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February 26, 2014

Make it Through Mid-Terms!



SWD_SleepWakeCycle.pngMidterm management strategies can fall into two categories. The first consists of general information that’s been repeated at students since their undergraduate career: eat well, sleep well and exercise. The rest seems to be a combination of silly and complex test taking strategies, more complicated than the actual exam.
There’s more than enough research to suggest that sleep and exercise are an integral part of balancing what seems like five group projects and two papers a week along with a personal life. These tips and pieces of tech can help all types of busy graduate students get the most out of their already packed day without sacrificing helpful health-related behaviors.

Sleep
The app Sleep Cycle functions like the website sleepyti.me, allowing you to set an alarm time that won’t wake you up in the middle of a REM cycle. In theory this should leave you less groggy during the day.

Professionals sometimes advocate for a device-free window of time before sleep, suggesting that the type of light you are exposed to can affect your ability to get some shut-eye. An app called Fl.ux is available for your computer or jail-broken iOS capable device. The software gets rid of the blue glow that can interrupt your body’s natural sleep rhythms.

If you’ve pulled an all-nighter and need to reset your sleep schedule, take note: a recent study suggests that you can reset your sleep schedule by fasting for 12-16 hours before you’d like to fall asleep. It may not be the easiest thing to do, but it can help you get back on track.

Exercise
According to the Harvard Business Review, regular exercise can actually help you excel in daily tasks via stress reduction. Short bursts of daily exercise allowed people to manage work and their personal life, a necessity for the grad student who juggles work, school AND a personal life.

An app called swork.it creates random workouts you can do at home, without any equipment, for any amount of time.

This LifeHacker article introduces the reader to interval training as well as research supporting the claim that 20 minutes of it a day is enough to keep or get you in shape. Another describes a 7-minute full body workout that you can do in between study breaks.

The most important thing to remember in between exercise and sleep intervals is that the Dewey Graduate Library is a great place to manage anything midterm or schoolwork related. Whether you’re looking for a collaborative space to work on group assignments, a computer-equipped nook to write an essay, or personalized research assistance provided by a knowledgeable librarian, the Dewey Library has everything you need to make it through midterms.

Blog post by Mark Seabury
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February 25, 2014

Drugs and Substance Abuse - New Resources

Drugs, addiction and substance abuse are perennially topics of significant interest to students, particularly at the downtown campus. These topics are often multi-and interdisciplinary, particularly for those studying from a social work or social services perspective. Here are some of the new books on drugs and addiction that may be of interest to social work students and faculty:

emergin perspetives.JPGEmerging Perspectives on Substance Misuse (2013). Willm Mistral, ed.
Dewey Library/HV 4998 E44 2013
This compact volume features a number of essays related to drug use. Topics are related to treatment paradigms and considerations, newer profiles of addictive behaviors and interventions, new screening techniques, policy and legal considerations. The editor states that the volume is meant to provide evidence-based research that moves current thinking about substance abuse treatment and policy forward, rather than relying solely on traditional thinking about this social problem.

parenting and substance.jpgParenting and Substance Abuse (2013).Nancy E. Suchman, et al., eds.
Dewey Library/HV 4999 P37 2013
Focusing on parents who are substance abusers, this work provides essays and articles from a variety of experts on efforts to integrate parenting intervention research with substance abuse treatment research. The first section is dedicated to theory—how does addiction impact the developmental process of parenting? The second section identifies assessment, evaluation, intervention and treatment. The book covers this topic from a variety of perspectives - social services, psychology, biology, genetics, and so forth. The material is comprehensive and evidence-based and should provide students and researchers with a thorough understanding of the issues related to parent-addicts.

key concepts.JPGKey Concepts in Drugs and Society (2013). Ross Coomber, et al., eds.
Dewey Library HV 5801 K49 2013
A general overview of drug use and abuse, this book include brief basics on addiction. Topics include typical drugs that are abused, settings in which drugs are frequently abused, cultural variations in drug use and abuse, drug violence and crime, health hazards of using illicit drugs, addiction prevention, historical issues, and drug testing. The objective of this book is to highlight the key issues in each area, and there are substantial references to help students and researchers to locate information that will help them go more in depth on each topic.

judging addicts.gifJudging Addicts (2013). Rebecca Tiger.
Dewey Library/ KF 3890 T54 2013
The increase in incarceration rates is a collateral issue related to addiction and drug crime. This work provides research on the drug court system, in which persons who commit drug-related crime are sent to drug treatment programs in lieu of prison. The author discusses the issues related to society’s handling of drug abuse from both criminal and medical perspectives, and how these diverging paradigms increase “punitive control” over addicts and do not effectively work to decrease drug related crime in society. The author argues that drug court should be completely separate from the criminal justice system as a first step in improving the handling of social problems related to drug abuse and abusers.

If you would like more information on finding books, articles, statistics or other information related to drug abuse and addiction, please contact Social Welfare Bibliographer, Elaine Lasda Bergman at elasdabergman@albany.edu.

February 23, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 23rd


This Wednesday we are offering our Introduction to Research Databases workshop, designed to teach you how to effectively and efficiently search any database, from Academic Search Compete to Social Work Abstracts to PAIS International to Minerva, the Libraries’ catalog. Also on the menu for Wednesday is out Evidence Based Practice seminar, which will focus on how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice.

Wednesday, February 26
1:00 pm - Introduction to Research Databases
3:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 19, 2014

The University Libraries: Bringing You the World

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The University Libraries has an impressive collection. Between the three libraries, we house over 2,237,300 print volumes, almost 3 million microforms and more than 25 thousand maps and charts. In addition, we have access to almost 600 thousand electronic journals, online government documents and ebooks, along with 13,718 film, video and audio recordings. Believe it or not, we are adding new resources to our collection all the time.

Even with all this stuff, it sometimes happens that we don’t have the book, article or DVD that you need. Does that mean you are out of luck? That you have to buy the item yourself or change your paper topic? Absolutely not! The Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service will find your item at another library and bring it to campus for you to check out.

If you find a resource in Minerva that is in one of the libraries on the uptown campus or in storage, we can bring that to you too with our UA Delivery service.

To submit an ILL or UA Delivery request, log into your ILLiad account with your NetID and password (click on the “Interlibrary Loan / UA Delivery” link on the left side of the Libraries’ homepage). Select the type of item you are requesting from the list on the left, and then fill out the form, being sure to fill out the “Location” field, indicating whether we own the item or not. Make sure that you have filled out all the fields in red, and include as much information as you can. Use the “Notes field to include information that does not fit into the other fields or note any mistakes in the Minerva record. Always double check the information you have entered before you submit the form.

Before you submit an ILL request, be sure to check in Minerva, our online catalog, to see if we have the item in our collection. If we own an item, but it has been checked out be another user (there is a date in the “Status” box in the Minerva record) do not submit an ILL request. Submit a Recall Request instead.

Turnaround times for request vary. UA Delivery requests usually take a few days. ILL article and book chapter requests usually take between two and four days, while books can take up to two weeks. Materials like DVDs, CD-ROMs and newly published books can take longer. Be sure to take turnaround times into consideration when making your request.

You will receive an email when your item is available for pick up. Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account, and books will be held for you at the Dewey circulation desk. Loan periods and renewal options are determined by the lending library.

For more information on ILL and UA Delivery, stop by the Reference Desk at any of the libraries, or contact us at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

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Photo Image from Microsoft Word Clip Art Collection

February 18, 2014

Sexual Assault in the Military

military-assault.jpgSen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is the primary sponsor of a legislative proposal which would change the way the military responds to allegations of sexual assault. Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal would remove the decision regarding possible prosecutions from the military chain of command. Instead, it would have military lawyers make the decision. For a brief description regarding Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal and a discussion of the opposition see Scully, Megan. "Sex-Assault Proposal Faces Uphill Battle." CQ Weekly (November 18, 2013): 1928-29. Sen. Gillibrand’s proposal was expected to be voted on in the US Senate Feb. 10, 2014.

