The Scout Report for Social Sciences - January 13, 1998

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

January 13, 1998

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

Hong Kong Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS)
BLIS is the official database of the statutory Laws of Hong Kong and selected constitutional documents. These include Hong Kong Letters Patent, Standing Orders of the Legislative Council, the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and National laws applying to Hong Kong. Visitors can use common or special search functions. Amendments made after June 30, 1997 are stored as separate documents, allowing users to compare particular laws before and after the transfer of power. The site is also available in Chinese; a bilingual glossary of terms used in the Laws is planned for the near future. [MD]
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JSTOR Adds Two Sociology Journals
American Sociological Review v.1-57, 1936-1992
Annual Review of Sociology v. 1-18, 1975-1992
List of Participating Academic Institutions
The full text of American Sociological Review (v.1-57, 1936-1992) and the Annual Review of Sociology (v. 1-18, 1975-1992) are now available online at JSTOR. Visitors can search or browse the journals. 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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Edward W. Said: A Bibliography
Compiled by Special Collections Bibliographer Eddie Yeghiayan at the University of California, Irvine, this site is an excellent resource for graduate students and scholars interested in Edward W. Said's work. The central feature to this site is the comprehensive index of Said's works, arranged chronologically by year of publication. Users will also find citations on reviews of his writings and a collection of selected critical references. The entire bibliography is searchable and visitors are encouraged to contribute additional citations. [MD]
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"Asia, Asian Studies and the National Security State: A Symposium"--BCAS
The Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars has placed online the full text of a recent symposium on "Asia, Asian Studies and the National Security State." The symposium consists of a powerful article by Bruce Cumings, challenging the ideological roots of Asian Studies, with eight responses by a wide range of people active in the profession. The symposium focuses on two moments in the creation and development of Asian studies in the United States. "First, the symposium examines the birth of the field -- during the height of the Cold War -- as a creation of the national-security state, or what Cumings calls the state/intelligence/foundation nexus, which structured, financed, and set formative research agendas and methodologies at the time. Second, the symposium assesses how the sea changes in the contemporary Asian regional and global situations relate to emerging scholarly trends." [MD]
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Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)
The IHRC, located at the University of Minnesota, is an "international resource on American immigration and ethnic history" that offers a number of resources of interest to migration and ethnic specialists. The IHRC searchable archival and library collections include personal papers, organizational records, pamphlets and newspapers, and information on responses to immigration. The Center's collections are strongest on eastern, central, and southern European and Near Eastern ethnic groups. The site also features information on genealogical resources, recent acquisitions, and current events at the center. [MD]
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H-TEXAS Mailing List--H-Net
Sponsored by H-Net (discussed in the June 14, 1996 Scout Report), H-TEXAS is "an interdisciplinary, moderated e-mail discussion list relating to the life and culture of Texas from pre-historic times to the present. The list's purpose is to provide a means for persons interested in all aspects of the Texas heritage to exchange ideas, share interpretations, communicate current research and research interests, locate source documents, seek information on topics of concern, develop an exchange of course outlines and syllabi on the history and culture of Texas, discuss methods of teaching, and relate matters of interest for those concerned with understanding the Texas heritage." [MD]

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Learning Resources
Quality Counts '98: The Urban Challenge--Education Week
1997 Edition
The 1998 edition of this Education Week (discussed in the September 13, 1996 Scout Report) special report focuses on the failings and challenges of education in America's urban areas. The analysis makes use of previously unpublished data from the federal government and a survey of 74 large city districts, conducted in collaboration with the Council of the Great City Schools. At the site users will find an executive summary, a discussion of the challenges facing urban schools and some proposed solutions, report cards for urban education in each state, and the results of a public survey on education standards. The report is well organized and offers a number of statistical tables and case studies from Cleveland, Houston, and San Diego. The 1997 edition of Quality Counts also is available at the EW site. [MD]
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Labyrinth of East London (South Africa) Lore
East London is a harbor town in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Founded as a military camp in 1847, it became a city in 1914. This excellent site, created by Keith Tankard, history instructor at the East London Division of Rhodes University (South Africa), tells the city's history with text and photos. Users can browse the large and growing collection of essays by topic (health, immigration, prisons, streets) or alphabetical index. Another option (under development) is cybertrails, which guides users through the history of certain areas or peoples of East London. The site features several special topic essays by Tankard on subjects such as racism, bathing habits, and Irish immigration. This still developing site contains numerous items of interest for instructors or students working in South African or urban history. [MD]
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Political Database of the Americas
Provided as part of a joint project by Georgetown University's Resource Unit on Democratic Governability at the Center for Latin American Studies, the Organizaton of American States (OAS), and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), this database offers documentary and statistical political information for scholars and politicians studying democracy in Latin America. Data includes constitutions, electoral laws, legislative and executive branch information and election data. Users can browse by topic or conduct a keyword search of the database. The site also houses a collection of related links, including sources for current events and breaking news in Latin America. [MD]
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Southwestern Archaeology
This metasite, created by Brian Kenny and Matthias Gessler, contains a very large number of links relating to archaeology in the American Southwest. Archaeologists and students will find links for health and safety issues, job opportunities, professional contacts, and conference announcements. Those interested in Southwestern archaeology, history, or culture will appreciate the eclectic collection of links, organized by state. Additional resources include annotated bibliographies and links to "Anti-Archaeology" sites. [MD]
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Jewish Student Online Research Center (JSOURCE)
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE)
Created by AICE, an organization formed to promote US-Israeli ties, JSOURCE offers students of any denomination information on Jewish history, Israel, US-Israel relations, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Judaism. Highlighting this site are the comprehensive bibliography and the glossary of Hebrew and historical terms and persons. Other features include a number of biographies of prominent Jews, useful brief overviews of the Holocaust, Israel, Judaism, US-Israeli relations, and Zionism, and a collection of related links. [MD]
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Foreign Commentary on US--USIA
This Daily Digest of foreign media reaction, prepared Monday through Friday by the United States Information Agency, is a valuable addition to any course that discusses US foreign policy or current events. "Each Digest provides a global round-up of editorial and op-ed reaction to a major foreign policy issue or event. The reports include commentary--sorted by country and region--from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world." The searchable archive section contains all Daily Digests published since November 1994. [MD]
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Professional and General Interest
Conference Announcements
Managing Digital Imaging Projects: an RLG Workshop
February 4-6, 1998, University of Chicago. Research Libraries Group is offering its second 2.5-day workshop designed to assist librarians, archivists, curators, and preservation administrators in managing digital imaging projects. [MD]

