October 26th, 2012 by Marcia Meister
On October 26, 1962, 50 years ago today, the United States was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis following the discovery earlier in the month of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the crisis the United States raised the readiness level of SAC forces to DEFCON 2. For the only confirmed time in U.S. history, the B-52 bombers were dispersed to various locations and made ready to take off, fully equipped, on 15 minutes’ notice.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major cold war era confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that threatened to become a nuclear conflict.
Research this event in the Digital National Security Archive collections. The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) collects and digitizes declassified U.S. government documents. The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 collection includes documents from the State Department, the National Security Council, and U.S. embassies abroad, the President and his advisors. The UC Davis Libraries have access to DNSA.
Digital National Security Archive
Cuban Missile Crisis (direct link to collection) – search collection by keyword, date, name, organization, participants)
Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited (direct link to collection) – Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
Below is an excerpt of a top secret internal paper from Oct 26, 1962 detailing options available to the United States. Click on image to go directly to the archive.
September 14th, 2012 by Marcia Meister
The Constitution is 225 years old on September 17, 2012. Constitution Day celebrates the day in 1787 when delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution. In recognition of Constitution Day we have an online exhibit and guide to resources about the Constitution. See the libguide, Constitution Day.
Read University of California President Yudof’s Constitution Day message
June 11th, 2012 by Marcia Meister
The Library now has access to the full archive of Vogue (U.S. edition) going all the way back to 1892 through the current month. Each page in Vogue has been reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date. The stunning cover images can be viewed in full color. The cover image shown is from June 1928.
Check this rich resource for fashion images, historical and cultural studies from the link in the list of databases A-Z or directly here – the Vogue Archive.
December 22nd, 2011 by Marcia Meister
The familiar version of American Factfinder will be discontinued January 20, 2012.
Data from the 2005-2010 American Community Survey, 2005-2010 Puerto Rico Community Survey, 2006-2009 Annual Population Estimates, and 2004-2010 Economic Census and Annual Surveys are available at factfinder2.census.gov. Datasets for earlier years will be available in an archived format.
The new version of American Factfinder will become the “official” source for the latest Census data.
Factfinder2 is quite a bit different in looks and functionality from the original American Factfinder Census data delivery system.
We’ll try to help you with Census data from the new and legacy American Factfinder. Please contact us:
Marcia Meister, firstname.lastname@example.org or Juri Stratford, email@example.com
Factfinder2 home page image below:
November 15th, 2011 by Marcia Meister
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web application (app), which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of Congress. Based on the Guide to the House and Senate Members and information in the Congressional Pictorial Directory, the app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. Additionally, users can search by first and last name.
Of the new app, Public Printer Bill Boarman says, “GPO has experienced an incredible transformation in its 150 year history from handset type to handheld devices. We are very excited to release our first app for the public and provide a tool that will connect the public with Members of Congress. GPO looks forward to developing more apps in the future to provide the public with new options for accessing Government information.”
To access the app on your mobile device, go to <http://m.gpo.gov/memberguide> or scan the QR code with your mobile device that is available at <http://www.gpo.gov/mobile/>.
* iPad or iPhone (iOS 4.3.3 or higher)
* Android devices (Android 2.1 or higher)
* Blackberry devices (Blackberry 6.0 or higher)
November 15th, 2011 by Marcia Meister
FDsys is GPO’s (Government Printing Office) Federal Digital System – America’s Authentic Government Information. FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. You can search or browse for publications and documents, download in multiple formats, and access the metadata about publications. FDsys is now the access point for U.S. government information; GPO Access, the system in place since 1994, has been archived as of November 2011 and all new content will now be updated on FDsys. Primary legal and congressional documents such as the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Register, the United States Code, Public Laws, the Congressional Record, congressional hearings and committee reports, are authenticated, archived, and can be searched or browsed throught the FDsys interface.
What is FDsys? (video from University of Colorado, Boulder)
What is FDsys (flyer from GPO)
November 15th, 2011 by Marcia Meister
The Congressional Budget Office has compiled the data and published a new report: Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.
The CBO finds that between 1997 and 2007, income grew by:
- 275 percent for the top 1 percent of households,
- 65 percent for the next 19 percent,
- Just under 40 percent for the next 60 percent, and
- 18 percent for the bottom 20 percent.
So, now when you hear that income disparity is growing in the United States, you’ll have evidence from the Congressional Budget Office that after-tax income did grow more for highest-income households.
Find this and other CBO publications here: http://www.cbo.gov/publications/
Congressional Budget Office online publications are included in the UCD Library Harvest Catalog.
September 12th, 2011 by Marcia Meister
The Berg Fashion Library is an online portal providing access to Berg collections, including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, e-books from Berg Publishing about fashion and clothing, reference works, images and more. It also indexes and includes links to journal articles in Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice and Textile. There are 1,600 Images from the V&A Museum’s internationally renowned fashion collection and 500 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Collection were recently added with more images coming in 2012.
This large amount of content makes the Berg Fashion Library a wonderful resource for the study of fashion, clothing and culture over time and across regions and cultures. Berg Fashion Library has both quick and advanced searching capabilities.
Access this resource through the A-Z list of databases, or directly here. As with all licensed databases, off campus users will need to use the VPN.
March 17th, 2011 by Marcia Meister
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.