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Humanities and social sciences information resources and news from Hagerty Library.

ARES for Library Reserves and a new Fair Use policy

The Drexel University Libraries has a new system in place for faculty to request and manage materials on course reserves.  The system, called ARES, is accessed through the Blackboard Learn shell for each course.

Got Data?

The Google Public Data Explorer is now ready to help you visualize your data.

The same tool that Google uses to let you explore datasets from select governments and NGOs has now been opened up to help you visualize your own data.

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

Help us try out CSA-Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)

From now until May 26th we have a  trial of the Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) database.  If you study a topic related to language, linguistics, or speech this may be an important resource for you.  I could envision this being used by students and researchers in fields like Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, Modern Languages, and the Health Sciences.  Here's the pub

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

Keeping Up: Earthquake in Haiti

Starting soon I will begin a series of blog posts on easy ways to "keep up" with the academic disciplines that I support here at Drexel.  That's the plan anyway.  Sometimes, though, something comes up that is just more pressing.

Here are some ways to keep up with the events around the earthquake in Haiti.  This is obviously a very selective list.

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