For more information regarding this issue see the library resources and websites listed below:

Books:

Investigating Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement and Nontraditional Fields for Women by Penny E. Harrington and Kimberly A. Lonsway. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, c2007. Dewey Library / HV 8141 H297 2007.

For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military by T.S. Nelson. New York: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, c2002. Dewey Library / UB 418 W65 N431 2002.

Congressional Hearings

Ruth Moore Act of 2013: Report (to accompany H.R. 671) (Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office). Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 1.1/8:113-63 and Online.

A Review of Sexual Misconduct by Basic Training Instructors at Lackland Air Force Base: Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, first session, hearing held January 23, 2013. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.AR 5/2 A:2013-2014/2 and Online.

Invisible Wounds: Examining the Disability Compensation Benefits Process for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2013. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.V 64/3:112-70 and Online.

Preventing Sexual Harassment: DOD Needs Greater Leadership Commitment and an Oversight Framework: Report to the Ranking Member, Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives. Washington: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2011. Online / GovDoc: J 85 GA 1.13:GAO-11-809.

Military Personnel: DOD’s and the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs Need to Be Further Strengthened: Testimony before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives / statement of Brenda S. Farrell, and Randolph C. Hite. Washington: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2010. Online / GovDoc: J 85 GA 1.5/2:GAO-10-405 T.

CQ Researcher

Koons, Jennifer (2013). “Sexual Assault in the Military.” CQ Researcher, August 9, 2013, Volume 23, Issue 29.

Mantel, Barbara (2012). “Sexual Harassment”, CQ Researcher, April 27, 2012, Volume 22, Issue 16.

Clemmitt, Marcia (2009). “Women in the Military”, CQ Researcher, November 13, 2009, Volume 19, Issue 44.

CRS Reports

Military Sexual Assault: Chronology of Activity in Congress and Related Resources by Barbara Salazar Torreon. Washington: Congressional Research Services, July 30, 2013.

Websites

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
- Advocates for the reformation of the Military Code of Justice
- Advocates for prevention and victim support programs

DOD Reports to Congress re Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
- Annual reports on sexual harassment and violence in the armed services and military service academies

DOD Safe Helpline
- Sexual Assault support and assistance network for DOD community

Army Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
- Sexual Assault Policy, prevention, training and reporting procedure


Bibliography compiled by Cary F. Gouldin
Introduction by Richard Irving

February 16, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 16th

Take a workshop at Dewey this week and learn how to find the information you need quickly and efficiently. Our Social Welfare Research Seminar will introduce you to key resources and search strategies in the field, while our advanced seminar, Evidence Based Practice, will show you how to find and evaluate research information for clinical social work practice. For those interested in public policy, we are offering our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research, which will cover resources for finding the legal authority for a policy, legislative history and evaluating federal public policies.

Wednesday, February 19
1:00 pm - Evidence Based Practice

Thursday, February 20
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Friday, February 21
10:00 am - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 13, 2014

Dewey Library Closing Early

Due to the inclement weather, the Dewey Graduate Library will close at 5:00pm, today February 13, 2014. Unless otherwise specified, the library will have normal hours tomorrow. Stay warm!

February 12, 2014

Productivity Tools Help You Organize, Stop Procrastinating

The Dewey Library is pleased to introduce you to our newest blogger, Mark Seabury. He is an Information Studies Student who will be helping out behind the scenes during this semester. Here are some interesting productivity tools he recommends for students.

