The Scout Report for Social Sciences - November 2, 1999

November 2, 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


The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)
Sponsored by the Native American Language Center at the University of California-Davis, the SSILA's site serves as a superb resource for those studying Indigenous American languages. In addition to information about the society and its mission, and bulletins about upcoming events in the field of Indigenous language study, the site features a searchable comprehensive listing of articles on American Indian Languages in more than 100 journals from 1988 to the present; a Dissertation & Thesis Index, publishing abstracts of over 200 dissertations and theses on American Indian languages and related topics; a searchable database of notices and reviews for over 650 relevant books; an extensive and briefly annotated directory of Internet links for additional research; and a catalog of language learning materials, including ordering information, available for over 200 North American Indian languages. Membership information and a directory of SSILA members are also posted on-site. [DC]
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Documenting the American South: The Church in the Southern Black Community
Last month, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries began to digitize historical documents for their Church in the Southern Black Community online collection, part of the ongoing digitization of materials in the Documenting the American South series (see the April 18, 1997 Scout Report). According to its creators, "'The Church in the Southern Black Community' traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life." Currently, the site offers transcribed oral histories and autobiographies of former slaves, a diary of a New England woman living in the South in 1865, official church documents that give insight into how religious organizations approached slaves and former slaves as potential converts, and more. New documents are added on a regular basis. The other e-text collections on-site are First-Person Narratives of the American South, a Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives, and The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865. [DC]
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Two from the New York Public Library (NYPL)
Planning Digital Projects for Historical Collections
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
These two resources from the NYPL consist of an overview of planning digital projects for historical collections and an example of just such a project. The first item is aimed primarily at librarians and administrators who would like to promote the use of often under-accessed and difficult to classify collections of unique historical materials. The guide briefly discusses the NYPL's own digital projects, answers common questions regarding digital projects, and guides readers through the steps of planning and creating the project, including selecting, organizing, and presenting the materials. The conclusion also offers a number of useful links. The African American Women Writers of the 19th Century site is an online collection of 52 full-text works. Users can browse the books by author, title, or literature type (fiction, poetry, biography and autobiography, and essays). Each work is (unfortunately) presented in a rather cramped frame, navigated with a table of contents on the left side. The site also includes a helpful introductory essay, technical notes, a discussion of editorial methods, a citation list, and an internal search engine. [MD]
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The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia
This valuable Website offers a wealth of documentary materials from the original Plymouth Colony settlement. The archive presents an extensive collection of searchable, online texts, including "court records, Colony laws, biographical profiles of selected colonists, probate inventories, wills," and analyses of these primary materials. The Website also has photographs and a description of the ongoing archaeological and reconstruction work at the settlement site, historical illustrations from the 1911 text by Albert Christopher Addison, The Romantic Story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, a walking tour of the colony courtesy of a link to ArchNet at the University of Connecticut, and a list of links to a number of related Websites. Researchers will be happy to know the Archive is searchable. [DC]
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Human Sciences Research Council [.pdf]
The Human Sciences Research Council provides news and research in South African social sciences, including economics, social analysis, education, and governance. The site posts weekly media releases on contemporary topics; recent working papers; and "published findings" on such topics as Children's Rights in South Africa, Human Rights and Democratization, and pending social legislation. (A search engine is provided for these materials, but wasn't accessible when we visited.) The site also gives some annotated links to prime databases for further research on South Africa. Note: the site's book-length publications generally must be ordered online. [DC]
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Gazetteer for Scotland
Describing itself as "the first comprehensive gazetteer produced for Scotland since 1885," The Gazetteer for Scotland is a geographical database, "featuring details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles." The site provides maps for the different regions of Scotland, and brief descriptions of the geography and prominent families for many of the places therein. Currently, the Gazetteer covers about 50 percent of the country, focusing on the larger regions, with more places being added regularly. The Gazetteer is being developed jointly by the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. [DC]
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Learning Resources

