Archive for the 'Resources' Category

May 17, 2013

Points of View Reference Center  provides essays that present multiple sides on current issues. The full text pieces are categorized by format: "points of view", periodicals, newspapers, books, transcripts, reference and images.

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May 17, 2013

Public Health Law Research Distracted Driving Laws Dataset, 2000-2011

This project compiled state and District of Columbia laws regulating the use of mobile communication devices (MCD) by individuals operating motor vehicles and coded some of the laws' features in a data file.

The data file contains information about prohibitions against talking or texting on a MCD for different groups of drivers:

  • 16 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 16 year old drivers
  • 17 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 17 year old drivers
  • 18 year old drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All 18 year old drivers
  • All drivers with provisional or beginner licenses
  • All drivers

For each of these groups, the coded features include the date each provision against talking or texting on a MCD went into effect, whether there is hands-free exception to the prohibition, whether there is a primary or secondary method of enforcement, and the minimum and maximum fines for the first, second, and third violations. The data file is structured so that each record reflects the coded features of relevant law at a given month. Thus, every state and the District of Columbia has 144 records in the file, one for each month from January 2000 to December 2011.

A separate PDF file contains the text of the laws.

This dataset is available through the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database which provides search and browsing access to abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data. Search or browse title of study, principal investigator, words in abstract, or study number. Browse major research categories..  Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data.

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information concerning ICPSR .

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May 3, 2013

Optics Infobase is a repository of optics research providing access to the full-text Optical Society of America e-journals to which Auburn University Libraries subscribes.

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May 3, 2013

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, Media History, and the Foundation of Media Studies is edited by Angharad M. Valdivia and published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013.   This six-volume set is available in electronic format.

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April 19, 2013

The Auburn University Libraries have produced a digital collection of school catalogs dating from 1860 to 1904.  The collection includes catalogs from the East Alabama Male College, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, and the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, all predecessors of Auburn University.

The catalogs provide course information, lists of names of faculty members and students, admissions criteria, expected costs, graduates, board members, rules of conduct, and images of campus life.

The Auburn University Historical Catalogs Collection is a project of Special Collections and Archives in cooperation with the Systems Department.  The collection is part of the Auburn University Digital Library which is accessible via the Auburn University Libraries homepage (just click on the Digital Collections link located under the Quick Links heading center bottom of the screen).

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April 19, 2013

Milestone Documents in African American History:  Exploring the Essential Primary Sources

Edited by Paul Finkelman and published by the Schlager Group in 2010, this four-volume set is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number E 184.6 .M55 2010.

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April 19, 2013

The Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection provides coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, and economic aspects of tourism.  Covers literature published from 1980 onward.

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April 5, 2013

Grove Art Online is a reference source covering all aspects and time periods of art worldwide.  Please NOTE access to this database is limited to three simultaneous users.

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April 5, 2013

By Jorge Armony and Patrik Vuilleumier and published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, this large volume is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number QP360 .C337 2013.

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March 22, 2013

Edited by Spencer C. Tucker and others, this is the Second Edition.  Published in 2011 by ABC-CLIO, this four-volume set is located on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number DS 557.7 .E53 2011.

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