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May 20 2015

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PRISM: Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements

Florida Atlantic University and the University of Central Florida have teamed up to gather a range of pamphlets and other materials concerning socialist, communist, and leftist views on a host of topics, from Marxist economics to world pacifism to anti-colonialism. The digitized collection features authors from the United States, the former USSR, India, Korea, and other countries, with archival material written primarily in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries. Readers may like to select Browse the Collection to begin. This will pull up nearly 2,000 documents, which can then be sorted by Title, Creator, Subject, and Date. The documents may also be searched by selecting Refine, and then using the Search Text box. Amazingly, historical documents such as “Woman’s place in the fight for a better world,” a 1947 publication from Elizabeth Gurley Flynn of the Communist Party of the United States of America, can be downloaded in PDF format.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 21, Number 19, May 15, 2015]

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Apr 06 2015

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Society for the Teaching of Psychology

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is a great find for anyone teaching this essential social science in high school, community college, or four year higher educational institutions – or for anyone with a passion for the topic. From the homepage, readers may survey the presidential welcome, or explore sections such as STP News and the GSTA (Graduate Student Teaching Association) Blog as ways to stay connected on the cutting edge practices currently used in psychology education. The Resources tab covers topics that range from diversity to teaching competencies. The Teaching Resources section is especially helpful, as it links to presentations, PDFs, and documents about a range of topics, all with the idea of informing educators. Date of publications vary from 1990 to present day, and cover topics like “Educating Students about Plagiarism” and “Psychology of Peace and Mass Violence — Instructional Resources.”

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 21, Number 12, March 27, 2015]

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Dec 29 2014

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Open Anthropology

Open Anthropology is the first digital-only, public journal of the American Anthropological Association. Each issue focuses on a “timely theme” and gathers anthropology articles, past and present, related to it. For instance, the October 2014 issue is titled, “World on the Move: Migration Stories.” Articles on the theme include a 1920 missive by the famed ethnologist Franz Boas, groundbreaking work about “How People Moved Among Ancient Societies” (2013), and a “Narrative of an Asylum Seeker” (2004), just to name a few. Each issue is offered free of charge, with an insightful Editor’s Note that describes the topic and the current articles.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 49, December 19, 2014]

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Nov 03 2014

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British Academy – National Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences aims to be a fellowship of distinguished scholars, a funding body for the promotion of good ideas, and a voice of advocacy for the humanities and social sciences. The News section on the homepage is frequently updated and often interesting. About Us is another great place to start. Here, readers will find A Guide to the British Academy as well as Annual Reports to explore. Fascinating tidbits include the multimedia publication Prospering Wisely, which argues that ‘prosperity’ needs to be conceptualized in more than just financial terms.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 42, October 31, 2014]

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Oct 27 2014

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Association for Psychological Science

The Association for Psychological Science (APS), founded in 1988, seeks to “promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.” This website takes a step toward that goal. Start with the homepage, where you can find a list of links to Psychological Science in the News, featuring up to date coverage of psychology research in such news outlets as the New York Times, ABC News, and many others. Also check out recent issues of Observer, the association’s magazine, with articles about the latest scientific psychology. If you’re interested in the science of psychology, this site will provide hours of learning and fun. Educators, especially, will find much to digest in the Teaching section, replete with APS Blogs by Wray Herbert and Teaching Tips.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 41, October 24, 2014]

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Aug 14 2014

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World War One: The British Library

The British Library has gone above and beyond with this multimedia collection of materials related to World War One. Offered as a form of scholarly rumination and educational resource, the site examines key themes in the history of the Great War, along with 50 newly commissioned historical articles, teachers’ notes, and much more. First-time visitors might look over the Explore area to find manuscripts, illustrations, letters, maps, and other items contributed by several dozen European institutions. The Teaching Resources includes 40 different items that cover topics such as aerial warfare, propaganda, and bombing raids. The Articles section is a masterstroke and it covers the lives of soldiers, civilians, and colonial troops.

Chicago Fed Blogs

The Chicago Federal Reserve has distilled some of its more academic works into this series of informative musings. The Community Development & Policy Studies (CDPS) blog brings together commentaries from staff members as well as guest commentators. CDPS is actually a division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that helps support the System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community development. On the blog, visitors can look over meditations on recent conferences dealing with city revitalization in the Rustbelt, along with musings on home ownership, urban infrastructure projects, and much more. Visitors can search through all of the posts or also navigate to a story of interest via the word cloud.

