The Scout Report for Social Sciences - February 24, 1998

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

February 24, 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

"The Inspector General's Survey of the Cuban Operation"--The National Security Archive
The National Security Archive
After spending 36 years locked in a safe in the CIA director's office, this highly critical report of the CIA's handling of the Bay of Pigs Invasion was made public on February 22, 1998, after a two year Freedom of Information Act effort by The National Security Archive at George Washington University (discussed in the September 20, 1996 Scout Report). The top secret report, officially known as "The Inspector General's Survey of the Cuban Operation," strongly criticizes the CIA for misinforming Kennedy administration officials, poor planning and intelligence, treating rebel leaders as "puppets," and conducting an overt military operation beyond "Agency responsibility as well as Agency capability." [MD]
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British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) Bibliographic Database
The BLDS has recently unveiled this new web-searchable version of the library catalogue and journal articles database. The database contains records of over 116,000 documents held by the Library--all serial titles held, monographs acquired since 1987 and journal articles selectively indexed since 1990. Users can search by subject, title, author, periodical title, or periodical article. Simple and advanced searches are also available. Typical search returns include title, document type, author, International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), keywords, language, shelf category and location, and record number. Information on accessing the documents in the BLDS is also provided. [MD]
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Human Rights in China
Created in 1989, Human Rights in China is one of the major sources of information on human rights conditions in the People's Republic of China. The site offers press releases, reports, articles from its quarterly journal, China Rights Forum, organizational work reports, educational materials, action ideas and related links. In addition, the site covers a number of topics, including political prisoners and dissent, legal reform, freedom of association, women's rights, workers' rights, children's rights, and human rights education. The entire site is also available in Chinese. [MD]
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NARA--Title List: A Preliminary and Partial Listing of the Data Files in the National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released a preliminary and partial listing of electronic records files in the National Archives. These files are arranged by Branch of the US government, then by Agency, and then by Record Group (R.G.). Each federal agency or major subdivision generally has its own Record Group. The Title List is current as of December 31, 1997, and contains entries for approximately 13,500 of the over 100,000 electronic records files in the custody of NARA. A copy of the entire list may be downloaded via FTP. [MD]
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Handbook on Ethical Issues in Anthropology
The American Anthropological Association has recently added number 23 to its series of special online publications. Edited by Joan Cassell and Sue-Ellen Jacobs, this collection of six essays is presented to "stimulate discussion and reflection on ethical issues" among anthropologists. Offerings include a background essay and annotated bibliography, two essays containing fictional ethical dilemmas and proposed solutions, an essay on introducing issues of ethical responsibility into the classroom, and guidelines on holding a workshop on ethical problems in fieldwork. [MD]
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International Association of Labour History Institutions: Current Labor History Periodicals
Based on the holdings of the Arbejderbevaegelsens Bibliotek og Arkiv, Copenhagen, with additions from IALHI members, this site contains a list of print yearbooks and journals (spanning nineteen countries) that publish results of scholarly work on Labor History. Entries may contain editorial and publication addresses, International Standard Serial or Book numbers (ISSN or ISBN) and subscription prices. [MD]
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Learning Resources and General Interest
EURYBASE: The European Community Database on Education
EURYDICE: The Information Network on Education in Europe
Provided by EURYDICE, the Information Network on Education in Europe, EURYBASE is a collection of detailed descriptions of the education systems of seventeen European countries. Each description includes sections on Political and economic history, Educational systems and legislation, Pre-school education, Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Adult education, Teachers and education staff, Evaluation, Special educational needs, and the European Dimension in teaching. Also featured is a keyword index, bibliography, list of legislation, relevant addresses, and a glossary. Each profile is available in English, and most are also available in the official language(s) of the country concerned. [MD]
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Asian Studies Syllabi
H-Net Asia-Pacific Network
Hosted by H-Net's Asia Pacific Network, this collection of syllabi contains graduate, survey, and thematic courses in Asian Studies. Topics include: Comparative Regional Development in Europe and East Asia; History of East Asia; Women in East Asia; The History of Modern Japan; Pakistan: Islamic Frontier, The Rise of Modern China; and Vietnam: Revolution in Full Circle. The Asia-Pacific Network hosts three discussion lists (H-Asia, H-Japan, H-Anzau) and their logs and threads, announcements, reviews, and links to e-journals. [MD]
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G.I. Jones Photographic Archive of Southeastern Nigeria Art and Culture
Provided by Southern Illinois University, this archive contains excellent digitized photographs depicting the arts and cultures of southeastern Nigeria. The collection includes examples from Ibibio, Igbo, Ijo and Ogoni speaking peoples. G.I. Jones, later of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, took these photos in the 1930s while he was in the Colonial Service. Subjects include masks, musicians, statues, shrines, and various carved figures. An additional resource at the site is a series of related links and a select bibliography. [MD]
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Two Syllabi for Women in Antiquity
CLAS/WMST 2100: Women in Ancient Greece, University of, Colorado-Boulder [PowerPoint]
WST 4-264-97: Women in Antiquity, Cornell College
These two sites, both created for Fall 1997 classes, offer excellent models for instructors in similar fields. The first, by Professor John Gibert, contains a course overview, writing assignments, and sixteen PowerPoint presentations on a number of topics. Additional resources include a recommended reading list, PowerPoint presentations from the previous year's class, and several related links. Professor John Gruber-Miller created the second site, which offers a course overview, a detailed syllabus with some text links, and links to related resources. It also contains the guidelines and some examples from the class's required web research project. [MD]
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H-Afro-Am--New H-Net Listserv
The Collegium for African American Research in Europe (CAAR)
H-Afro-Am is a new H-Net sponsored, moderated discussion list for professionals, faculty, and advanced students in African American Studies. The discussion list will focus on the African Diaspora, mainly on the US experience. H-Afro-Am is also the official voice of the Collegium for African American Research in Europe (CAAR), established in 1992 to promote African American scholarship from an international perspective. [MD]

