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Jul 29 2011

Open Culture - Free

Open Culture - The FREE cultural & educational media on the web.  You can find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more on the web.

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Jul 28 2011

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. Textbook: Key Concepts in Geomorphology
  2. A group of geomorphologists based at the University of Vermont are working on a new type of geomorphology textbook that is “extensively vetted by the community” and which also contains all new, pedagogically-focused art work, and is linked to freely accessible collections of community-authored electronic resources and photographs. Moreover, this website includes in-class activities and lesson plans. Apart from that,  “Find an image” looks through their image database. The “Reconsidering the Textbook” also shows findings from a 2006 workshop on the future of the science textbook…

  3. University of Michigan Population Studies Center: Survey Methodology Paper Series
  4. The series includes pre-publication reports and published articles on research conducted by affiliates of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Recent paper titles comprise “A Practical Technique for Improving the Accuracy of Interviewer Observation: Evidence from the National Survey of Family Growth” and “A Management Model for Continuous Data Collection: Reflections from the National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010″. The site also contains links to their “Elderly in Asia” reports and additional works on aging in the United States…

  5. Mississippi Freedom Summer Project
  6. The materials include over 765 documents related to the Freedom Summer, including reports from the FBI about those involved with the activities around this form of civil rights activism and articles from the Ohio press about the civil rights movement in the South during that time. There are also 27 videos here from conversations and tours held on campus in 2004 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Freedom Summer. The videos include walking tours of the Western College for Women and panel discussions about faith and activism…

  7. Lee Family Digital Archive
  8. Housed at Washington and Lee University, the Lee Family Digital Archive (LFDA) was established to create a comprehensive annotated edition of all the known papers of the immigrant founder Richard E. Lee (who lived in the 17th century) and his offspring.  Letters, books, essays, and other writings are available too. There are some books including the 1904 book “Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee” and the 1871 volume “Journal of a Young Lady” by Lucinda Lee Orr…

 

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 29, July 22, 2011]

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Jul 28 2011

ACM unveils new version of Digital Library

 ”ACM has released a new version of the ACM Digital Library http://portal.acm.org, making it the most comprehensive database of computing literature in the world. Building on the breadth and depth of this renowned repository of digital knowledge, the new site simplifies usability, extends connections, and expands content with a wide range of new tools and features. More than 1.5 million users have access to ACM’s Digital Library, a readership representing individuals and institutions from over 190 countries worldwide who download some 13-15 million full text resources annually.”

In addition, DL content has been expanded to include citations for hundreds of information technology books from the best authors and publishers available.  The full text for many of these books is freely available to ACM members as part of the ACM Learning Center http://learning.acm.org/ .

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Jul 27 2011

Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.  They offer over 36,000 free ebooks to download.

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Jul 27 2011

Science.gov Sports a New Image Search

Science.gov (www.science.gov) made its first foray into non-textual search.  Currently there are 45 authoritative databases and over 2000 scientific websites searched on Science.gov, providing access to 200 million pages of science information  including research and development results.

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Jul 26 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. In Defense of Hacks
  2. The Prince of Persia
  3. Worst. Congress. Ever.
  4. Parliamentary Funk
  5. Hunger in the Horn of Africa
  6. Europe’s Economic Meltdown: How Did We Get Here?

 

[Source: Foreign Policy]

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Jul 26 2011

Free Resources about Social Services

  1. An Introduction to Social Policy: Social Policy, Social Welfare, the Welfare State, and Social Services
  2. Social Policy is the study of social welfare, and its relationship to politics and society. It focuses on the social services and the welfare state. This web pages offers a brief outline of key topics and issues in Social Policy. As the range of content, reading and references has increased, the scope of the site has broadened…

