The Scout Report for Social Sciences - April 4, 2000

April 4, 2000

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

New Data

Current Awareness

In The News


The Federal Court of Canada [.rtf, WordPerfect, Word97, .pdf]
The official Website of the Federal Court of Canada provides online access to federal court decisions from 1990 through the present. The Federal Court has jurisdiction over all cases involving federal statutes and includes both a trial and appellate court. Users can access the court's decisions alphabetically by case name, by date, or by docket number. Users can also download the current Federal Court Rules as well as the previous version of the Rules from 1978. The decisions are available in .rtf, HTML, and WordPerfect formats; the Rules can be accessed in Word97, .rtf, or .pdf formats. For the Website of Canada's Supreme Court, see the July 16, 1999 Scout Report. [DC]
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Australian Institute of Criminology [.pdf]
The Australian Institute of Criminology hosts this information-rich Website, focusing on crime and criminal justice in Australia. The Institute provides materials to help educate policymakers, journalists, and the interested public. Their publications section features, among other materials, 147 briefs and papers on topical issues of crime and punishment and 13 online papers addressing questions of policy, with another dozen abstracted papers available for ordering. The site also makes available substantial data on crime and justice in Australia, including Australian Crime: Facts and Figures for 1999 and 1998; A Statistical Profile of Crime in Australia; and similarly extensive reports on juvenile crime, firearm use, and homicide. Moreover, annotated links to relevant data and research sources are provided in addition to annual reports on the Institute's work in the field. Anyone doing research in criminology with a focus on Australia -- or interested in doing internationally comparative work on a particular issue -- will find this site invaluable. [DC]
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American Indian History and Related Issues
This excellent site offers a number of documentary resources on American Indian History as well as annotated links to other sites with a similar focus. The highlights of the site are the collections of maps, drawings, other artwork and photographs documenting Native American experience. Particularly impressive is the Native American Experience section, which contains hundreds of "photographs, drawings, maps and short descriptions chronicling the experiences of the Native American population dating from the first migrations from Siberia (pre-1600) through recent experiences." Also of great historical interest is the Theodore De Bry Copper Plate Engravings collection, which features elaborate engravings with accompanying written descriptions (viewable in thumbnail or full-screen sizes) of Indian life as perceived by sixteenth-century European settlers. [DC]
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HUD: University-Community Partnerships -- Current Practices Volume III
This report just released from HUD's Office of University Partnerships "celebrates the growing number of commitments that colleges and universities are making to their communities to provide better places in which to live, work, and learn." The report is comprised of 599 entries from 342 colleges discussing collaborative programs between institutions of higher education and their communities. The report is divided into seven categories of partnership: service learning, service provision, faculty involvement, student volunteerism, non-degree courses for the community, applied research, and major institutional change. This report updates the first volume on this subject published by HUD in 1995. [DC]
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Texts of the Complete Vocal Works
with English Translation and Commentary
Mozart opined of opera that the words must serve the music, and of course, the same dictum applies to the songs, cantatas, hymns, masses, oratorios, and other vocal works of J.S. Bach. That said, this site will be of considerable use to both scholars and aficionados as it offers reliable translations of the complete corpus of Bach's vocal compositions, introductory histories of the works in performance, and scholarly commentary on the individual pieces. Unlike the originals, the translations are unrhymed, but mimic the word divisions of the original so they may also be used by performers. The site is authored by Z. Philip Ambrose from the Department of Classics at The University of Vermont. [DC]
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CIA Director's Statement: "The Worldwide Threat in 2000: Global Realities of Our National Security"
Posted two weeks ago, this speech by George Tenet to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee outlines the CIA's perspective on current issues of national security. The statement summarizes the following concerns: nuclear missile threats as well as threats from biological and chemical stockpiles, nuclear proliferation, nuclear security and smuggling, terrorism and regional "hotspots," including the Balkans, China, Russia, Iran, and Iraq. About Serbian leader Milosevic, Tenet made a surprisingly definitive claim: "Of the many threats to peace and stability in the year ahead, the greatest remains Slobodan Milosevic -- the world's only sitting president indicted for crimes against humanity." [DC]
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Learning Resources

