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Reference H 35 .E352
A most useful publication for background information on current topics. Each report defines an issue, includes a chronology, and has bibliographies. A feature called "At Issue" quotes opposing viewpoints from two experts and is part of each report. Reports are bound into hardbound volumes each year with a subject index. Current issues are kept at the reference desk.
Reference D 839 .E3
A bimonthly publication which reprints editorials on controversial topics selected from over 200 American and Canadian newspapers. It is useful for gathering diverse opinions from a wide variety of sources. Each issue is incorporated into an annual binder which is indexed by subject.
Reference BC177 .C86 1996
Opposing viewpoints on major social issues (abortion, immigration, drugs) and explication of critical thinking and critical writing form the contents of this volume. Shelved at the Reference Desk.
Reference HV 8694 .D385 1991
A collection of twentysix essays taking the pro and con on various aspects of the death penalty. Includes bibliographies. Shelved at the Reference Desk.
Reference HM 261 .G34
The most comprehensive source for public opinion. Provides answers to survey questions on a range of topics and issues, with some accompanying articles. A separate index covers the years 1965 to 1990.
CD Workstation 2d Floor
A compact disc which includes actual questions and responses from over six thousand surveys conducted by more than 500 polling organizations. It has questions primarily from national, state and local special surveys, but some other countries are included. May be accessed with typical Silver Platter software by subject, source, date (py=), country, etc.
Social issues research series (SIRS). Boca Raton, FL: SIRS.
This series reprints articles from newspapers, magazines, government documents, and journals that present a broad spectrum of opinion on contemporary issues. The series is divided into a number of specific categories, with each category containing multiple volumes and numerous articles. The sets and their call numbers are listed below. All volumes are shelved in the reference stacks, but SIRS is also available on a compact disc in the CD workstation area on the second floor of the library.
Alcohol HV 5015 .A4 Human Rights IC 571 .H766
The Encyclopedia Britannica Online and the Encarta Encyclopedia on compact disc are available at many library workstations. These may provide a quick source of information. The Britannica Online provides links from many of its articles to related www sites.
Reference PS 668.B3
This set of small red books reprints the major speeches of our era. Included in 1963, for instance, is Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream". Each volume has biographical notes and a cumulative author index.
Reference PS 663 .M53 V64 1996
One hundred and thirty notable American speechmakers and their speeches are the main focus here, but there is much additional historical and biographical material and photographs. Indexes include ethnicity, speech category, keyword and timeline of major U.S. events.
Reference PN 6121.V52
"The best thought of the best minds on current national questions." Vital Speeches is a bimonthly magazine which publishes speeches by recognized leaders of public opinion. A presidential inaugural, an address by the U.S. Secretary of State, by a major CEO, or by the SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations are typical.
Reference PS 662.C3
Eighteen of the most famous speeches in American history, including Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Bryan's Cross of Gold, and JFK's 1961 Inaugural ("Ask not what your country...").
Reference PS663.N4 S6
Six speeches, including "Free Huey" by Bobby Seale in 1968, make up half this book. The rest is background and analyses of the speakers and the sources of their rhetoric.
The library has a number of biographical resources dealing with specific subject areas. Many of these are listed in other library handouts such as African American Reference Sources, HispanicAmerican and Caribbean Reference Sources, and Literature Reference Sources.
Reference CT 100 .C8
A major biographical source. Provides concise biographies of people from a wide range of professions, including entertainers, politicians, sports figures, and artists. The series begins in 1940 and each monthly installment contains 10 to 12 new biographies. The issues are bound at year's end in cumulative volumes, and each volume has an index for the previous ten years.
Reference CT 120 .N45
A biweekly service which reprints articles from The New York Times which have significant biographical information on current newsmakers. The Service also includes full obituaries of notable people.
Reference E185.96 .C66
Profiles of twothree pages are given for influential persons of African heritage and various nationalities in a wide variety of fields. Volumes include selected individuals from earlier in the 20th century who continue to exert an influence. Each volume is AZ, and includes photographs, bibliographies and discographies. There are cumulative indexes in each volume by nationality, occupation, subject (e.g., Black Muslims), and name.
Reference E 185.86 .B543
Excerpts from journals and books about AfricanAmerican women's history. Use this series ( a big set of red books) by consulting the volumes that are labeled "index" on the spine.
Reference JK 1 .C15
A weekly periodical providing news and insight into all business transpiring in Congress during the previous week. Articles also focus on upcoming debates. Current issues are at the Reference Desk. Volumes for twothree years back are located on the reference shelves; older issues are on microfilm.
Reference JK 1 .C14
A companion source to the CQ Weekly Report, this guide offers articles and essays which sum up a full session of Congress. The volumes, which are published twice a year, include useful background information on topics such as presidential power, the legislative process, and the powers of the Supreme Court. Biographies of current Supreme Court Justices are included.
Reference JK 1 .C66T
Reference JK 1096 .C76
These two sets are the best sources for quick concise information on legislation and policy decisions acted on by all three branches of government. The Almanac is published annually in the Spring, and is a summary of one session of Congress. The latter set is published every four years as a record of government for one presidential term.
Reference JK 1012 .A44
Reference JK 1012 .P64
The Almanac and Politics in America both provide biographies of every elected member of Congress and all state governors. They also include voting records, political ratings, and profiles of congressional districts and states. Current volumes of The Almanac and Politics in America are located at the reference desk; Politics in America is also located on the CD Workstation, 2d Fl.
Reference IS 1234 .A1 M38
Provides an annual report with statistics for every New York City agency and department. The individual reports include major initiatives, budget expenditures, and statements regarding future goals and objectives. The best source for all current information on New York City government.
There are numerous statistical sources in the Library's reference collection and these are searchable in the CUNY + catalogue by entering a topic and the term statistics as a keyword. For Example:
K=corrections and statistics OR k=public welfare and statistics
Reference HA 202 .A5
Reference HA 544 .A2
Reference HV 6787 .A3
Reference HV 6787 .A27
The current copy of the Sourcebook is at Reference Desk The Sourcebook can also be accessed at library CDROM workstations and on the web in its most uptodate version at http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook
Reference HN90.V5 S833
A collection of tables, figures and graphs illustrating frequency and types of violent behavior in America. Possibly useful for visual aids. Shelved at the Reference Desk