Kentucky Migrant Technology Project: Online Courses
The Kentucky Migrant Technology Project supplies complete online courses in the social sciences and humanities "with high academic standards and content-rich educational material to schools and students across America who may need more than the traditional learning environment." Current offerings are for middle school and high school students and include US and World History, Global Regions, General Visual Arts, English literature courses for grades six through twelve, and more. The courses provide syllabi, lesson plans, subject links, assignments, quizzes, and tests. (Note: participants must register to take the tests.) The materials may be used by students or teachers and are currently free due to a grant from the US Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education. [DC]
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International Water Law Project
As clean water has increasingly become a resource subject to scarcity, international politics and law have become involved with the issues of access to and maintenance of water sources. This site provides comprehensive information on the subject, featuring full texts of the major diplomatic documents, including rules on international groundwaters and rivers agreed upon at UN conferences in Helsinki and Seoul, treaty drafts, regional agreements as well as international case law, an extensive bibliography, and links to related sites. The site was conceived and developed by Gabriel Eckstein in conjunction with The World's Water project of the Pacific Institute. [DC]
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Online! Citation Styles
This Internet version of Online!: A Reference Guide to Using Internet Resources from Bedford/ St. Martin's Press is for any student, professional, or scholar who has ever been frustrated by the inadequate and/or out-of-date information provided in most standard handbooks and style guides regarding citing online materials. With chapters five through eight of the printed text posted and updated regularly, Online! is one of the most recent and comprehensive guides to online documentation available on the Web. The Website shows how to document ten different categories of online sources in APA, MLA, CBE, and Chicago styles, including Websites; email, discussion, electronic mailing list, and news group postings; Telnet sites; and linkage data. The site provides general principles and specific examples for each type of citation. Additional links for other styles and guides are also provided. Finally, unlike some online guides to documentation, the site is attractive and easily navigable. [DC]
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Social Studies School Service
Beginning this month, offers an Online Course for New History/ Social Studies Teachers designed to provide new teachers with icebreakers, lesson plans, background pedagogy, and activities for the classroom. Currently, IceBreakers, Introduction to Social Studies, and Lesson Planning (including over a dozen sample lessons) are online with Creative Lessons, Idea Books and Activities, and Assessment to follow. Lesson Planning also gives lists of supplementary print resources from, which may be purchased online, and links to useful educational Websites. [DC]
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Online Study Guides
This site features study guides prepared by English Professor Paul Brians of Washington State University for his classes, but available free of charge to Web users, provided they credit the author. The site offers study guides to an extensive library of works, including texts in the fields of science fiction, world history, eighteenth and nineteenth century European classics, Renaissance and World Literature, and the Bible. The study guides not only provide detailed summaries and analyses of the texts, but helpful glossaries of vocabulary and allusions, related Web links, and explanations of key cultural concepts. All together, there are study guides for about 75 texts as well as useful guides to such things as Misconceptions, Confusions, and Conflicts Concerning Socialism, Communism, and Capitalism; and French Impressionist painting. [DC]
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Rabbit in the Moon: Mayan Glyphs and Architecture [SoundApp or WAV; Virtus Player or Worldview]
This site offers a wealth of materials on the Mayan language, culture, and architecture. Users can learn the semantic and grammatical principles of Mayan hieroglyphic writing, listen to the pronunciation of Mayan vowels and consonants, examine Mayan architecture using virtual reality applications, study Mayan calendary as well as access texts, classes, meetings, and organizations devoted to studying Mayan civilization. The site is searchable and written in a conversational but highly informative style. We advise those who might be put off by some of the more "new age" features, such as ordering your own T-shirt with your name in Mayan, to simply bypass these smaller portions of the site and go directly to the more educational material. The site is maintained by amateur Mayan scholar Nancy McNelly. [DC]
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Precious Children [RealPlayer]
This companion Website to the recently broadcast PBS documentary "Precious Children" provides insight into childhood life and education in mainland China. The site offers factual and cultural information about China, online essays about early education and childcare in China, video clips from the documentary, and an annotated list of online resources about children and education in China. Such a site could be a useful starting point for lesson plans designed to disrupt familiar cultural stereotypes. [DC]
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Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution
This site posted by Christine Daae offers a series of short essays about the origins, contexts, and historical evolution of fairy tales, which we learn, have little to do with fairies. The most interesting section is the author's critical analysis of the history, including different variants, of classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Red Riding Hood. While the author clearly has a point of view, it is not a dogmatic one, and her writings are rich with historical and literary information. A Bookshelf listing primary and secondary works in the literature and a page of related Websites round out the site. [DC]
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Latin Phrases and Words Used in English
This site is for anyone who wants a quick reference to those oft used, but not always understood Latin words and phrases. The definitions from over fifty commonly used terms are taken from the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary - Tenth Edition. The site is part of a Brooklyn College Latin course homepage. [DC]
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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:

