The Scout Report for Social Sciences - September 22, 1998

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

September 22, 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
* Research * New Data
* Learning Resources and General Interest * In the News
* Current Awareness
ArchSearch Catalogue [Frames]
The Archaeology Data Service (ADS), a division of the UK's Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), has recently launched the ArchSearch Catalogue. This catalogue allows users to search simultaneously the holdings of various archaeological collections, such as the National Excavation Index for England, the National Monuments Record of Scotland, the Microfilm Index for England, and the Society of Antiquaries of London. Moreover, the catalogue--by way of the AHDS's--links to information gateways serving researchers interested in history, performing arts, text studies, and visual arts. Additional archaeological archives will be included in the upcoming weeks as the service expands. Users may search several different fields in the catalog: Keyword, Where & When?, What?, Who?, Map, Project Name, and Complex, which permits the use of Boolean operators. Users may also independently search the special collections of the ADS or the individual information service providers of the AHDS. [AO]
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UNESCO Electronic Document Management System [.pdf]
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Electronic Document Management System offers researchers these two databases. The first, the UNESDOC database, provides multilingual, full-text access to documents of major governing bodies, field mission reports, speeches of the Director-General, and the UNESCO Sources Bulletin. UNESDOC documents are presented as text or .pdf files, and are searchable by citation; however, only the text files are available for full-text string searching. The second database, UNESBIB, allows users to search an extensive bibliography of UNESCO documents and publications, as well as the UNESCO library catalog. [AO]
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National Archeological Database [.pdf]
The National Archeological Database (NADB) is a centralized resource created to improve access to information about archeology and historic preservation. The NADB is divided into three discrete modules: NADB-Reports, NADB- NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), and NADB-MAPS (Multiple Attribute Presentation System). NADB-Reports is a searchable database of approximately 240,000 bibliographic citations for reports about archeological planning and investigation. NADB-NAGPRA organizes and provides over 200 full-text documents--in both text and .pdf formats--about Native American grave protection and repatriation activities. NADB-MAPS includes GIS maps displaying national distributions of cultural and environmental resources in the US. The NADB is maintained by the National Park Service and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas. [AO]
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Three New Titles--JSTOR
American Journal of International Law
Journal of Southern History
Shakespeare Quarterly
Participating JSTOR Sites
JSTOR has recently added three titles to its collection of full-text, online journals: American Journal of International Law volumes 1-88, covering 1907 to 1994; Journal of Southern History volumes 1-58, covering 1935 to 1992; and Shakespeare Quarterly volumes 1-43, covering 1950 to 1992. 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 available. [AO]
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Two Anthropological Resources at SUNY-Buffalo
ARD: Anthropology Review Database
WEDA: Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists
The fully searchable and browseable ARD, the Anthropology Review Database, indexes scholarly, reviews of anthropological books, audiovisual materials, exhibits, conferences, software, and online resources. Each query yields a webliography linking users to online reviews. WEDA, the Worldwide Email Directory of Anthropologists, contains information about over 4000 individuals and 1500 institutions involved in the study of Anthropology. The directory is searchable by name, institution, geographical location, and keyword. [AO]
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Spoon Collective
The Spoon Collective houses descriptive information, discussion archives, paper archives, and links to Websites for three dozen listservs related to the discussion of philosophy, sociology, political science, and literary theory. Some of the topics for the lists include Postcolonialism, Poststructuralism, Feminism, Marxism, and Cultural Studies. Thirteen of the lists are dedicated to the work of influential thinkers, including Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger. All content at the Spoon Collective can be searched aggregately. [AO]
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Learning Resources and General Interest
Internet Detective [Frames]
A central concern of the Internet Scout Project and anyone who uses the Web as an information-gathering tool is quality. The ability to critically analyze Websites and evaluate their quality and usefulness is essential to successful and efficient surfing. The Internet Detective, an online tutorial developed by staff at The Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol (home of SOSIG), is an excellent resource for developing these skills. With clearly written overviews, interactive quizzes, and worked examples, the tutorial teaches users the key elements of quality Internet information and offers practical tips for evaluating a variety of online resources. Free registration is required to allow users to return to the site as necessary and work through the tutorial at their own pace. [MD]
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The History of Education Site
The History of Education Site categorizes and annotates international resources concerning education history, childhood history, and the history of education research. This frequently updated, easily navigated metasite--initiated and maintained by Henk van Setten, Associate Professor of the Philosophy and History of Education at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands--indexes online bibliographies, pedagogical texts, specialized archives, discussion lists, educational statistics, and research organizations, in addition to numerous sites devoted to the history of education, the history of childhood, and the lives and works of important educators from the past. Each brief annotation in the index is accompanied by an icon that visually represents the site's content type, quantity, quality, relevance, and usability. The entire metasite is searchable; furthermore, helpful tips are provided on how to locate additional history of education resources on the Web. [AO]
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CAL Learning Strategies Database
The Learning Strategies Database, developed by the Center for Advancement of Learning (CAL) at Muskingum College, organizes information about learning strategies into four major sections: Introduction to the CAL Learning Strategies Database, General-Purpose Learning Strategies, Content-Specific Learning Strategies, and Bibliography of Learning Strategies Resources. Each section is further divided into more specific subsections, creating a hierarchical database structure. For example, the general-purpose section contains sixteen subsections related to general learning, such as Memory, Test Preparation, and Notetaking; whereas, the content-specific section has 27 disciplinary subsections, covering subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts. The information in the database allows students of all ages and their instructors to assess current learning styles, and to identify and implement methods for effective education adapted to the learning strengths and weaknesses of individual students. [AO]
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History Matters: The US Survey Course on the Web [RealPlayer]
