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Sage Research Methods Online offers public beta

Sage Research Methods Online has just started a free public beta test.  And the Library has started an institutional trial too.  The resource, which contains over 100,000 pages of books, journals, encyclopedias and handbooks, is designed to help you choose and implement the best social science research method for your project. You can use the Library's trial or set up your own.

Keep Safe, Stay In (and play this game)

Image from The Curfew web game

The Curfew

Readers of this blog have probably noticed that I am fond of visual ways of exploring complex issues.  Often that involves maps but sometimes, as with

The LLoC's new guide to resources on Elena Kagen

Elena Kagen - Law Library of Congress

Whether you are a policy wonk (I am), a Supreme Court groupie (got me again), or just interested in the way the nation's highest court helps shape our society (yep), this new page from the LLoC will be very useful as we gear up for Elena Kagen's Senate confirmation hearings.

This guide links to the books and articles she has written, the Congressional documents concerning her last judicial nomination, her oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and an extensive collection of web sites a

Mapping the Deepwater Horizons spill

Oil Spill Cris Map [from the Louisiana Bucket Brigade]

Oil Spill Crisis Map

I'm always impressed at how quickly important events are mapped these days.  As you have probably noticed, I am very interested in the ways GIS tools are used to visualize data and help us understand our world using maps.  That will be the subject of an upcoming, and much

Free access to online primary source collection to celebrate Women's History Month

Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000, Scholar’s Edition

SUNY Binghamton's Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender and publisher Alexander Street Press are offering one month's free access to their extensive digital archive collection in honor of Women's History Month.  This free preview which lets you use the colection's, "91 document projects and archives with more than 3,600 documents and 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, and more than 2,060

How do you like your data?

Data Store: World Government Data

If you like your data international, free, and easy to find then the UK newpaper,  The Guardian, has a site for you!

World Government Data draws from publicly available government databases like data.gov for the US and the cleverly named data.gov.uk.  Now you can browse or cross-search government datasets from the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, with more sources added as they come available.

Even better, though it's Open Pl

"I'm just a Bill..."

Ever hear a news story on the radio about a new bill introduced in Congress and wonder what the bill actually proposes? Well, I do.

Vassiliev's Notebooks - Wilson Center Live Web Event Thurs. May 21st 10AM to 4:30PM

The Wilson Center is, right at this moment, running a live webcast of its panel discussion of KGB officer turned journalist Alexander Vassiliev's newly released notebooks.   Drawn from the KGB archives, these notebooks offer an unprecedented look into Soviet espionage activities in the US from 1930-1950.  Some topics discussed will be Alger Hiss, and I.F.

Do you know who you want to vote for?

Primary day in Philadelphia is Tuesday, May 19th.  Do you know who is running? What ballot issues are up for the vote?  If not, Philly good government organization the Committee of Seventy has a web pages devoted to introducing the candidates and ballot issues.  You can find it here.

So, where did all these people come from?

As part of it's very interesting "Remade in America: The Newest Immigrants and their Impact" series, the New York Times has put up a fascinating interactive map that displays the country of origin for the foreign-born population by county.

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