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CRCnetBASE: Science, technology and medicine

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CRCnetBASE is a collection of more than 9,300 ebooks in more than 350 subject areas with a focus on science, technology and medicine. It has won awards for best reference, best platform and outstanding academic resource. It’s also accessible from any mobile device. The database also includes collections with specific focuses:

  • CHEMnetBASE includes chemical and chemical-related dictionaries like Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, Dictionary of Natural Products, Dictionary of Commonly Cited Compounds and many more. It has an interactive periodic table and quick search for chemical and physical properties of compounds.
  • FORENSICnetBASE offers ebooks on forensics, computer crime investigation, criminal justice, law enforcement, security management and more, with applications in both humanities and science fields.
  • ENVIROnetBASE contains interactive ebooks on environmental topics such as  environmental engineering, forestry, earth science, GIS and mapping, wildlife science, landscape ecology and more.
  • ENGnetBASE covers civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical and mining engineering, as well as more specific areas like networking communications, packaging and bio-processing.
  • MATERIALSnetBASE offers 50 handbooks and reference materials on topics like adhesives, ceramics and glass, fire science, surface engineering, metals and alloys and industrial textiles.

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Art Browsery: VCU art book collection

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Look, learn and create: The Art Browsery, a dedicated book display on the fourth floor, James Branch Cabell Library, offers new, beautiful books that can inform your creativity.
“When you are caught up in the creative process of making art, sometimes you need to take a break and find added inspiration,” says Carla-Mae Crookendale, VCU Libraries’ visual arts librarian. She and arts collection librarian Emily Davis Winthrop identify titles that are right for The Browsery and showcase new titles there before moving them into the general collection, usually with the other oversized books on the fourth floor.
Browsery books are visually rich tomes on art, craft and design topics. They are marked with colorful bookstrap labels and they are available for checkout. There is a self-checkout station a few steps away from the display.

The Art Browsery will be refreshed as new titles arrive, so come by now and find some inspiring new materials, and come again to find more in the future.

Here is a brief list, compiled by Crookendale, of some of the new titles you’ll find in The Browsery.

Tiny Creatures: the world of microbes by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Emily Sutton, 2014. A beautifully illustrated look at the world of the microscopic organisms, fusing art and learning for kids of all ages.

The Gay 90’s by Mark Ryden, 2013. Features the latest work by painter Mark Ryden who blends pop culture references with a painting style reminiscent of Jacques Louis David or Ingres. The results are whimsical, surreal – and just a bit twisted.
Tokyo Adorned by Thomas C. Card, 2014. Photographer Card captures the wildly over-the-top personalities and style of the kawaii Lolita street fashion subculture in Tokyo.
Dancescapes: a photographic journey by Shobha Deepak Singh, 2014. An exploration of the history of dance in modern India, this book features dreamlike vignettes of flowing bodies and costumes caught in dramatic motion.
Charles James: Beyond Fashion by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014. A comprehensive overview of the work of Charles James, known as “America’s First Couturier.” Features photos of his intricately structured ball gowns as well as archival items about his design and production process.
Ai Weiwei: Evidence, edited by Gereon Sievernich, 2014. Illustrations and texts by and scholarly essays on the recent work of the acclaimed Chinese artist and activist featured in an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Baus museum in Berlin.
Landscape Installation Art, edited by Ifengspace, 2013. Photographs and analysis of immersive and interactive sculptural experiences created in range of media and settings.
Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century by Carmella Padilla and John Bigelow Taylor, 2013. A celebration of the richness and diversity of traditional art making all over the world, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, clothing and jewelry.
Myths and Mysteries: Symbolism and Swiss Artists, edited by Valentina Anker & Pierre Rosenburg, 2013. Spirituality, psychology and the occult as expressed through the Symbolist movement in the arts of the 19th century.
Mariette Pathy Allen: TransCuba, by Mariela Castro, Allen Frame & Wendy Watriss, 2014. A photo-documentary exploration of the transgender community in Cuba, including interviews and analysis of its evolving role in Cuban culture.
Image: The Art Browsery, Fourth Floor, James Branch Cabell Library

ClinicalKey: Evidence-based practice information

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ClinicalKey now is your major source for evidence-based practice information on the go. The medical and surgical database from Elsevier is the new clinical reference resource replacing MDConsult.

