October 2008 Archives

New Resource: Dolley Madison Digital Edition

Containing the complete correspondence of the most important First Lady of the nineteenth century, this database is divided into chronological sections, each beginning with a brief biographical overview intended to place the letters in their historical context.
* Enter the collection through Browse to read the letters by time period; Search to locate letters by text, names, dates, topics, and places; Contents for a list of letters sorted by date, author, or recipient.
* Assembled and published by the University of Virginia Press, complete through April 1837, with 965 documents.

Dolley Madison Digital Edition can be found under "D" on the Libraries' databases page.

Market Research includes full-text market research reports covering eight major subject areas: business services; consumer goods; demographics; food & beverage; heavy industry; life sciences; public sector; and technology and media.
* Includes market research reports produced under the imprints of Packaged Facts, Kalorama Information, MarketLooks, and Specialists in Business Intelligence.
* Currently including over 650 reports, the full studies average 200 to 400 pages and are embargoed 12 months from commercial release; while MarketLooks are available in the same month of publications and are shorter, more concise overviews of specific niche industries.
* The collection is updated monthly.

* Mintel Market Research has full-text reports covering both United States and Western European consumer products and services, as well as demographics and lifestyles.
* Mintel reports on beauty & personal care; lifestyles; drink; food & food service; health & wellness; household; retailing & apparel; technology; travel and international consumer topics.
* Most reports are updated annually.
* It also includes some advertising and company information.

Market Research and Mintel Market Research can both be accessed from the Databases page of the Libraries website.

Wed., Oct 29- 4.15 PM - Honnold/Mudd Library - Founders Room
Eric Hughson, Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor of Finance and Economics, and Director of the Financial Economics Institute, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College

The US Economy is hitting home -- not only "the home" that may have been lost to foreclosure in the last year, but the metaphoric home of our daily lives. The traditional assurances of pundits about the long term behavior of the markets are no longer convincing as Americans worry about the viability of their retirement and begin to invoke the year 1929. With the espoused ideals of the free market having failed housing and credit, there has been a turn back to government, a turn that might be ironically described as socialism to save capitalism. Eric Hughson, professor at CMC, along with his research partners, CMC Professor Marc D. Weidenmier and HMC Professor Asaf Bernstein, have looked at the founding of the Federal Reserve as a historical experiment to provide some insight into whether a lender-of-last-resort can stabilize financial markets.

What they discovered might surprise: the introduction of a lender-of-last-resort, in the period following the Aldrich-Vreeland Act of 1908 and the Federal Reserve Act of 1914, dramatically reduced financial market volatility in the United States. Professor Hughson will discuss the historical lessons in the context of today’s market volatility.

FMI, contact Adam Rosenkranz

Save Time--Manage Your Citations and Do Your Bibliography Online with RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography management system that allows you to create and manage your own personal database of articles, web pages, and other types of information valuable for your research.

RefWorks workshops at Honnold/Mudd Library:

In this workshop you will learn the basics of RefWorks for creating your database and importing records. You will also learn how to use the records in your database to format notes and bibliographies in the appropriate style (MLA, APA, etc.) for your papers.

The following RefWorks workshops have been scheduled for October and November:

Thursday, October 23, 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday, October 29, 4 - 6 pm
Thursday, November 6, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, November 11, 6 - 8 pm
Friday, November 14, 4 - 6 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 6 - 8 pm

Workshops are held in the Keck Learning Room, Honnold/Mudd Library. If you plan to bring your own laptop rather than use a library computer, be sure that your wireless card has been registered for the CINE network by academic computing on your campus.

Reservations are required. To reserve a space in one of these workshops, email Gale Burrow with a subject line of RefWorks workshop.

Complete listing of all current workshops.

Open Access webcast - Brewster Kahle

On Wednesday, October 22, noon-2:30pm, join others interested in issues related to open access to hear Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and director of the Open Content Alliance (OCA), consider the consequences of the consolidation of information into the hands of a few private organizations when he delivers the keynote lecture at the fourth John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society, sponsored by the University of Michigan's School of Information.

Where: Keck Learning Room in Honnold/Mudd Library
When: Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon-2:30pm

For more information visit John Seeley Brown Symposium website.

Now Online: International Medieval Bibliography

Good for journal article citations for these disciplines: Classics, English Language and Literature, History and Archeology, Theology and Philosophy, Medieval European Languages and Literatures, Arabic and Islamic Studies, History of Education, Art History, Music, Theatre and Performance Arts, Rhetoric and Communications Studies.

A truly "international" and interdisciplinary bibliography for the Middle Ages, International Medieval Bibliography covers publications in over 30 languages, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400–1500.

The database comprises over 300,000 articles derived from regular coverage of some 4500 periodicals and 5000 volumes of conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues.

Find it on the Databases page under "I" for International Medieval Bibliography
To enter, click the "Enter databases" button, then the database's "Go" button.

Now Online: Balance of Payments and Direction of Trade Statistics

Balance of Payments Statistics provides time series data on the economic transactions of a country, a region, or the world with the rest of the world. Includes total goods, services, factor income, and current transfers an economy receives from or provides to the rest of the world as well as capital transfers and changes in each economy's external financial claims and liabilities. The International Monetary Fund began publishing the Balance of Payments (BOP), the standard statistical source, in 1948.
Direction of Trade Statistics provides time series data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners. It reports total bilateral and multilateral exports and imports aggregated at national or regional group level. Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT) contains data from 1980.

Find them in the A-Z Databases list under B and D:
Balance of Payments Statistics
Direction of Trade Statistics

Open Access Day, October 14

Enjoy refreshments, watch a live webcast, and participate in a lively discussion in the Founders Room in Honnold/Mudd Library beginning at 6:30pm on October 14, 2008, the world's first Open Access Day. Open Access Day will help to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public.

Open Access is a growing international movement that puts peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature on the internet without barriers. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement of research and society.

FMI: email Allegra Gonzalez or Sheree Fu

AP Images, a New Online Resource

AP Images contains more than 500,000 images from the Associated Press current collections and archives. The database displays photos from the day's current events and includes photographs of historical figures, political leaders, sports greats, and celebrities. There are also images from significant news and features events of the 20th century, such as World War II, civil rights, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and space exploration. Images can be downloaded as jpgs subject to terms of use on the site.

Find it on the Databases page under "A" for AP Images.

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