HUD Report: "What We Know About Mortgage Lending Discrimination in America"
Press Release:
Full report:
A new study conducted by the Urban Institute for the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that there continues to be discrimination against mortgage candidates on the basis of race and ethnic background. The study examines all aspects of the lending process from the way pre-application inquiries were handled to the higher interest rates quoted minority candidates to denial rates that are not accounted for by considerations of creditworthiness. The report makes detailed recommendations for changes in lending procedures that the authors believe will do far more than the genuinely "good intentions" of many institutions cited in the report. [DC]
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New Working Papers

Dobbin, Frank and Timothy Dowd. "Antitrust and the Market for Corporate Control: Railroading, 1825-1922" [.pdf, 121K]

Loveman, Mara. "State-building, National Imaginings, and 'Race' in Brazil (1860-1930)" (Dissertation Proposal -- UCLA Dept. of Sociology) [.pdf, 151K]

Raffalovich, Lawrence E. and Elena Vesselino. "The Power Of Property In Comparative Perspective" [.pdf, 69K]

Stamatov, Peter. "Asking Better Questions: Surveys, Taste and the Question of Genres" (Paper prepared for the Center for Comparative Social Science Workshop, UCLA Department of Sociology) [.pdf, 60K]

Trevizo, Dolores. "Grassroots Leadership and Agrarian Insurgency in Mexico, 1934-1975: The Cultural Legacy of a Social Movement Organization, The Mexican Communist Party" [.pdf, 66K]
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New Think Tank Policy Papers and Briefs

The Brookings Institution:
Davidson, Michael. "The Department of Justice's Special Counsel Regulations: A Description and Analysis"

Center for Democracy and Technology:
Grossman, Matt, Deirde Mulligan, and James X. Dempsey. "Square Pegs and Round Holes: Applying the Campaign Finance Law to the Internet -- Risks to Free Expression and Democratic Values"
.pdf version (734K):

Dempsey, James X. and Daniel J. Weitzner. "'Regardless of Frontiers': Protecting the Human Right to Freedom of Expression on the Global Internet"

The Jerome Levy Economics Institute:
Godley, Wynne. "Seven Unsustainable Processes: Medium-Term Prospects and Policies for the United States and the World" (Special Report)

Levin-Waldman, Oren M. "The Rhetorical Evolution Of The Minimum Wage"
Full text:

Toporowski, Jan. "Monetary Policy in an Era of Capital Market Inflation"
Full text:

The Urban Institute:
"Evaluation of the STOP Formula Grants to Combat Violence Against Women"
(The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 1999 Report)
Full report (.pdf, 761K)
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New Offerings from Academic Publishers

Association of American University Presses: New Releases

Baker&Taylor Academia -- Upcoming Books to Buy (November 1999)

Cambridge University Press

Perseus Books

Thela Thesis -- Just Published

Oxbow Books -- Publishers of titles on archaeology, classical studies, and medieval studies.
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New Tables of Contents/ Abstracts/ Full texts

Educational Technology & Society: Journal of International Forum of Educational Technology & Society and IEEE Learning Technology Task Force
Volume 2 Issue 4 (October 1999)

IP [Intellectual Property] Wire (full-text)
Issue 8

Information for Social Change (full-text)
Number 9 (Summer 1999)

Behavioral Ecology (table of contents, abstracts)
Volume 10, Issue 5 (September/October 1999)

Applied Linguistics (table of contents, some abstracts)
Volume 20, Issue 4 (December 1999)
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American Political Science Association (APSA): Political Science as Discipline -- Reconsidering Power, Choice, and the State at Century's End
August 31-September 3, 2000
Washington, DC

Association for Survey Computing (ASC): Automatically Better? The Impact of Automation on the Survey Process
April 26, 2000
Imperial College, London

Construction Information Technology 2000
International Conference
June 28-30, 2000
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Job Guides/ Funding

