Library News Blog
Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 12:51pm
Directions: Start by searching for a book with the advanced search box. Select a book from the results list and click on the book title. You will be prompted to install the reader, if needed. The ebrary reader is a simple Java application that works safely with your browser as long as the settings accept cookies and the pop-up blocker is set to accept pop-ups from the ebrary site. You will be asked for permission to download the application and prompted to accept the License Agreement. The installation should only take a minute or so. Check the Help menu for advice based on the browser you use.
With the ebrary reader installed, you now have access to the full-text of over 37,000 books from all academic subjects. You will be able to search for your specific topics of interest within the library of books, locate subsections of books that may be of interest, read the whole book online, print selected pages, and make notes in your private folder.
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 5:12pm
Foreign and International Law Resources (trial until May 15th)
Directions: Use the link to HeinOnline; then select Foreign & International Law Resources
The legal resources in HeinOnline are greatly enhanced by a new set of international law publications from the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice, the American Society of International Law and legal Yearbooks from countries around the world. While many of the volumes are of historic interest, others cover the current decade. Publications such as The Africa Yearbook of International Law,the Human Rights Law in Africa, and The South African Human Rights Yearbook expand the resources on human rights issues in Africa. Other geographic areas such as Croatia, the Baltic area, Israel, New Zealand, and Singapore have their own legal yearbooks.
Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:43pm
Art Museum Image Gallery (trial until May 30th)
This digital collection of art images and multimedia resources brings the treasurers of major musuems from around the world to the computer screen. The images have been given clearance for educational use. The collection covers both ancient and modern artworks from cultures and nations throughout the world.
Posted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 12:19pm
African American Studies Center (trial until May 10th)
This database is a collection of major reference works in the field of African American Studies Both the original Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 and the newer edition covering 1896 to the present are searchable. Another valueable source is The African American National Biography with over 6,000 biographies and continual updates. All articles are written by top scholars. The home web page showcases different topics. The editor in chief for this project is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from Harvard University and the publisher is Oxford.
Posted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 11:38am
Latino Literature (trial until June 3rd)
This is a database of drama, fiction, and poetry written in English and Spanish by hundreds of Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Central and South American authors working in the United States. About one third of the literary works have never been published before. The works are published in the original language. Most works are from the 20th and 21st centuries, but some 19th century works are included. The authors provide a window on "different immigration experiences, their efforts to adapt to a new culture and language without losing their own, and the struggle to pursue social, political, and economic advancement."
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Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 10:55am
GreenFILE is a new database of information about environmental concerns from EBSCO. It indexes scholarly and general interest titles as well as government documents and reports, and draws on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, law, education, health and technology. It contains nearly 300,000 bibliographic records, full text for selected titles, and searchable cited references for nearly 200 titles.
Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 10:01am
The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008) is available on trial for the members of the John Jay and CUNY community until April 4, 2008. This database functions more as a specialized encyclopedia because economic concepts are explained in lengthy articles rather than short definitions. Articles range from classical economics to current issues such as Fiscal and monetry policies in developing countries. The articles have been written by more than a thousand of the world's leading economists.
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Posted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 4:18pm
Black Drama Second Edition (trial until May 6th)
This database contains the full text of 1,450 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa (Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa), the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. More than a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays. Plays by key writers of the Harlem Renaissance will be of special interest as will works performed for the Federal Theatre Project, and plays by critically acclaimed dramatists of the 1940s. Images from playbills, stills, photographs, and other ephemera are included for some of the plays.
Our trial access has been established for members of the John Jay community and will continue until May 6, 2008. Please post any comments to this blog or send email to email@example.com
Posted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 3:54pm
The library at John Jay has a wealth of electronic resources that can enhance your own research on elections and political issues in this country. We invite you to explore the many options available in the following databases.
Vital Statistics on America Politics (click on title)
This database provides summary data on political behavior such as: voter turnout, election results, public opinion on most important issues in campaigns, trends on media, sources for campaign news, newspaper endorsements, interest groups and campaign financing, etc. Some charts provide data since the 1790s, but most focus on the 1940s until 2006. Listed below are some topics that may spark your interest. You can locate these charts and others on the same topic by using the search box in the gray banner toward the top of the page.
Ideological Self-Identification of College Freshmen, 1970 - 2006 (type in search box on top: Freshmen)
The Most Important Problem: Domestic or Foreign, 1947 - 2007 (type in search box on top: most important problem )
Public Opinion on the Death Penalty, 1972–2006 (type in search box on top: death penalty)
Loses by President's party in Midterm Elections for Congress (type in search box on top: midterm elections)
CQ Voting and Elections (click on title)This database focuses on state or congressional district election results from past elections: Presidential 1789 – 2004; House 1822-2006; Senate 1908 – 2006; Governors 1824-2006; Examples of additional data are: summary charts on voter turnout; detailed descriptions of election districts; This database does not have data from 2008.
CQ Almanac (click on title) This database provides details about legislation in the House and Senate for years 1945 through 2006. You can trace legislation from the bills introduced in each house, to the compromises, to the legislation passed. Topics of key interest this year might be past legislation introduced on health care reform or immigration legislation or taxation policy.
CQ Weekly (click on title) This database covers CQ Weekly issues from 2008 – back to 1983. You can read the current issues or research the historical archives which provide great detail about the activities of Congress. Of particular interest are the charts giving the roll-call votes. You can use the search options in the left side column to find floor votes on specific topics for the Senate or the House, or floor votes by topic or by date. The cover stories report on important issues before Congress or political party developments, or the primary elections, etc. For example the cover story from the January 14, 2008 issue gives a breakdown and analysis of the votes cast in the Senate by Senator Clinton and Senator Obama.
CQ Electronic Library The CQ Electronic Library includes the four databases described in detail above and also the following nine databases. You may use this general link to explore all the CQ databases. CQ Global Researcher (reports on issues with global focus; reports include an overview, detailed discussion, chronology on issues and suggested other sources; Recent topic is: Looming Water Crisis;)
CQ Researcher (reports on social and political issues for this country; reports include an overview, detailed discussion, chronology on issues and suggested other sources; one of most heavily used databases at John Jay;)
CQ Supreme Court Decisions (decisions and background material, analysis of individual Supreme Court Justices, etc.)CQ Supreme Court Yearbook (excellent review of the decisions for a particular year for the Supreme Court; Covers 1989/1990 year to 2006/2007)
CQ Politics in America (2006 directory of who’s who in national and state governments – but only for historic interest – because not the most current directory;)
Washington Information Directory (2006/07 directory of all agencies in the national government and the many NGO’s and interest groups in Washington D.C.; however this is not the most recent issue;)
CQ Historic Documents (primary sources from the government 1972 – 2006 with analysis;)
CQ Congress and the Nation (shows an historical perspective on the U.S. Congress and the events and people that shaped policy and politics over the years 1945 – 2004; The time period 1945 – 1964 focuses only on Congress; Starting with 1964 forward, the analysis also includes an overview of the influence of the “presiding” President;)
CQ Political Handbook of the World (latest edition is 2007 – but data is 2006 for some countries; includes details about the political structure in each country – the government, the political parties, the history of politics;)
If you have any questions about these databases, you may contact the library faculty at the Reference Desk at 212-237-8246 or email Gretchen Gross, Electronic Resources Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 2:01pm