The Scout Report for Social Sciences - October 21, 1997

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

October 21, 1997

A Publication of the Internet Scout Project
Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The target audience of the new Scout Report for Social Sciences is faculty, students, staff, and librarians in the social sciences. Each biweekly issue offers a selective collection of Internet resources covering topics in the field that have been chosen by librarians and content specialists in the given area of study.

The Scout Report for Social Sciences is also provided via email once every two weeks. Subscription information is included at the bottom of each issue.

In This Issue
The Scout Report
* Research * Publications
* Learning Resources * New Data
* Professional and General Interest * In the News

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) Expanded DEA Site
TRAC, a nonpartisan "data gathering, data research and data distribution organization" located at Syracuse University (see the Scout Report for August 8, 1997) has updated its widely respected Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) site. Under New Findings, users can view a summary of TRAC's latest analyses of the DEA's performance during the last five years. After free registration, users can examine findings and data graphics organized into three sections: Enforcement Trends Over Time, DEA at Work, and District Enforcement (for 1992-1996). Additional information is available on criminal statutes enforced by the DEA, as well as the sources of TRAC's data and the operation of the Clearinghouse itself. The updated DEA site is another excellent effort by this nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing valuable information to concerned citizens, the press, and legislators. [MD]
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PROceedings (Political Research Online) [.pdf]
Foundations of Political Theory Organized Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
The American Political Science Association has placed a collection of 130 papers in .pdf format from its 1997 Annual Meeting on a site hosted by Harvard University. Users can search or browse the papers, which will be available until August 1998. This site is designed as a concept demonstration; full collections of papers are planned for future conferences. The Foundations of Political Theory Organized Section of the APSA "exists to advance the linkage of political theory and philosophy with political science as a discipline." This site contains numerous resources for the study of political theory, including a Newsletter, a listing of recent books in political theory, and links to related journals, research institutions, conference announcements, fellowships and grants, and professional announcements. Interested users can also find a collection of links to online syllabi, texts, and other sites. [MD]
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United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
The UN has recently created a guide to help researchers new to UN documentation which. It provides an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the UN and offers guidance on finding and working with them. Topics covered include Document Symbols, Basic Research Tools, Indexes, Full-Text Documents in Electronic and Paper Formats, Parliamentary Documents, Resolutions/Decisions, Speeches, and Press Releases. Many categories include information on electronic access to indexes and full texts. Although designed for new users, anyone working with UN documents will benefit from this clear and concise guide. [MD]
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Virtual Institute of Caribbean Studies (VICS)
The VICS, founded in August 1997 by a group of young Caribbeanists, is "an independent . . . internet forum which aims to stimulate, coordinate, and disseminate research on various topics relevant to the development of Caribbean peoples at home and abroad." Still under development, VICS lacks abundant content and the Forum section is not yet complete. However, as a new and unique resource on this area, it is a site to be watched. Current offerings include working papers in .pdf format, the current issue of the quarterly newsletter, and a collection of related links. [MD]
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Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History--Oxford University
Oxford University hosts this collection of papers from its Seminars in Economic and Social History. At present, fifteen papers are available to view or download in full text or abstract. Some of the topics include "Businessmen and Land Purchase in Late Nineteenth Century England," "The American Automobile Frenzy of the 1950s," and "The German Railways - The Economic and Political Feasibility of Fiscal Reforms During the Inflation of the Early 1920s." [MD]
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Two Bibliographies for Chinese Studies
Chinese Cultural Studies: Bibliographical Guide
Modern Chinese History: A Basic Bibliography