Developed for educators, History Matters serves as an information gateway, fostering the instructional methods of American history teachers at the high school and university levels. This ripe site features historical resources in textual, graphic, and audio formats and interactive instructional modules that emphasize student analysis and interpretation of primary historical documents. Other resources available to instructors include a list of annotated syllabi, online interviews with distinguished history teachers, a searchable, annotated subject guide of relevant Websites, and Talking History, a discussion forum about teaching US History. The discussion topic changes monthly and a different prominent scholar moderates the forum each month. Currently, most content at the site covers US History from 1876 to 1946. History Matters is a joint project of the City University of New York's American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and George Mason University's Center for History and New Media. Note: users will need RealPlayer to listen to the oral histories. [AO]
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ArtsConnectEd is an Internet-based gateway to allow teachers, students, and parents to access the combined educational resources of the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Although still under development, ArtsConnectEd already offers several useful sections, including classroom resources, discussions, and tours of the museums. Teachers can easily search for grade-appropriate curriculum materials, some of which are available online, while others, such as videos or slide sets with accompanying texts, must be ordered from the museums. Eventually, ArtsConnectEd will contain a huge variety of art museum information resources including text, images, audio, video, hypermedia, 3-D models and animation related to collection information, library card catalogues, object label and didactic panel copy, exhibition and institutional archives, and full-text publications. [DS]
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Michael Geist Web Lecture Series for Legal Education [Frames, RealPlayer, .pdf, Shockwave]
Alternate server:
"Part research tool, part casebook, and part tutorial," this series of seventeen Web lectures presented by Michael Geist, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa Law School, covers a wide range of legal topics from business law to torts. Each lecture integrates 25-40 Web resources, via frames, into a discussion of substantive legal issues. Geist's framed commentary and analysis provide a context for the primary and secondary electronic resources studied in the lectures. Users should note that content at some of the examined sites require RealPlayer, Acrobat Reader, or Shockwave. [AO]
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Two Finite Relation Expression Networks
Lexical FreeNet
Cinema FreeNet
Finite relation expression networks, or FreeNets, allow users to search for lexical and conceptual relationships between words or phrases. Lexical FreeNet is a network that combines semantic relations derived from WordNet (discussed in the January 30, 1998 Scout Report) with relations derived from other linguistic data. To operate Lexical FreeNet, users type in a source concept and a target concept, select the linguistic relations they would like to explore, and then choose a query option. Every query returns a mapped binary connection, showing the path of relations between the source and the target. Users will be fascinated by how ostensibly unrelated words or concepts can be connected. Cinema FreeNet functions in the same manner as Lexical FreeNet, except that it explores the relations of movies, actors, directors, and producers, based on information in the Internet Movie Database (discussed in the May 6, 1994 Scout Report). [AO]
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Transsexualism/Gender Transition FAQ
Text-only version:
This FAQ, written by members of the Mid-Michigan FTM (female-to-male) Alliance, offers general information about transsexualism and gender transition, and addresses the common responses and concerns that friends, family, and co-workers have about the transgendered person in their lives. An annotated webliography of relevant resources and a bibliography about transsexualism guide users to additional information. A text-only version of the entire site is available to facilitate printing. [AO]
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Dead Sociologists Index
The Dead Sociologists Index compiles brief biographies of sixteen famous sociologists, summarizes their important contributions to sociology, and provides excerpts of their original work. Some of the expired sociological theorists included in the index are Jane Addams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Thorstein Veblen. Larry R. Ridener, the creator of the index, intends to expand this site, include more dead sociologists, and develop a small digital library of sociological resources. [AO]
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Current Awareness
Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Culture [RealPlayer]
Murdoch University's School of Asian Studies has launched the inaugural issue of Intersections, a full-text, multimedia, refereed electronic journal devoted to the study of gender, history, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary journal will underscore the importance of "research into the region's multiple historical and cultural gender patterns" while exploring innovative applications of technology to scholarship, combining written, oral, and visual resources to create cohesive, engaging articles. Some of the articles in the first issue include "Ethnography and Video: Researching Women in China's Floating Population" by Tamara Jacka and Josko Petkovic (RealPlayer required to view video clips), "Crossing Gender Boundaries in China: Nushu Narratives" by Anne McLaren, and "The Language of Liberation: Gender and Jiefang in Early CCP Discourse" by Harriet Evans. [AO]
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Human Development Report 1998--UN Development Programme
The Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme has released the Human Development Report (HDR) 1998. This site provides a detailed summary of the report's contents and an agenda for action, outlining a comprehensive plan to change the world's consumption patterns in ways that will facilitate future human development. Appended to the HDR 1998 are three indices: the Human Development Index, the Gender-Related Development Index, and the Gender Empowerment Measure. Each index presents pertinent statistical measures and displays the data in a table format. The site also archives HDRs dating back to 1990 and supplies information on ordering the full report. [AO]
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The Federal Impeachment Process: A Bibliographic Guide to English and American Precedence, Historical and Procedural Development, and Scholarly Commentary
.pdf version:
In recent weeks, the term "impeachment" has worked its way into public discourse. This document--published by the Cornell Law Library, first written in 1974 by Thomas C. Kingsley and updated in 1998 by Joseph Luke--provides the legal definition of political impeachment, outlines the history of the impeachment process, and lists the impeachment provisions of the US constitution and documentary sources of federal impeachment, as well as related court cases, government publications, books, and journal and law review articles. [AO]
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Conference Announcements
Constructing Common Ground: Human and Environmental Imperatives
April 20-25, 1999 Tucson, Arizona. The Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI), the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA), and the Political Ecology Society (PESO) will all come together at the Society for Applied Anthropology's 1999 Annual Meeting to discuss "the central and broadest canvass of human concern today: survival of our species." Speakers from many backgrounds will speak to the nature of human circumstances and capacities for the new millennium. [AO]