University of New Brunswick Libraries' Electronic Text Centre
The Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick offers access to a number of significant collections held by the University's libraries and other institutions. In the historical and literary texts section, eight annotated links to research sites provide such materials as the diaries of the eighteenth-century Loyalist adventurer, Benjamin Marston; the Provincial Archives of the New Brunswick Grantbook Database, consisting of records of land settlement in New Brunswick 1765-1900; digital images and text transcriptions of 100 eighteenth-century documents from the Library's Primary Source Documents Collection, containing rare New Brunswickana, Canadiana, and local history; and other such archival materials relating to Canadian history and literature. Note: one collection, The English Poetry Database, is restricted to those affiliated with the University. [DC]
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The Knowledge Loom
Developed by The Northeast & Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University, this site offers a collection of materials on well-regarded, innovative teaching theories and models. The collection functions as a database providing links to sites devoted to user-selected topics. Search parameters include educational themes, level of instruction, states of the union, institutional settings, school type, and school organization. A keyword search is also available. (We advise users to begin with broad searches and narrow if necessary as our sample searches did not result in a deluge of data.) The site also hosts an In the Spotlight section that features a different educational issue on a regular basis. The current topic is professional development, and the site offers "research-based principles of practice for successful professional development, along with examples of those principles in action in real schools and districts." Users may participate in a professional discussion list as part of this feature. [DC]
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Course Resources on the Web (CROW): Social Psychology
This site makes available a cornucopia of resources for the teaching of social psychology, including class assignments, activities and exercises, online lectures, topic resources, student resources for research and writing, technology in teaching resources, and links to social psychology courses and sites on the Web. Some of the materials are on-site, others are supplied via annotated links. While the breadth of materials will mean that users may need to spend some time finding what they want, anyone teaching or taking a course in social psychology should find this site very helpful. Created by Jon Mueller, Professor of Psychology at North Central College, Naperville, IL., the site is part of the CROW project currently sponsored by the Associated Colleges of Illinois and "generously supported by UPS." [DC]
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The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe: An Electronic Edition
This scholarly site from the Perseus Project at Tufts University (see the October 17, 1997 Scout Report) features editions of "all of Marlowe's plays, his two known poetic works, Hero and Leander and The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, his translations of Ovid and Lucan, and the short miscellaneous works attributed to Marlowe, a dedicatory epistle to Mary, the Countess of Pembroke and the epitaph on Sir Roger Manwood." But the site does more than simply offer Marlowe's corpus. Interested in "exploit[ing] the flexibility of an electronic medium," the site allows users to lay different editions (including original and modern spelling versions) of Marlowe's plays side-by-side to compare textual variants and, in the case of Doctor Faustus, even various editions of the play's source text, The English Faust Book. One drawback: currently only The English Faust Book is provided with scholarly notes and glosses. For the plays, at least for now, users will have to find other sources to elucidate arcane allusions and antiquated usages. [DC]
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This learning resource site, hosted by the psychology department at Miami University of Ohio, features Web tutorials on a variety of topics in the field of Psychology. Written by undergraduate and graduate students at the university and supervised by faculty, these units cover a variety of subjects, including topics in cyberspace, social psychology, psychology and the environment, and more. There are currently 31 modules with more planned. Development of the site has been supported by a grant from the Learning Technologies and Enrichment Program on campus. [DC]
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Prelude to the Study of a Totem Pole
This Website, designed by a graduate student in anthropology and supported by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology, focuses on the history and meaning of a Thunderbird totem pole carved in the mid- to late-1800s by a member of the Gitanyow tribe from the upper Skeena river area in British Columbia. The innovative Website has three components. The In the Village section offers a history of the tribe, the carver, the commissioner (Chief Wixha), and the village in which it was erected. Betwixt and Between explores the time when "the Thunderbird totem pole was in storage or transit between its original home in the village of Gitanyow and its present home in the Museum of Anthropology." Finally, In the Museum discusses the pole's cultural and spiritual significances as determined by scholars. The result is a site not only well-linked and highly informative about the totem poles and culture of this area, but one that examines the processes by which "native" meanings are inevitably recontextualized by institutional involvement. A CD-ROM based on this site is due out this year. [DC]
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History of the English Language
This frequently updated site provides a directory of quality sites related to the historical study of English. The sites are categorized by historical periods with sections on syllabi and conferences rounding out the site. The annotations are brief, but informative, often including helpful technical information about the resource. Directions are provided for subscribing to the History of the English Language discussion list, and interested users can access archives of past discussion threads. The site is maintained by Dan Mosser at the English Department of Virginia Tech. [DC]
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Newsletter for Graduate Students
This monthly publication from Dr. Robert Butters of Creative Learning Services, Inc. provides an annotated listing of about ten sites per month of interest to graduate students (and upper-level undergraduates). Since the emphasis is more on college life, admissions, finances, current news, and Web tools than academics, users wanting to keep up with online extracurricular activities will find this site valuable. Those more interested in straight research resources should look to more established online venues. [DC]
[NOTE: Users may want to disable JavaScript before visiting this site -- we noticed problems particularly when using Netscape Communicator for Macintosh.]
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New Data

