September Featured Resource: Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. Resources include: pro/con statements, timelines, primary sources & statistical tables and editorial cartoons & newspaper editorials.

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The Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts is included in Issues & Controversies. A searchable, interactive transcript is available for each debate and allows viewers to navigate to specific points in the debate using the predefined segments. Player controls (play/pause, volume, closed-captioning, and full-screen) are located beneath the player window.

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Issues & Controversies: Debate Videos

The Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts has been added to Issues & Controversies. A searchable, interactive transcript is available for each debate and allows viewers to navigate to specific points in the debate using the predefined segments. Player controls (play/pause, volume, closed-captioning, and full-screen) are located beneath the player window.

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Videos are grouped by subject: (1) Crime, Law & Justice, (2) Economy, Money & Business, (3) Education, (4) Energy & Environment, (5) Families & Youth, (6) Global Issues & World Affairs, (7) Government & Politics, (8) Health & Medicine, (9) Race, Rights & Liberties, (10) Science & Technology and (11) Society & Culture.

Issues & Controversies explores hot topics in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. It offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates.

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New Titles added to our A-Z Electronic Resources

These GALILEO sponsored electronic resources are appropriate for research in criminal justice, education, human rights, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology or women’s studies topics.

Child Development & Adolescent Studies provides references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21. This database includes all of the issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 – 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development, plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed in this database.

Peace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the most important sources within the discipline, such as: Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Journal of Refugee Law.
Coverage Dates: 1964 – present

Race Relations Abstracts focuses on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. Race relations is an area of study that pertains to the social, political, and economic relations between races and ethnicities. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, ideology, community relations, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains thousands of records selected from the sources such as Race & Class, Ethnic & Racial Studies and Journal of Social Issues.
Coverage Dates: 1975 – present

Violence & Abuse Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to violence and abuse, including family violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Records are selected from sources within the discipline, such as: Child Maltreatment, Trauma and Violence & Abuse.
Coverage Dates: 1995 – present

Browse for other titles in our collection: A-Z Electronic Resources

March Featured Resource: CQ Researcher plus Archive

CQ Researcher plus Archive contains reports on current issues. It is noted for its in-depth coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Each report covers a single topic drawn from a wide range of social, economic, political, and environmental issues. Reports provide overview and background information as well as a pro/con section on a particular aspect of the topic and a bibliography.

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Recent Reports Published
Home Schooling – Do parents give their children a good education?
Polarization in America – Does partisan conflict threaten democracy?
Voting Controversies – Are U.S. elections being conducted fairly?
Media Violence – Do children have too much access to violent behavior?
Resurgent Russia – Is Moscow trying to recreate the Soviet bloc?
Whistleblowers – Is support growing for employees who expose misdeeds?
Minimum Wage – Would raising the rate be good for the economy?

January Featured Resource: AtoZ the World

AtoZ the World offers current information on the culture, customs, food, religion, language, maps and points of interest for 175 countries of the world.

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Subject Categories for Each Country Profile
Snapshot & Facts
Business Culture
Climate & Weather
Communications
Culture & Society
Sports
Education
Embassies & Consulate
Food
Health & Medical
Human Rights
Language
Maps
Money & Banking
Music
National Symbols
News Feeds
Points of Interest
Religion
Security
Transportation
Travel Essentials

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October Featured LibGuide: Statistical Resources for Assignments!

Charts, data, numbers, statistics oh my! Start with the Statistical Resources for Assignments! guide to find statistics in areas such as education, health, crime/justice, population studies, or business/economics. The guide includes access to web resources, book titles, federal and state level data, agencies, non-profits, and more. In addition to suggested information sources, we provide access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States which offers a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

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PolicyMap – GALILEO Sponsored Trial

GALILEO is sponsoring a trial of PolicyMap until January 1, 2014 and it is a place to go for Census data during the government shutdown. Off-campus access is available for PolicyMap using the current GALILEO password.

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Policy Map is a fully web-based Geographic Information System that captures data in visually powerful ways through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and analysis tools. It provides data from the CDC, USDA, BEA, National Center for Education Statistics, NOAA, National Park Service and more.

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US Federal Government Shutdown – Impacting Information Sources

As you are probably aware, the recent failure of the legislative branch to pass a funding bill has resulted in a partial shutdown of federal government operations. Because of this, many online resources, including websites and databases run by federal government agencies, are unavailable or not being maintained so the information provided may not be up-to-date.

Some of the information sources impacted are:

Most Library of Congress websites, including the American Memory Project (Access restored but not being maintained, updated 10/3/13)
National Archives
US Census Bureau including American FactFinder and Fedstats
US Department of Education, including ERIC and National Center for Education Statistics
US Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Institutes of Health
PubMed
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NASA

This is a partial listing of affected sites. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at usa.gov

To assist you in this period of uncertainty, we have identified alternate resources that might serve your research needs during the shutdown.

For statistics related to health, population, labor, and more:

For science, health, and medical research

For education research

  • ERIC by EBSCO is available to provide citations and some full-text but external linking to content provided by the Department of Education will be unavailable.
  • The library has physical copies of ERIC documents on microfiche. ED 272647- ED 483046

For primary sources and archival research

  • See the primary sources page on the History LibGuide
  • Use a recommended source from Galileo’s Archives and Primary Sources list (with the exception of the American Memory project)

For agriculture research

  • AGRICOLA by EBSCO offers bibliographic records from the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library and covers every major agricultural subject.

We will continue to update this list and keep you informed of changes that might affect your research. Please let us know with your comments here, on Facebook, by email, or in person if you need help finding information unavailable on government websites.

September Featured Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia

bruce(historicga)Recently Bruce traveled to Savannah and when he got home, he wanted to know more about Yamacraw Bluff the most historic site in Georgia and the early years of the colony. The librarian recommended he try  the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Recently the New Georgia Encyclopedia launched a newly redesigned site. This collection includes over 2,000 articles and 6,000 images related to the rich history and diverse culture of Georgia. Users can search the collection directly or browse the following categories of interest: arts & culture, business & economy, counties, cities & neighborhoods, education, geography & environment, history & archaeology, science & medicine, sports & outdoor recreation and people. The destination feature includes art across Georgia, 10 major Civil War sites, 7 natural wonders of Georgia and north GA in the fall.

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August Featured Resource: JSTOR

JSTOR is an excellent multidisciplinary database that contains the archives of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It provides full text access from the first journal issues to the most recent 3–7 years depending on the specific journal.

Users can browse by subject: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Asian Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice, Ecology, Economics, Education, Film Studies, Finance, Health Sciences, History, Law, Literature, Marketing & Advertising, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Statistics, Technology and Women’s Studies.

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