The Scout Report for Social Sciences - December 16, 1997

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

December 16, 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
NOTE: This will be the final Scout Report for Social Sciences for 1997. See you on January 13, 1998. Happy Holidays to all!
*Learning Resources*New Data
*Professional and General Interest*In the News

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database
Justice Information Center
The NCJRS Document Database "contains summaries of more than 140,000 publications on criminal justice, including Federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research. Subject areas include corrections, courts, drugs and crime, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics, and victims of crime." Several search options are available and search returns include NCJ document number, title, journal citation, author, annotation, and abstract. Most NCJRS agency documents published since 1995 are available in full text online at the Justice Information Center site. Pre-1995 publications may be available at local libraries and copies of many pre-1995 documents published by NCJRS sponsoring agencies are available free of charge or for a small fee. [MD]
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Digital Images from the Radicalism Collection
The Michigan State University Library Radicalism Collection contains a number of pamphlets published by political and social pressure groups in the US. This website contains the digitized full text of over 100 pamphlets by groups such as the Black Panthers, the Ku Klux Klan, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Students for a Democratic Society. Titles may be browsed by subject or alphabetical listing. [MD]
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Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Archival Resources on the History of Jewish Women in America
Phyllis Holman Weisbard, University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian, has created an online version of a bibliography she originally published in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997). "The bibliography covers historical scholarship from 1970 to the present on American Jewish women published in journals, anthologies, and monographs as well as descriptions of collections of memoirs, oral histories and creative writings. The archival resources section is a preliminary list of significant repositories for researching American Jewish women's history, with information on published guides, the location of records of national offices of Jewish women's organizations, and selected examples of collections of personal papers and oral histories." This bibliography is well-organized with clear, concise, and helpful annotations. [MD]
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NARA--Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States
In response to frequent requests from researchers, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has drafted guidelines for citing unpublished records in its holdings. "The guidelines cover citations to textual records, microform records, nontextual archives (i.e., photographic records, posters, motion pictures, tape recordings, cartographic records, and architectural drawings), electronic records, and online references." [MD]
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Malcom-X Interview by Barry Gray [RealAudio]
The Department of History at the University at Albany, State University of New York has placed online a RealAudio format taped interview of Malcolm-X by Barry Gray which was originally broadcast on radio station WMCA in New York City on March 10, 1960. The recording comes from the New York State Archives, New York State Police Non-Criminal Investigations Files Collection. It is 45 minutes and 30 seconds in length. [MD]
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AIATSIS Annual Bibliography
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Annual Bibliography includes entries for books, articles in books and periodicals, conference papers, manuscripts and theses that have been added to the Library catalogue during 1996. This online version supersedes previous Annual Bibliographies. The bibliography is arranged primarily by subject and then by author. It is indexed by subject, title and author. [MD]
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Learning Resources
Ancient Medicine--Two Resources
The Asclepion
Ancient Medicine/Medicina Antiqua
These two sites are dedicated to the study of ancient medicine. The Asclepion was designed for both the general public and students enrolled in Professor Nancy Demand's Spring 1997 course, Ancient Medicine, at the University of Indiana Bloomington. The site features an introduction to the study of ancient medicine, a collection of articles on medicine in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece (with more to follow on ancient India, China, and Rome). Also included are a picture gallery of ancient physicians' instruments and a modest collection of links. The syllabus for the course is included; however, this site stands alone from the course it is designed to support. The second site, Medicina Antiqua, is a collaborative project sponsored by The Episcopal Academy and maintained by Dr. Lee T. Pearcy. Users will find modest, but selective collections of bibliographies, hypertexts, and links related to the study of ancient medicine. The site also posts recent news and announcements in the field. [MD]
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Aztec--Student Teacher Resource Center
Owned and managed by Thomas H. Frederiksen, this site contains a considerable amount of introductory information on Aztec Rulers, Religion, Medicine, and Codices. A Student Resource Guide features biography and geography information, pronunciation tips, a suggested reading list, and selected library listings. The site as a whole contains several bibliographies and links to illustrations. Additional resources include a fairly large collection of links, conference announcements, and a list of new and used books for sale. [MD]
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Focus on Southeast Asia
The Asean Focus Group, a business organization, has placed online the full text of their concise yet comprehensive history of each of the ten nations that compose the Southeast Asia Region. Focus on Southeast Asia provides a good, overall introductory resource to the region where each country's chapter features a history, timeline, and suggestions for further reading. Future additions to each chapter include a map, Country Investment Brief, and Asian Analysis commentary (available February 1998). [MD]
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Two Sociology Courses
Social Theory--Sociology 4391, Baylor University
Social Problems--Sociology 231, Murray State University
These two online syllabi and course readings offer good examples of the manner in which the Internet can enrich university courses. Dr. Larry Ridener's fall 1996 course on Social Theory was designed to provide an overview of both classical and current perspectives on sociological theory. The course outline offers numerous links to text excerpts by significant theorists. Dr. Frank Elwell's fall 1997 course on social problems explored the links between technological development, population growth, environmental degradation, social change and disorganization, social inequality, deviance and crime. Both the course outline and syllabus feature links to essays by Elwell, study guides, and previous exams. [MD]
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The African Background of American Culture Through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Text only:
Held at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on June 8-July 3, 1998, the NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers will be on the African background to American history, and the processes that brought Africans to the British Americas from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries. This site offers information on the Institute and its faculty, background and objectives, and eligibility and application procedures. [MD]
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Professional and General Interest
Conference Announcements
Conspiracy Culture Conference
July 17-19, 1998 Winchester, UK. The Centre for Conspiracy Culture at King Alfred's College invites contributions from a wide range of disciplines on any aspect of the culture of conspiracy, paranoia & alternative knowledge, focusing predominantly - but not exclusively - on the United States, and on the period 1945 to the present. [MD]

Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display
May 29-31,1998 Bowling Green, Ohio. The Bowling Green Center for Popular Culture Studies and the Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University, announce the second multidisciplinary Conference on Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display. Paper topics might include emergent traditions in the ritual genres, gender roles and ritual, women and festive resistance, media representations of festival and celebration, and festival and conflict. "Proposals for individualized papers and panels as well as film-video presentations are welcomed. Proposals should show original research and/or new theoretical perspectives and familiarity with existing scholarship." [MD]

Sunbelt XVIII and Fifth European International Social Networks Conference
May 28-31, 1998 Sitges, Spain. "The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, ethologists and all others interested in social networks. Conference sessions allow individuals interested in theory, methods or applications of social networks to share ideas and common concerns." [MD]
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(For links to additional calls for papers and conference announcements, see the Conference section of the Current Awareness Metapage:

Job Guides/Funding Opportunities[MD]
H-Net Job Guide December 15, 1997

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Crossroads Guide to Employment and Funding Opportunities in American Studies

American Political Science Association: Grants and Fellowships
(For links to additional Job Guides, see the Employment/Funding section of the Current Awareness Metapage:
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1998 Innovations in American Government Awards Competition [.pdf]
Applications are now being accepted for the 1998 Innovations in American Government awards competition. "The Innovations Program recognizes effective and creative examples of government at its best. All units of government--federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial--within the United States of America are eligible for recognition and awards. Innovations that arise within defense and international agencies are eligible, but only if they have significant domestic policy content." Users can download a .pdf format application at the site. [MD]
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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Crafted by an eclectic international team, this website is both informative and entertaining. As the editors note, everyone knows about the Seven Wonders, but few can name all, or even most of them. This site offers some background to the Wonders, an artist's rendering (with the exception of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the sole surviving Wonder) of each, their location, history, and a description. Each entry contains several links to other resources related to the geographic area or time period of the Wonder. The site also highlights a number of "Other Wonders." These include other ancient structures, modern wonders, and natural wonders. Entries for "Other Wonders" are similar to those for the Seven Wonders, but contain more links to other sites. Finally, the site features a collection of annotated links to related sites. [MD]
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Roll Call Online
Since its inception, Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955, has written about and for the US Congress. Roll Call has created this website to continue its unorthodox reporting in another format that reaches a wider audience. Instead of tracking issues and legislation, the newspaper and site cover "the three Ps: people, politics, and process." Hard-nosed reporting on money trails and scandals is accompanied by insiders gossip and humor pieces. At the site, users can view news scoops, commentary, and policy briefings, as well as the Roll Call confidential files. Some features in the last issue include a list of the 50 richest Congress members and the states with the most clout in Congress. Additional resources at the site include a 1998 Election Map and a searchable Capitol Hill Directory. [MD]
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Radical Urban Theory
Created by Matt Jalbert, an assistant art director for a web-design firm, Radical Urban Theory is a web-only journal of writings on the modern urban condition. Articles in the current issue include: "Let Malibu Burn: A political history of the Fire Coast," "'Burbs, Blockbusting, and Blacks: Morphosis of the Post-war American City," and "Urban Decay Barricading our cities, and our minds." [MD]
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JSTOR Update
Contemporary Sociology
Participating JSTOR Sites
JSTOR has recently added Demography (volumes 1-28, 1964-1991) and Contemporary Sociology (volumes 1-20, 1972-1991) to its full-text journal holdings. Sociology is a new cluster in JSTOR; more journals will be introduced in the near future. Note: access to JSTOR contents is currently available only on a site licence basis to academic institutions. A list of institutions with site licenses is provided. [MD]
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Two from the US Department of Education
ERIC Digests--New Additions
"Teaching Workload of Full-Time Postsecondary Faculty"
Forty-one new reports were recently added to the ERIC Digest database, a searchable collection of over 1800 full-text documents targeted at the education community. The National Center for Education Statistics' recent report looks at the time postsecondary faculty members spend on teaching, research, administrative tasks & professional growth activities. [MD]
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Jain Commission Report on the 1991 Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
India Today has placed online the "Interim Report of The Jain Commission of Inquiry Headed by Justice M C Jain Former Chief Justice Delhi High Court on 'The Assassination of Shri Rajiv Gandhi Former Prime Minister of India on 21st May, 1991 at Sriperumbudur'." Sections of the Jain Commission Report have been withheld for security reasons and annexures have not been included because these constitute copies of press clippings, various affidavits, and letters. Volume titles include: "Commission and its proceedings," "Threats to Shri Rajiv Gandhi and his security," and "Growth of Sri Lankan Tamil Militancy in Tamil Nadu." The site can be search via a keyword search engine. [MD]
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs[MD]

