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Jun 08 2015

Access the latest articles from Routledge Sociology journals

Political Sociology

Politics fever has hit the UK hard this year with many debates taking place all over the country: red vs. blue, nationalism vs. socialism…. Routledge Sociology journals have brought together a selection of articles exploring different areas of Political Sociology. These articles cover topics such as political movements, nationalism and national identity, and the issues relating to social stratification.

Please click here to enjoy free access until 30th September 2015. HKUL users can continue to access our subscribed articles.


Journal of Youth Studies – Young people’s uses of music for well-being

A study from the Journal of Youth Studies aims to develop and test a model of the relationships between young people’s use of music and their well-being, drawing on theories from music psychology and clinical psychology fields.

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Apr 15 2015

Access articles from Routledge Politics

New for 2015 – The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

Founded in 2006 by the late Dr. David Kimche, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs is the flagship publication of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR), which is an independent and non-partisan body that operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress. Through the publication of its interdisciplinary journal, the ICFR aspires to stimulate high-level analysis and debate of international affairs, particularly, though not exclusively, regarding Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs.

Read the first issue published by Routledge for free now.

Commonwealth Collection

To help you learn more about Commonwealth issues around the globe, read the articles on Commonwealth countries across various subject disciplines, such as Politics, Literature, Area Studies and Geography, as well as providing a section specifically on youth and the Commonwealth.

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The European Union: Crisis and Reform Free VSI

The Journal of European Integration offer sixteen free articles on the topic of crisis and reform in the EU. In recent years, the JEI has gone from strength to strength, publishing cutting-edge research on a range of issues within the expanding field of European integration studies. JEI’s success in establishing itself among the leading journals in the field was recently recognised by its inclusion in the Social Sciences Citation Index®, and Impact Factor data will be available from June 2015.

Read the EU: Crisis and Reform VSI now.

Special Issue: Gender and Political Psychology

Politics, Groups, and Identities’ current issue explores gender and political psychology and is free to read in its entirety until the end of April. This issue uncovers differences between men and women, in terms of race, class, partisanship and other politically relevant characteristics.

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Mar 21 2015

Read free articles from Routledge Area Studies

Editor’s Choice Articles from Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

Six key articles are available for free online access until the end of year. Subject areas covered include health, politics, education, and society.

Please click here to explore the collection.

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The EU and the Post-Arab Spring

Guest Edited by Peter Seeberg, enjoy selected free access to Middle East Critique’s latest special issue titled ‘The EU and the Post-Arab Spring’. Democracy and economic policies, the Arab Uprisings, and plenty more is discussed within seven insightful articles.

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Jul 05 2013

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. Demos: A/V
  2. The Demos group in Britain conducts high-quality public policy research on a wide range of topics, including urban design, social assistance policies, and the housing market. Like many other think tanks, the group also produces a wide range of presentations on its work. This section of the site presents full-length programs like “Multi-Dimensional Poverty,” “The Future of Open Data,” and “How Labour Wins Again.” One of the programs that should not be missed is the conversation on “It’s Who You Know: The Power of Social Networks.” It’s a response by Richard Horton of The Lancet to another speech on social networks and it’s quite insightful. All told, there are about three dozen programs in the Video section, while the Audio area contains podcasts and speeches dating back to 2006. Two recommended programs are “The Power Gap” (on power in contemporary societies) and a conversation with Evgeny Morozov on the relationship between politics and the Internet.

  3. International Development in Practice: What Works in Development?
  4. The very title of this OpenCourseWare site asks a question that has bedeviled non-governmental organizations for decades: what works in development? Created by Professor Steve Relfenberg of the University of Notre Dame, this course explores diverse approaches to thinking about international development and processes that bring about individual and societal change. As with many OpenCourseWare offerings, your can ramble through the syllabus, readings, course schedule, lectures, discussions, and essay assignments. The Lectures area is worth a look, as it contains PowerPoint slides for discussions on Studying Haiti, Taking Ideas to Scale, and The Complex Worlds of Foreign Aid. The Discussion area contains video resources that complement each lecture. Courses cover various Areas of study such as Sociology, Political Sciences, Poverty Studies, Architecture, Physics, Civil Engineering, English etc. Finally, you can look over the Essay Assignments area and the very helpful Additional Resources section, which features links to the Poverty Action Lab at MIT and the United Nations Development Project

    [Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 25, June 21, 2013]


