Archive for the 'Resources' Category

July 1, 2011

Counts of U.S. Daily Newspapers by City and Political Affiliation, 1869-2004

New data on entries and exits of United States daily newspapers from 1869 to 2004 were used to estimate effects on political participation, party vote shares, and electoral competitiveness. The identification strategy exploits the precise timing of these events and allows for the possibility of confounding trends. Analysis focused on the years 1869-1928, and the remaining years of data were used to look at changes over time.

Newspapers were found to have a robust positive effect on political participation, with one additional newspaper increasing both presidential and congressional turnout by approximately 0.3 percentage points. Newspaper competition was not a key driver of turnout: the effect is driven mainly by the first newspaper in a market, and the effect of a second or third paper was significantly smaller. The effect on presidential turnout diminishes after the introduction of radio and television, while the estimated effect on congressional turnout remains similar up to recent years. No evidence was found that partisan newspapers affect party vote shares, with confidence intervals that rule out even moderate-sized effects. No clear evidence was found that newspapers systematically help or hurt incumbents.

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 23, 2011

By Michael A. Genovese and published by Facts on File in 2010, this volume is located in the Reference Collection, Second Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library, under call number JK 511 .G45 2010.

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June 23, 2011

American National Election Study (ANES) Series

The American National Election Study (ANES), begun in 1948, is the oldest continuous series of survey data investigating electoral behavior and attitudes in the United States. The focus of the survey includes voter perceptions of the major political parties, the candidates, national and international issues, and of the importance of the election. Also explored are voter expectations about the outcome of the election, degree of voter interest in politics, political affiliation and voting history, as well as participation in the electoral process. ANES interviews are conducted before and after presidential elections and after national congressional elections. Post-election interviews include questions on actual voting behavior and voter reflections about the election outcome.

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 9, 2011

Formerly known as Professional Collection, this database has now been changed to the new Educator's Reference Complete .  Produced by the Gale Cengage Learning company, this database provides access to articles from periodicals and to reports from the U.S. Department of Education. 

 It also provides full-text access to nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC,  a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, ERIC provides free access to bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.

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June 9, 2011

Associated Press Health Care Reform Survey, by Stanford University with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August-September 2010 [United States]

Conducted by Knowledge Networks, this survey measured public opinion about the health care overhaul that was passed by the United States Congress in March 2010. It measured support and opposition to certain general goals of the overhaul, as well as support and opposition to specific parts of the legislation. It had a particular focus on what people knew about the bill and what misperceptions they may have about what was and wasn’t in the legislation. In addition, the survey investigated beliefs about the consequences of the legislation on future taxes, health insurance costs, access to health care, and the quality of health care. Other topics investigated by the survey include health status, health insurance status, trust in the federal government, approval/disapproval of the Obama Administration's performance, political ideology, religion, religiosity, and sources of news. The data file also includes demographic information collected by Knowledge Networks' initial KnowledgePanel® profile survey, such as age, gender, education, household size and composition, income, marital status, employment status, and ZIP code.Access Notes

One or more files in this study are restricted; consult the detailed metadata page  to learn more.

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 26, 2011

Ithaka S + R Faculty Survey 2009:  Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies

Similar to the 2006 study, Ithaka 2006 Survey of U.S. Higher Education Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors (ICPSR 22700), this survey examined faculty attitudes and behaviors on key issues ranging from the library as an information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to faculty engagement with institutional disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access.

Respondents were asked to identify the primary resource they used for locating information for their research, provide their opinion on the transition of hardcopy library collections to electronic versions, as well as accessing or disseminating scholarly content, and gauge their dependence on college or university libraries in conducting research.  In addition, respondents were asked how important various library resources and library and scholarly societies were to their research or teaching, and how important they expect library resources will be in five years.  Respondents were queried about their use of electronic search engines, and how often certain methods were used to find information in academic journals.  In addition, the survey gathered respondent information on whether they deposited various types of electronic materials or used content deposited by others, the type of repository to which they deposited content, and the importance of long-term electronic data preservation.  Lastly, respondents were asked whether they owned an electronic reading device, whether audio or video recordings of their courses were available online, and to rate the importance certain characteristics of academic journals had on influencing their decision of whether or not to publish an article in that journal.

Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, job title, primary academic field, number of years in current position and field, and view of self as a researcher or teacher.

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
Underpinnings of the Civil War: This collection is part of Auburn University Libraries' contribution to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries "Intellectual Underpinnings of the Civil War" digitization project. As part of this effort, ASERL libraries will provide online access to materials published between 1850 and 1865, from a broad array of subjects. The ‘Intellectual Underpinnings’ umbrella will allow linkages between a broad variety of materials whose interrelationships might not have been obvious in a more closely focused collection.
For access, go to the Auburn University Libraries homepage and click on the Digital Collections link located near the bottom under the "Quick Links" heading.  Next, click on the Browse All Collections link located in the upper right hand side of the screen and then just scroll down to the Underpinnings of the Civil War link .
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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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