"Kosovo: From Crisis to a Permanent Solution"--European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans--Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Forum: Utilities Deregulation: Issues, Costs, and Cautions"--Center for Urban Policy Research

John Birkler, Mark Lorell, Michael Rich, "Formulating Strategies for International Collaboration in Developing and Producing Defense Systems"--RAND Institution

Daniel J. Mitchell and Robert P. O'Quinn, "Australia's Privatized Retirement System: Lessons for The United States"--Heritage Foundation
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Drew S. Days, III, "Brown Blues: Rethinking the Integrative Ideal"--Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

(For links to additional new Think Tank publications see the Think Tank Policy Papers section on the Current Awareness Metapage:
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New Tables of Contents/Abstracts for recent and forthcoming issues are available for the following Journals:[MD]
Antiquity (abstracts)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (abstracts)
Journal of Women's History
Teacher Magazine (full-text)
Theory&Event (full-text)
Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory
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New Data
Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Datazone
EPI, a think tank that focuses on economic issues, has recently created this data collection. Users can view "nine tables providing recently updated figures and statistics on the labor market, family income, prices, GDP, wages, poverty, trade, the budget deficit, and interest rates" in the Data Card, or browse a larger collection of historical labor market and income data in the Data Zone proper. These latter tables are also available for download in spreadsheet format. [MD]
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Geographical Mobility: March 1995 to March 1996 [.pdf]
Full Report: (6p.)
Detailed Tables: (165p.)
"This report contains data, primarily at the national level, on the likelihood of persons moving during this and earlier periods, by socioeconomic characteristics. It also examines changes in the types of movement and the patterns of population distribution attributable to residential migration." The full report and detailed tables are available only in .pdf format. [MD]
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European Union Facts through Figures [.pdf, 28p.]
The fall issue of the EU's free statistics newsletter offers an economic portrait of the European Union between 1992 and 1995. Facts through Figures "covers the following principal themes through tables, graphs and maps: day-to-day life, environment, demography, the economy and various socio-cultural data" on 15 EU countries. [MD]
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In the News
Organisation of the Islamic Conference Summit in Tehran
Iran Weekly Press Digest
Iranian-American Weekly Digest--Politics
"Rearrange the Islamic house from the inside," speech by Crown Prince Abdullah at the OIC Summit
Khatami's first 100 days
BBC News World Analysis: Islamic Summit: Iran in the Spotlight
Cooperation between the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference--UN General Assembly Document
Salam Iran
Iran Yearbook (1997)
This week's In the News discusses the eighth summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, recently held in Tehran, Iran. These eight resources provide news and commentary on this topic from a variety of viewpoints. Iran recently hosted representatives from 55 countries to a three-day Muslim summit in Tehran in a move which is being seen as a new phase in the country's re-emergence after years of relative isolation. The acceptance of Iran's invitations by senior figures from former enemies such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq has been portrayed by Iranian leaders and many others as a strong setback for US attempts to politically quarantine that country. Representatives considered 142 resolutions prepared by foreign ministers on issues including Middle East peace, regional conflicts, terrorism and human rights. However, perhaps the most significant outcome of the summit has been a reintroduction of Iran into the Muslim community of nations. Capitalizing on current anti-American sentiments and the recent election of a relatively moderate president, Iran hopes to rebuild its relationships with its neighbors and once again become a regional leader, a position it held for approximately 3000 years.

The Iran Weekly Press Digest, a weekly review of the Iranian press in English, contains a number of articles on the summit and its significance for Iran in its archived and current issues. The Iranian-American Weekly Digest, "an online weekly newsletter for a better US-IRAN understanding," also contains several resources, including a profile of Iranian President Muhammad Khatami and links to several Iranian news sources. Arab View, an online journal, offers two items of interest. The first is the full text of a speech delivered at the summit on December 9 by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. The second is an analysis of President Khatami's first 100 days in office. User feedback is welcomed on both items. At the BBC site, analyst Roger Hardy examines the significance of the summit for Iran and its future role in the Islamic world. The UN General Assembly Document, located at the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, outlines a 1994 agreement of cooperation between the UN and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Salam Iran, the website of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, Canada, and the Iran Yearbook (1997), provided by the Iranian Institute for Political and International Studies, both offer a good deal of official information on Iran's political system, culture, peoples, and history. [MD]
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