It is available 24/7 from classrooms to clinics. An unlimited number of users can sign on simultaneously. Clinicians are the key users for this resource. But, because of its depth and vast offerings, ClinicalKey’s debut has implications for every program on the MCV Campus.

ClinicalKey includes many more high-quality books and journals, along with other content types, all searchable from a single interface.

Books: 1,100 medical and surgical reference books
Journals: 600 medical and surgical journals
Procedures Consult: procedural videos in various specialties
First Consult: more than 850 Point-of-Care clinical monographs
Drug Monographs: some  2,900 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
Patient Education: 15,000 customizable patient education handouts
Clinical Trials:
all trials from the ClinicalTrials.gov database
Practice Guidelines:
4,500 practice guidelines
MEDLINE:
Fully indexed MEDLINE
Multimedia: 
17,000 medical and surgical videos and more than 2.2 million images

All content in ClinicalKey is updated daily. You create a personal ClinicalKey account to use special features such as the Presentation Maker or to save searches or to earn CME credit.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at (804) 828-0636 or by email at library@vcu.edu.

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Best Bets for Business: Eight choices for avid readers

Stay knowledgeable on all things business with this compilation of business reads:

  • The great workplace how to build it, how to keep it, and why it matters by Michael Burchell, 1967, 2011
    What is the business value of creating a great workplace? As organizations grapple with the complexity and challenges of leveraging human capital in today’s hyper-competitive work world, this resource remains a key source for understanding the essential ingredients in and trends of great places to work. Find It
  • Teaming: What leaders must do to foster organizational learning by Amy C. Edmonson, 2012
    Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are among the learning challenges today’s companies face. Based on years of research, this book shows how leaders can make organizational learning happen by building teams that learn. Find It
  • Mastering turbulence: The essential capabilities of agile and resilient individuals, teams and organizations by Joseph McCann, 2012
    Rapid and disruptive change threatens the adaptive capacity of organizations, along with the individuals and teams leading them. Based upon more than a decade of global research and consulting, Joseph E. McCann and John W. Selsky outline five capabilities of agile and resilient systems. Find It
  • Grounded: How leaders stay rooted in an uncertain world by Bob Rosen, 2013
    A provocative, personal approach to leadership based on in-depth research with hundreds of executives around the world Confronted by disruptive change and economic turbulence, many of today’s leaders find themselves ill-equipped to manage the hazards they now face. They must contend with chronic uncertainty, cynical employees and personal burnout. Few have seen alternatives, until now. Find It
  • From smart to wise: Acting and leading with wisdom by Prasad Kaipa, 2013
    Drawing on inspiring experiences of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and even Mahatma Gandhi, the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership that is functional and smart. Find It
  • CaseBase: Case studies in global business, edited by Andrew Ashwin, 2012
    Most of these case studies describe business in an international context, providing an overview of key issues from a global perspective, free of specific country bias. Considering different perspectives helps to develop a broader understanding of the business environment. Find It
  • Capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty, 2014
    Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover economic and social patterns. He shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities. Find It

Compiled by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

Image: Elisabeth Leysen

Medicovan: VCU new publications

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Medicovan, the monthly newsletter for the MCV Campus from 1948-73 has now been added to the digital collection VCU News Publications. This collection also includes VCU Today, VCU Voice, VCU News, and UniverCity News–all of which were official university news sources.

