The Scout Report for Social Sciences - February 9, 1999

The Scout Report for Social Sciences

February 9, 1999

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


Learning Resources

Current Awareness

New Data

In The News


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation [.pdf]
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization devoted to health care issues. The foundation publishes information on the following topics: health policy, reproductive health, HIV policy, entertainment media and public health, and health and development in South Africa. For each topic, the site provides an issues library that contains an annotated archive of full-text documents in .pdf and ASCII formats. In addition, the site manages a statistical database of State Medicaid and Uninsured Facts, posts summaries of recent surveys conducted by the foundation, organizes a modest links library, and maintains an electronic mailing list for reporters and the public -- mediaWire. Users may also register for a customized email notification service or register to receive, by email, the Daily Reproductive Health Report or the Daily HIV/AIDS Report. [AO]
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room -- US Department of State [.pdf]
One of the revisions included in The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA) requires that federal agencies provide public access to government records electronically. In response to this new requirement, the Department of State has recently developed the FOIA Electronic Reading Room to make available frequently requested declassified documents released under the FOIA. In addition, the Reading Room presents special interest collections as well as "policy statements, administrative rulings and manuals, and other materials that affect members of the public." Currently the Reading Room contains nearly 22,000 documents (.pdf format), and the special interest library includes the CIA Creation Documents, the Amelia Earhart Collection, El Salvador Churchwomen Documents, the Guatemala Collection, and the Raoul Wallenberg Collection. Of course, the Reading Room provides a sophisticated and powerful search interface to assist inquisitive users. Note: A newer browser is required to access all of the features of the site (e.g., cascading style sheets). [AO]
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Work-Family Researchers Electronic Network
Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and maintained by the Center for Work and Family at Boston College, this site was established to facilitate information dissemination for work-family researchers. The Work-Family Researchers Electronic Network is comprised of four major components: the Work-Family Research Literature Database, the Work-Family Researchers' Discussion Groups, the Work-Family Research Newsletter, and Sloan Grantee Information. The searchable literature database contains over 1,000 bibliographic citations with annotations for selected articles, books, book chapters, reports, and papers in the work-family field. The discussion group section currently provides four fora for exchanging ideas on work and family. The Work-Family Research Newsletter recently posted its first issue online. Information about Sloan grantees and their projects are available in the final section. [AO]
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Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center
The Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) Resource Center provides an abundance of reference information on modern Chinese art, culture, film, and literature. This vast site includes an images archive; a collection of Chinese e-texts; a listing of works in translation; and several bibliographies on Chinese literature, film and media, music, art, and education. In addition, the site posts a list of associated library catalogs and bookstores, points to relevant online journals, and links to the syllabi of university courses on modern China. The MCLC Resource Center is produced at The Ohio State University's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures by Kirk A. Denton, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and editor of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture , with the assistance of Jeremy Sieg, a graduate student in Chinese Literature. [AO]
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The Pew Center on the States operates, a Website providing "a set of tools" that apprise state policy makers, the public, and the media of important developments occurring in the capitols of all 50 states. The site posts current news and archives past news items on state government, provides statistical data and background information for every state, maintains a library of updated data tables, and tracks developments for major political issues -- namely, Healthcare, Welfare Reform, Taxes/ Budget, Education, and Utility Deregulation. Users may also register for customized News Alerts, email notifications of developments for selected issues and states. [AO]
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Statistical Information Analysis Division of the Directorate for Information Operations and Reports -- DoD [.pdf]
The US Department of Defense's (DoD) Statistical Information Analysis Division (SIAD) of the Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (DIOR) presents a dizzying array of statistical reports on US military and civilian personnel from 1950 to the present, and on military casualties for principal wars and conflicts in US history. Although the indexes for the statistical information are difficult to read, the data are clearly displayed in tables, graphs, and maps. The SIAD also posts a series of recent Work Force publications, a glossary of DoD Work Force terms, and the General/ Flag Officer Worldwide Roster, a directory of admirals and generals in all military services. Most statistical reports at the site are provided in .pdf format only. [AO]
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The Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA), an independent social policy organization based in London, maintains AgeInfo, an information service that fosters an informed discussion on the social, behavioral, and health issues of the elderly. The Web version of AgeInfo provides a searchable bibliographic database of more than 30,000 articles, reports, and books held by the CPA's special collection on Social Gerontology. Users may conduct Boolean queries on the Text, Keywords, and Author fields. A hypertextual index of keywords assists browsers to identify search terms. The full CD-ROM version of AgeInfo also includes a detailed directory of over 3,500 organizations related to aging as well as a comprehensive international calendar of events. Information on how to subscribe to the full version of AgeInfo is available at the site. [AO]
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Lockerbie Trial Briefing [Java, Frames]
Non-Java, no-frames site map:
Maintained by the University of Glasgow School of Law, this site provides access to news and documents related to the impending international trial on the Lockerbie incident. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103, en route from London to New York, exploded over Scotland, killing 270 people in an alleged terrorist act. The Lockerbie Trial Briefing posts the latest news on the forthcoming trial in the Netherlands, provides detailed background information about the event, outlines the charges against the two suspects, provides essays on Scottish criminal procedure and Scots Evidence, explains the complex trial arrangements, presents United Nations documents relevant to the proceedings, and includes a FAQ and a glossary for users unfamiliar with legalese. Note: the site is much easier to navigate via the non-Java, no-frames site map. [AO]
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Learning Resources

