The Scout Report for Social Sciences - February 10, 1998

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

February 10, 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 * New Data
* Learning Resources and General Interest * In the News
* Current Awareness

Netherlands Institute for Social Sexological Research (NISSO) Database
The NISSO database contains over 50,000 documents (monographs, reports, conference proceedings, periodicals, articles, papers, brochures) on human sexuality and personal relationships, and approximately 15,000 documents on HIV/AIDS. Subjects include: sexual cultures and sexual ethics, biological and medical aspects of sexuality, reproductive behaviour and fertility regulation, social epidemiology of HIV and AIDS, AIDS/HIV-related care and/or assistance, and psychosocial AIDS/HIV-related problems. Searches can use multiple modifiers and typical returns include title, author, source, and an abstract. [MD]
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Confederate Broadside Poetry Collection
Provided by Wake Forest University Library, this collection features over 250 poems written by southerners and Confederate sympathizers during the American Civil War. The online examples include scanned pamphlets and clippings as well as broadsides. The collection is recognized as strongly representative of popular Southern war poetry and represents a wide range of subjects, tones, and abilities. Sample selections include: "Cotton is King," The Devil's Visit to 'Old Abe'," "God Help Kentucky," and "Hurrah for Jeff. Davis." [MD]
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EU Parliament Legislative Observatory
The European Union Parliament has recently introduced the Legislative Observatory, a database which includes status of legislation in progress (procedural files), commentary on parliamentary actions, citations to documents, and selected full text documents. Users can search the database by one single research criterion (by subject, reference, committee, service or state of progress of procedure) or by part-session. Procedural files typically include some identifying information, a history, authorship, statement of progress and forecast, and commentary. Note that, currently, some summaries are available only in French. [MD]
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Academic Council on the United Nations (ACUNS) [.pdf]
Text-only version:
Headquartered at Brown University's Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, ACUNS is "an international association of scholars, teachers, practitioners, and others who are active in the work and study of international organizations." At the site, users can access a number of full-text documents (most in .pdf format), including reports and papers, the ACUNS newsletter, selected UN documents, and the 1997 Distinguished World Leader Lecture. Additional resources include tables of contents for Global Governance, the ACUNS journal, a large collection of annotated links, subscription information on the ACUNS-IO listserv, and information on ACUNS-sponsored events and programs. [MD]
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JSTOR Update
American Journal of Political Science v. 1-38, 1957-1994
The Journal of Politics v. 1-56, 1939-1994
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research v. 1-52, 1940-1992
List of Participating Academic Institutions
The full text of American Journal of Political Science v. 1-38, 1957-1994, the The Journal of Politics v. 1-56, 1939-1994, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1-52, 1940-1992, 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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Bibliography on African Traditional Religion
African Traditional Religion
Compiled by Chidi Denis Isizoh with assistance from Professor Rudiger Schott of the University of Bonn, Germany, this bibliography contains books, journal articles, and selections from larger works that focus on traditional religions in Africa. Citations include items in French and German as well as English. The African Traditional Religion (ATR) site which hosts the bibliography contains several more items of interest, including articles and documents exploring the contact points of ATR with Islam and Christianity, country-by-country statistics on adherents of ATR, and a number of related links. [MD]
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Learning Resources and General Interest
Digital Atlas of New York City
Created by Professor William A. Bowen of the Department of Geography at California State University, Northridge, this digital atlas offers easy access to demographic information on New York City. The quick-loading atlases are divided into six principle topics: Population and Race, Ancestry, Income and Poverty, Adult Educational Attainment, Household Types, and Commuters. Each topic is further divided into multiple variables with several display options. An added valuable feature for non-New York natives is a locator map detailing the principle boroughs and neighborhoods. [MD]
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Syllabi for Early American History and Literature
Assembled by Edward Gallagher, Professor of English at Lehigh University, this collection contains seventeen syllabi from undergraduate and graduate courses in pre-1865 American literature and history. University educators and graduate students will find numerous items of interest and use for designing or revising their own courses. [MD]
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Study Abroad Asia WWW Virtual Library
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
