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New Resources – More!

July 2nd, 2014 by Marcia Meister

The following new resources or databases were recently added. They will be included in the list of databases, the Harvest Catalog, and our Subject Guides.

British Periodicals (Proquest; late 17th Century to early 20th Century)

Trench Journals and Unit Magazines (Proquest) WWI Journals

Congressional Research Digital Collection – Congressional Research Service Reports (Proquest; CRS Reports 2004-2010)

Colonial State Papers (Chadwyck-Healy/Proquest)

Twentieth Century Parliamentary Papers

New Resources & Databases!

July 1st, 2014 by Marcia Meister

The following new resources have been licensed for UC or UC Davis users.  They will be added to our Subject Guides, the Harvest Catalog and to our list of Databases.

Gale Archival Collections:

Adam Matthew:

Oxford:
Oxford  Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine

Oxford Handbooks Online – New or renewed

Database trial – Statista

May 28th, 2014 by Marcia Meister

The Library has a trial for a new database called Statista for a short time.

Access Statista   (http://www.statista.com)

Statista is a portal that includes data from government agencies, business and associations.  It integrates data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single  platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista.com provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.  One of the features of Statista is the infographics – data can be visualized in charts, and can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

While historical and time series data are not a focus of Statista, the metadata about each table provides all the necessary information to go to the table’s source, where historical information may be available.

Comments?  Please let me know what you think.

Marcia Meister, mlmeister@ucdavis.edu

PolicyMap trial ends soon

November 20th, 2013 by Marcia Meister

The library has a trial for a newish product called PolicyMap until Nov 30.

PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications for college students and faculty.  It is used in undergraduate and graduate curriculums and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others.    In the academic environment, PolicyMap enables students to concentrate on their subject matter rather than having to spend time learning a GIS tool.   PolicyMap is web-based and geared toward users who may not be GIS experts but want to be able to analyze large amounts of data quickly and produce maps, tables, charts and reports with a minimal learning curve for the application itself.

Please give it a spin.  Let me know if this is something we might want to license.

Warren Commission Report on Kennedy assassination now available online

November 19th, 2013 by Marcia Meister

The Warren Commission Report has just been made available on the Government Printing Office FDsys digital system.

As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX.  Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.

GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.

The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.

Link to Warren Commission Report (the report is a huge file so will take time to download): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf

Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm

Europa World Plus Online – New Resource!

October 11th, 2013 by Marcia Meister

The Library has recently added a subscription to a key reference database – Europa World Plus.  Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series.  First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world’s leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.

In addition to summary information about countries, for each country Europa includes basiClick here for a clickable world mapc country statistics and profile, and directories of government and politics, society and media and business and commerce.  Recent political events and recent election are featured on the home page.

Cuban Missile Crisis Documents

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.

Constitution Day – September 17

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

Vogue Archive

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.

Social Explorer license

January 12th, 2012 by Marcia Meister

The library has licensed a new resource which provides easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information.

Social Explorer : http://www.socialexplorer.com/pub/home/home.aspx

From the description:

The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze and understand demography and social change. In addition to being a comprehensive data resource, Social Explorer also offers features and tools to meet the needs of both demography experts and novices. From research libraries to classrooms to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer is helping people engage with society and science.

Key content
  • Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data:
    • Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010.
    • The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release.
    • All annual updates from the American Community Survey.
    • InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly).
    • The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.)
    • Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project.
  • Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available.
  • Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).