The ability to close out of a social media or image browsing site isn’t always one that comes easily. One minute I’m gathering research for a paper and the next I’m lost in the depths of Facebook, trying to figure out what the kid I sat next to in 1st grade is up to. The following tools do a good job of fighting digression, allowing you to temporarily block time wasting sites while you do homework.

chrome-nanny.pngBrowser extensions like Chrome Nanny and StayFocusd both work on Google’s browser, while Firefox’s LeechBlock provides the same kind of service. After installation, simply type in the URLs of the sites you’d like to avoid and set a time limit. Of course, there are a number of ways to disable all of these, so think of these extensions as artificial boosts of willpower rather than a permanent solution to web-based procrastination.

This stripped-down interface of WriteMonkey makes the download a great tool for someone looking to write a paper without the distractions of everything else on your desktop. Once downloaded the program’s “zen-like” atmosphere expands to your entire screen, harkening back to the hindrance-free atmosphere of the typewriter without losing any of the web capabilities we’ve become accustomed to.

trello.pngTrello is a great way to visualize and prioritize long-term projects. The free software uses a method taken from big business and applies them the personal project level. Users assign each project to a board, which contain a list of tasks. Each list is given a card where specific instruction and attachments can be placed. The system allows for the chunking of a semester-long research project into manageable portions and realistic achievement goals. The cloud based software makes collaboration a breeze, and team-based learning classes that much less complicated. Programs like Asana and Azendoo offer variations on a similar product.

toodledo-mobile-10-700x280.pngToodledo is another way to manage tasks with a huge amount of options and customization. This makes it great on the individual level, and an apt way to keep up on the small tasks that are easy to forget about as a student. Its coolest feature recognizes when you have a chunk of free time and suggests which tasks are the highest priority and in what order to do them. It also syncs, for free, with your phone or tablet.

featured-img-coggle.jpgPredating any of these tools is mind-mapping, a technique that has existed before computers via pen and paper. A mind map is a way for you visualize a variety of ideas, from cheap meals to a full-blown project. Smaller ideas branch out from a central idea or theme in the form of nodes, a particularly good strategy for brainstorming paper topics. Free tools like Coggle and FreeMind allow you to insert pictures, documents, and even sync with Microsoft Office to create a memorable and effective mind map.

These are only a sample of the many productivity tools out there- check out Lifehacker for more tips and resources to make the most out of your time!

Blog post created by Mark Seabury

February 11, 2014

Have You Signed the Declaration for the Right to Libraries?

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In communities all across the country and around the world, people of all ages and walks of life turn to their local libraries for everything from the hometown newspaper and books on organic gardening, to demographic data and an in depth exploration of factors that lead to the fall of the Roman Empire. For many patrons, libraries provide a much needed bridge over the digital divide, giving them access to essential online resources for everything from finding a job to understanding a medical diagnosis. Time and again, libraries have demonstrated that they play a varied and essential role in their communities.

The American Library Association (ALA) believes so strongly in the fundamental role of libraries, that it has declared having vibrant libraries in our communities a fundamental right. To that end, it has drafted a “Declaration for the Right to Libraries”, a document designed to build public support for libraries of all kinds. In support of these efforts, libraries across the country have been holding signing ceremonies, giving community members the opportunity to publicly declare their support for libraries by signing the declaration.

Last semester, UAlbany librarian Carol Anne Germain worked with the Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) to host a signature drive on the uptown and downtown campuses. According to Germain: "It was an exciting and positive event which emphasized the value of libraries and librarians, and prompted many signers to comment on how libraries had changed their lives." A total of 1060 people signed the petition! Way to go UAlbany!

If you missed this opportunity to sign in person, don’t fret! Library lovers across the country can sign via the ALA’s website. To date, 5957 individuals have added their virtual signatures. We hope you will add yours.

Of course, we at Dewey love libraries and believe that they are essential to the social, educational and economic life of a community. We have a plethora of resources on libraries and their communities. Here are a few to get you started:

The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2011. Dewey Library / Reference: Z 665 L36 2011.

