The ARTstor Digital Library offers more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. ARTstor collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates. New collections are added to ARTstor on an ongoing basis.
Elizabeth White, our librarian for Political Science and Public Policy, has now published a research guide for the 2010 elections. This guide is intended to support both students doing research on the elections and students who plan to vote in them!
There are tabs for Political News, Georgia Elections (including voter registration resources and how to find your polling place), Commentary, Opinion Polls, Campaign Finance, and Voter Turnout.
Have you explored out other subject guides? Librarians have written guides that will help you do research using special sources (like Statistics or Newspapers) or help you get started with research on a topic (including The Economy in Georgia).
Looking for ways to enliven a class presentation or add content to your eLC course site? Films on Demand, the Libraries’ new database from GALILEO, offers streaming video for over 7,000 educational films. Films are broken into segments for easy linking and viewing. Producers include Films for the Humanities & Sciences, PBS, the BBC, major U.S. commercial networks, Cambridge Educational, The Film Board of Canada, Open University, the Clio Awards, and many more. Also included is a collection of 260 United Newsreels.
Films on Demand covers a wide range of topics and disciplines. Just a sampling includes:
- Sacred Sounds: Music of the World, Songs of the Soul
- Building Tomorrow’s Company: Leadership (Hewlett Packard)
- Biotechnology on the Farm and in the Factory: Agricultural and Industrial Applications
- Asylum: A History of the Mental Institution in America
- Battle of the Bag: Deconstructing a Consumer Culture Icon
- Borderless: The Lives of Undocumented Workers
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Understanding a Classic
- The Chemistry of Life: Milestones in Genetics
- Universal Newsreels: As World Watched — Spaceman Hailed after U.S. Triumph (Alan Shepard)
The ATLA Religion Database is one of the best resources for searching for scholarly publications on religious topics. Produced by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), it indexes bibliographic citations to articles in 650 journals and other works, and covers topics including ethics, history of religions, church and state, religious education, liturgy, denominations, cults and sects, hermeneutics and methodology, war and religion, science and religion, and literature and religion.
One of its lesser-known features is an index allowing you to search for publications about specific books and chapters of the Bible, called “Scripture Search.” To get there, click on the link for “Scriptures” at the top of the screen.
You’ll get a page listing books of scripture. Click on a title of a book to search for all citations about that book, or click “Expand” to single out one specific chapter.
Then you can search for citations about a chapter or expand even further to search for citations about individual verses within a chapter.
There are 87 citations for articles about this verse! (It’s an important one – Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden.)
Beginning today, May 17, there is a new password for accessing GALILEO resources (databases, journals, etc.). This password will be valid until 06/15/2010. To access the new password, sign in to your account. Remember, passwords must be entered in all lowercase characters.
My sharp colleagues in the Reference Department pointed out that I missed a key source of census data at the county level in my last post about finding census data – the GALILEO database Social Explorer, to which we recently subscribed.
Using Social Explorer, I can easily generate reports for Clarke County GA using the categories for population demographics that were in effect for any given census year, 1790-2000. In the example below, an interactive form allows you to generate a report for a given census year by geography. Here, Clarke County, GA is our geographic location of interest in the 1970 census. (Click image to enlarge.)
Choosing which report to run will vary by census year, since different data were collected in different years. The same caveats about changing historical definitions of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity mentioned in the previous post still apply. For 1970, Hispanic ethnicity was recorded as a topic in “race”. (Click image to enlarge.)
A patron contacted us this week wondering if we had issues of the magazines Ebony and Jet, for the period 1972-1974, for browsing.
We have digital access to Ebony and Jet from 1992 to the present through GALILEO databases. (To find out where, enter the magazine title in the Electric Journal Locator.) Not early enough for our needs, so next we checked GIL, the online catalog, for print or microfilm holdings. A “journal title” exact search revealed that we have both: we have print subscriptions to the current issues of Jet and Ebony (current issues can be found in the Current Periodicals area on the first floor of the Main Library) as well as microform available of all the issues back to the magazines’ foundings (1945 for Ebony, 1951 for Jet.) The microfilm issues are located in the Basement of the main library, where machines for reading the film and print selected pages are available (click to enlarge image).
On a hunch, the librarian then checked Google Book Search for these magazines. Google Books has been digitizing back issues of many (mostly popular) magazines lately, although there hasn’t been a whole lot of publicity for this project. As it turns out, Jet and Ebony for 1972-1974 are fully available in digital image format from Google Books. The contemporary cultural and political articles – as well as exciting fashions of the early 1970s featured in the ads – are available for perusal from any web browser. Other magazines available through Google Books include Life, Popular Mechanics, and even Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Years available will vary, but this is a wonderful resource for those looking for 20th century popular culture, and well worth a quick search or an extended browse.
The University of Georgia Libraries have a wealth of information about family history and genealogy – maybe even yours! We now have a new subject guide highlighting some of our print and online resources for finding obituaries, military records, newspapers, census and other vital records, for Georgia and other locations.
The library also subscribes to the Ancestry Library Edition (on campus access only), a version of ancestry.com. This searchable database includes census records (1790-1930), military records, the social security death index, emigration records, and many other collections of information.
The Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Baxter Street is another excellent local resource for history and genealogy. They regularly have free information sessions and special programs about doing genealogical research; see the program schedule for dates and times.
If you’ve used the GALILEO database Lexis Nexis lately, you may have noticed the new default search interface, which debuted on Tuesday. The “easy search” page lets you choose to search news, legal cases, company information, and do country or person searches – or combine multiple searches. (Click image to enlarge.)
Most Lexis Nexis users are interested in news. This interface makes it easier to search for or within a specific news publication, like the New York Times or The Guardian (UK). The “easy search” doesn’t feature the ability to limit your news search by date. To do a date limit, click the “All News” search link, and the traditional Lexis Nexis choices for limiting the date range are again available. You can also easily limit to types of news information, including editorials or book reviews. (Click image to enlarge.)
Have questions about how best to use the new Lexis Nexis interface? Comment below, or Ask a Librarian!
- Covers U.S. Census of population data from 1790 to present.
- Easy creation of thematic maps and downloading a folder of them into a powerpoint file.
- Retrieve spreadsheet-compatible data tables using a similar interface to census.gov‘s American Factfinder — only quicker.
- Convenient digital access to two censuses never before available to us online: 1970 and 1980
- Census tract coverage where available starting 1940.
Note that 1980 and earlier geographic coverage is limited to nation, states, and counties (plus census tracts starting 1940). That means no pre-1990 data for cities, “places”, metro areas, etc. Users will most likely still need to consult the printed volumes in the Main Library Reference area (1st floor) for this information.
Below is a map of the distribution of Americans with Haitian ancestry from 2000 census data, generated in Social Explorer. (Yes, even in North Dakota!) Click to enlarge.
For help using Social Explorer or any other GALILEO database, Ask a Librarian!