Monday, October 24, 2016

New Slavery Database

The William S. Hein & Co. Inc. has just released a unique, free collection, Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, which brings together legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world along with a detailed overview on the subject of slavery in general. Use this resource to access a rich trove of primary sources.

Emancipation Proclamation
In providing the collection at no cost Hein is addressing the section of its mission statement that involves corporate citizenship and has offered the following rationale:
The crisis revolving around race relations in America and the recent events surrounding this crisis have made the Hein Company rethink the idea of financially profiting from the sale of a collection on slavery. As good corporate citizens, Hein realized that a unique opportunity existed to make a positive impact in our community, in our profession and very possibly in a wider arena. Therefore, the decision was made not to charge for this collection, but to provide Slavery in America and the World free to anyone with an interest in the subject: libraries, institutions, students, researchers, or any other entity within our global community. By doing this, the Hein Company will realize a different form of profit by potentially making a difference during this troubling time.
"Contrabands at Headquarters of General Lafayette,"

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Trial Political Stats Database

The library is currently hosting a 30 day trial of Sage's U.S. Political Stats database.

 U.S. Political Stats is a powerful data download and visualization tool covering all three branches of the United States government. Bringing together valued content from sources like CQ Roll Call and CQ Press, users will discover a wealth of information on election returns, congressional floor votes, Supreme Court decisions, plus presidential performance and economic indicators, as well as diverse demographics. By harmonizing carefully vetted data into the same format—allowing quick downloads, comparisons, and visualizations—U.S. Political Stats provides power and context for researchers at all levels. (Publishers Description)

With the 2016 election coming up now is an excellent time to take advantage of the relevant political information available in this database. 

Like what you find?  Please let a librarian know.  Send your thoughts to wlibrary@
smumn.edu

Monday, October 3, 2016

Springer's Change the World Initiative

Springer Publishing recently announced a new online initiative--Change the World, One Article at a Time: Must-Read Articles from 2015.  The idea is to make freely available articles published in proprietary Springer journals last year that dealt with some of the world's most urgent challenges in areas of energy, food, water, climate, social equity, and health.  Selected by Springer editors-in chief, this new collection now includes more than 100 articles of which some will be open access indefinitely and other open until July 15, 2016.  These articles can be viewed at www.springer.com/gp/marketing/change-the-world

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Introducing the Oxford Research Encyclopedias

"The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic."  Now available for American History, Latin American History, and Religion.  



 

September Content Update from CREDO

There were four new titles released to Academic Core in September 2016.
New Academic Core Titles: 
 
ISBN: 9781848666672
50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know is an engaging guide to the world of chemistry. From the molecules that kick-started life itself to nanotechnology, chemistry offers some fascinating insights into our origins, as well as continuing to revolutionize life as we know it.
 
ISBN: 9780313343957
Eight years in the making, "Latin Music: Musicians, Genres, and Themes" is the definitive work on the topic, providing an unparalleled resource for students and scholars of music, Latino culture, Hispanic civilization, popular culture, and Latin American countries. Comprising work from nearly 50 contributors from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, this two-volume work showcases how Latin music-regardless of its specific form or cultural origins-is the passionate expression of a people in constant dialogue with the world.The entries in this expansive encyclopedia range over topics as diverse as musical instruments, record cover art, festivals and celebrations, the institution of slavery, feminism, and patriotism. The music, traditions, and history of more than two dozen countries-such as Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Spain, and Venezuela-are detailed, allowing readers to see past common stereotypes and appreciate the many different forms of this broadly defined art form.
 
ISBN: 9781558628588
Throughout history, literary works of all kinds have been used to spread propaganda and influence public opinion for or against one cause or another. The Literature of Propaganda examines these literary works and explores ways in which propaganda shapes public opinion, persuades its audience, and impacts society.
 
ISBN: 9780826196736
The book critically examines research from cognitive, social, developmental, biological, and evolutionary approaches to psychology and addresses the interplay between media consumption and viewer behavior in such realms as advertising, body image, sex, and violence. Distinguished by its examination of research from a scientifically objective position, the book offers students not only current knowledge of media psychology but also the tools to challenge commonly held assumptions from popular advocacy and ideology.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Banned Books Week


The library will be commemorating Banned Books Week  the week of September 25-October 1.  Stop by to see  Amanda's amazing display and watch for her posts about the event on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram




 Find out why this commemoration is so important from the American Libraries Banned Books Week page.

Get a list of the top ten most challenged books in 2015 here.


Register to Vote in the Library


We will be hosting our first voter information/registration event on Friday, September 16, from 8 am - noon.  

We will have a table with  pertinent information and someone on hand to answer basic questions and help with registration.  

We will have paper registration forms and computers set aside if you'd prefer to register online.  

We'll be hosting a second event on Tuesday, October 4 from 1 - 5 pm.  

In the meantime, our Reference Librarian, Ruth Ann has put together a helpful guide to the 2016 election.  Check out the guide here: Election Library Guide.