Two From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) [.pdf]
Digest of Education Statistics, 1999
Elementary and Secondary Education: An International Perspective
The NCES has just released two major publications. The first, Digest of Education Statistics, 1999, provides "a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school." Topics covered include statistics on "schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, graduates, educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, employment and income of graduates, libraries, technology, and international comparisons." (The above URL leads users to a contents page that offers several options for viewing the report.) The second report, Elementary and Secondary Education: An International Perspective, "presents information on the U.S. elementary and secondary education system in an international context," offering comparisons of student and classroom characteristics, student achievement, educational resources and expenditures, labor markets, and other outcomes. [DC]
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Canadian Poetry Archive
Hosted by the National Library of Canada, the Canadian Poetry Archive features selected poems from over 100 nineteenth- and twentieth-century English- and French-language Canadian poets. The database is searchable by author, title, keyword, and date. Author, title, and date indexes are also available for browsing. Biographies of six prominent Canadian poets are featured, including "photographs, biographical text, a selective bibliography, a link to the poet's poems in the Archive, and a link to search the poet's name in the National Library of Canada's online catalogue, resAnet." Users should know that, at this time, some poets are represented by one or two poems while others have the bulk of their corpus posted. The site is clearly still under construction but promises to become a key online resource for the study of Canadian poetry. [DC]
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Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature
Sponsored by Indiana University's prestigious school of music, this Website hosts a number of databases useful to students and scholars of music. They include The Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, "an evolving database of the entire corpus of Latin music theory [in Latin] written during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance;" Saggi Musicali Italiani, a database of Italian Renaissance texts on music theory and aesthetics; Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online, "an index to dissertations-in-progress and a bibliography of completed dissertations reported since mid-1995," as well as a listing of all dissertations previously cited in the American Musicological Society's Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology. Finally, the site makes available an exhaustive, annotated bibliography containing references to hundreds of scholarly works on musical borrowing. The bibliography is updated through August of last year. Each section of the site may be searched or browsed. [DC]
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Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Sales, Midyear 1999
.pdf version (85 pages):
ASC II Version:
Spreadsheets [.zip format]
In March, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released this report giving an "overview of the firearm check procedures in each of the States and their interaction with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) operated by the FBI." Part of the Justice Department's Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) project, the report delineates statistics on the number of applications for firearms received, the numbers and reasons for rejections, and other information related to reviewing such applications. Given the recent war of words between the NRA and the President on just this issue, such a report provides some needed light to this heated debate. [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:

IPEDS College Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
Unveiled by the US Education Department on March 24, this new site helps prospective college students and their parents comparison shop, with data on over 9,000 college and universities nationwide. While the search options themselves are somewhat limited -- location, type of institution, instructional program, and number of students -- the data provided for individual institutions is more detailed. The information offered includes costs for tuition, books and supplies, and housing; statistics on degrees awarded, enrollment, and student demographics; and data on financial aid. Each institution's entry also includes contact information and a link to its Website. There are any number of sites aimed at college-bound seniors, but the size of this database and its source make it the authoritative starting point for college information searches. [MD]
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New Working Papers

Fierke, Karin and Antje Wiener. "Constructing Institutional Interests: EU and NATO Enlargement" -- European University Institute, Working Papers

Haverland, Markus. "National Adaptation to European Integration: The Importance of Institutional Veto Points" -- European University Institute, Working Papers

Kreyenfeld, Michaela. "Employment Careers and the Timing of First Births in East Germany" -- Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: Working Papers [.pdf, 28 pages]

Laaksonen, Helena. "Young Adults in Changing Welfare States: Prolonged Transitions and Delayed Entries for Under-30s in Finland, Sweden and Germany in the '90s" -- Mannheim University [.pdf, 32 pages]
Abstract and full-text:

Morner, Claudia Gardberg. "Making Ends Meet : Lone Mothers' Local Subsistence Strategies. Case Studies from Italy and Sweden" -- Mannheim University [.pdf, 59 pages]
Abstract and full-text:

Tesoka, Sabrina. "The Differential Impact of Judicial Politics in the Field of Gender Equality. Three National Cases under Scrutiny" -- Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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New Think Tank and Institutional Policy Papers and Briefs

The Commonwealth Fund:
Budetti, Peter et al. "Assuring the Healthy Development of Young Children: Opportunities for States" (Issue Brief)
Dutton, Melinda. "Using Community Groups and Student Volunteers to Enroll Uninsured Children in Medicaid and Child Health Plus" (Field Report)

Partridge, Lee and Carrie Ingalls Szlyk. "National Medicaid Hedis Database/ Benchmark Project: Pilot-Year Experience and Benchmark Results"

Sandman, David, Elisabeth Simantov, and Christina An. "Out Of Touch: American Men And The Health Care System: Commonwealth Fund Men's and Women's Health Survey Findings" [.pdf, 65 pages]

Sieben, Inez, J. Rosenberg, and Yoly Bazile. "The Role of WIC Centers and Small Businesses in Enrolling Uninsured Children in Medicaid and Child Health Plus" (Field Report)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC):
Global Environmental Change: Risky Choices, Soft Disasters

