Archive for the 'Resources' Category

April 11, 2008

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) database now includes multiple versions of the TIGER/Line Files.  TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) data files, formerly made available by the U. S. Census Bureau provide users with appropriate data to prepare maps through geographic information system (GIS) software packages.  The TIGER/Line file versions available via ICPSR include those covering 1990-2006.

The cartographic information supplied by the TIGER/Line files covers all counties and equivalent entities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Island Areas.  Researchers use these data to create shapefiles that contain geographic attributes for points, lines, or polygons.  Once these files are load into GIS software, researchers can input subject matter data, such as Census population and housing information, as overlays on the maps.

The ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) web page 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.

Please contact Barbara Bishop of the Auburn University Libraries Reference Department for more information at or (334) 844-1690.

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April 11, 2008

The JSTOR database has recently been upgraded.  Changes include the following:

a)  Basic Search:  this type of search searches the full-text of all journals and can be entered directly from the home page by authorized users.  Basic searches can be limited by discipline.

b)  Advanced Search:  these searches can be limited by selecting discipline(s) or specific journal titles, or by directly entering a specific title into the form.

c)  Proximity Search is now available in the Advanced Search form, using NEAR 5, NEAR 10, NEAR 25 operators in the Boolean pull-down menus.

d)  Basic and Advanced Searches:  searches from an individual session are saved, and they can be rurun from a drop-down menu at the bottom of each of these search forms.  Users are able to search for both the singular and plural versions of a word by adding an ampersand (&) to the end of the singular form of the word.  Plurals now identify both regular (cat/cats) and irregular (knife/knives) plural forms.

e)  Article Page Viewing:  thumbnail images of articles make it easier to see articles at a glance and to select pages within articles.

f)  Simplified Print and Viewing of Article FDF Files:  JSTOR now offers articles in a single, improved format of PDF for printing.  The PDF versions of articles provide bookmarks for easier navigation, both throughout the article as well as the entire issue.

JSTOR provides access to several collections of backfiles of scholarly publications covering the social sciences, humanities, and sciences.  JSTOR includes the full runs of each journal, generally up to 1 - 7 years from the present.  Note:  Auburn University subscribes to the Arts & Science I & II Collections and the Health & General Science Collection.

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March 28, 2008

The Accessible Archives database has recently expanded its coverage of Nineteenth-Century African American newspapers to include full-text access to articles from the following:

Freedom's Journal (New York, N.Y.), 1827-1829

The Colored American (New York, N.Y.), 1837-1841

The North Star  (Rochester, N.Y.), 1847-1851

Frederick Douglass Paper (New York, N.Y.), 1851-1855

The National Era (Washington, D.C.), 1847-1860

Provincial Freeman  (Toronto, Canada), 1854-1857

The Christian Recorder (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1861-1902, lacking 1892.

Accessible Archives contains full-text access to comprehensive primary source material found in leading historic periodicals and books, with eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records.

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March 14, 2008

The CCH Internet Tax Research Network provides tax news as well as federal and state tax information.  Included are tax codes, regulations, court cases, rulings, legislative documents, treaties, IRS (Internal Revenue Service) publications as well as CCH explanation and analysis.  Federal Tax Archives are available for all years since 1978.  State Tax Archives are available for all years since 1984.  Includes the CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter.  (CCH stands for Commerce Clearing House).

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February 29, 2008

This database is a product of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and is designed to serve the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists.  AnthroSource brings 100 years of anthropological material online, including issues of 15 of the AAA's most critical peer-reviewed publications as well as an electronic archive of AAA journals.

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February 13, 2008

Education Research Complete offers the world's largest and most complete collection of full text Education journals.  It is a bibliographic and full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of Education.  Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.

Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.  The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1820 journals, as well as full text for more than 900 journals.  This database also includes full text for 71 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.

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January 30, 2008

Nature Materials 

Electronic subscription to a major journal in the fields of Physics and Chemistry.  Journal Citation Reports ranks this title as the highest immediacy factor for Chemistry and third highest for Physics and the second highest impact factor for both Physics and Chemistry journals.

The subscription currents covers 2004 onward, however, permanent access will start only from 2008 onwards.  Each year through 2013 access to back files will be reduced.  Starting in 2013, permanent access will be available for the years 2008 onward.

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January 30, 2008

Edited by Marc Gaborieau et al., this is the Third Edition and published by Brill.  It is being issued in four parts per year and will later be published in hard cover.  The first two paperback installments have arrived.  This set is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number DS 37 .E523 2007 pt. 1 - pt. 2.

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January 9, 2008

The Oxford Reference Online database has recently been upgraded to include seven new titles plus four new editions of reference titles.  The database provides the text of more than 100 reference titles published by Oxford University Press as well as the Oxford Companions series in a single cross-searchable resource.

The upgrade includes the following new titles:

Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists 

Oxford Companion to Black British History

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement

A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation

Oxford Companion to Irish History

Oxford Companion to Scottish History

Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia.

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January 9, 2008

Edited by Shannon L. Rogers and published by Greenwood Press in 2007, this two-volume work is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number PR 1903 .R55 2007.

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