To subscribe send email to:
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Radio Days [RealPlayer]
This wonderful site, provided by James F. Widner, has something for anyone interested in vintage radio or 1930s-40s American culture. Users will find a large number of substantial audio clips and information on radio programs of all stripes and colors. The Timeline section highlights significant radio programs that began in the current month, offering short descriptive pieces and recordings. Under Radio News, users will find biographies and audio samples from the "founding fathers" of American broadcast journalism. The section also contains some of the most famous radio recordings ever made, including the Hindenberg Disaster, George Hick's report on D-Day, and the sinking of the Andrea Doria. The Drama section has summaries and recordings from some of the greatest programs in the comedy, mystery, private eye, and science fiction genres. Highlights include samples from Burns and Allen, House of Mystery, and Flash Gordon. The site also offers a large collection of related links. [MD]
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Descriptions of 63 Religions, Faith Groups & Ethical Systems
Provided by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, this site offers basic information on 63 different religions, faith groups, and ethical systems. They are organized into the following groups: "World" Religions, Neo-Pagan Religious Faiths, Small Non-Christian Religions, Destructive, Doomsday Faith Groups, Christian Groups, and Other Ethical Groups and Spiritual Paths. Typical information for each entry include a brief history, sacred texts, beliefs and practices, sects, and links to related sites. [MD]
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Irish Left Forum
The Irish Left Forum is a new moderated discussion list for sharing and distributing information concerning left-wing Irish politics, particularly issues of a socialist, anarchist, working class, republican, and nationalist character. Anyone with an interest in this subject is welcome to join. The moderators encourage "announcements, action alerts, requests for information and research sources, publications and brief news updates. In general, discussion will be discouraged except where it serves as clarification or correction." [MD]

To subscribe send email to:
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subscribe IRISH-LEFT your name
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Current Awareness
New Working Papers--Population Council
New abstracts from the latest Policy Research Division Working Papers have been added to the Population Council Site. Titles include: "Urbanization, unemployment and migration in Africa: Theory and Policy," "Absent and problematic men: Demographic accounts of male reproductive roles," and "Transition to adulthood of female factory workers: Some evidence from Bangladesh." Free copies of working papers are available to qualified individuals and institutions in developing countries working in the field of population, and to developing-country students enrolled in degree programs at developed-country institutions. Ordering information is available at the site. [MD]
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Recent Reports on Ethiopia
Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia (EUE): Monthly Situation Report--January 1998
Ethiopia: Human Rights Watch Report 2/5/98
The African Studies Center site at the University of Pennsylvania has posted two recent reports on the political and social condition of Ethiopia. The first is a consolidated UN report prepared by the Information Section of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from information and reports provided by specialized UN agencies, media sources, the Government and NGOs. It focuses primarily on food supplies, weather, health and nutrition, and refugees and returnees. The second is an announcement released by Human Rights Watch/Africa in December 1997, which criticizes "the failure of the Ethiopian government to live up to its professed commitment to human rights, and calling on the US in particular to put pressure for the government to live up to its human rights obligations." [MD]
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Tomsk and Vladivostok: A Comparative Study in Historical Urban Development
This paper was presented by John W. Neill at the Fourth International Seminar on Urban Form at the University of Birmingham, UK, in July 1997. The paper is a comparison of urban development and city planning during the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras in a western Siberian city (Tomsk) and one in the Russian Far East (Vladivostok). [MD]
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Addison Wesley Longman Publishers
New books in history, current affairs, and psychology have been added to the Addison Wesley Longman Publishers catalog. [MD]
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Conference Announcements
AIS 1998 Americas Conference
August 14-16, 1998 Baltimore, Maryland. The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is organizing the Fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems. The site provides conference information and a list of the currently accepted mini-tracks, which are grouped under three general headings: Technical Focus, Organizational Focus, and Learning Focus. [MD]

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting
October 22-25, 1998 Bloomington, Indiana. The theme of the meeting will be "Communities of Collaboration," suggesting the "collaboration of ethnomusicologists with scholars, artists and others in other areas." The 1998 Program Committee invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, workshops, and other formats. Suggested subtopics include: Artists and Ethnographers in the Academy and Beyond, Music and Work, Music and Healing, and Brain, Body, and Culture. [MD]