H-Net Job Guide

The Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

American Sociological Association Employment Bulletin (October 1999)
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New Data

US Census Bureau: Computer Use and Ownership [.pdf]
Press Release:
Released this month, this report, based on a 1997 Census survey, found that "about one-half of the nation's population age 18 and over used computers in 1997, up significantly from 36 percent in 1993 and 18 percent in 1984." The report also found that one in five individuals accessed the Internet in 1997. Director of the Census Bureau, Kenneth Prewitt, states in the press release that "the Internet will play a major role in disseminating social, economic and housing information collected in Census 2000." The report includes information about Internet availability in education, a breakdown of usage frequency by gender and age, and analysis of the type of information accessed by different users. The site includes the report in .pdf format and detailed tables of survey data in ASCII and .pdf. [DC]
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Australasian Legal Information Institute
This site is the premier one on the Web for primary materials and information relating to Australian law and legislation. The extensive database allows for sophisticated searches through all of Commonwealth legislation (known as "acts") and the court records of both territorial and national courts. In addition, the site provides, on its homepage, links to records of high profile current cases as well as two legal bulletins, the Indigenous Law Bulletin and the High Court Bulletin, published by the High Court of Australia Library. The proceedings of the Institute's 1999 conference on Internet Law are also available. Furthermore, the site provides access to publications offering detailed advice on legal research on the Web and on using the Institute's extensive databases. Searches can be conducted of all the databases or selected ones with several options for the scope, construction, and volume of the search. "AustLII is a joint facility of the Faculties of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New South Wales." [DC]
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United Nations Global Statistics
This UN directory site allows users to quickly access national statistics through the official outlets of UN-member states and international statistics through dozens of UN programs and agencies as well as autonomous organizations such as the World Trade Organization and Eurostat. Data covered include, but are not limited to, health care, economics, politics, environment, and social demographics. The site offers a simple search engine with Boolean capabilities and is updated on a biweekly basis. [DC]
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In The News

Catholicism: Concord and Controversy
1. The Irish Times: "Catholics & Lutherans Agree On Key Issue"
2. "Faiths Heal Ancient Rift over Faith"
3. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): Joint Declaration On The Doctrine Of Justification Update
4. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance: Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
5. The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod: An Evaluation of "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification 1997"
6. "Pope's Plan to Visit India Sparks Hindu Protests"
7. The Times of India:
A. "Chasm in Sangh Parivar over Pope visit widens"
B. "RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] To Protest Against Pope's Visit"
The Catholic Church has been in the news recently -- in ways that have brought both conciliation and continued controversy to the Church's profile. On Sunday, the Catholic Church and a confederation of Lutheran Churches representing 59 million of the world's 61.5 Lutherans signed an accord in Augsburg, Germany healing the nearly 500-year old rift between the two churches on the doctrine of salvation. The divisive debate of faith versus works prompted the Protestant movement in early Modern Europe as Luther and his followers asserted the supremacy of faith alone while the Church continued to maintain the value of Catholic baptism and individual human behavior in the disposition of one's relationship to God. Some theologians and observers of religion see the Augsburg accord as an historic act of ecumenicism, but others believe it to be of minimal significance. In particular, the Missouri Synod, the conservative branch of the American Lutheran Church, does not believe the accord addresses the fundamental differences between the two faiths and, hence, refused to sign it. In other news, the Church continues to be embroiled in controversy with other non-Christian faiths as the upcoming visit of the Pope to India has sparked protests by some Hindu groups demanding the pontiff apologize for the actions of the Catholic Church in India in the last few hundred years, including the desecration of Hindi divinities by missionaries and the forced conversions of Hindus by the Church.

The Irish Times(1) and The Washington Post(2) report on the Augsburg accord and the differing opinions as to its ultimate significance. The ELCA (3) offers a linked timeline of significant events in the evolution of the accord and a late draft of the Declaration. Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (4) provides a summary of the history of the agreement, its key points, and the Missouri Synod's opposition. The Missouri Synod (5) explains its position on the Joint Declaration. The Washington Post covers the opposition to the Pope's upcoming visit to India (6). The Times of India's articles (7A and 7B) explain the motivations of those who plan to protest the Pope's visit and give some of the political context involved. [DC]
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