According to the Digital Collection’s website, in the years following World War II, the administration of the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) sought to enhance communication among its growing faculty and staff through the publication of a monthly newsletter. The publication first appeared in February of 1948 under the masthead “Name Me, Please!” Ann Blanton, secretary in the St. Philip Hospital administrator’s office, won the naming contest with her suggestion of The Medicovan. For the next 25 years. Medicovan carried announcements, administrative messages, personnel updates, and news from the hospitals, departments, schools and other units at MCV. Following the creation of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968, the Medicovan broadened its scope to include news of people and events on the Academic Campus of VCU. With the appearance of the new University newsletter, VCU Today, in May of 1972, the Medicovan was phased out.
The VCU News Publications collection contains a wealth of information on the University’s past. In addition to news stories, feature articles and event calendars, there are hundreds of images of campus life and of former students, staff, faculty and administrators. What might be most significant is the wide range of University reports that were published. Departments and schools also submitted articles and other news items of interest to the University community. Letters to the editor, editorials, and formal messages from deans and presidents are examples of some of the content found in this digitized collection.

The print issues of The Medicovan are housed in Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV campus. VCU Today, VCU Voice, UniverCity New and VCU News are available in Special Collections and Archives departments on both campuses.

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Business School Librarians Q&A: Custom content for business

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For the School of Business, Bettina Peacemaker and Pattie Sobczak collaborate and also act independently in developing the collection, consulting on faculty and student research and teaching course-specific materials.

Both bring business expertise to their roles.

Before becoming a librarian, Sobczak worked in sales, manufacturing and marketing, providing her with industry experience that helps connect students to the world outside the classroom. Leadership is a key research interest. She holds a doctorate in organizational systems, an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Peacemaker has worked with the School of Business for more than 10 years as a business research librarian, and also serves as the Assistant Head of Academic Outreach. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Master’s in Library Science. She was introduced to management research during a graduate assistantship and has since worked in all areas of business to provide information literacy instruction and library support committed to engaging students with lifelong learning tools and strategies.

What challenges do research and collections librarians face when responding to today’s business curriculum and research needs?

Peacemaker: With more than 3,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional part-time programs, VCU’s School of Business is one of the university’s largest and most diverse academic communities. The business research and teaching needs are just as diverse. Communication and conversations with faculty and leadership are critical in my continuing education so that I can make the right decisions for business educators and their students. I actively seek and welcome opportunities to help me gain insight into the research experience including recommended readings, copies of syllabi, and even invitations to work with classes and groups. All of this helps me understand what information resources and strategies students and researchers need to be successful in business both inside the classroom and beyond.

Sobczak: Keeping track of the real-world, fast-moving reality of business and economic information is crucial for a current and relevant collection. I am constantly reading key resources like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, etc. as well as book reviews and mainstream publications to stay up on the new books, journals, articles, and databases that might be appropriate for the School of Business. Ongoing communication with faculty and students is key to making sure we have the right resources. I like to hear directly from faculty with ideas about possible additions to our business collection.

Can you share an example of how VCU Libraries develops custom content for specific courses or groups?

Peacemaker: With so much information available, it’s important to create content that it is immediately applicable to coursework and research projects, and that’s how I approach my role in instruction and research. When I work with classes, I create online guides that specifically address the information goals of that course. I have examples from almost every area of the business curriculum. I also try to address broader needs based on my work with faculty and students, so I have developed guides that address common areas like marketing and management as well as guides on finding case studies, using business databases for career research and finding sources to help prepare for promotion and tenure.

Sobczak: One way we develop custom collections is when a new course is proposed, I do a detailed analysis of the existing collection pertaining to that discipline to determine if the current collection can support the new course and if not, I purchase materials needed to fully support the new course.

How are priorities for the collection determined?

Sobczak: In the School of Business all of the programs are tied to what is happening in the real world. This means that the collection not only has to have the requisite theoretical resources but also resources about the practice and application of theory. This makes the business collection unique in that we need to find the right balance of resources to support the current and/or future research needs of the school at both the scholar and practitioner level. Also, I am working with faculty to create “Collections of Distinction” as a way to better support specific aspects of the school and to utilize these collections as a way to bring attention to its programs.

Priorities are based on the current and anticipated curriculum and research needs of the faculty and students. Collection development is not done in a vacuum. It happens through ongoing communication and collaboration with me, Bettina, faculty, program chairs, the dean, and others. Also, specific requests for items are handled quickly and given top priority. Make your purchase suggestion at https://apps.library.vcu.edu/forms/purchase

What do many students and faculty not know about the library?