International Society for Theoretical Psychology
April 25-29 1999 Sydney, Australia. The biennial conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology will examine the diverse approaches to psychological theorizing in the late twentieth century. The conference will consist of a series of symposia, papers, roundtables, and multimedia presentations which will focus on the following themes: The Relation of Practice to Theory, Feminist Psychology, Globalization and Postcolonialism, Interdisciplinarity, and Last Lectures of the twentieth Century. [AO]

Information Ecologies: The Impact of New Information "Species"
December 2-4, 1998 York, England. Organized by the Electronic Libraries (eLib) Programme and the UK Office For Library and Information Networking (UKOLN), this conference will discuss the effect of new "species" in the ecology of information, namely Websites, subject gateways, multimedia, e-zines, e-prints, and continuous publication journals. The conference will explore the current nature and economics of these new species, as well as their impact on the future of the information environment. [AO]

(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

Resources in Art History for Graduate Students:
A Newsletter of Fellowships and Other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities

(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
"Premium Pay II: Corporate Compensation on America's HMOs"--Families USA Foundation
.pdf version:

Fisher, Richard D., Jr. "Don't Railroad Cambodia's Democrats"--Heritage Foundation
.pdf version:

Keltner, Brent R. "Funding Comprehensive School Reform"--RAND Corporation

Vicente, Jason J. "Impeachment: A Constitutional Primer"--Cato Institute
Executive Summary:
.pdf version of full report:

(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:
Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies (full-text)

MERIA: Middle East Review of International Affairs (full-text)

Theory & Event (full-text)

The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Social Semiotics
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New Data
Trends in Europe and North America--UN/ECE
Published by the Statistical Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), Trends in Europe and North America provides statistical profiles of the ECE's 55 member countries with data derived from the 1998 UN/ECE Statistical Yearbook. Tables and graphs clearly present information for the following categories: official languages, date joined UN, population, population density, life expectancy, infant mortality, unemployment, expenditure on education and health care, GDP, consumer price index, exports, imports, and exchange rate. [AO]
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The Union Difference: Fast Facts on Union Membership and Pay, 1998
The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) prepared this inventory of fast facts from figures derived from various sources to provide information about labor unions and union membership in the US. A series of thirteen pages present statistical summaries in the form of graphs, charts, and tables, outlining data about American unions and their 16.1 million members, in relation to occupational groups, age groups, wages, benefits, job stability, productivity, women, minorities, and part-time workers. In addition, a national list enumerates the number and percentage of union members by state. [AO]
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FERRET Updates
FERRET, The Federal Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool (discussed in the June 6, 1997 Scout Report), has recently added to its archives two more microdata files derived from the Current Population Survey (CPS): the February 1998 Displaced Workers Supplement and the April 1995 Food Security Supplement. In addition, the CPS 1998 March Supplement will be released on Thursday, September 24, and the 1997 October School Enrollment Supplement will also be available within the next two weeks. Note: users must register with an email address before using the system. [AO]
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In the News
Election in Germany
CNN: Germany Votes--Bundestag Elections 1998
BBC News: German Election
Inter Nationes Press: Election Special 1998
German Elections: Profile of the Two Main Parties
The Federal Chancellor
German Bundestag
Elections in Germany
This week's In The News focuses on the forthcoming general election in Germany. These seven sources provide background, news, analysis, and commentary. On Sunday September 27, Germany's 60 million voters will elect a chancellor to lead them into the 21st century. Incumbent Helmut Kohl, a 68-year-old Christian Democrat who has been chancellor since 1982, is running for an unprecedented fifth term. During Kohl's sixteen years in power as a major world leader, he has presided over the reunification of Germany after the fall of the Berlin wall, advocated European unity while strengthening ties with the US, and ardently endorsed Germany's participation in Europe's single currency, the Euro. However, the problems of modernizing the economy in the formerly communist eastern Germany--where seventeen percent of the workers are unemployed--compounded by the difficulties of high taxes, expensive social programs, and fleeing investments, have convinced many voters that is time for a change of leadership. Kohl's opponent in the general election, Gerhard Schroder, is a 54-year-old Social Democrat currently serving as the Prime Minister of the northern state of Lower Saxony. The telegenic Schroder considers himself a New Middle leftist and models his political style after UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President Bill Clinton; he has, in fact, used consultants from Clinton's last campaign to bolster his image. According to political pundits, both Kohl and Schroder have similar moderate platforms, which has made this race a campaign of competing personalities rather than of substantive issues. Recent polls have indicated a dead heat between the candidates leading into the final week of the campaign.

CNN's Germany Votes--Bundestag Elections 1998 and the BBC's special report on the upcoming German election are excellent starting points for gathering background information, current news, and insightful analysis about the candidates, their parties, relevant issues, and public opinion. The Inter Nationes Press: Election Special 1998 explains the procedures and methods involved in German elections, provides a history of past elections, profiles the candidates for the chancellorship, and outlines the various party lines in the German Bundestag. For those who desire a quick summary, the Washington Post site offers a brief synopsis of the important political parties in the election: the coalition of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union supporting Kohl, and the Social Democratic Party endorsing Schroder. The Federal Chancellor, an official government Website, offers state information about the chancellorship and the Federal Chancellery, the central coordinating office for government policy. Another government site provides information about the Bundestag, the lower house in Germany's bicameral parliamentary system, which elects the chancellor. Voters elect representatives to the Bundestag every four years, who in turn elect, by simple majority, the chancellor. Currently, the Bundestag has 672 seats divided among six parties. The final site listed, Elections in Germany, presents a statistical breakdown of the Bundestag and contains a directory of German political parties, with links to their Websites. [AO]
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