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Congressional Record and Bills Online

September 15th, 2015 by Juri Stratford

The Library now has access to complete runs of the Congressional Record and the the Congressional Bills online.

The Congressional Record is a substantially verbatim account of remarks made during the proceedings of the House and Senate. It has been published by the Government Printing Office (GPO) since 1873. The Congressional Record is available through the UC Davis Mabie Law Library’s subscription through HeinOnline. This includes the bound Congressional Record for Vols. 1-157 pt. 10 (1873-2011) (43rd Congress, Special Session to 112th Congress, 1st Session) and the Congressional Record Daily Vols. 126-161 (1980-2015). The predecessors to the Congressional Record are also available through Heinonline.

The University Library also purchased the ProQuest Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions, 1789-present.

California’s Droughts: Past and Present

May 5th, 2015 by Juri Stratford

Although weather conditions constantly change, drought has been a recurring certainty in California’s climate for thousands of years as revealed by tree rings and geological records. The Department of water Resources has issued a new report, “California’s Most Significant Droughts: Comparing Historical and Recent Conditions,” with a wealth of information about California’s climate and lessons learned from previous droughts that may have a bearing on how Californians cope with the current drought.

The report was prepared by Jeanine Jones, DWR Deputy Drought Manager and Interstate Resources Manager. It compares the severity and impacts of California’s most significant droughts – 1929 to 1934, 1976 to 1977 and 1987 to 1992 – and also details the ongoing drought, which began in 2012.

The report covers a wide range of issues and highlights the need for better data about groundwater conditions, improved drought prediction capability and better drought preparedness for small water systems as California’s climate changes to drier and warmer conditions. The “California’s Most Significant Droughts” report can be accessed here.

Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Report on Torture and the CIA

December 19th, 2014 by Juri Stratford

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released the executive summary of its “Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.” The Senate release includes a 6-page foreword by committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a 19-page list of 20 specific Findings and Conclusions, and a 499-page Executive Summary which details the development of the torture program after 9/11.

The official release of the report is available through FDSys.

Additional background information on the report is available through the National Security Archive.

DVDs at Reserves

July 22nd, 2013 by Juri Stratford

The Shields Library has a DVD collection supporting campus research and instruction. The DVD collection is housed in Shields Library Reserves and  includes titles in the area of foreign and independent cinema, as well as some notable television programs and some mainstream Hollywood motion pictures.

Most DVDs are available for 3 day loan.  Use the “Advanced” search screen for the UC Davis Harvest Catalog to limit your search to DVDs held by Shields Reserve.  DVDs can be searched by actor or director as well as by title or subject.  Please ask at the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Department for more information.

Listed below is a representative selection of DVD titles recently acquired by the Shields Library.

Buena Vista Social Club
The African Queen
Once Upon a Time in the West
Paths of Glory
Mystery Train
The Hurt Locker
Two in the Wave
The Social Network
Trois Couleurs (Blue, White, Red)
Downton Abbey [Season One]
A Night to Remember


New Zealand-American Partnership to Save “Lost” American Films

June 8th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation announced a partnership to preserve a collection of 75 American motion pictures that no longer survive in the United States.

The “lost” films will be preserved over the next three years and accessed through the five major American silent film archives: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which are collaborating with the NFPF on this project. Copies of the complete films will also be publicly available in New Zealand and viewable on the NFPF Web site

Only a fraction, probably fewer than 20%, of the American films created during the first four decades of the motion picture still survive in the United States. American silent films, however, had a worldwide popularity, and many works discarded in the United States survive abroad as distribution prints that were salvaged decades ago at the end of theatrical runs. The Library of Congress has estimated that roughly one-third of American silent-era features that survive in complete form exist only in archives in other countries.

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

June 7th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

Established in 1982, the TV Archive preserves over 4000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other programs produced locally in the Bay Area and Northern California between 1939-2005. It is part of SF State Library’s Department of Special Collections.

The archive is currently working on a project funded in part by a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant, administered by the California State Library, to digitize, preserve and make available over 100 hours of 16mm film from the collection. The archive is also collaborating with KQED to make another 30 hours of civil rights related material available, as part of the American Archive Pilot Program.

UCLA Preserved Silent Animation

June 7th, 2010 by Juri Stratford

Although best-known for its restoration of feature films, UCLA Film & Television Archive has been preserving animated films for more than three decades, with over one hundred titles to its credit. The short subjects, trailers, and promotional films presented here provide a representative sampling of that work. They have been preserved from best-surviving and sole-surviving 35mm nitrate and 16mm prints, showcasing many forms of animation spanning the entire silent film era.

It has been estimated that eighty- to ninety-percent of all silent films–not just animation, but feature films and other short subjects, as well–have been lost to neglect, mishandling, vault fires, and nitrate decomposition. Given those figures, it’s fortunate that UCLA has as much silent animation as it does.

Some of the films offered up on this website include “Felix the Cat”, the “Inkwell Imps”, and “Aesop’s Film Fables”. Visitors are lucky enough to be able to view online or download 11 animated films from the library’s collection. While watching the films, visitors can listen to the preservation commentary, or listened to the music for each film composed by Michael D. Mortilla, who has played music for silent films for the Silent Society. Visitors can learn more about Michael D. Mortilla by reading the “About the Music” link. There are also film notes and an historical overview that visitors can read for each film. Researchers or interested parties will find a 15-page study guide of films and works about silent films available as a PDF. This helpful document is conveniently located at the bottom of the homepage.

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, data.worldbank.org.

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.

Understanding Economic Statistics: an OECD Perspective

September 22nd, 2009 by Juri Stratford

This volume describes how to use economic statistics in general and OECD statistics in particular. It introduces the main concepts used by statisticians and economists to measure economic phenomena and provides tables and charts with relevant data.

The book describes the production of international statistics and the availability of the data on the Internet. Chapters include coverage of the demand for economic statistics; basic concepts, definitions and classifications; the main producers of economic statistics; and assessing the quality of economic statistics.

This volume is freely available online through the OECD web site.

Placing DVD’s and VHS’s on Course Reserve

September 16th, 2009 by Juri Stratford

Reserve Services, located in Peter J. Shields Library, makes available course material, audio visual material, campus and departmental publications, high use reference materials and library material which needs protection not offered by the general stacks.

The majority of items formerly housed at Hart Hall Media Distribution Lab are now cataloged and housed in Library Reserves. However, some media titles are no longer available because of format or copyright standards.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions on Requesting Media for Reserves for more information.