Peacemaker: That they have their own research consultants, librarians who are willing to work one-on-one on projects. VCU Libraries also offers incredible research support for research data management, innovative media production, interlibrary loan, and almost any area of scholarly communications.

Sobczak: The number of resources available to them through the library. Harvard Business Review, Value Line, WARC (World Advertising Research Center), WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services) and Hoover’s are examples of the many resources available online, 24/7.

Study Skills: New study materials to loan

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New this fall, you may checkout books from the Study Skills and Test Prep section on the first floor of Cabell Library. Previously, these materials were for use only inside the building. Now, many may be checked out for three-day loans.
These items are available only to VCU students, staff and faculty. No renewals are permitted. Faculty may put these materials on reserve.
Librarians have organized these books on shelves in a central location to make it easy to find titles and guides that aid with time management, basic and advanced organizational skills, the transition to college life and other themes regarding developing effective approaches to studying and managing information. Also housed in the shelf are books about test prep for LSAT, GRE, MCAT and others.
In addition, two useful online guides have been updated for fall 2014:
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Current Business Data: Top five business databases

Get the most up-to-date business and industry research with these top five business databases:

  • Best’s Library Center offers full-text insurance reports, credit reports and other in-depth insurance industry information and statistics. It also provides industry news and a look at corporate changes dating back to 1819. Find It
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the leading data research platform and business intelligence tool for more than 30,000 corporate, academic, government and nonprofit clients in 33 countries. WRDS gives access 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including accounting, banking, economics, finance, insurance, marketing and statistics. Find It
  • SimplyMap allows you to create thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data. SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. It offers more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences and public health. Find It
  • WARC offers insight in global advertising and marketing trends through market intelligence, case studies, conference reports, expenditure data, profiles of major brands and consumer behavior, and a collection of advertising campaign videos. This publisher’s portfolio includes Admap, Market Leader, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research and International Journal of Market Research (full-text). Find It
  • Mintel is the go-to source for full-text market research reports covering US and global consumer markets. Reports analyze market share, segmentation and trends. Upon first login, you must register with your VCU email address. Find It

Compiled by Patricia Sobczak, business and public affairs collections librarian

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Medical Artifacts: History of health care in Virginia

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VCU Libraries The Medical Artifacts Collection, housed in Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, offers a visual representation of the history of health care in Virginia since 1838. Started in the 1930s by the first Directing Librarian of the Medical College of Virginia, the collection now includes more than 6,000 items. Artifacts range from surgical, dental and diagnostic instruments to the uniforms of health care professionals to medical furniture; the collection also includes a large selection of bedpans.

The Medical Artifacts Collection is also now available online through VCU Libraries Digital Collections. Images and descriptions of 167 objects were chosen to provide a representative sample of the larger collection. All artifacts also have Medical Subject Headings for better access.

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To see the collection in person, visit Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library.

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Material ConneXion: Inspiration supplier

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Artists and designers browse Material ConneXion Database for ideas and inspiration. Engineers and innovators search this resource for new materials that meet unique performance needs. It also offers photographs of more than 7,000 advanced materials.

Fifty to 60 juried, selected materials are added to the database each month. Selected materials are beautiful, functional, sustainable and interesting. Material ConneXion includes many types of materials, including textiles, plastics, ceramics, metals and glass.

The advanced search area allows exploration and discovery. It has an option to search for materials with particular properties, such as heat resistance or colorfastness, without entering any search terms. Material ConneXion includes options for locating certified materials as well.

Material suppliers’ contact information is provided. A built-in email form makes it easy to request samples and price quotes. In regular updates, entries for materials that are discontinued and unavailable are removed from the database.

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By Julie Arendt, science and engineering research librarian

Image: Koroyd, Material ConneXion Materials Database

19th Century Prints: Richmond historical print collection

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As the capital of the Confederacy, national and international attention were focused on Richmond, Va., throughout the mid-19th century. In a period when photography was still a new medium, news magazines relied on drawings and paintings for visual coverage of these scenes and events. The Richmond Nineteenth-Century Print Collection includes more than 140 such depictions dating from 1853 to 1901.