The Library as Place: History, Community, and Culture edited by John E. Buschman and Gloria J. Leckie. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Dewey Library / Z 716.4 L485 2007.

Libraries, Community, and Technology by Andy Barnett. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2002. Dewey Library / Z 716.4 B29 2002.

Libraries and Society: Role, Responsibility and Future in an Age of Change edited by David Baker and Wendy Evans. Oxford, UK: Chandos Pub., 2011. Dewey Library / Z 716.4 L465X 2011.

Linking Literacy and Libraries in Global Communities by Marlene Asselin and Ray Doiron. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Dewey Library / In Processing.

Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community by Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, c2006. Dewey Library / Z 1003 R75 2006.

For more information on libraries’ impact, contact Deborah Bernnard, Library and Information Science Bibliographer, at dbernnard@albany.edu or 442-3699.

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February 9, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 9th


There are a lot of things happening in the happening in the Dewey classroom this week. Our ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources workshop provides an introduction to government, not-for-profit and commercial sources of data and statistical information. It will also cover the ICPSR data repository. We are also offering our ever popular Social Welfare Research Seminar, which provides an overview to the libraries’ social welfare resources along with an introduction to efficient and time saving search strategies.

This week’s class schedule:

Tuesday, February 11
10:00 am - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research
3:00 pm - ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Wednesday, February 12
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar

Thursday, February 13
4:30 pm - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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February 5, 2014

Copyrigyht Corner: Copyright Legislation - Works in Progress

Although it doesn’t look like copyright legislation, a recent U.S. federal spending bill mandated that more federal funding agencies must require funded research results to be provided on a free or open access basis. This has caused a flurry of news items and blog posts regarding the impact it will have on wider availability of scholarly communication. Open access means that the information is not behind a royalty paywall that is put in place by most commercial publishers who own the copyright, or right of distribution, for scholarly publications.

From a Janurary 17, 2014 “Inside Higher Ed” blog post:

“According to the bill, federal agencies must develop public access policies that provide a "machine-readable version of the author’s final peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journal." The policy applies to all federal agencies with research and development expenditures exceeding $100 million a year.


Library Journal looks at the law a bit differently and provides a bit more detail:

“Included is language that mandates that research funded by agencies operating under the portion of the bill covering Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education must be made available to the public for free online.
That change is good news for advocates of open access, said Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), as it expands the number of agencies operating under the kind of open access policies that have been in place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2008.”

In the mean time, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee continues to hold hearings regarding the possible overhaul of U.S. Code Title 17, otherwise known as copyright law. The most recent hearing on January 28, 2014 contained significant testimony regarding Chapter 1, section 107, the Fair Use section of Title 17. This section has historically been controversial due to the control if provides the copyright holders over their content. Large media corporations rely on copyright for their profits. Traditionally education stakeholders have argued for more strength in the Fair Use section, while commericial content providers have argued to weaken it or eliminate the section altogether.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks blog is concerned about who is testifying to the Committee:

“Copyright reform hearings continue to lumber along in the House of Representatives, with Tuesday's in the Judiciary Committee marking the seventh in as many months. This hearing was dedicated to "The Scope of Fair Use," and though the panel of witnesses was more diverse than in some of the earlier hearings, there were still some disappointing trends in the conversation.”


Some argue that Congress tends to favor large corporate content providers over other stakeholders, such as non-profits, educational interests and professionals in the arts.

The Committee continues to make videos of the hearings available, including the Jan. 28 hearing.

Copyright law ideally provides a balance between those who produce content and make their livelihoods from the ability to charge others for its use, and those who only thrive when there is free flow of content without restrictive costs. Now is a wonderful opportunity to follow along as legislators debate copyright law issues. This point in time also provides ample opportunity for those who work in fields that use and produce content to educate their representatives regarding what is necessary to keep copyright law balanced and workable.


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February 4, 2014

What is a Filibuster?

