The Scout Report for Social Sciences - April 7, 1998

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

April 7, 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

Tibet Information Network (TIN)
Based in London, TIN is an independent monitoring service covering news in Tibet. The site's Tibet File offers important background information including a chronology, bibliography, population statistics and a glossary of Tibetan and Chinese terms. 'Reports from Tibet' provides a selection of news updates, reports, and photos. Additional resources at the site include information on TIN subscription services, an updated TIN publications listing, an internal search engine, and a collection of related links. [MD]
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The Social Science Research Grapevine
Recently launched at the March 1998 Internet Research and Information for Social Scientists (IRISS) conference in Bristol, UK, this nonprofit service is provided by the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol, host of several online services, including the Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG). Researchers may use this site to find job and training/development opportunities from employers and training providers across all sectors (in the UK). Grapevine also allows users to post a CV and use the Likeminds section to exchange professional ideas and information. In addition, users can link directly to the SOSIG catalog and create a personalized jumping off point for related Internet resources. In future versions of Grapevine, profile information may also be used to inform subscribers of new additions which match their interests. [MD]
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The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
Based in Israel, the ICT has opened a new site that will prove very valuable to anyone researching regional violence or radical groups. The site provides background information and articles dealing with terrorist groups and terrorism, a list of International Terrorist Organizations, a searchable database on Terrorist Attacks, and daily updates on related worldwide events. Additional resources include an internal search engine, annotated links, and information sections on counter-terrorism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, international terrorism and the Institute. Future plans for the site include a Discussion Forum and Hebrew and Arabic translations of several of the main sections. [MD]
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Theory in Anthropology
Provided by Richard Wilk, an Indiana University Anthropology Professor, this site offers resource guides compiled by IU Anthropology graduate students. Guides are divided into ten subdisciplines including Urban Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Feminist Anthropology, Cognitive Anthropology, Humanistic Anthropology, and Cultural Materialism. Each guide offers an overview, related links, and bibliographic sources; some also identify major themes and scholars as well as relevant organizations. Graduate students and researchers at any level will find useful information at this site. [MD]
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JSTOR Update
Family Planning Perspectives, v. 1-28, 1969-1996
List of Participating Academic Institutions
The full text of Family Planning Perspectives, v. 1-28, 1969-1996 is now available online at JSTOR. Visitors can search or browse the journal. Note: access to JSTOR contents is currently available only on a site license basis to academic institutions. A list of institutions with site licenses is provided. [MD]
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Provided by HME Media, this site is an online version of Carl G. Liungman's Thought Signs (1975), an encyclopedia of graphic symbols. The site contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. Ranging from Cro-Magnon carvings in mammoth teeth to hobo signs and subway graffiti, the signs are explained and examined in 1,600 articles. Users may search for the meaning or history of a sign in the Graphic Index or use the Word Index to find an ideogram with a certain meaning. [MD]
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H-Frauen-L: H-Net List on Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe
H-Frauen-L is a free, moderated internet discussion forum on teaching and scholarship about women and gender in Early Modern Europe. The list attempts to bring together academics, history professionals, and anyone with an interest in women and gender in Early Modern Europe. The list will be used to communicate current research and research interests and to discuss new articles, books, and papers. Logs and discussion threads may be accessed at the site. [MD]