The images are created by both local and foreign artists, and were published in periodicals such as Harper’s Weekly, American Architect and Building News and Illustrated London News. The content of the images varies, providing a wealth of research opportunities, according to Archives Coordinator Ray Bonis: “The collection has dozens of applications for research — from how African-Americans were depicted in images, sometimes in grotesque stereotypes, to rare views that architectural historians might want of Richmond streetscapes or buildings now lost.”

You can view the prints online through VCU Libraries Digital Collections or see hard copies of these prints and others at Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library.

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Image: Alabama regiment marching through Capitol Square, Harper’s Weekly, 1861, Richmond 19th Century Print Collection

Sefer Torah: Alumni gift to VCU Libraries

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Virginia Commonwealth University announced today the acquisition of a Sefer Torah, a powerful symbol and moving presence in Jewish worship and community life. Presented by an alumni couple with deep connections to the university, it will be held and safeguarded by the VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.

Donors Martin L. Johnson, MD, and Olinda Young, have ties to both MCV and Monroe Park campuses. Johnson did his residency (house staff, plastic surgery, 1980) at MCV, and Young holds dual degrees, a bachelor’s of science in education (1975) and a master’s in public administration (1981).

Avid and eclectic collectors of global art, antiques and artifacts, “We’ve spent 30 years collecting beautiful things,” said Johnson. “Now, at this stage in our lives, we want to share these beautiful things.” An interest in collecting old Bibles led to an interest in Torahs. He describes this Torah as “a monument to the survivors.”

The Torah scroll, on parchment scribed in the customary Hebrew, was composed in Romania around 1750. During World War II, it was confiscated by the Nazis. It is believed to be from an area of Transnistria, known as the Romanian Auschwitz. Registration numbers and stamps confirm its provenance and also that the scroll was held by the Communists. It was repatriated to Israel in 2003. Israeli authorities released the scroll for private ownership. It is considered to be in excellent condition, according to the rare books and manuscripts appraiser who authenticated the artifact.

VCU Libraries will unveil the Torah, which is undergoing preservation, at a future event. It will be on display in the new library building, scheduled to open in 2015.

“We look forward to making this symbol of survival and hope available to our entire community for teaching, learning, and remembrance, always with appropriate reverence and respect,” said University Librarian John E. Ulmschneider.

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University news features Dr. Jack Spiro’s explanation of the significance of the gift.

Index of Christian Art: Catalogs of Christian art

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The Index of Christian Art catalogs art found within a broadly-defined Christian context. In its digital form, the index contains some 80,000 full-text records and more than 100,000 images dating from 30 C.E. to 1550 C.E.

Founded in 1917 and continuously updated, this resource is maintained by Princeton University. Much of the art in the index comes from the western world, but recent efforts have been made to include art from a broader range of countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Ethiopia.

Art is categorized based on subject–figures, scenes, nature, objects and miscellany. The Index of Christian Art has an especially large collection of crucifixion scenes, saints and personifications.

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Oral Pathology Review Images: Oral abnormalities compilation

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Oral Pathology Review Images gives dentistry students a new and improved way to study oral abnormalities.

Dr. Dennis Page of the Department of Oral Pathology at the VCU School of Dentistry developed this collection to help students learn about the most common abnormalities of the oral cavity. The collection includes images of soft tissue abnormalities and radiographic abnormalities of the oral cavity. The images may be searched by type of abnormality, description or Medical Subject Heading (MeSH).

These images were previously on a website, but have been upgraded to a content management system that is especially designed to handle archives and special collections. The images are clearer and brighter and can be resized. The original slides are still held at Tompkins-McCaw Library Special Collections and Archives.

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To view the images in person, visit Special Collections and Archives at Tompkins-McCaw Library.

Image: Oral Pathology Review Images, VCU Libraries

Social Science Electronic Data Library: Sciences datasets

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The Social Science Electronic Data Library includes more than 680 health and social science datasets from more than 285 studies all chosen by an expert panel from Sociometrics for their technical quality, substantive quality, policy relevance and potential for secondary data analysis.