From Confinement to College: Video Oral Histories of Japanese American Students in World War II

This remarkable collection brings together video oral histories of Japanese Americans students during World War II. Created by a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, these interviews document the impact that students’ wartime experiences had on their college years as well as the rest of their lives. All told, there are eighteen oral histories here and visitors can learn about the lives of Gordon Sato, Frank Inami, and Rose Yamaguchi, among others. Visitors may especially be interested in learning about the students’ time in the relocation centers and internment camps scattered around the United States. All told, it’s a moving and thoughtful collection that will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in American history.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 30, August 8, 2014]

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Jul 28 2014

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Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, Sao Paulo, and Beijing

Are we in the age of the smart city? Will everyday existence be transformed by big data and its broad scale application to a range of public services and other central issues? This thoughtful set of meditations was released in June 2014 by scholars at the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory. The cities profiled in this report are New York, Ahmedabad, Sao Paulo, and Beijing, and scholars with first-hand knowledge of each metropole present their own findings in this 24-page report. There’s much to think about here as the scholars make reference to public space transformation, urban agriculture, and economic development strategies of note.

Everett Massacre Collection

The Everett Massacre on November 5, 1916 was a tragic end to weeks of social unrest and general upheaval between labor and management around the world. This digital collection from the University of Washington Libraries documents labor’s perspective on the event, also known as Everett’s Bloody Sunday, through newspaper articles, postcards, photographs, and fliers. First-time visitors might wish to start with the essay titled, “What Happened That Day in Everett.” Visitors can browse the complete collection or check out the sample searches, such as “Everett Defense Newsletters” and “Seattle Union Record.”

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 27, July 18, 2014]

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Jul 14 2014

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Demos: Publications: Scouting for Skills

What’s a nation to do when the service sector continues to rise? How can various institutions respond to increased employer emphasis on “character” and “employability skills?” A number of political leaders have called for schools to change the way they approach this issue and this working paper from the Demos group (produced with the support of The Scout Association) suggests that participation in certain key extracurricular activities might be the answer. The study notes that “participation in Scouts provides a range of soft skills, opportunities and networks that improve young people’s employment prospects in later life.” Visitors will find much to enjoy in this paper and it’s worth sharing with folks in the fields of public policy, human development, and workforce training.

 

Papers of Governor C. Farris Bryant

Florida Governor C. Farris Bryant was an intriguing post-World War II politician who also served in the state legislature in the 1950s and 1960s. This digital collection brings together a range of his personal papers courtesy of the University of Florida Digital Collections Initiative. There are over 280 items here, including a fascinating 1962 video, Adapting the Atom to Florida Progress, and a range of campaign correspondence and promotional materials. Visitors can perform an advanced search across the materials or perform a full-text search. Interested visitors can also read through the complete finding guide for his papers.

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 26, July 11, 2014]

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Jun 23 2014

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Prosperity at a Crossroads: Targeting Drivers of Economic Growth for Greater Kansas City
A big question for many cities is “What’s next?” Can they count on growth in the medical sector or in higher education? Examining the environs around Kansas City, this thoughtful report from the Brookings Institution brings together some research on economic performance. The report was authored by a team of policy experts, including Amy Liu and Chad Shearer, and was released in June 2014. Visitors can read the executive summary on the site or may wish to simply look over the basic findings, which are front and center on this page. Some of the observations indicate the greater Kansas City area is confronting global and political forces that “require renewed attention on the core drivers of economic growth and prosperity.”

 

The United States and the Two Koreas, Part II: 1969-2010
How might one characterize the relationship between the Koreas and the United States over the past forty years or so? Well, to quote a popular social networking site, “It’s complicated.” This electronic briefing book from the National Security Archive at George Washington University brings together a wide range of declassified documents that provide insight into the political and security challenges on the peninsula under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. The nineteen items here include a report with a near-verbatim account of meetings between U.S. and North Korean military officers and the detailed “Guide to Working and Living in Nyongbyon, DPRK” that addresses some of the practical challenges associated with travel, living and working in North Korea.

 

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 23, June 20, 2014]

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May 12 2014

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Geography & Map Resources: University of Buffalo Libraries

It’s often difficult to find high-quality and well-curated lists of materials related to geography and cartography online. However, this collection created by David J. Bertuca, the subject librarian for geography at the University of Buffalo Libraries, serves as a rich trove of resources. The items here are divided into over a dozen headings, including Government Resources and Map Collections. Each area contains at least ten offerings with Bertuca’s own salient commentary on the contents of each site, tool, collection, or application. The Selected Blogs feature is a real treat as it includes links to the fun and informative worlds of Google Maps Mania and Strange Maps. Visitors can also contact Bertuca directly to suggest links or to inquire about other resources.

 

[Source: Scout Report, Volume 20, Number 18, May 9, 2014]

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