Each of these two sites offers a large number of references of use to Asian Studies scholars. The first site, created by Paul Halsall of Brooklyn College is organized by subject, including Classic Chinese Sources in Translation, Gender, Chinese Women, Philosophy and Religion, and Movies Addressing Chinese History and Culture. Historical texts are divided into periods, from the Zhou Dynasty to Post-Mao China. A Guide to Chinese Philosophical Texts for Inclusion in Introductory Courses is also featured. The second bibliography, compiled by Brent Irivin of the University of California, San Diego History Department, is more extensive than the modest title suggests. The site is organized by era, each of which is divided into subjects. The bibliography covers the early Qing period to the People's Republic, but is strongest for the late Qing and Republican periods. [MD]
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Learning Resources
Japanese American Exhibit and Access Project
This site, created by the University of Washington, is a rare find: an excellent, well-crafted, content-rich online exhibit paired with a very useful guide to archival holdings on the same subject. The subject is the forcible internment of Japanese Americans on the American west coast. This exhibit chronicles the experiences of Seattle's Japanese Americans in the Spring and Summer of 1942, when they were removed from their homes and taken to Puyallup assembly center, nicknamed "Camp Harmony" by Army information officers. There they spent four months before being moved to another camp in Idaho. The exhibit itself is a bit slow to load, but well worth the wait. Photos and informative pieces are mixed with original documents, including evacuation orders, articles from Seattle newspapers and the camp newsletter, and official camp documents. The site also offers full and partial guides to the considerable holdings of related materials at the Manuscripts and University Archives. Other features include a bibliography of secondary works held at the University and a link to an associated site on Japanese Canadian internment and redress. [MD]
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Egyptian Antiquity Information
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism provides an excellent collection of resources useful to both student and scholar. The site provides a number of sections covering topics such as Monuments (pharoanic, Islamic, and early Christian), Rulers of Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Mythology, a modest Virtual Museum, and a lengthy Glossary of Terms. The highlight is an extensive History of Egypt from the Lower Paleolithic Age to 1942. The history is divided into dynasties/historical periods and contains numerous hyperlinks. Additional features include a section on Historical Astrology in Egypt and the complete Egyptian Book of the Dead. [MD]
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US Labor and Industrial History Audio Project [RealAudio]
Maintained by Professor Gerald Zahavi of the University at Albany, this site contains a developing archive of Labor and Industrial History audio recordings in RealAudio format. Currently the site features two groups of recordings. The first are from a Columbia University Labor Teach-In in October 1996, "The Fight for America's Future: A Teach-In with the Labor Movement." The second group contains nine historical recordings arranged chronologically. Speakers include Eugene V. Debs, William Jennings Bryan, William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Tom Mooney, and Fiorella LaGuardia. More recordings are expected in the near future. [MD]
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Teachers' Guide for the Professional Cartoonists' Index
Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists' Index
Peg Cagle, a Middle School Teacher in Los Angeles, has created this site to complement her husband Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index, the largest collection of newspaper editorial cartoons on the web. The Teachers' Guide features lesson plans using cartoons and the Internet to teach students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The lesson plans, which include all the necessary pages for student handouts, contain games designed to engage the students as they explore and interpret editorial cartoons. The site also features a cartoonist index, a section of constantly updated cartoons, and a teacher feedback bulletin board. [MD]
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WOMENET--Discussion List for International Women in American Studies
The American Studies Association Women's Task Force has created this new list to facilitate discussion on international women in American Studies. Hosted by Georgetown University, WOMENET is designed to encourage professional networking and the exchange of information of interest to international women. Most of all, the list's creators "want to create opportunities to think out loud and talk with each other about our research, our teaching, and our positions as scholars in academic institutions around the world." [MD]

