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August 10, 2012

Edited by Michael L. Wehmeyer and Kristine W. Webb and published by Routledge in 2012, this volume is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number LC 4031 .H358 2012.

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August 10, 2012

University of Washington - Beyond High School

The UW-BHS (University of Washington-Beyond High School) project began in 1999 as a study of the impact of I-200 (the referendum that ended Affirmative Action) on minority enrollment in higher education in Washington State. Following a successful pilot survey in the spring of 2000, the project eventually included baseline and one-year follow-up surveys of almost 10,000 high school seniors in five cohorts across several school districts in the Pacific Northwest. The research objectives of the project were to: (1) describe and explain differences in the transition from high school to college by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic origins, and other characteristics, (2) evaluate of the impact of the Washington State Achievers Program, and (3) explore the implications of multiple race and ethnic identities.

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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August 10, 2012

The Communication Yearbook, published by the International Communication Association since 1977, is now available in electronic format for the years 2001-2005 and 2007 onward.  Available for most years between 1977 and 2011 in print format on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number P 87 .C5974, this title will be available as an e-book only from 2012 onward.

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July 27, 2012

At least 22 databases to which the Auburn University Libraries subscribe are in the process of migrating to a new platform created by the ProQuest company which, in turn, is in the process of taking over some of these databases from the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) and Chadwyck-Healey companies.  A list of 22 databases is included below.

Databases Affected:  ABI Inform, Aerospace Database, ASFA:  Aquatic Sciences and fisheries Abstracts, BioOne Abstracts & Indexes, Dissertations & Theses@ Auburn University, Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management, ERIC, Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, GeoRef, Hoover's Company Profiles, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), New York Times, PILOTS:  Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A & I, ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  The New York Times (1851-2008), Social Services Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, The Wall Street Journal, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts,  and Zoological Record Plus.

The new platform presents the researcher with a number of search options including federated searching (i.e., the ability to search through all 22 databases at once), selecting one or more specific databases for a search, as well as more specific limiters such as type of publication, date, etc.  To assist researchers in making efficient use of this radical redesign, the affected databases are also being grouped together into (so far) five major subject areas:  Business , Science & Technology , Social Sciences , News and Newspapers , and Dissertations and Theses .

If you need assistance with using these databases or have any other research-related questions, please see us at the Reference Desk on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library or in the two branch libraries (the Cary Veterinary Medical Library and the Library of Architecture, Design, and Construction).  We can also be reached by telephone, e-mail, computer chat service, and cell phone text (click here for details ) and you can seek subject specialist expertise (click here for details ).

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July 27, 2012

By Meherwan P. Boyce and published by Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann in 2012, this is the Fourth Edition.  This massive volume (956 pages) is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number TJ 778  .B67 2012.

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July 27, 2012

NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2003 [United States]

This study includes the federal graduation rate for all NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)  member institutions who participated in Division I or Division II sports from 1995 through 2003. It also describes the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for all Division I institutions and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) of all Division II institutions over the same period.

At their core, all three measures are based on a comparison of the number of students who entered a college or university in a given year and the number of those who graduated within six years of their initial enrollment, though each measure has a slightly different cohort definition. Federal graduation rates are based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Graduation Rates (IPEDS-GRS) which is defined as a six-year proportion of those student-athletes who graduated versus those who entered an institution on institutional aid. Federal graduation rates are included for both an institution's student-athletes and its general student body. In addition to the student-athlete data in the graduation-rates data, the Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) accounts for student-athletes who transfer into an institution while discounting student-athletes who separate from the institution and would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned. The definition of the Division II Academic Success Rate (ASR) cohort is identical to that of the GSR with the exception that it also includes freshmen who did not receive athletics aid, but did participate in athletics.

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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July 13, 2012

Material ConneXion is a resource for all disciplines of design development, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, textile design, and landscape architecture. The materials in its collection are categorized based on their chemical composition: Polymers, Naturals, Metals, Glass, Process, Ceramics, Cement-based, Carbon-based. It also includes descriptions and photographs of the materials and manufacturer's contact information.

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July 13, 2012

Edited by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino, and published by Sage Publicaitons in 2011, this eight-volume set is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number JA 61 .I58 2011.

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July 13, 2012

Afrobarometer Round 4:  The Quality of Democracy and Governance in 20 African Countries, 2008-2009

The Afrobarometer project was designed to assess attitudes toward democracy, governance, economic reform, quality of life, and civil society in several Sub-Saharan African nations, and to track the evolution of such attitudes in those nations over time. This particular survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of 20 countries: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Respondents in a face-to-face interview were asked to rate their presidents and the presidents' administration's overall performance, to state the most important issues facing their nation, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain continental and international institutions. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, whether corruption existed in local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, the media, the National Electoral Commission, and the government broadcasting service could be trusted. Respondents were polled on their knowledge of the government, including the identification of government officials, their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, their participation in national elections, the inclusiveness of the government, and the identification of causes of conflict and resources which may aid in the resolution of conflict. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondent's economic condition, and whether great income disparities were fair. Societal questions were asked of respondents concerning the meaning of being "poor" and "rich", monetary support systems, personal responsibility for success or failure, characteristics used in self-identification, methods for securing food, water, schooling, medical services, news and information, the ease of obtaining assistance for certain services, and whether problems existed with school and the local public clinic or hospital.

 Background variables include age, gender, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation and participation, political party affiliation, language spoken most at home, whether the respondent was the head of household, current and past employment status, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, language used in interview, and type of physical disability, if any. In addition, demographic information pertaining to the interviewer is provided, as well as their response to the interview and their observations of the respondent's attitude during the interview and of the interview environment.

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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June 29, 2012

Police Decision Making in Sexual Assault Cases:  An Analysis of Crime Reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, 2008

This study used a mixed-methods approach to pursue five interrelated objectives: (1) to document the extent of case attrition and to identify the stages of the criminal justice process where attrition is most likely to occur; (2) to identify the case complexities and evidentiary factors that affect the likelihood of attrition in sexual assault cases; (3) to identify the predictors of case outcomes in sexual assault cases; (4) to provide a comprehensive analysis of the factors that lead police to unfound the charges in sexual assault cases; and (5) to identify the situations in which sexual assault cases are being cleared by exceptional means. Toward this end, three primary data sources were used: (1) quantitative data on the outcomes of sexual assaults reported to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) from 2005 to 2009, (2) qualitative data from interviews with detectives and with deputy district attorneys with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office who handled sexual assault cases during this time period, and (3) detailed quantitative and qualitative data from case files for a sample of cases reported to the two agencies in 2008. For confidentiality reasons, only the quantitative data from the 2008 case files are included in this collection.

The complete case files for sexual assaults that were reported to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2008 were obtained by members of the research team and very detailed information (quantitative and qualitative data) was extracted from the files on each case. The case file included the crime report prepared by the patrol officer who responded to the crime and took the initial report from the complainant, all follow-up reports prepared by the detective to whom the case was assigned for investigation, and the detective's reasons for unfounding the report or for clearing the case by arrest or by exceptional means. The case files also included either verbatim accounts or summaries of statements made by the complainant, by witnesses (if any), and by the suspect (if the suspect was interviewed); a description of physical evidence recovered from the alleged crime scene, and the results of the physical exam (Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) exam) of the victim (if the victim reported the crime within 72 hours of the alleged assault). Members of the research team read through each case file and recorded data in an SPSS data file. There are 650 cases and 261 variables in the data file. The variables in the data file include administrative police information and charges listed on the police report. There is also information related to the victim, the suspect, and the case.

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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