Trends in Social Theory, Politics and the Arts that Will Affect the Future Role of the Arts in Society
October 8-11, 1998 Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 24th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts will examine issues and trends in the three discipline areas that will impact the role of culture in society's future. "Papers are invited that examine the current status of the fine and performing arts, cultural policy, social issues and politics or that develop these trends into projections for the future." [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 23, 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

(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
Robert E. Litan, "Three-Step Remedy For Asia's Financial Flu"--Brookings Institution

"The President's Fiscal Year (FY) 1999 budget proposal: Child health provisions"--Children's Defense Fund

Jonathan D. Wallace, "The Specter of Pervasiveness: Pacifica, New Media, and Freedom of Speech --Cato Institute
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Bryan T. Johnson and Brett D. Schaefer, "Congress Should Give No More Funds to the IMF,"--Heritage Foundation
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Elaine Morley and Shelli B. Rossman, "Helping At-Risk Youth: Lessons from Community-Based Initiatives"--Urban Institute
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(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]
Bad Subjects (full text)
African Studies Quarterly (full text)
Columbia Journalism Review (full text)
Center for Urban Policy Research Report (full text)
Political Science Quarterly
Current Anthropology
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New Data
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Part of the Historical Census Projects at the University of Minnesota and funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the IPUMS consists of twenty-five high-precision samples of the American population drawn from thirteen federal censuses. Some of these samples have existed for years, and others were created specifically for this database. The twenty five samples span the censuses of 1850 to 1990 and provide a valuable source of quantitative information on long-term changes in the US population. This new version, IPUMS-98, contains new documentation, new data sets (1920, 1860 and 1870), and numerous new and revised variables. [MD]
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Statistics Denmark: Key Indicators
This site offers monthly updated statistics on key economic indicators in Denmark. These include: demand and supply, new manufacturing orders, construction, tourism, internal trade, transport, consumer and wholesale price index, and the labor market. [MD]
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United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD): Social Indicators
The UNSD has recently updated its social indicators page. Data is available on population, human settlements, water supply, housing, health, education, literacy, unemployment, income, and child-bearing. [MD]
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In the News
Crisis in Iraq of the week: The Iraqi Showdown
BBC News:Iraq--Full Background Briefing
United States Information Agency (USIA): Crisis with Iraq
US Department of State Iraq Report on Human Rights Practices for 1997
President Clinton's February 17, 1998 Speech at the Pentagon [RealPlayer]
Transcript of President Clinton's Speech
OneWorld: Iraq Articles
"Accept No Substitutes: Clinton Address On Iraq Signals Continuing Failure To Grasp Need For Toppling Saddam"--The Center for Security Policy
James Phillips and James H. Anderson, "Air Strikes Are Necessary To Weaken, Discredit, and Punish Saddam Hussein"--Heritage Foundation
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Iraq Crisis Antiwar Homepage
Voices in the Wilderness Home Page: A Campaign to Break the Immoral Sanctions Against the People of Iraq
The topic of this week's in the news is the renewed Iraqi crisis. These eleven resources offer information, analysis, and commentary from a variety of political and cultural viewpoints. Despite a noted lack of enthusiasm from neighboring Middle East nations and in the UN, the US and Britain appeared ready to take military action against Iraq to punish Saddam Hussein for once again interfering with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) inspections. While both governments received strong support from their legislatures, opinion within the US and UK, and certainly within the wider world community, appears to be much more divided on the necessity or effectiveness of air strikes in forcing Iraq to comply to the UN mandate. An agreement reached between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Saddam Hussein on February 22 appears to be defusing the situation by restoring, free and unfettered inspections by the UN Special Commission, known by its acronym, Unscom. While the US government is clearly relieved by a diplomatic solution, it seems just as clearly prepared to take military action should Iraq fail to honor the agreement.'s issue of the week page on the Iraqi crisis provides a retrospective of the 1991 Gulf War, analysis of the steps leading to US military action, and an overview of where other nations stand in relation to the US position. The BBC News special report features an excellent collection of articles on a variety of facets of the present crisis and its development as well as useful links. The USIA site defends US policy in the Gulf, outlining constructive steps taken by the government and highlighting the threat of Iraq deploying biological or chemical weapons. The site also provides links to official texts, including a report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The US State Department report on human rights in Iraq provides information on the current political structure and human rights climate in Iraq. C-Span offers a RealPlayer recording of the President's recent speech on Iraq, which outlined the reasons for US action and the dangers of inaction. OneWorld, a coalition of international justice organizations, offers a collection of articles that strongly oppose unilateral action by the US and UK. The Center for Security Policy's Decision Brief is a critical examination of President Clinton's recent speech. The Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum is also critical of the administration's policy, and urges vigorous military action against Iraq. In contrast, the Iraq Crisis Antiwar Home Page and Voices in the Wilderness Home Page both offer analysis and commentary that advocate a peaceful solution to the standoff and an end to UN sanctions. For more background information, see the In the News from the Scout Report for Social Sciences for November 18, 1997, which discussed the previous standoff with Iraq. [MD]
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