The Harlem Renaissance -- Encyclopaedia Britannica [JavaScript, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Shockwave]
Text-only version:
The Harlem Renaissance, the newest Spotlight feature produced by the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica online, celebrates the intellectual creativity that blossomed in the African-American community in Harlem during the 1920s. The site is comprised of four main sections, providing an overview of the era's Literature, Art, Entertainment, and Leadership. Each section features extensive biographies of important persons and detailed articles about organizations and events. The site also includes a beautiful gallery of images; a collection of streaming-media clips of music, poetry, and commentary; a timeline spanning 1919 to 1929; and a Shockwave file that provides an interactive tour of the Hot Spots in Harlem during the renaissance. [AO]
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Mysteries of Catalhoyuk [JavaScript, Quicktime, QTVR, VRML]
Text-only version:
Catalhoyuk (chat-al-hoy-ook), which means "forked mound," is a major Neolithic archaeological site in south-central Turkey considered to be one of the first "urban" centers, built between 8,000 and 10,0000 years ago. This engaging multimedia Website, developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota for a general audience, examines the big mysteries underlying Catalhoyuk, as seen through the eyes of an international team of archaeologists and other specialists. Visitors may sift through artifacts and recent findings from the excavations, learn about the people and processes behind the digs, take a virtual tour of the site, or investigate the mysteries surrounding human remains, food habits, murals, clay balls, and goddess figurines. [AO]
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The Edith Wharton Society [Frames]
No frames:
The Edith Wharton Society has recently created a Website to promote the study and discussion of the life and work of this major American novelist and short story writer. Wharton (1862-1937) -- author of Ethan Frome (1911) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence (1920), among many other titles -- is highly regarded as a writer of keen insight and polished prose who deftly exposed the social hypocrisy of her era. The Society's Website, hosted by Professor Donna M. Campbell of Gonzaga University, provides information about the society, maintains a membership directory, offers a timely News and Announcements section, posts calls for papers, lists upcoming conferences, and publishes a current Wharton bibliography that includes titles from 1992 to the present. In addition, the site links to Wharton's writings on the Web and sponsors an electronic discussion list, wharton-l. [AO]

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Flights of Inspiration
Flights of Inspiration, a site created by The Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Science Museum, London, commemorates the 95th anniversary of powered, sustained, and controlled flight. The site is divided into four main sections: First Flight, Long Flight, Your Own Flight, and Teachers' Zone. First Flight contains a four-part story that profiles Orville and Wilbur Wright, the American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who achieved the first flight. Long Flight highlights British aviators Sir John Alcock and Capt. Arthur Whitten Brown, famous for making the first nonstop airplane crossing of the Atlantic. Your Own Flight consists of two subsections for student learning: Forces of Flight and the Challenge of Flight. The Teachers' Zone provides information on how instructors can incorporate this Website into their teaching. [AO]
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A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-1971 -- NMAH
A Visual Journey is a new virtual exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (discussed in the September 19, 1997 Scout Report). This photographic exhibit displays more than 60 captioned images captured by Lisa Law during the late 60s and early 70s. The photographs are divided into eight galleries, taking visitors on a journey that visually explores the era's social activism, personal freedom, and counterculture. Each gallery is prefaced with a brief introduction and links to a timeline that outlines important concurrent events. [AO]
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Casanova Research Page
This site is devoted to the life and work of Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), a celebrated eighteenth-century Italian adventurer, libertine, and author, who at times served as a seminarian, a soldier, a spy, and a diplomat. He is chiefly remembered for his scandalous semi-autobiographical account (Histoire de ma vie) of a promiscuous and unscrupulous seducer of women. This resource site provides general information about Casanova, including a biographical timeline and an annotated bibliography of his works. The site also provides scholarly resources for Casanova Studies including Research Tools and Special Collections; Recent Work on Casanova; Calls for Papers; Conferences, Symposia, and Exhibitions; Forum: A Meeting Place for Casanovists; and Links: Web Pages of Interest to Casanovists. The Casanova Research Page is the creation of Ted Emery, Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of French and Italian at Dickinson College. [AO]
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Religion Online [Frames]
Religion Online is an extensive digital library of over 250 book chapters, monographs, speeches, and articles on the socio-cultural aspects of Christianity. The texts, written by religious scholars, are arranged into twenty subject sections, such as Church and Society, Church History, Comparative Religion, and Sociology of Religion, among many others. Each section contains an annotated list of titles linking users to the full-text. All texts in the collection reside at the site. An author index provides users with an alternative method for document retrieval. Religion Online is compiled by William F. Fore, a retired professor of theology, communications, and cultural studies. [AO]
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Current Awareness
(For links to additional current awareness on tables of contents, abstracts, preprints, new books, data, conferences, etc., visit the Social Sciences Current Awareness Metapage:

