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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.

Government Shutdown and Government Information

October 7th, 2013 by Patricia Inouye

The Government Shutdown has hindered finding government information on the internet. The community of Government Information librarians have been busy finding alternatives for the information that the federal government can not provide during the shutdown. Thanks to everyone who is helping find alternatives.

http://igs.berkeley.edu/library/status-of-government-websites-during-shutdown This website from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Affairs is an excellent source for the identification of unavailable website.

Private vendors of government information also have stepped up by allowing free access to their databases.

Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer – the premier US Census demographics website – for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012.

The company, policymap.com is allowing free access to their census data available even though the official Census site was down.

EBSCO is offering a free version of ERIC for the duration of the shutdown (citations and abstracts only).

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

December 12th, 2012 by David Michalski

UC Davis Scholars have access to growing collection of rare newspapers and documentary sources via The Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

Since 1973, the University Library at UC Davis has extended its collections through its membership with The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.

Learn more about the Center for Research Libraries and Explore your collections.
http://www.crl.edu/

Here is a list of newly acquired microfilm sets now available for digital delivery through Inter-Library Loan.

CRL members nominated and voted for the following sets in the 2013 program

Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily(1961–66; 1979; 1982; 1984; 1998; 2002; and 2005–06)

* 26 reels;

* Bod-ljon par Tibet Daily is the main Tibetan language newspaper published by the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet. This is a primary source for the study of Tibet over the last 50-60 years.

British Intelligence on the North-West Frontier 1901-1949: India Office Political and Secret Reports on Tribes and Terrorism. British Library and India Office Collections.

* 33 reels

* Part of the IDC series British Intelligence Files, the materials in this collection document British attempts to impose order on the tribal territories. With details of policy initiatives familiar to contemporary observers of the current events, the files describe imperial struggles with jihadist movements and show how local leaders were able to stay out of British hands. The material covers the period from the 1901 creation of the North-West Frontier Province to 1949, by which time the Province had become an administrative region of Pakistan.

This primary source is essential to understanding the modern history of Islam in Pakistan and India and valuable for research on British diplomacy and the history of attempts to deal with terrorism in the colonies.

Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe, Series Two: The Treaty of Rome and European Integration, 1957-1960

* 73 reels
* Series two of the Foreign Office Files for Post-War Europe comes in three parts and contains files from the Public Record Office Class FO 371. This set documents how the European Economic Community grew and rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Newspapers from Nazi Germany (1929–45)

* 65 reels

* Titles of newspapers:
o Völkischer Beobachter (Berlin, Germany: Norddeutsche Ausg.).
CRL will purchase: 1929–June 1940; Sept.–Dec.1940; March 1941; 1942–March 1944; 1945.
o Deutsche allgemeine Zeitung (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: Apr. 13,1929–Sept. 1929; Apr. 26–28, 1932; Mar. 10–June 17, 1933; Nov. 3–9, 1939; March 10–12, 1945.
o Der Angriff (Berlin, Germany)
CRL will purchase: May–Aug. 1932; 1934–April 24, 1945.

Knickerbocker Press Newspaper

* 190 reels
* The Knickerbocker Press Newspaper is a regional newspaper from eastern upstate New York. This area has a long history as a hub for transportation (first steamboat line, the Erie Canal, a railway hub, and the first municipal airport in the United States) thus making it ideal for commerce and industry. It also became a center of political power. At one point, this newspaper carried the most advertisements for the Albany, N.Y. area and was important to industries wishing to reach “able-to-buy” markets. The newspaper advertised itself as a quality newspaper that served “society” readers.

Papers of Emma Hart Willard, 1787-1870

* 25 reels
* This set includes personal papers and correspondence to and from the 19th-century women’s educator Emma Hart Willard.

Papers of the War Refugee Board

* 59 reels
* Established by executive order no. 9417, the War Refugee Board (WRB) aided victims of Nazi oppression. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, indexes, and related papers pertaining to the WRB policies, programs and operations in 1944 and 1945.

Qing dai Xinjiang dang an xuan ji (清代新疆档案选辑)

* 91 volumes
* These volumes present Chinese language archival materials from the First Historical Archive of China, which houses archival materials of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing governments (1644–1911). This collection is the first comprehensive published collection of archival materials regarding Xinjiang or Chinese Central Asia during the Qing period. The topics it covers are wide ranging, including but not limited to politics, social development, economic development, trade, agrarian development, labor relations, culture and religion, activities of local Islamic saints, etc. of Xinjiang.

The Rafu shimpo microfilm

* This is a continuing purchase that will be acquired in three parts:
o First part purchased, 132 reels (July 1914–49)
o Second part purchased, 143 reels (1950–79)
o Third part purchased, 129 reels (1980–2009)

* The Rafu shimpo is a Japanese-American newspaper from Los Angeles and was published both in English and Japanese. This purchase will replace fragile CRL hard copy holdings and extend CRL’s microfilm holdings. Some comments from voters revealed how important this set was for the “burgeoning field of Asian American history/studies,” as it documents the “Japanese immigrant experience in the US.”

Satirische Zeitschriften (Satirical Periodicals)

* 1355 fiche
* The editors of these German illustrated satirical periodicals defied threats and censorship to lampoon the local, national, and international situations of the time. They covered historical events that occurred from the time of Metternich through Wilhelm II to Hitler.

Sexualerleben und Körperkultur (Sexual Experience and Body Culture: Deutschsprachige Publikationen, 1880-1932.) Suppl. 1 2007

* 580 microfiches
* Sexualerleben und Körperkultur is a German language publication that was published between 1880 and 1932. This supplemental set provides a glimpse into the German culture and their views on sexual experience and modernity.

Si Fa Gong Bao (司法公报)

* 88 volumes
* This publication covers the entire run of legislative bulletin at the national level throughout the Republican Minguo period, 1912–48.

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.

Index to Reports Published in the Appendices to the Journals of the California Legislature 1905-1970.

September 21st, 2012 by Michael Winter

This recent open access eScholarship publication by UCD librarian Juri Stratford indexes a previously inaccessible collection of California Legislature reports, from 1905 to 1970.   This publicly accessible index can be found at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/42n75566.

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

Demise of “mademoiselle.”

February 24th, 2012 by Michael Winter

Bernadette Swanson found this official French government circular announcing the administrative decision to abandon “mademoiselle” as a term of address in official contexts, effective February 21st, 2012.  The same will be true of other terms of address, like “nom d’epoux” and “nom d’epouse,” which will be replaced by “nom d’usage.”  The German term “Fräulein” was officially rejected decades ago.

http://circulaire.legifrance.gouv.fr/pdf/2012/02/cir_34682.pdf

American Factfinder redesigned

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.census.gov

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,  mlmeister@ucdavis.edu or Juri Stratford, jtstratford@ucdavis.edu

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