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Professional and General Interest
Conference Announcements
American Historical Association Annual Meeting
January 8-11, 1998 Seattle, Washington. The entire contents of the AHA's 1998 Anuual Meeting Program is now online. There are 158 regular sessions on all areas of history

"Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation"--Sixth Annual Conference of The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI)
August 16-21, 1998 University of Haifa, Israel. This conference will have over 200 workshops summing up Twentieth Century European Narratives in the following fields: History, Geography, Science; Politics, Economics, Law; Education, Sociology, Women's Studies; Culture, Literature, Art, Music; Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Language.

Digital Libraries '98 - Third Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Digital Libraries
June 23-26, 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. "Digital Libraries '98 will provide a common setting for researchers and practicing professionals to share experiences and compare notes about authoring, publishing, system construction, human-computer interaction, copyright issues, digital library services, electronic journals, evaluation, and many other topics."

Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot!--Film, Television, Guns
May 16-17, 1998 Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Media Studies Working Group announces an international conference on "guns and shooting as displayed in, characteristic of, metaphors for, or otherwise significantly related to, film and television." Papers may be framed in either contemporary or historical purview, from a range of academic disciplines, utilizing a variety of theoretical and critical approaches. [MD]

(For links to additional calls for papers and conference announcements, see the Conference section of the Current Awareness Resources Page:
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Job Guides/Funding Opportunities
H-Net Job Guide for October 20

American Studies Crossroads Project--Opportunities

The Chronicle of Higher Education Academe This Week--Job Openings

(For links to additional Job Guides, see the Employment/Funding section of the Current Awareness Resources Page:
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The At-a-Glance Guide to Grants
Created by the National Adjunct Faculty Guild, this metasite features a large number of grants-related links applicable to all researchers. Links are organized into six categories: Agencies, Foundations, and Organizations; Databases of Funding Opportunities; E-Mail Lists; Indices of Grants-Related Sites; Templates; and Tutorials. [MD]
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Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In [RealVideo]
This site is an aviation buff's dream--eight original World War II aviation training films available in RealPlayer format. Selections include the B-17, B-29, P-51, P-38, Corsair, Hellcat, P-40, and P-47. In addition, the site also holds a collection of "Neat Stuff" that includes interior photos and images from official manuals and charts. Other features include an extensive list of WWII aviation links and "Thunderbolt," a 1944 film about the P-47 Thunderbolt pilots and crews of the 57th Fighter Group in Italy. [MD]
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European Political Posters
Spanish Civil War--The Posters of the Spanish Revolution
Be Realistic--Demand the Impossible! Posters from the Revolution. Paris, May 68
Hosted by the BURN!, a website created by a group of Communications students at the University of California San Diego, these two sites feature twenty-five posters from the Spanish Civil War and twenty-nine from May 1968 in Paris. Each section is proceeded by a brief historical context and English translations are provided for each poster. Posters are offered as thumbnails for quick downloading. Some sample titles include: "The fascist hordes are trying to invade our land," "All the youth united for Spain," "The boss needs you -- you don't need the boss," and "Light Wages -- Heavy Tanks." [MD]
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Amsterdam--A New Treaty for Europe [Word, WordPerfect]
On June 16-17, 1997 the heads of state and government of the fifteen countries of the European Union drew up a new Treaty for Europe which was signed in Amsterdam on October 2. The new Treaty "consolidates each of the three great 'pillars' which have been the foundation for the Union's work since the Maastricht Treaty of 1 November 1993: the European Communities (first pillar); the common foreign and security policy (second pillar); and cooperation in the fields of justice and home affairs (third pillar)." At this site, users can download the Treaty text (Word or WordPerfect format), read a Citizen's Guide, and view common questions and answers about the Amsterdam Treaty. [MD]
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National Center for Development Studies (NCDS)--Publications Online [.pdf]
The NCDS is an Australian institution that focuses on development issues, particularly in East Asia and the South Pacific. Since July 1997 the NCDS has placed its working papers online for free download in .pdf format. Some of the papers currently available include: "The FDI-led growth hypothesis: further econometric evidence from China," "Equity and institutional reform in Aboriginal Australia and Zimbabwe: a framework for analysis," and "South Asian economies in the global trading system." [MD]
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UN Documents Alert Service
Documents Alert is a service of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library to identify important documents that have been recently issued. A brief annotation, and in some cases, a full-text document are provided. Users can have citations sorted by release date or UN document symbol. Document citations are kept on the site for a one month period. Some recent full-text documents available on the site include: "Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium," "Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission [UNIKOM]," and "Report of the Secretary-General on the situation concerning Western Sahara." [MD]
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New Constitution for Thailand
On Saturday, October 11 The King of Thailand signed a new constitution, Thailand's 16th. The new constitution is not popular among many Thai politicians, but others see it as a route to greater democracy in the country. Nation Multimedia Group, publishers of the Thai newspaper The Nation, have posted the full text of the constitution on their site. [MD]
[Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs[MD]
Brookings Review Fall 1997 Issue: Civil Society: What is it? Why is everybody talking about it?
John Birkler, Mark Lorell, Michael Rich, "Formulating Strategies for International Collaboration in Developing and Producing Defense Systems--Rand/National Defense Research Institute
Sharon K. Long and Sandra J. Clark, "The New Child Care Block Grant: State Funding Choices and Their Implications"--The Urban Institute
Milton L. Mueller, "INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES: Privatization, Competition, and Freedom of Expression"--The Cato Institute