To subscribe, send and e-mail message to:
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Learning Resources and General Interest
Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) [.pdf]
The Cold War International History Project was established in 1991 to facilitate the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and to disseminate new information and perspectives on Cold War history emerging from previously inaccessible sources. This web site is the latest CWIHP initiative to make available these documents. The core of the site is the CWIHP Virtual Library, a searchable collection of documents, working papers, and articles from the CWIHP Bulletin. The library covers numerous topics related to the Cold War and users can sort the documents by several methods, including keyword, subject, geographic subject, and bulletin issue. Other features at the site include the CWIHP Bulletin (in .pdf format) and a discussion group (free registration required). [MD]
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Oral History Archives of WW-II
Provided by the History Department at Rutgers University, this site hosts a collection of in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through the Second World War, beginning with an initial target group of Rutgers College alumni and Douglass College alumnae (formerly, New Jersey College for Women). The site currently contains transcripts of 44 interviews conducted between 1994 and 1996. [MD]
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Provided by the Dirksen Congressional Center, this site is designed to help students of all ages understand how Congress works. Users will find basic information on Congress and its functions, lesson plans, student research activities, annotated links, and manuals to help teachers and experts use CongressLink more efficiently. Additional resources include message boards, an internal search engine, and meeting rooms where students and teachers can chat in real-time with members of Congress or their staff. Note that no feature activities were scheduled at the time the site was reviewed. [MD]
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Medieval Welsh Authors
Edited by Professor Chris Grooms and provided by Collin County (Texas) Community College, this site is designed to help experienced learners "fill the gaps between speaking, writing and reading the Welsh language." In addition to exercises to help users master the various aspects of the literary language, the site also serves as an introduction to medieval Welsh literature. Additional resources include a research bibliography, a collection of related links, and information on reference works. [MD]
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Maecenas: Images of Ancient Greece and Rome
Maintained by Classics Professor Leo Curran of the University at Buffalo, this collection of images could be a useful resource for courses in the Classics, Ancient History, or Archaeology. The collection currently contains many high-quality photos from France and Italy, with separate sections for Sicily and Rome. The images are offered free for any non-commercial purpose, and the site is periodically updated with new photos. [MD]
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Anti-Saloon League Home Page
The Anti-Saloon League had an influential role in American politics between 1893 and 1933, using newspapers, cartoons, assorted publications and lobbying to transform a long-standing moral concern into a Constitutional amendment. The League left a legacy of printed material to the Westerville Ohio Public Library, the provider of this site. At the site, users will find a history of the League, short biographies of its leaders, and a nice collection of digitized printed materials including wet/dry maps of the US and editorial cartoons. Additional resources include a short list of classroom activities (for integrating the website into lessons on the temperance and other morality-based social movements), and a bibliography. [MD]
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Mysteries of Egypt [QuickTime VR]
Provided by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this site is an accompaniment to the new IMAX film of the same title produced by National Geographic, NOVA, and others. The site is more than a billboard, however, and offers numerous images and well-organized introductory information on Egyptian civilization. Topics covered include geography, government, religion, architecture, writing, and a chronology. Each topic has images and numerous hypertext links to additional information. The site also offers a Quicktime VR gallery, a section on Tutankhamun, a bibliography, and a collection of related links. [MD]
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Current Awareness
New Working Papers
National Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) [.pdf]
Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies
European University Institute
The NCDS has placed two new papers online: "Sources of welfare gains and losses in forming a preferential trade area," DI 98/1, by Yongzheng Yang, and "The political economy of regionalism in South Asia," SA 98/1, by M. Manir Hossain and Ronald C. Duncan. The Centre for Euro-Mediterranean Studies has made a new paper available: 98/1, "Turbulencia en el Mediterraneo: desafios globales, conflictos locales y espacios regionales," by Esther Barbe. The European University Insitute has placed several Jean Monnet Lectures online, including a recent paper by the Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. [MD]
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Online Middle East Net Assessment Reports--CSIS [.pdf]
The Middle East Net Assessment report series, provided by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), contains reports and briefings on a wide range of strategic issues in the Middle East. The reports offer overviews of economic, demographic, social, energy, and military trends in the Middle East, and more detailed studies of the trends in North Africa, the Arab-Israeli ring states, and the Persian Gulf. Most consist of analyses, charts, graphs, and statistical data. Most of these detailed reports are in .pdf format and many are regularly updated. [MD]
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"An Appraisal of the Technologies of Political Control"
This working paper has been released by the European Parliament Directorate General for Research of the Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA) program. Written by Steve Wright of the Omega Foundation in Manchester, UK, the paper aims to provide Members of the European Parliament with a guide to recent advances in the technology of political control. In addition, the paper offers policy recommendations covering regulatory strategies for management and future control. A detailed bibliography is provided at the site. [MD]
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New Offerings from Academic Publishers [MD]
Baker&Taylor Upcoming Books to Buy-April 1998 Subject List
What's New at Cambridge University Press
Addison-Wesley General Trade Books by Category
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Conference Announcements
ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
August 3-7, 1998 Ann Arbor Michigan. Titled, "Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation," this workshop from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is designed for individuals providing local support services for numeric data and quantitative research. The site contains registration information. Space is limited. [MD]

The Third Annual International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS-98)
December 15-19, 1998 Atlanta, GA. This conference aims to bring together "researchers, practitioners, developers, and users in order to obtain a deeper understanding of cognitive, social, and practical issues underlying effective education and to share insights into the design of the next generation of educational environments." The program will include plenary addresses, technical paper and poster sessions, a demonstration session, and specialized workshops. [MD]