New Working Papers

European Integration online Papers (EIoP) -- Volume 3
No 1: Christiansen, Thomas and Knud Erik Jorgensen. "The Amsterdam Process: A Structurationist Perspective on EU Treaty Reform"
No 2: Franchino, Fabio. "The Determinants of Control of Commission's Executive Functions"

Institute for Social and Economic Research Working Papers
No 99-1: Jenkins, Stephen P. "Modelling Household Income Dynamics"
Abstract and summary:
Full .pdf version:
No 99-2: Francesconi, Marco, et al. "Education and the Natural Rate of Unemployment"
Abstract and summary:
Full .pdf version:

The Jean Monnet Working Papers series in Comparative and International Politics
No 22.99: Ruszkowski, Janusz. "Geopolitical Model of the Baltic Europe in the Nineties"

Stockholm Research Reports in Demography
SRRD-131: Bracher, Michael and Gigi Santow. "Explaining trends in teenage childbearing in Sweden"
Word version:
Zipped files with tables and diagrams:

UK House of Commons Library Research Papers [.pdf]
No 99/9: Morgan, Bryn. "Local Government Finance Settlement: 1999/00: England"
No 99/10: McGinness, Stephen. "Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage"
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New Offerings from Academic Publishers

Association of American University Presses: New Releases
Baker&Taylor Academia -- Upcoming Books to Buy (February 1999)
Cambridge University Press
Perseus Books: By Category
Thela Thesis -- Just Published
Oxbow Books -- Publishers of titles on archaeology, classical studies, and medieval studies.
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Nature, Society, and History: Long Term Dynamics of Social Metabolism
September 30-October 2, 1999. Vienna, Austria. This international conference, held under the auspices of the Department of Social Ecology of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian Universities, "seeks to harvest the intellectual orchard and collect its valuable fruit from different scientific communities" in order to discuss the long-term ecological challenges caused by the "historical development of anthropogenic systems." Cultural anthropologists, sociologists, environmental historians, geographers, and others are encouraged to participate in the six conference symposia, which include, among others, Population and Health, Traditions in Coping with Nature, and Energetic and Material Metabolism. [AO]

The Changing Family and Child Development
June 3-6, 1999. Banff, Canada. The second biennial conference hosted by the National Foundation for Family Research and Education will bring together international experts to discuss current developments in the research of family issues. The conference will consist of public fora, symposia, and keynote addresses. Topics to be presented include The Spanking Controversy, Use/ Abuse of Ritalin, and Parental Autonomy vs. State Authority. Conference organizers are now accepting proposal abstracts. The deadline for submission is March 15, 1999. [AO]

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Conference 1999
July 15-18, 1999. Madison, Wisconsin. The Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America will host the seventh annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. The conference will consist of nearly 50 moderated panel sessions on the "creation, diffusion, and/or reception of the written or printed word" throughout history worldwide. The program guide is online and includes sessions with captivating titles such as Bibliomania: Sentiment and Gender; Guy Stuff: Dime Novels and Pulp Fiction and Constructing Worlds for American Males; and Victorian Literature and the Darwinian Debates. Detailed registration information is available at the site. [AO]
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Job Guides/ Funding

H-Net Job Guide

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

The Foundation Center -- Your Gateway to Philanthropy on the World Wide Web

Community of Science Funding Opportunities
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs

Casey, Lee A. and David B. Rivkin, Jr. "The International Criminal Court vs. The American People" -- The Heritage Foundation

Koretz, Daniel M. and Sheila I. Barron. "Test-Based Accountability Systems: Lessons of Kentucky's Experiment" -- RAND Education Research Brief