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics defines filibuster as an “Attempt to obstruct parliamentary proceedings by prolonging debate. Common in the US Senate, where the right of free discussion is protected. A minority of senators may attempt to delay and obstruct a measure by speaking on irrelevant subjects, and introducing dilatory motions. Legislatures have attempted to prevent filibusters by introducing procedures to curtail debates, such as closure, closed rules, and guillotine motions.”

Last December the United States Senate, in a measure surrounded by controversy, changed its rules to make it easier to bring an end to debate on a pending issue and thus lessened the power of the filibuster. (see, Sanchez, Humberto. "A Landmark Change to Filibuster." CQ Weekly (December 2, 2013): 1992-93.

Those interested in researching the filibuster as practiced in the United States Senate may consider the following resources.

Books:

Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate by Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, c2012. University Library / JK 1161 A8 2012.

Filibustering in the U.S. Senate by Lauren C. Bell. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, c2011. University Library / JK 1161 B45 2011.

Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate by Gregory Koger. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2010. University Library / JK 1041 K64 2010.

In Praise of Deadlock: How Partisan Struggle Makes Better Laws by W. Lee Rawls. Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c2009. University Library / JK 1161 R38 2009.

Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate by Gregory J. Wawro and Eric Schickler. Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2006. University Library / JK 1161 W39 2006.

Politics or Principle?: Filibustering in the United States Senate by Sarah A. Binder and Steven S. Smith. Washington: Brookings Institution, 1997. University Library / JK 1161 B56 1997.

Senate Rules:

Standing Rules of the Senate (see Rule XXII)provide the structure and procedures relating to filibustering.

Congressional Hearings:

Compilation of Hearings and Markups: Hearings and Markups before the Committee on Rules and Administration, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, February 2, 2010, April 15, 2010, May 5, 2010, May 25, 2010, and July 20, 2010. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2012. University Library / GovDoc - Microfiche: J 85 Y 4.R 86/2:S.HRG.111-1125 and Online.

Examining the Filibuster: Hearings before the Committee on Rules and Administration, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, April 22, 2010, May 19, 2010, June 23, 2010, July 28, 2010, and September 22 and 29, 2010. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2010. University Library / GovDoc - Microfiche: J 85 Y 4.R 86/2:S.HRG.111-706 and Online.

Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a Majority Is Denied Its Right to Consent: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, May 6, 2003. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2003. University Library / GovDoc: J 85 Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.108-227 and Online.

CSR Reports:

Filibusters and Cloture in the Senate by Richard S. Beth and Valerie Heitshusen. Washington: Congressional Research Services, May 31, 2013.

Constitutionality of a Senate Filibuster of a Judicial Nomination by Todd B. Tatelman. Washington: Congressional Research Services, June 14, 2005.

Online Resources:

Brennen Center for Justice Filibuster page: Research and analysis

Common Cause: Sued US Senate to challenge the constitutionality of the filibuster

Brookings Institution Filibuster page: History and analysis

US Senate Virtual Reference Desk filibuster entry: Definition, origins and development, highlights of significant filibusters

If you wish to do further research on the use of filibusters in the US Senate, or on any other topic related to public administration and policy, political science, or law, please contact subject specialist Dick Irving (rirving@albany.edu).

Bibliography - Cary F. Gouldin
Introduction - Dick Irving

February 2, 2014

Workshops for the Week of February 2nd


Join us in the Dewey classroom for our Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research workshop. This session will cover sources for finding the legal authority for a policy, legislative history and evaluating federal public policies. We are also offering our Social Welfare Research Seminar which provides an introduction to doing social welfare research, including research databases, the Libraries’ web site and online resources.

See below for the full schedule offerings this week.

Wednesday, February 5
2:00 pm - Social Welfare Research Seminar
4:00 pm - Orientation Tour of Dewey Graduate Library
4:30 pm - Introduction to Federal Public Policy Research

For more information or to register for a class, visit our web site or contact the reference desk at 244-3691.

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