This new sub-section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library, provided by Dr. Kamal Raj of the Asian Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin, was established to help scholars find suitable programs, resources, and other information for studying abroad in Asia. It provides original sources as well as related links for study abroad programs in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Sections on Asia Pacific and Asian languages taught in US Colleges and Universities are still under development. [MD]
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MLA Style--Citing Sources from the World Wide Web
The Modern Language Association style handbooks and manuals are two of the most prominent sources for guidelines on academic writing. The MLA has recently posted a site which contains the only MLA-authorized guidelines for citing Internet resources. The guidelines include fourteen items to consider in a citation and several examples. Instructors will find this site very useful in guiding students using Internet resources in their research papers. [MD]
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Two Resources for Classroom Discussion on Stereotypes
Asia Through a Glass Darkly: Stereotypes of Asians in Western Literature
Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media
The first of these two resources is based on an article written by John S. Major for the Asia Society's Focus on Asian Studies. The article is accompanied by lesson plans for use in social studies and literature classes, and is followed by a list of recommended readings. The second site is a pedagogical discussion and demonstration by Paul Martin Lester, Professor of Photocommunications at California State University, Fullerton. The site, which demonstrates the techniques Lester uses to discuss the issue of pictorial stereotyping by the media, also "suggests ways to discuss sensitive topics with students, and demonstrates how words, pictures and music can stimulate students both intellectually and emotionally." [MD]
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Postmodernism and its Critics
This site was created by Shannon Weiss and Karla Wesley as an assignment for a Spring 1997 Social Anthropology course at the University of Alabama. For a subject that often leaves students cold, these students have done an excellent job summarizing the key concepts, figures, and methodologies of postmodernism; instructors would do well to point their own students to this page. The site briefly lays out the basic premises, key works, leading figures, principle concepts, reactions and criticisms, and methodologies of postmodernism. Also included are a modest collection of resources and related links. [MD]
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100 Years of New York City--The New York Times
This new web special by the Times offers a look into the past 100 years of New York City. The retrospective is divided by decade, each of which includes a full time line, photos and headline clippings from the Times archives, and essays by noted authors and Times staff writers. Additional features include a panoramic view of the city's five boroughs from the early 20th century, a collection of statistical tables, and a discussion forum. Note that registration is required and that the Times online is free only in the United States. [MD]
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History of the CTA
This site, provided by University of Illinois student Graham Garfield, traces the history of Chicago's "L" lines from their inception to the 1980s. The first "L" lines date back to the 19th century and all were privately owned and operated until the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) was formed and took over all of the city's public transportation in 1945-7. Chronologies for different "L" lines are provided, as well historic route maps. Train buffs will especially enjoy the excellent collection of annotated photos of trains and stations. [MD]
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Herman Leonard, Images of Jazz
This site, provided by David Leonard, contains selections from Herman Leonard, the acclaimed jazz photographer whose work is a permanent part of the Smithsonian collection. Users will find wonderful photos of all the greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and more. [MD]
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Current Awareness
New Working Papers
Harvard Jean Monnet Chair Working Paper Series
Latin American Studies Association (LASA) [.pdf]
New papers on judicial protection in the EU and the Treaty of Amsterdam have been added to the Jean Monnet Chair site (1/98, 2/98) and on Maya Catholic Theology to the LASA site. [MD]
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European Dialogue
This new bimonthly magazine published by the European Commission is targeted at "decision-makers/opinion formers having an impact on European Integration" in the ten Central European and Baltic countries that have applied to join the EU. The electronic version of the first issue contains articles on humanitarian aid, membership negotiations, pensions, and economic forecasts. [MD]
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Baker&Taylor Publishers Academia Online (February 1998)[MD]
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Conference Announcements
Anglo-American Relations in the 20th Century
July 6-10, 1998 University of London, England. The Institute of Contemporary British History invites interested scholars to submit papers for its summer 1998 conference. Some of the themes in Anglo-American relations to be discussed include: diplomatic/political, defense and military, migration and inter-marriage, science and industry, and anti-American/anti-British sentiment. [MD]