  3. Behavior and Social Issues
  4. Behavior and Social Issues is an open-access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that serves as a primary scholarly outlet for articles that advance the scientific analysis of human social behavior, particularly with regard to understanding and influencing important social problems. The primary intellectual frameworks for the journal are the natural science of behavior, and the sub-discipline of cultural analytic science. The journal is particularly interested in publishing work related to issues with social justice, human rights, and environmental implications, but all significant social issues are of interest…

  5. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  6. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is the main legislative organ of ESCAP and reports to the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It provides a forum for all governments of the region to review and discuss economic and social issues and to strengthen regional cooperation. It carries out work in the different areas such as Social Development as well as Environment and sustainable development

  7. Social and Human Sciences 
  8. The social and human sciences have a vital role to play in helping to understand and interpret the social, cultural and economic environment. They provide research, identify and analyse trends, propose paths of action. UNESCO has set itself a number of tasks that should help reduce the gap between what is and what should be…

  9. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  10. UNRISD publishes books, Research and Policy Briefs, Conference News, Programme Papers, Occasional Papers and Briefing Papers. Many of the publications are available for free on the site, and both new and past publications are added regularly…

  11. RAND Corporation
  12. RAND aims to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. It focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more.  A wide range of databases and research tools are provided for example: Student Traumatic Experience Recovery Toolkit and Partners in Care Study Instruments

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Jul 26 2011

Free Resources about Public Administration

  1. Fed in Print
  2. This database provides access to research published by the Board of Governors and all 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Coverage includes the core economic reviews, as well as specialized regional and international publications, working papers, and annual report essays…

  3. Australian Parliamentary Library
  4. This site has different kinds of publications, mainly parliamentary documents. It also covers various topics such as Climate Change, Social Policy, Politics and Public Administration and so on. Users can also access the publications via this search function

  5. UK Parliament
  6. Parliament examines what the UK Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. From this website, about 350 topics of research briefings and parliament-related publications can be accessed…

  7. U.S. Department of State
  8. Key U.S. Government Reports Archive provides Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS) and Issue Briefs which can be accessed by region and date. It contains Policy Issues, Democracy and Global Affairs, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs etc…

  9. Urban Institute
  10. The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs and offers technical assistance overseas so as to foster sound public policy and effective government. Various types of associated publications can be obtained for example governing…

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Jul 26 2011

Free Resource about Psychology

PSYCLINE : Your Guide to Psychology and Social Science Journals on the Web

PSYCLINE started in 1995 under its former name Links to Psychological Journals and has won a high reputation as one of the (if not as the) most comprehensive and up-to-date index of psychology and social science journals on the web…  

  • PSYCLINE’s Journal Locator is an index of 2,000+ online psychology and social science journals. It links you to journal home pages and journal information on the web. You may use it to find out about existing journals in the field, contact publishers, browse tables of contents and abstracts, locate online articles, and much more. The PSYCLINE database covers English, German, French, Dutch, and Spanish language journals. It also provides 25 most visited PSYCLINE journals since March 2009…
  • PSYCLINE’s Article Locator gives you an easy to use interface to article databases on the web. By launching a query via PSYCLINE’s Article Locator you search external databases. These Table-of-Contents- and Abstract- databases are not maintained by PSYCLINE but by journal publishers and other organizations…

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Jul 25 2011

ScienceCinema for Searchable Videos

Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director for Resource Management with the DOE Office of Science, said, “Video, animation, visualization, and other forms of multimedia are now widely used to record, share, and collaborate in science. Because of the U.S. Department of Energy’s central role in science, we are also at the center of technology for collecting and disseminating this new media. ScienceCinema’s pioneering search and retrieval capability provides the public with a way to quickly access and view our multimedia-based R&D information.”

It is anticipated that scientific videos, animations, interactive visualizations, and other multimedia will become an increasingly prominent form of scientific communications. ScienceCinema was produced, in part, as a proof of concept to demonstrate the value of speech recognition in the complex vocabulary of science. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow as new DOE R&D-related videos are produced.  For details, please click ScienceCinema.

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