(For links to additional new Think Tank publications see the Think Tank Policy Papers section on the Current Awareness Resources Page:
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New Tables of Contents/Abstracts for recent and forthcoming issues are available for the following Journals:[MD]
Population Briefs
Social Science Computer Review
The Review of Politics
The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics Journal of Information Management
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New Data
The European Community Economy in 1997-99--Spring 1998 Economic Forecasts
[Note: Site title has changed since the original Scout Report review. Site formerly referred to in the Scout Report as "The European Community Economy in 1997-99--Autumn 1997 Economic Forecasts."]
The European Commission has confirmed that the European Community's economy is indeed recovering from recent slumps. This website contains the text of the Commission's economic forecasts and a link to tables of nine main economic indicators from 1961-98, sorted by country and year. [MD]
[Note: Resource(s)/URL(s) mentioned above is no longer available.]
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State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau: An Evaluation of Effects of the Learnfare Program 1993-1996
"Wisconsin's Learnfare program is intended to encourage enrollment, regular attendance, and high school graduation or the completion of high school equivalency programs among 13- to 19-year-old recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)." Teenagers covered by the program risk losing part or all of their families' monthly AFDC grants "if they do not maintain enrollment and acceptable school attendance." This data was collected from 1993 to 1996 as part of a federally mandated evaluation of the Learnfare program. Descriptions of the study and the evaluation are available as well as the data itself (after free registration). [MD]
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HUD-User: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Database
The LIHTC database contains information on 11,774 projects and 407,973 units placed in service between 1987 and 1994. Data available "includes project address, number of units and low-income units, number of bedrooms, year the credit was allocated, year the project was placed in service, whether the project was new construction or rehab, type of credit provided, and other sources of project financing." The database is available in either ASCII or Microsoft Excel 2.1 formats. [MD]
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In the News
Euro's Prospects Look Brighter
The single currency and the European Parliament
Euro--One Currency for Europe
European Monetary Institute (EMI)
UK Citizens Online Democracy--Euro Questions and Answers/Discussion Forums
This week's In the News discusses the European Monetary Union and its future unified currency, the Euro. Each of these five resources discuss various aspects of this issue. After months of doubt and political difficulties in France, Germany, and most recently, Italy, it now appears that the unified European currency, the Euro, will indeed begin on January 1, 1999 to replace the national currencies of as many as 10 or 11 countries. The path to a unified currency is by no means smooth, however. Many European Union member states are finding it politically difficult to reduce their budget deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product and other states, such as Britain and Denmark, are choosing to remain out for now regardless. On the other hand, European economic growth will apparently exceed earlier expectations, allowing leaders to use increased tax revenues instead of cutting social services to qualify.

The first of these sites, hosted by the European Parliament, provides background information, a timetable, and a description of the conditions each nation must meet to join the unified currency. It also features Parliamentary opinions and resolutions on the single currency as well as eight Briefing Reports. The Euro site is hosted by Europa, the European Union's server, and it contains information on the preparations being made for the Euro's introduction. Users can view the various bank notes and coins to be issued, as well as the new Euro symbol. A large number of relevant political documents from various EU bodies are also available. The European Monetary Institute was established in 1994 to oversee the implementation of a single currency for Europe. The EMI site contains information on its staff, organization, structure, and financial resources, and outlines the process of entering the third and final phase of the European Monetary Union. The EMU site was created by a group of students at the King's Hospital Secondary School in Palmerston, Dublin, Ireland. Their site discusses the potential positive and negative effects of the EMU, popular opinion on the Euro, and the possible side effects for Ireland, which will join, when its neighbor Britain does not join. The UK Citizens Online Democracy site offers FAQs on the EMU as well as links to Public and Civic Forums on Britain and the Euro. [MD]
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