The Jerome Levy Economics Institute:
Godley, Wynne. "Interim Report: Notes on the U.S. Trade and Balance of Payments Deficits"
Godley, Wynne. "Seven Unsustainable Processes: Medium-Term Prospects and Policies for the United States and the World"

Thorbecke, Wilhelm. "A Dual Mandate for the Federal Reserve, The Pursuit of Price Stability and Full Employment" (Public Policy Brief No. 60)
Full text [.pdf, 29 pages]

Levin-Waldman, Oren. "Do Institutions Affect the Wage Structure? Right-to-Work Laws, Unionization, and the Minimum Wage" (Public Policy Brief No. 57)
Full text [.pdf, 29 pages]

World Health Organization:
Briggs, David. "Environmental Health Indicators: Framework and Methodologies"
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New Offerings from Academic Publishers

Association of American University Presses: New Releases

Baker&Taylor Academia -- Upcoming Books to Buy (April 2000)

Cambridge University Press

Basic Books: New Releases

Thela Thesis -- Just Published

Perseus Publishing -- Book News (click on category)
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NCES Forum & Summer Data Conference (STATS-DC 2000): Changing Data into Information: A Bridge to Better Policy
July 24-28, 2000
Washington, DC

The Eleventh Federal Forecasters Conference (FFC/2000) - Forecasts, Policy, and the Internet
September 14, 2000
Conference and Training Center (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Washington, DC

Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) 2000 Meeting
November 15-19, 2000
Covington, Kentucky (outside Cincinnati)
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New Tables of Contents/ Abstracts/ Online Journals

Archaeological Prospection (abstracts, full-text) [.pdf]
Vol. 7, No. 1, 2000

The New Social Worker (table of contents only)
Winter 2000

Journal of Cold War Studies (New Journal! abstracts, full-text)
Volume 1, No. 1 (Winter 1999)

Comparative Connections: An E-Journal on East Asian Bilateral Relations (full-text) [.pdf]
Vol. 1 No. 3 (Fourth Quarter 1999)

Social History of Medicine (table of contents, abstracts)
Vol, 13, No. 1 (April 2000)
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Job Guides

H-Net Job Guide

The Chronicle of Higher Education Job Openings
Social Science

Academic Employment Network (By State)

American College Personnel Association: ACPA Ongoing Placement Listings

Academic (Update of "Jobs in Higher Education" site)
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In The News

Census Resistance?
1. The Washington Post Online: "Early Signs of Census Avoidance"
2. "Q. What Causes Anger? A. Long Form of
3. US Census Bureau
4. "Census 2000: The Politics Behind the Numbers"
5. United States Historical Census Data Browser
6. The Brookings Institution Policy Brief: "Counting on the Census?"
.pdf version (8 pages):
7. Cato Commentary: "Civics Lessons in the Census"
Saturday April 1 was Census Day, the official deadline for returning one's US Census questionnaire. Given the fact that only about half of the forms have been returned, one may wish to reflect on the irony of the government choosing April Fool's Day as the Census deadline. As a matter of fact, surveys sponsored by the Census Bureau as well as informal assessments of talk-show call-ins, complaints to the Census Bureau, and anecdotal evidence suggest there is more resistance to the Census this time around than in the past. In particular, the long form with its detailed questions about income, mortgage payments, and of all things, indoor plumbing is generating the most complaint. All of these questions appeared on the 1990 long form with little negative response, but commentators have speculated that conservative talk show hosts and a greater sense of the loss of privacy in an electronic age have led to more resistance to government "prying." Some confused congresspeople have also exacerbated the problem by telling constituents they did not need to fill out the forms or could skip certain objectionable questions, thus counseling a violation of laws that Congress itself passed. But the Census Bureau is not panicking yet. Citizens have until April 11th to get their forms in. After that, Census takers will fan out over the country to try to complete the count. The results will help determine allocations of about 180 billion dollars a year in federal spending. So send in that form everybody.

The Washington Post(1) and report on survey and returns data, suggesting some resistance to certain questions on the long form, possibly caused by heightened concerns for privacy. The official site of the Census Bureau (3) features, among other things, data on initial response rates to the current survey, information on projections and estimates, and news releases on selected topics. A Issue of the Week (4) from last summer takes an in-depth look at the politics behind the Census, including the reasons for politicians and parties to be for or against "sampling" and the arguments over race and ethnicity questions. The US Historical Census Data Browser (5) allows users to browse Census data from 1790 to 1970. A policy brief from the Brookings Institution (6) (also available in .pdf format) examines the issues surrounding the accuracy of the Census, particularly in relation to the question of counting minorities and using sampling to compensate for data inadequacies in the initial headcount. A commentary from the Cato Institute (7) articulates the opposition to the current Census as an intrusion into privacy. [DC]
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