SITE 98 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education
March 10-14, 1998 Washington, DC. The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) presents "the ninth annual conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), an international association of individual teacher educators and affiliated organizations of teacher educators in all disciplines, who are interested in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the use of information technology in teacher education." The conference will feature over 500 presentations in 24 major topic areas. [MD]

DRH98 Digital Resources in the Humanities 1998
September 9-12, 1998, University of Glasgow, Scotland. "DRH98 is the internationally recognised forum for all those involved in and benefiting from the digitisation of our common cultural heritage." Themes include: creation and management of digital resources, policies and strategies for electronic delivery, implications of digital resources and electronic delivery for teaching, learning, and scholarship, and digitization techniques and problems. [MD]
(For links to additional calls for papers and conference announcements, see the Conference section of the Current Awareness Metapage:
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Job Guides/Funding Opportunities
H-Net Job Guide January 12, 1998

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Crossroads Guide to Employment and Funding Opportunities in American Studies

American Anthropological Association Positions Open (January 1998)
(For links to additional Job Guides, see the Employment/Funding section of the Current Awareness Metapage:
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Research on the Interaction of Welfare Reform and Housing Programs Grant Competition
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) invites academic researchers, contract research organizations, and community-based organizations to apply for funding to research the interaction of welfare reform with housing programs and HUD initiatives that support economic self-sufficiency. Research should examine potential policy responses to this interaction. Projects should also focus on the effects of statutory, regulatory, and locally-initiated actions affecting families with children." This site provides background information, research goals, suggested projects, selection criteria, and application information. [MD]
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The Aerodrome: Aces and Aircraft of World War I
This handsome site is a WWI aviation buff's dream. Users will find biographical information on all the major aces of the war, organized by nationality. This includes rank, squadrons, victories, medals awarded, a photo, and a short account of their war service. The other major portion of the site is the listing of aircraft used in the war, organized by country of origin. Plane information includes specifications, a short description, and a photo. Additional features at this site include a comprehensive bibliography, images and descriptions of medals awarded to airmen, a discussion forum, a modest collection of related links, and an internal search engine. [MD]
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Period and Style for Designers
Designed by Tulane University Professor Hugh Lester to complement his courses for advanced theater design students, this collection of images and short descriptions will appeal to anyone with an interest in architecture or historical design. The collection of images is organized by period, from the ancient world to the modern period; it offers photos and information on a variety of architectural, decorative and furniture styles. Typical entries include a thumbnail image, location, name of architect or designer, and date of construction. Some provide commentary on the design and its place in the period. [MD]
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Chronicon: An Electronic History Journal
Chronicon is a new electronic journal of history published by the Department of History at University College Cork, Ireland. Chronicon publishes articles relating to all periods of history, but with a particular focus on Irish history. The journal is slated to contain reviews of publications and notices of scholarly developments and provide a scholars' forum. "Each volume will appear at the start of the calendar year and will remain open for that year. As new articles are received they will be added to the current volume." Only a few articles are currently available in this first volume. [MD]
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New Academic Press Titles
Cambridge University Press Fall 1997 Online Catalog

Baker & Taylor Publishers Academia Online (January 1998)
Baker & Taylor offers a selection of forthcoming titles in anthropology, archaeology, education, history & geography, journalism, politics & government, and social sciences. For links to titles in these subjects see the publishers section of the Current Awareness Resources page ( [MD]
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs
Stephen T. Hosmer, Maren Leed, David Persselin, Jerry M. Sollinger, Ronald E. Sortor, and Jennifer Morrison Taw, "Bettering the Balance: Large Wars and Small Contingencies"--RAND

Freya L. Sonenstein, Kellie Stewart, Laura Duberstein Lindberg, Marta Pernas & Sean Williams, "Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Guide for Program Planners"--Urban Institute
PDF version:

Carrie J. Gavora, "Kidcare Implementation: A Helpful Guide for the States"--Heritage Foundation
PDF version:

Michael J. Boskin, "Some Thoughts on Improving Economic Statistics"--Hoover Institution

Clifford Johnson, "Toward a New Generation of Community Jobs Programs"--Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

(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]
Cultural Logic (full-text)
Population Briefs (full-text)
Internet Archaeology (full-text with free registration)
Migration News (full-text)
Central Asian Survey
Harvard Educational Review
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New Data
US International Trade in Goods and Services Highlights: October 1997
The site includes a press release, supplemental tables, and a list of the top ten trading partners of the United States; US trade figures and other detailed import and export trade figures for October, compared with October 1996 and December 1995; also cumulative year to date. [MD]
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IPEDS: Faculty Salaries 1996-97 Release 2--US Department of Education [.zip]
This site hosts the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) preliminary data file for the survey "Salaries, Tenure, and Fringe Benefits of Full-Time Instructional Faculty" for academic year 1996-97, part of the 1995 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). "The file includes the following data by institution: number of full-time instructional faculty, total salary outlays, and number of tenured faculty, by contract length (9- or 12-month), sex, and academic rank. The file also includes fringe benefit expenditures and number of faculty covered, by length of contract and type of benefit." The data are available in compressed .zip format. [MD]
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In the News
US Government Balances Budget
The Economic and Budget Outlook for Fiscal Years 1999-2008: A Preliminary Report--CBO
Select: Economic and Budget Projections/Economic and Budget Outlook and Updates/The Economic and Budget Outlook for Fiscal Years 1999-2008
FY 1998 Federal Budget Publications
US Department of Treasury Public Debt Page [.pdf]
Concord Coalition
Four Electronic Policy Network Backgrounders on The Balanced Budget
Budget Deficits: The Real Story--OMB Watch
"Those Surpluses: Proceed With Caution," by Robert D. Reischauer--Brookings Institution
The Basics: Balancing the Budget--Twentieth Century Fund
"The Way We Won: America's Economic Breakthrough During World War II," by Doris Kearns Goodwin--The American Prospect
Balancing America's Budget: Ending the Era of Big Government
Independent Budget Office of the City of New York Federal Income Tax "Receipt"
How the Government Spends a Typical Dollar
This week's In the News discusses the recent announcement that the US government has effectively balanced the budget for the first time in 30 years. These eleven resources offer a variety of information on this topic. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently issued revised projections showing that the federal budget is effectively in the black and should remain that way in the coming decade. The 1998 deficit was once forecast as high as $120 billion, but the new report shows that it will be only $5 billion, a very small amount compared to the overall annual federal budget of $1.7 trillion. If the economy continues to grow at the same steady pace, lawmakers can expect the last vestiges of the deficit to disappear by 2001 and see surpluses as large as $138 billion by 2008. Despite warnings that the economy could slow down and concerns over spending money we do not yet have, lawmakers and the White House are already contemplating ways to spend this expected windfall. Both parties favor some sort of tax cut, with Republicans calling for a larger and more immediate cut than Democrats. The president and many Democrats have declared their support for smaller tax cuts along with expansion of Medicare, child care and other programs. Speaker Newt Gingrich also has called for more spending for defense, highways and scientific research in the event of a surplus.

The US Congressional Budget Office provides full text of the announcement at its site. The US Government Printing Office GPO Access site offers a number of publications related to the proposed 1998 budget, including its full text and a citizen's guide. The Treasury Department Public Debt page features a variety of information on the national debt, including current projections to the penny and a summary of the Monthly Statement of the Public Debt, also available in .pdf and Microsoft Excel formats. Founded in 1992 by Paul Tsongas, Warren Rudman, and Peter Peterson, the Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to eliminating federal budget deficits and securing social benefits for all generations. The Concord Coalition site features information and facts on the deficit and entitlement reform. The Electronic Policy Network contains links to four policy papers on the budget deficit from nonpartisan and liberal thinktanks. The Heritage Foundation site offers excerpts from its Balancing America's Budget, edited by Scott A. Hodge. Selections include a summary of the Heritage Budget Plan and an overview of the economic theories that ground the book. The Independent Budget Office Tax "Receipt" allows users to enter a few items from their federal tax forms to discover exactly how much of their income went toward paying the interest in the debt, while the Washington Post site demonstrates how each federal tax dollar is raised and spent. [MD]
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