Nine topical data archives are in the collection: The American Family, Child Well-Being and Poverty, Maternal Drug Abuse, HIV/AIDS and STI, Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention, Aging, Disability in the U.S., Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Contextual.

Each data set has been processed and documented in a standard way that facilitates use. Each dataset contains raw data files, SPSS & SAS command files, SPSS portable and SAS transport files, data dictionaries, frequencies files, detailed user’s guides and instruments where available. You may search for variables within and across studies by topic, type or keyword(s).

Researcher can use SSEDL to analyze quality secondary data for coursework or research.

Faculty will find well-documented data for research and grant writing, teaching research design and methods, including the use of statistical software, and integrating current research into lectures and assignments.

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By Margaret Henderson, director of research data management

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ICPSR: Social science archive

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The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It includes specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields.

VCU has an institutional membership to ICPSR which allows users to download most of the data sets. After setting up a personal MyData account on campus, users will be able to download data with just an email address and password.

Datasets archived at ICPSR are formatted for use with statistical software such as SPSS, SAS and Stata. Some datasets can be analyzed online through the Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) system.

Researchers and students use ICPSR to write articles, papers or theses using real research data and to conduct secondary research to support findings or current research, or to generate new findings. ICPSR data are also often used as introductory support material in grant proposals.

Data producers take advantage of ICPSR’s services to preserve and disseminate their primary research data and often to fulfill funder requirements for data management plans.

Instructors use ICPSR’s educational resources to introduce students to the principles and practices of data analysis in order to support quantitative literacy efforts.

Find out more in our ICPSR Research Guide.

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By Margaret Henderson, director of research data management

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Reliable Film Resources: Core film studies indexes

New in 2013: two comprehensive core film studies indexes with applications for film scholars and movie lovers alike.

  • Film Indexes Online: A scholarly alternative to the Internet Movie Database, Film Indexes Online provides descriptions for 120,000 films and 735,000 film personalities from 1893 to present. This database also adds a strong international focus to VCU Libraries’ online film and media resources with representation of more than 170 countries. It also includes unique search features like genre/subject/theme, film music and literary adaptations as well as cross-referencing to assist with pseudonyms, corporate consolidation and name changes. Find It
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text: Maintaining international coverage with a North American focus, Film and Television Literature Index provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 680 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, with full-text entries for 120 journals. Also included are book chapters, industry reports, Variety movie reviews (1914-present) and more than 36,000 images and movie stills. Researchers can explore the spectrum of media scholarship from theoretical aspects and technical elements to critical reception and popular culture impact. Find It

Compiled by Nell Chenault, film and music research librarian

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A transnational archive

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive traces the history and ongoing cultural impact of slavery. It provides access to thousands of full-text primary source documents and archival records, including those from:

  • The American Missionary Association Archives from 1839-1882
  • The Office of the Secretary of the Interior Relating to the Suppression of the African Slave Trade from 1854-1872
  • Amistad Research Center in New Orleans covering the array of documents related to one of the most important slave rebellions and trials in American and world history

Ultimately millions of pages of information will be available in SAS, letting VCU researchers search across all documents in one seamless interface, according to Kevin D. Farley, Ph.D., assistant professor and humanities collections librarian.

“The result will be unexpected and important contributions to the scholarly dialogue about American slavery and its local and global ramifications,” Farley said.

Farley also noted that the addition of this collection is timely. During the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War, and given the centrality of the slave trade to Richmond history, he expects this database at VCU will deepen the study and teaching of these events in unprecedented ways.

“In placing slavery practices against the longstanding U.S. and European efforts to abolish slavery, SAS allows researchers to see all aspects of this crucial and far-reaching history,” he said.

The database now consists of Part I, “Debates over Slavery and Abolition,” and Part II, “Slave Trade in the Atlantic World.” Two additional sections are being developed: Part III, “Institution of Slavery,” and Part IV, “Age of Emancipation.”

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Image: Brazilian Slave Trade. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive