The Scout Report for Social Sciences - June 29, 1999

June 29, 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.

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In This Issue


Learning Resources

Current Awareness

New Data

In The News


Poisoning the Web: Hatred Online -- ADL
Subtitled An ADL [Anti-Defamation League] Report on Internet Bigotry, Extremism and Violence, this new report documents the historical background of hate groups online, examines current trends in online hatemongering, explores the social and legal implications of "cyber hate," and suggests ways to combat online hatred. In addition to profiling the Internet presence of traditional hate groups, the report highlights the dangers of online bomb-making manuals, outlines the prevalence of vitriolic homophobia online, surveys the level of anti-abortion extremism online, and reports on the role of women in white supremacist movements. The 76-page report, issued by the ADL's Internet Monitoring Unit, also features an informative FAQ about extremist speech on the Internet. [AO]
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National Institute for Money in State Politics
US Federal Election Commission
The National Institute for Money in State Politics is devoted "to accurate, comprehensive, and unbiased documentation and research on campaign finance at the state level." At the core of the Institute's Website is the Follow the Money database. The extensive, searchable database allows users to determine the names and contribution amounts of specific individuals, businesses, or political interest groups who have invested in statewide elections from 1990 to 1998. Follow the Money permits users to generate a bevy of customized statistical reports that clearly present requested data via interactive graphs and tables. This information-rich database is definitely the best resource for citizens interested in state-level campaign financing. For information on federal campaign financing, citizens should visit the US Federal Election Commission's Website (see the November 1, 1996 Scout Report). [AO]
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Corruption in Post-Communist Societies: Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Compiled by Michael Johnston of Colgate University's Department of Political Science, this working bibliography lists print and electronic resources relevant to the study of corruption and development in post-communist societies. The modest bibliography, which focuses on English language materials published since 1989, is searchable by keyword. In addition, the site includes an Events section, which posts announcements for conferences, training courses, and other events related to the topic of the bibliography. [AO]
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LIBRO: The Library of Iberian Resources Online
The Library of Iberian Resources Online (LIBRO) is a joint project recently initiated by the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain and the University of Central Arkansas. LIBRO aims to provide an online, full-text collection of "the best scholarship about the peoples and nations of the Iberian peninsula." Currently, the small collection features historical texts on the Hispanic Middle Ages (ca. 500 to 1500), but intends to expand in the near future to include titles from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Users may browse the collection by author or title or search the entire collection by keyword(s). [AO]
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The Press Freedom Database
Developed by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), The Press Freedom Database contains case histories of documented press freedom violations against journalists and media organizations worldwide as well as annual CPJ reports on the violations in specific countries and regions. The case histories document the circumstances in which journalists have been attacked, killed, expelled, censored, harassed, threatened, and/or imprisoned. The database is searchable by journalist name, news organization, type of organization, date, country, or region. Currently, the database, which is updated weekly, contains over 2,000 reports of press freedom violations, spanning from 1993 to the present. [AO]
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Learning Resources

Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time
This online companion to a new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ernest Hemingway, arguably the "single most influential American writer of the twentieth century." This exhibition includes photographs, paintings, letters, first editions, manuscripts, and personal memorabilia related to Hemingway's adventurous and successful literary career. The comprehensive exhibition also contains material about Hemingway's literary contemporaries, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Gertrude Stein, and Ezra Pound. [AO]
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Russian History on the Web
Recently launched by Marshall Poe of the School for Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, this valuable gateway provides academic researchers, educators, and students with a collection of critically evaluated Internet resources relevant to the study of Russian history. This selective, well-organized gateway offers an annotated index of high-quality information resources including metasites, guides, indices, bibliographies, dissertations, scholarly articles, journals, maps, surveys, archives, professional organizations, research centers, discussion lists, primary texts, image databases, and much more. [AO]
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Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators
.pdf version [440K, 80 p.]:
Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators provides instructors with an eleven-step process for designing, implementing, and maintaining online collaborative projects successfully. In addition, the guide explains types of online collaborations (e.g., discussion groups, data collection and organization, document sharing, synchronous communication, and online courses), offers tools and resources for developing collaborative environments, and provides tips for moderating online collaborations. The entire guide is available in either HTML or .pdf format. The new guide was developed jointly by the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University (LAB), the National School Network, and the Teacher Enhancement Electronic Community Hall (TEECH). [AO]
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Web de Anza
Web de Anza: an Interactive Study Environment on Spanish Exploration and Colonization of "Alta California" 1774-1776 offers researchers, educators, and students information resources related to the study of two eighteenth-century Spanish overland expeditions from Sonora (Arizona) in New Spain to northern California. This site features primary source materials, such as the original diaries and letters of the expeditionary leader, Juan Bautista de Anza, commandant of the Presidio of Tubac in Sonora. The site also provides a wealth of additional information including bibliographies, biographies, commentaries, maps, timelines, pictures, and sounds and video clips associated with the expeditions. Although its developers claim that the site is still under construction, it contains enough information to keep visitors occupied for hours, if not days. Web de Anza is hosted by the Center for Advanced Technology in Education at the University of Oregon. [AO]
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Ancient Architects of the Mississippi
A feature of the US National Park Service (see the March 8, 1996 Scout Report), this site provides information about the American civilizations that resided in the lower Mississippi Delta from 500 to 1700. The highly advanced agrarian civilizations, collectively known as the Mississippians, erected massive earthworks, which formed the architectural and ceremonial foundations of their communities. This Website contains images, photos, maps, and essays offering historical, anthropological, and archaeological insight into the cultures of the ancient moundbuilding societies. [AO]
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SPIRO [JavaScript]
The SPIRO (slide and photograph image retrieval online) database is the visual online public access catalog of the University of California at Berkeley's Architecture Slide Library's (ASL) collection of more than 200,000 35mm slides. SPIRO's Web-based search facility allows users to query the vast database by historical period, place, personal name, object name, subject terms, source of image, and/or image identification number. In addition to housing fully cataloged records of the slides, SPIRO also currently contains over 32,000 records with links to thumbnail images of selected ASL slides. [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 The Scout Report for Social Sciences Current Awareness Metapage:

New Working Papers

European Integration online Papers (EIoP) -- Volume 3
No 7: Knill, Christoph and Dirk Lehmkuhl. "How Europe Matters. Different Mechanisms of Europeanization"

Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science Occasional Papers [.pdf]
No 4: Friedland, Paul. "Metissage: The Merging of Theater and Politics in Revolutionary France"

Institute for Social and Economic Research Working Papers
No 99-10: Ruspini, Elisabetta. "Lone Mothers and Poverty in Italy, Germany and Great Britain, Evidence from Panel Data"
Full .pdf version:

The Jean Monnet Chair Working Papers, Harvard Law School
No 7/99: de Burca, Grainne. "Reappraising Subsidiarity's Significance after Amsterdam"
No 8/99: Volkai, Janos. "The Application of the Europe Agreement and European Law in Hungary: the Judgment of an Activist Constitutional Court on Activist Notions"

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Working Papers [.pdf]
WP 1999-005: Kohler, Hans-Peter, Jere R. Behrman, and Susan C. Watkins. "The Structure of Social Networks and Fertility Decisions: Evidence from S. Nyanza District, Kenya"
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs

Calvert, Guy. "Gambling America: Balancing the Risks of Gambling and Its Regulation" -- The Cato Institute

Fix, Michael and Wendy Zimmerman. "All under One Roof: Mixed-Status Families in an Era of Reform" -- The Urban Institute

Frankel, Jeffrey A. "Greenhouse Gas Emissions" -- The Brookings Institution

Klein, Stephen P. and Laura Hamilton. "Large-Scale Testing: Current Practices and New Directions" -- RAND Education

Schaefer, Brett D. and Denise H. Froning. "How Congress Should Relieve Poor-Country Debt" -- The Heritage Foundation
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New Tables of Contents/ Abstracts

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Culture & Psychology (abstracts)

Forum for Modern Language Studies (abstracts)

Postmodern Culture (full-text)

Slavic Review (abstracts)
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Next Steps in Kosovo and Southeastern Europe: An Internet Symposium of Regional Perspectives
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
June 29-July 1, 1999

Gender and Rural Transformations in Europe: Past, Present and Future Prospects
Wageningen Agricultural University
October 14-17, 1999. Wageningen, the Netherlands

PostModern Perspectives: Culture, Literature, Society
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen/Nurnberg
November 19-21, 1999. Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

Third European Social Science History Conference
International Institute of Social History (IISH)
April 12-15, 2000. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Job Guides/ Funding

H-Net Job Guide

Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Social Work and Social Services Jobs Online

Research and Training Support -- American Political Science Association
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New Data

Resegregation in American Schools
This new report, issued by Gary Orfield and John T. Yun of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, analyzes recent US educational data and focuses on four significant demographic statistical trends in American schools: the resegregation of the American South, the rising segregation of Latino students, the heightened segregation within suburban schools surrounding major metropolitan areas, and the rapid emergence of schools with three or more racial groups. In addition to exposing the trend of resegregation, the report concludes "that all racial groups except whites experience considerable diversity in their schools but whites are remaining in overwhelmingly white schools even in regions with very large non-white enrollments." At the end of the report, Orfield and Yun provide policy recommendations based on their conclusions, suggesting ways in which US schools can reverse the pattern of increased segregation. [AO]
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Spirituality and the Elderly: Survey of Staff and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities, 1998
American Religion Data Archive (ARDA)
The American Religion Data Archive (ARDA) (see the December 11, 1998 Scout Report) has recently added a new survey study to its archive. Conducted by Bonnie L. Walker for the National Institute on Aging, "this study compared staff and resident knowledge, attitudes and practices related to religious expression in [thirteen] long-term care settings." Users may view the study's codebook in either ASCII or HTML format and download the data in ASCII, SPSS, or MicroCase format. Moreover, at the ARDA site, users may conduct online custom analyses of selected variables within the data set to determine frequency distributions and other statistical information. [AO]
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Gun Crime in the Age Group 18-20 [.pdf, 180K, 20p.]
This report, recently released jointly by the US Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, presents a statistical analysis of the extent of gun crime committed in the US by persons between the ages of 18 and 20. The findings of the report show that this age group committed the most gun homicides in 1997, were more likely to use a firearm during a crime, and possessed the largest number of guns connected to documented crimes. The report also makes suggestions for reducing gun violence for this age group through legislation, and outlines the proposed Youth Gun Crime Enforcement Act of 1999. The report derived the latest data from the Uniform Crime Reports and the National Crime Victimization Survey as well as the gun tracing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. [AO]
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In The News

Battle of the Nile Discoveries
Society for Underwater Exploration
"Divers Reveal Nelson's Blast from the Past" -- The Times
"Nelson's Booty" -- The Times
Napoleon Fleet Discovery -- BBC
"Nelson and the Nile" -- Military History
Battle of the Nile Map -- Electronic Telegraph
The Nelson Society
Napoleon Library -- The Napoleon Foundation
Letters and Dispatches of Horatio Nelson -- The War Times Journal
This week's In the News focuses on recent underwater archaeological excavations. On August 1, 1798, British Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson defeated French Admiral Francois-Paul Brueys d'Aigailliers in a naval battle fought in Aboukir Bay, east of Alexandria, Egypt. The decisive clash, known as the Battle of the Nile, crippled the French navy and secured British control of the Mediterranean Sea. Nelson's momentous victory altered the course of European colonial history by thwarting Napoleon Bonaparte's tripartite plan to capture Egypt, strangle Britain's Mediterranean trade routes, and threaten British possession of India. Recent discoveries announced last weekend by a team of marine archaeologists, led by Franck Goddio of the Society of Underwater Exploration, have revealed new evidence about the battle, allowing historians to reconstruct the battle's order of events, chart the positions of the two navies, and analyze the military tactics of both fleets. The underwater archaeological team, with the aid of magnetic imaging and satellite positioning technology, has been scrupulously surveying the wreckage for three years. Besides shedding light on naval military history, the team of divers have found human remains and a bounty of sunken treasure, including cannons, firearms, cutlery, glassware, navigational equipment, surgical tools, typefaces for an onboard printing press, and a variety of copper, silver, and gold coins. The following nine resources provide news, interviews, history, commentary, and analysis of the discoveries.

The Society for Underwater Exploration's Website provides the latest information about the society's findings in Aboukir Bay and chronicles the expeditions of Franck Goddio and his team of archaeologists. The Times (UK) offers two articles summarizing the recent discoveries and detailing the sunken booty. The BBC has made available an audio report (RealPlayer) of the discoveries, which includes interviews with Goddio and descendants of both Nelson and Napoleon. "Nelson and the Nile" is an article from Military History, outlining the famous battle. Electronic Telegraph has posted a detailed map of the battle, permitting users to visualize history. The Nelson Society Website contains comprehensive information on the life and times of Lord Nelson. The Napoleon Foundation Website includes a Library section, which is comprised of documents related to Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in Egypt and his battle with the English navy. Letters and Dispatches of Horatio Nelson, a site provided by The War Times Journal, offers the full-text of Nelson's original military correspondence, along with detailed footnotes. [AO]
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