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Jun 14 2013

Best of the Scout Report for 2013

  • Better Data, Better Health
  • There has been extended discussion about the ways in which better data can improve public health problems such as obesity, rising health care costs, and other areas of concern. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is intimately concerned with the possible applications of “big data”, and this site offers some fine commentary and reporting on this situation. A good place to start is the Q&A with RWJF Chief Technology and Information Officer Steve Downs. “Better Data = Better Health: Stories from the Field” looks at the applications of mobile health applications, GPS sensors in the service of tracking asthma symptoms, and much more. The footer of the site includes sections analyzing how data is transforming the overall health of communities. There are data sets, reports, rankings and access to publicly available reports that include information on the quality of care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient feedback on physicians, hospitals, and cost.

  • Frontline: Digital Nation
  • How is technology changing our lives? It’s a very difficult question to answer, but this engaging program from Frontline takes first steps into this brave new digital world. This website covers various topics such as Family/Children, Foreign Affairs/Defense, Government/Elections/Politics, Race/Multicultural and so on. On a note that appears on the site’s homepage, Rachel Dretzin (the producer) remarks that “Digital Nation is an effort to define this new space and to put some walls around it.” On the homepage, visitors can watch the entire 90-minute program and also view special segments such as Living Faster, Relationships, Waging War, and Virtual Worlds. The Virtual Worlds area is particularly compelling, as it looks at how virtual reality is being used to treat the post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by soldiers.

    [Source: Scout Report]


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Feb 21 2013

Latest Resources from Migration Informatio​n Source

The Opening of Burmese Borders: Impacts on Migration
Burma, a resources-rich yet impoverished nation also known as Myanmar, rejoined the international community in 2011 after a military junta loosened its grip. Before the Southeast Asian nation opened its borders, Burmese migrated primarily for low-paid, clandestine work in Thailand but also as a result of violence and natural disasters. This article explores how the country’s recent transition has impacted Burmese migration flows.

Policy Beat
Immigration Reform Returns to Center Stage of US Politics
Immigration reform is squarely back on the agenda in Washington, with the unveiling of plans for major reform of the US immigration system by the White House and a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight. This article explores the policy and political aspects of this fast-moving debate, examines an uptick in apprehensions of illegal crossers, and more.

[Source: Migration Information Source]


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Oct 24 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. The True Spy Story Behind Argo
  2. 100% Right 0% of the Time
  3. What the Frack?!
  4. Afghanistan’s Fiscal Cliff
  5. Vanishing Shanghai
  6. 8 crazy things Americans believe about foreign policy
  7. What Happens After You Label a Country a Currency Manipulator?

[Source: Foreign Policy, 15th – 18th October 2012]


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Jan 19 2012

World Bank: China

The World Bank has a number of marvelous country profile websites, and their site dedicated to China is top-notch. It’s not just a simple demographic overview of this dynamic country; it is a series of meditations on the state of their economy, political culture, urban development, and other affairs.
First-time users will want to look at the “Country-At-A-Glance” section at the top of the homepage to get a thumbnail sketch of the country’s current state of affairs. Over on the left-hand side of the page, visitors can look over the “Projects & Programs” area, which talks about the Bank’s activities in the country, which include energy efficiency projects and sustainable biodiversity conservation works. Moving on, the “What’s New” area features opinion pieces from World Bank officials, press releases, and information about lending policies. Users are also invited to sign up for their RSS feed and email updates here.

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Dec 12 2011

Free Selected Articles from Social Indicators Research

Founded in 1974, Social Indicators Research has become a leading journal for the publication of research results dealing with measurement of the quality of life. These studies – empirical, philosophical and methodological – encompass the whole spectrum of society, including the individual, public and private organizations, and municipal, country, regional, national and international systems. Topics covered include health, population, shelter, transportation, the natural environment, social customs and morality, mental health, law enforcement, politics, education, religion, the media and the arts, science and technology, economics, poverty, and welfare.

Impact Factor: 1.000

Read, download and save these articles online. They are available online for free until December 31, 2011:

You may click here to view the most downloaded articles which are downloaded live and in real-time from Social Indicators Research.

HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b2335882


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Nov 24 2011

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. 2012 Election Coverage
  2. The End of Italy
  3. Burning for the Cause
  4. Once Upon a Time in Mogadishu
  5. Herman Cain’s Foreign Policy
  6. The Sisters of the Brotherhood
  7. Under the Big Tent

[Source: Foreign Policy, 15th – 18th November 2011]


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