WebNet '98
November 7-12, 1998 Orlando, Florida. WebNet 98 is an international conference on the WWW, Internet, and Intranet organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). As in previous WebNet conferences, a large variety of topics relating to the Internet and Intranets will be explored. [MD]

Computers, English Studies, and Disciplinary Justification
There is a crisis within the profession of English over disciplinary identity and public justification and the growing omnipresence of computers. This proposed special session of the 1998 Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco will discuss the political challenges, cultural consequences, and pedagogical implications raised by these issues. [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 for February 9, 1998

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Crossroads Guide to Employment and Funding Opportunities in American Studies

American Anthropological Association Positions Open--February 1998

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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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs[MD]
Solveig Singleton, "Privacy as Censorship"--Cato Institute

Peter P. Swire and Robert E. Litan, "Avoiding a Showdown Over EU Privacy Laws"--Brookings Institution

Nina H. Shokraii, "School Choice 1998: A Progress Report"--Heritage Foundation
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Demetra Smith Nightingale and Nancy Pindus, "Privatization of Public Social Services: A Background Paper"--Urban Institute

Robert Greenstein, "Federal Government Would Continue to Consume Less of the Economy Under Administration's Budget"--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]
Teacher Magazine (full text)
Theory and Event (full text)
Migration News (full text)
The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics (abstracts)
The Journal of Modern History
Journal of British Studies
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New Data
A Picture of Subsidized Households (1997)--HUD USER
Detailed Explanation of the Variables
1997 data on the nearly five million subsidized households across the United States is now available at the HUD USER web site. This report is the most recent data available at the level of individual housing projects, neighborhoods (Census tract), housing authorities, States, and the entire United States. It includes totals, Indian housing, public housing, Section 8 certificates and vouchers, Section 8 moderate rehabilitation, Section 8 new and substantial rehabilitation, Section 236, other HUD subsidies, and low income housing. Users will want to view the detailed explanation of the variables before viewing or downloading the data. [MD]
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Bureau of Labor Statistics Employee Benefits Survey 1995 [.pdf]
The BLS has placed the tables for the 1995 Employee Benefits in Medium and Large Private Establishments survey online. Tables are available in both text and .pdf format. Contents include: work schedules, paid time off, and family leave; disability benefits; medical, dental, and vision care; defined benefit plans; and flexible benefits plans and reimbursement accounts. [MD]
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State and County Income and Poverty Estimates (1993)--Census Bureau
The Census Bureau has recently released these revised state and county income and poverty estimates for 1993. The site offers highlights and background of the estimates, estimation models, tables, and data for downloading; revisions and additions are noted in a separate section. [MD]
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In the News
New Bloody Sunday Inquiry
CAIN Project: Key Events--Bloody Sunday
Irish Northern Aid Committee (INAC)--Background on Bloody Sunday
Remembering Bloody Sunday--Larkspirit
Frontline: Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein--PBS
Bloody Sunday and the Report of the Widgery Tribunal--Irish Government Report
BBC RealAudio--Tony Blair's statement on Bloody Sunday [RealPlayer]
An Phoblacht/Republican News
Sinn Fein Homepage
Ulster Unionist Party
This week's In the News discusses the recent decision to reopen the investigation into Bloody Sunday. These nine resources provide background information, analysis, and commentary. On January 30, 1972 British paratroopers shot dead thirteen people taking part in a protest march in the Northern Ireland city of Derry. The soldiers insisted that they had come under attack by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and only fired at those possessing weapons. This claim was and continues to be strongly denied by march participants and eyewitnesses. Bloody Sunday has remained an emotive issue in Ireland, partially because of intense dissatisfaction with the official investigation conducted at the time. In a hastily researched report, Lord Widgery granted that none of the victims could be proved to have had weapons when they were shot, but there was "a strong suspicion that some others had been firing weapons or handling bombs in the course of the afternoon." After years of prodding by Catholic nationalists in the North and the government of the Irish Republic, the British government, led by Prime Minister Tony Blair, has announced that they will reopen the investigation into Bloody Sunday as part of their larger efforts to secure a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

The CAIN Project site (discussed in the Scout Report for Social Science September 23, 1997 issue) provides a summary and chronology of the events of January 30, 1972, photos, a reading list, and links to more detailed background on the Northern Ireland conflict as a whole. INAC and Larkspirit also offer background on Bloody Sunday as well as links to news reports and commentary from a left/republican viewpoint. Behind the Mask is the companion site to an excellent PBS program that examines the conflict in Northern Ireland the relationship between the IRA and its political wing. The Irish Government Report, presented to the British Government in June, 1997, presents a strong case for reopening the investigation and discusses a great deal of new material ignored or unknown to the Widgery Tribunal. BBC RealAudio offers a recording of Tony Blair's statement on Bloody Sunday in Parliament on January 29, 1998. An Poblacht/Republican News is a weekly newspaper with a decidedly republican perspective that is closely linked with Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA. The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) is Northern Ireland's largest loyalist party. Both the Sinn Fein and UUP pages offer news and commentary on the peace process in Northern Ireland. [MD]
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