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May 13, 2011

Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data [United States]:  County-Level Detailed Arrest and Offense Data, 2008

This data collection contains county-level counts of arrests and offenses for Part I offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft, and arson) and counts of arrests for Part II offenses (forgery, fraud, embezzlement, vandalism, weapons violations, sex offenses, drug and alcohol abuse violations, gambling, vagrancy, curfew violations, and runaways).

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 13, 2011

Beginning May 2, users of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database will have additional options for logging in.  Researchers wishing to download data or access other ICPSR functions that require authentication will be able to use their Google or Facebook account.  The new log-in screen will look like this .

Benefits of making third party authentication available:  users will not have to remember yet another log-in/password combination.  If users are logged into their Google or Facebook account and then go to ICPSR , they will already be logged in.

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database 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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April 28, 2011

Produced by the Fachinformationszentrum and National Institute of Standards and Technology, this numeric database contains records of all inorganic crystal structures, with atomic coordinates.  It is located in the Non-circulating CD-ROM portion of the Reference Desk Collection located on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number QD 921 .I567.  Please see the Reference Desk staff for assistance.

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April 28, 2011

World of a Slave:  Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States

Edited by Martha B. Katz-Hyman and Kym S. Rice and published in 2011 by Greenwood, this two-volume work is located on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number E 441 .W895 2011.

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April 8, 2011

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES RECEIVES PAPERS OF RICKENBAKER BIOGRAPHER W. DAVID LEWIS

AUBURN, Ala. – For more than 30 years, W. David Lewis was a mainstay at Auburn University’s History Department, teaching Technology and Civilization to students and compiling an impressive list of published works on the history of aviation and the impact of technology. Now the research notes that Dr. Lewis used to create such respected works as his acclaimed biography “Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century” have come to Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives department and will be made available for study by scholars from around the world.

 Many of the notes are expected to go well beyond what Lewis committed to the published page.

 “As I recall, Dr. Lewis told me that the first draft of his Rickenbacker biography was much longer than what eventually came out in print,” said Dwayne Cox, head of Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives department. “I imagine we’ll find a considerable amount of previously unpublished material among his notes and early chapter drafts on Rickenbacker.”

Lewis was instrumental in bringing many aviation-related collections to Auburn’s Special Collections and Archives, most recently the Rickenbacker papers, which included rare photographs from the aviation pioneer’s life that spanned from his early years as a race car driver and fighter ace in World War I, to his years at the helm of Eastern Air Lines. These photos are available on the Auburn University Libraries Digital Collection site at http://diglib.auburn.edu/collections/rickenbacker/.  The Association of Research Libraries featured Auburn University's aviation collection, including the Rickenbacker papers, in the volume that commemorated the ARL's 75th anniversary.

Dr. W. David Lewis joined Auburn University in 1971 as the Hudson Professor of History and Engineering, and was a leader in the field of studying technology and its impact on civilization. He taught at Auburn until the time of his death in 2007, ending his career at Auburn with the title of Distinguished University Professor.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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April 8, 2011

RARE JOHN WILLIAMS WALKER LETTER WRITTEN DURING ALABAMA’S TERRITORIAL PERIOD IS DONATED TO AUBURN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

AUBURN, AL – With many significant anniversaries in Alabama history fast approaching, documenting Alabama’s past has taken on a high priority in the state. The recent donation to Auburn University Libraries of a letter composed by early Alabama statesman and politician John Williams Walker (1783–1823) sheds light on a significant chapter in Alabama history as Walker lobbied for a western boundary with Mississippi that would keep the majority of the Tombigbee River within Alabama’s borders.

“This is truly a foundational document in the history of Alabama,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “I can think of few things that are more significant to a state and its ultimate character than the lands and people that fall within its borders.”

The February 1, 1818 letter, approximately 800 words long and opening with the salutation “My dear friend,” is a plea from Walker for the recipient in Washington, D.C. to work hard to ensure the largest part of the Tombigbee, then known as the “Tombeckbe,” stayed within the Alabama Territory and not to allow it to become part of Mississippi. The letter was written by Walker from the Alabama Territory capital of St. Stephens as he served in the territorial legislature less than two months after Mississippi was admitted to the union in December of 1817.

Walker’s efforts were ultimately successful, and when the state of Alabama was admitted to the union on December 14, 1819, the western boundary of the state included the majority of the Tombigbee River system that would prove so important for development of the western part of the state.

Schmidt hopes that scholarly research on the letter will ultimately reveal whom Walker was addressing with his “My dear friend” salutation, which will better place the letter in the context of Alabama history. After writing this letter, Walker would go on to become the president of the Alabama constitutional convention and one of the state’s first two federal senators.

The letter was acquired from a reputable dealer and donated by a friend of Auburn University Libraries, and it is the only known pre-statehood letter from Walker held in a public archive within the state.

“We are very grateful for the donation of this significant piece of Alabama history,” said Bonnie MacEwan, dean of Auburn University Libraries. “This artifact of Alabama’s pre-statehood period will be treasured, preserved and treated with the respect befitting the importance of this document.’

Once processed into the library’s collection, the Walker letter will be put on display within the Ralph Brown Draughon Library Special Collections Department and a digital copy will be available for study by students and scholars all over the world through the library’s digital collection.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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April 8, 2011

The database formerly known as Lexis Nexis Congressional has a new name:  ProQuest Congressional .

It brings together a vast amount of information published by and about the United States Congress.  ProQuest Congressional provides a seamless link to the full range of legislative and public policy resources, including:  Congressional documents and related resources as well as a number of publications such as the Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, and more.  Includes indexing by CIS (Congressional Information Service) congressional indexes.  Please NOTE:  access is LIMITED to 3 simultaneous users.

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April 8, 2011

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Published by Wiley in 2011, this eight-volume set is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number T 57.6 .W636 2011.

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March 24, 2011

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center provides information on careers, college planning and financial aid, job hunting and workplace skills.  Please note:  Auburn University has access to this resource only until June 30, 2011.

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March 24, 2011

Edited by Donald A. Ritchie and published by Oxford University Press in 2011, this volume is located on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number DS 16.14 .O95 2011.

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