Multiple Modernities in an Era of Globalization--International Institute of Sociology [frames]
July 11-15, 1998 Tel Aviv, Israel. The 34th World Congress of the International Institute of Sociology will examine "one of the central intellectual and scientific challenges that bridge between this century and the next one: our understanding of the convergence and divergence of cultures, identities and social structures in an era of intensifying relations among societies." The program will include a series of plenary sessions, working sessions, and social events. [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

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Crossroads Guide to Employment and Funding Opportunities in American Studies

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Special Focus Competition: Disseminating Proven Reforms
The purpose of this program is "to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education." Invitational priority will be given to institutions with innovative postsecondary education programs that became fully institutionalized between 1988 and 1997. More information is available at the site. [MD]

(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
Leon T. Hadar, "US Sanctions Against Burma: A Failure on All Fronts"--Cato Institute

Susan Lloyd, "Domestic Violence and Women's Employment"--Institute for Policy Research

Sharon K. Long, Sandra J. Clark, Caroline Ratcliffe, and Krista Olson, "Income Support and Social Services for Low-Income People in Washington"--The Urban Institute
PDF Version:

"Contraception and Fertility in Zimbabwe: Family Planning Services and Education Make a Difference"--RAND Institution

Brett D. Schaefer, "How Congress Should Reform the International Monetary Fund,"--Heritage Foundation
PDF Version:

(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]
Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies (full text)
Sociological Research Online (full text)
The Journal of Modern History
Social Science Computer Review
The Journal Of Interdisciplinary History
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New Data
Socioeconomic Role of Nicaraguan Women, 1977-78--DPLS [.pdf]
This new addition to the Data and Program Library Service On-line Data Archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison consists of over 4,000 interviews of women aged 15-45 living in Nicaragua. The interviews contain "current and retrospective information on economic activity, fertility and contraceptive behavior, health and nutritional status, and other demographic data." In addition to the data users will find a study description and online codebook. Please note that free registration is required before downloading the data. [MD]
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Trends in Marital Status of US Women at First Birth: 1930 to 1994
This US Census Bureau Working Paper (Population Division Working Paper No. 20), reports the results of data taken from the June 1980 and 1995 Current Population Surveys (CPS) "to examine the trend from 1930 to 1994 in the marital status of US women at the time of their first birth." Its five figures and three tables contain comparisons of data from 1930-34 and 1990-94. One of its major conclusions is that half of first births in 1990-94 were conceived before first marriage. The study notes that "trends shown in this paper may not necessarily match exactly those that would be obtained if fertility histories are available for all women who had ever lived during the period 1930-1994." [MD]
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Economic and Monetary Union convergence criteria
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities, has placed online the criteria for the next phase of economic and monetary union in Europe. Statistical tables include government deficit, gross debt, long-term interest rates and participation in the Exchange Rate Mechanism. Tables are also accompanied by Eurostat assessments. [MD]
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In the News
Political Shake-up In Russia Issue of the Week: The State of Russia
BBC News Special Report-Russian Crisis
CNN-Profile of Boris Yeltsin
Out There News-The weird, wacky world of Boris Yeltsin
Duma Homepage
This week's In the News discusses the recent political turmoil in Russia. These five resources offer background, analysis, and commentary. Russian President Boris Yeltsin recently stunned politicians and political commentators around the world by dismissing his entire cabinet. Rather than turning his back on reform, Yeltsin claims he seeks a new political team that will pursue economic liberalization more vigorously. Some analysts, however, see these maneuverings as yet another example of Yeltsin's quirky and high-handed political style. This sentiment was reinforced when Yeltsin named a relative political-unknown, Sergei Kiriyenko, to be the next Prime Minister.'s Issue of the Week focuses on the state of Russia, from the government reshuffle to the future of Russian politics and the 2000 elections, offering background on a number of issues and links to related resources. BBC News offers several commentaries on the political situation in Russia, including a brief profile of the little-known politician Sergei Kiriyenko recently named prime minister by Yeltsin. It also contains full text of Yeltsin's address in which he dismissed the government. Out There News offers a number of English translations of the President's past policy statements and public addresses. The Duma, the lower house of the Russian Federal Assembly, is currently dominated by members of the Communist Party, most of whom are antagonistic towards Yeltsin's economic reforms. Should they refuse to approve his selection for Prime Minister, Yeltsin has promised that he will dissolve the Assembly and force new elections. The Duma homepage offers information on the structure, leadership, and procedure of this body. [MD]
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