Nivola, Pietro. "Fit for Fat City: A 'Lite' Menu of European Policies to Improve Our Urban Form" -- The Brookings Institution

Reuter, James A. "Patterns of Specialty Care: Academic Health Centers and the Patient Care Mission" -- The Commonwealth Fund

Wray, L. Randall. "The Emperor Has No Clothes: President Clinton's Proposed Social Security Reform" -- The Jerome Levy Economics Institute
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New Tables of Content/ Abstracts

Educational Technology & Society (full-text)
JASSS: The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (full-text)
Postmodern Culture (full-text)
Teacher Magazine (full-text)
The Web of Time: Pages from the American Past (full-text)
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New Data

National Survey of America's Families -- The Urban Institute
Snapshots of America's Families
The Urban Institute is currently conducting a survey of Americans in thirteen states nationwide that "provides a comprehensive look at the well-being of adults and children." The survey emphasizes the differences among children in low- and high-income families. The first results from the 1997 round of the National Survey of America's Families are available in Snapshots of America's Families. Snapshots highlights social and economic issues in four major subject areas: Income and Hardship, Health, Children's Environment and Behavior, and Adults' Environment and Behavior. Each major subject is further divided into subtopics, which summarize recent findings and present related data. [AO]
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Annual Average Tables from the January 1999 Issue of Employment and Earnings -- BLS [.pdf]
Conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households in the US. This recently released collection of 47 tables presents the 1997 and 1998 annual averages for household statistics. Included data cover employment status, characteristics of the employed and unemployed, characteristics of persons not in the labor force, multiple jobholders, weekly earnings, union affiliation, employee absences, and Vietnam-era veterans and nonveterans. All data are classified by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics. Data tables are available in both .pdf and ASCII format. [AO]
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United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD): Social Indicators
The UNSD has recently updated its social indicators page. Data are available on population, youth and elderly populations, human settlements, water supply and sanitation, housing, health, child-bearing, education, literacy, income and economic activity, and unemployment. Each topic presents data in discrete, ASCII tables. [AO]
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In The News

ICPD+5: The Hague International Forum
ICPD+5 The Hague Forum -- UNFPA
Cairo+5 -- Population Council
Cairo Plus Five (1994-1999) -- CEDPA [Flash]
ICPD Programme of Action -- POPIN
Cairo Plus Five: A Bulletin for Journalists -- Population Action
NGO Forum & Youth Forum on ICPD+5 [Shockwave]
ICPD+5: The Earth Times
"Problems Impede Global Plan to Curb Population Growth" --
"A Population Time Bomb" -- The Boston Globe Online
This week's In the News covers an important international conference on population and development. These nine resources provide background information, breaking news, social commentary, and primary materials. This week, official delegates representing governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from over 180 nations are convening in The Hague, Netherlands, on the fifth anniversary of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The 1994 ICPD, held in Cairo, Egypt, has been lauded as one of the most successful global congresses ever, culminating with the unanimous endorsement of a comprehensive 20-year Programme of Action. Recognizing that individual health, rights, and well-being provide the foundation for sustainable development, the ICPD Programme of Action emphasizes the need for universal access to affordable reproductive health services, underscores the promotion of women's rights issues, and highlights the impact of the world's expanding population on the environment. This week's international forum, dubbed ICPD+5, will review and appraise the progress made worldwide since the implementation of the Cairo agenda. With world population expected to exceed six billion in 1999, the UN plans to hold several special sessions on population and development throughout the year, based on the findings unearthed at this week's ICPD+5.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) offers the most extensive resource on ICPD+5, providing background information, breaking news, and full-text reports and documents. Cairo+5, a site maintained by the Population Council -- a nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization -- includes a valuable guide and a report on ICPD and its current evaluation: the Guide to Research Findings on the Cairo Consensus, and From Cairo to Kayoro: Bringing Reproductive Health to a Village in Ghana. The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) hosts a site that provides ICPD updates, taskforce information, media fact sheets, an electronic mailing list, and an interactive presentation (Flash) that gives a brief history of the ICPD process. The UN Population Information Network (POPIN) posts the full text of the ICPD Programme of Action, adopted by 179 countries in 1994. Population Action publishes Cairo Plus Five: A Bulletin for Journalists, produced by a network of US NGOs. The NGO Forum & Youth Forum on ICPD+5 site provides information from these two affiliated fora, which took place last weekend, preceding The Hague Forum. The Earth Times provides a special news section on ICPD+5 and is "the newspaper of record" at the conference. "Problems Impede Global Plan to Curb Population Growth" and "A Population Time Bomb" are recent newspaper articles that discuss the conference, published by The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, respectively. [AO]
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