurrence of Latin words together with precise citations. This is a unique and indispensable tool for scholars dealing with any subject that relates to the Latin language. I.e. Classics, History, Literature, Linguistics, French, Italian, Spanish (these languages – among a couple of others – originate from Latin). It is also a tool for even the life and biomedical sciences that use Latin vocabularies. The project that produced the print version of this source started at the end of the 19th century and is still going on; the planned completion will be in 2050.

The online edition of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is published by De Gruyter and provides access to the contents of all lexicon articles published up to 2008 (that is the letters A–M, O, P–pomifer, porta–pulso), the articles in the Onomasticon volumes (letters C and D), the Index librorum and the Praemonenda de rationibus et usu operis, a multilingual introduction to the printed version of the Thesaurus. The content of TTL online is thus identical to that of the printed version of the Thesaurus. Each year the contents of the newly printed fascicles will be added to the database.

World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean (On the Gale platform.)

This multidisciplinary resource will include a comprehensive range of content for the region, providing research across the humanities, both for current Latin America and the Caribbean and as a historical perspective back through the colonial period.

Elements include:

· A combination of contemporary and historical documents designed to reveal a true depiction of the nature, integrity and culture of Latin America.

· Documents in multiple languages

· Historical and contemporary maps