POSTED: 1:10 PM, November 24, 2015

Huddled Masses: Public Opinion and the 1965 U.S. Immigration Act

The Roper Center at Cornell University has produced a report concerning public opinion about the 1965 U.S. Immigration Act which shifted the criteria for admission of immigrants from a system of country quotas to the prioritization of family reunification and occupational skills.   This report is timely considering the ongoing controversies surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis, terrorism, and the decision by many American state governors to refuse to accept Syrian immigrants.

This report can be found in the iPoll Databank,  the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for US public opinion poll data. iPOLL is also the best finding aid to locate US national opinion poll questions rich in a particular subject, with direct links into the catalog of datasets and survey questionnaires.

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POSTED: 8:39 AM, November 23, 2015

Be sure to check the Hours link located in the top central portion of the Auburn University Libraries homepage to see library hours of operation during the Thanksgiving holiday period.  Dates affected are Saturday, November 21 through Saturday, November 28.  Regular hours resume on Sunday, November 29 at 1 p.m.

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POSTED: 1:55 PM, November 16, 2015

AccessEngineering from McGraw-Hill contains online versions of standard Engineering Textbooks, along with standards and handbooks.  In addition, they include online books on other topics such as Arduino projects.  These books may be either searched by keywords, or browsed by titles.  In addition, users may survey relevant items listed by either industry, or more narrowly focused curriculum maps.

AccessEngineering may be linked to at

The trial is available November 5 - December 3.


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POSTED: 10:33 AM, November 12, 2015

With the forthcoming construction of the Mell Street Classroom building due to start soon, library patrons might want to consult the RBD Book Shift & Construction Updates link .   The link is located through the Auburn University Libraries homepage by clicking on the Subject Guides tab and then the All Guides link and then by scrolling down the list and clicking on RBD Book Shift & Construction Updates link .

This is a major construction project and it will extend physically into the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.   Consequently, there is some significant shifting of the book collections.  Ground breaking takes place in December after Final Exams.

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POSTED: 10:17 AM, November 12, 2015

The Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, has recently acquired the papers of Mr. Larkin Wade, Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Retired Extension Specialist.

Wade, an Auburn alumnus (BS and MS degrees) joined the Alabama Extension System (ACES) in 1965.   Mr. Wade worked as an extension forester, was promoted to head of the natural resources staff, and later was named W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Professor in the Auburn University School of Forestry.

Starting in 1965 ACES underwent several major reorganizations in order to comply with civil rights legislation.  Ultimately, extension staff specialists were merged in several academic departments in the late 1980's.

The Larkin Wade Papers provide information concerning the work of an extension specialist during an era of multiple reorganizations of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.   Included in the collections is an oral interview with Wade.

This collection is now available to researchers in the Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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POSTED: 10:05 AM, November 12, 2015

SAGE Knowledge (Social Sciences Reference E-Books)

This database now has a new platform.  Patrons will have access to both the old site and the new one through December 16.   After that date, all links will redirect automatically.

SAGE Knowledge (Social Sciences Reference E-Books) is a database of reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences. Auburn University Libraries subscribes to only some of the eBooks available in the areas of Anthropology, Business & Management, Communication and Media Studies, Psychology, Research Methods & Evaluation, Social Issues, and Sociology.

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POSTED: 9:59 AM, November 12, 2015

UlrichsWeb provides detailed information about more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more in over 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records include data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.

Formerly known as Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory and before that as Ulrich's Periodicals Directory when available in print, this source has been around since 1932.

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POSTED: 12:53 PM, November 2, 2015

Book Talk and Signing

Of Goats and Governors:  Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories

Steve Flowers, political columnist and commentator.

Date and Time:  Thursday, November 5 at 3 p.m.

Location:  Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Few states have as colorful a political history as Alabama, especially in the Post-World War II era.   The state played a central role in the civil rights movement, largely moved away from its earlier farm-based economy and culture, and transitioned from a relative moderate-progressive Democratic Party politics to today's hard-core conservative Republican Party domination.

Moving onto and off Alabama's electoral state during this time have been some of the most interesting figures in twentieth-century American government and politics.   Swirling around these elected officials in the Heart of Dixie are stories, legends, and jokes that are told and retold by political insiders, journalists, and scholars who follow the goings-on in Washington and Montgomery.

In Alabama, it seems, politics is not only a blood sport but high entertainment.   There could be no better guide to this colorful history than political columnist and commentator Steve Flowers.

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries and NewSouth Books.


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POSTED: 9:19 AM, October 30, 2015

Edited by Joseph C. Miller and others, this volume is located on the First Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number D 210 .P936 2015.

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POSTED: 9:16 AM, October 30, 2015

Edited by Lisa L. Martin and published by Oxford University Press in 2015, this volume is located on the Third Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number HF 1379 .O9965 2015.

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