Archive for the 'Resources' Category

July 16, 2010

Uniform Crime Reporting Data:  Hate Crime Data 2008

The United States Congress enacted the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 requiring the Attorney General to collect data "about crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, including where appropriate the crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation, arson, and destruction, damage or vandalism of property."  In 1994, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act amended the Hate Crime Statistics Act to add disabilities, both physical and mental, as factors that could be considered a basis for hate crimes.  As with the other UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting) data, law enforcement agencies contribute reports either directly or through their state reporting programs.  Information contained in the data includes number of victims and offenders involved in each hate crime incident, type of victims, bias motivation, offense type, and location type.  Data for 2008 is available in this dataset in the ICPSR database .

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database provides search and browsing access to abstracts and datasets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.  Search or browse by title of study, principal investigator, words in abstracts, or study number.  It is possible to browse major research categories.

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July 16, 2010

Handbook of Coastal and Ocean Engineering

Edited by Young C. Kim and published in 2010 by World Scientific, this massive volume (1163 pages) is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number TC 330 .H363 2010.

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July 2, 2010

The database formerly known as Pro & Con Online is now known as Congressional Digest Debates Online .  It features online access to two publications from 1998 onward and one from 2003 onward:  Congressional Digest (1998- ); Supreme Court Debates (1998- ); and International Debates  (2003- ).  It is searchable by subject, journal, title, or most recent issues of each journal title.

Please NOTE: the library has electronic access to Congressional Digest  dating back to 1921 from other sources (do a "Journal Title" search in the library's online catalog) and in print 1924-2007 (incomplete) on the Third Floor  under call number JK 1 .C65.

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July 2, 2010

Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Edited by Eugene Provenzo, Jr. and others, and published by Sage Publications in 2009, this three-volume work is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number LB 17 .E53 2009.

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June 18, 2010

A Dictionary of the Bible

Edited by W.R.F. Browning and published in 2009, this is the Second Edition.  It is available via the Oxford Reference Premium database.

Oxford Reference Premium provides full-text access to more than 100 reference titles published by Oxford University Press as well as the Oxford Companions Series in a single cross-searchable database.

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June 18, 2010

By Beth Luey and published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, this is the Fifth Edition.  It is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number PN 146 .L84 2010.

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June 18, 2010

The Auburn University Digital Library has launched The Piano Bench Collection, a digital collection comprised of sheet music published before 1923.  The compilation largely consists of items from the personal collection of former librarian Fred Edmiston and includes music with an Alabama connection, Southern themes, blues music, show tunes, and songs from World War I, lullabies, and more.  to view the collection and learn more about its origin, please click here .

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June 4, 2010

The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is a  database containing reports of current, ongoing, and recently completed federal and state supported research projects in the fields of agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.  This database is produced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The projects are conducted by USDA research agencies, state agricultural experiment stations, the state land-grand university system, other cooperating state institutions, and participants in a number of USDA-sponsored research grant programs. 

Updated monthly, CRIS contains over 30,000 project descriptions showing the project investigator(s); institution; problem statement of the research project; the aims and objectives; approach and methodology; results and progress; and publications reporting these or related findings.

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June 4, 2010

The Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate Change:  A Complete Visual Guide

By Juliane L. Fry and published by the University of California Press in 2010, this volume is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number QC 854 .F79 2010.

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May 21, 2010

United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1998

Roll call voting records for both chambers of the United States Congress through the second session of the 105th. Congress are presented in this data collection.  Each data file in the collection contains information for one chamber of a single Congress.  The units of analysis in each part are the individual members of Congress.  Each record contains a member's voting action on every roll call vote taken during that Congress, along with variables that identify the member (e.g., name, party, state, district, uniform ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) member number, and most recent means of attaining office).  In addition, the codebook provides descriptive information for each roll call, including the date of the vote, outcome in terms of nays and yeas, name of initiator, the relevant bill or resolution number, and a synopsis of the issue.

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database provides search and browsing access to abstracts and datasets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data.  Search or browse title of study, principal investigator, words in abstracts, or study number.  It is possible to browse major research categories.

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