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November 30, 2010

Researching the History of Social Work

Social work today is a licensed profession and social welfare is an established academic discipline. However, it can be useful to go back and study the roots of the social welfare movement in the United States and the creation of social agencies. One individual often credited as a founder of social work and social welfare movements in the US is Jane Addams.

Jane Addams was an author, feminist, politician, and national advocate for social progress. She won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize and was the president of a number of committees for social work and peace. She founded Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. Hull House was devoted to social welfare and “included children's clubs; nurseries; an art gallery; a circulating library; an employment bureau; a lunchroom; and classes in history, music, languages, painting, dancing, and mathematics��? (Quam, 2008, n.p.).

Because Jane Addams was a prominent figure in her own time, many primary documents from her lifetime are available. To learn more about Jane Addams and her impact on the social work movement of the United States, please refer to the resources listed below.

Addams, J. (1899). A Function of the Social Settlement. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 13(3), 33-55. Retrieved from SAGE Political Science Full-Text Collection database.

Addams, Jane. (2009). In A Dictionary of Sociology. Retrieved from http://www.oxford

Bryan, M. L. M., Bair, B., and de Angury M. (Eds.). (2003). The selected papers of Jane Addams.
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
University Library: HV 28 A35 A25 2003

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2003). Jane Addams. Retrieved from http://foia.fbi.gov/

Fischer, M., Nackenoff, C., and Chmielewski, W. (Eds.). (2009). Jane Addams and the practice of
. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
Dewey Library: HV 28 A35 J35 2009

Hamington, M. (2009). The social philosophy of Jane Addams. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois
Dewey Library: HV 28 A35 H37 2009 (New Books Display)

Herrick, J. M. (2005). Settlement Houses (United States). In Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America (pp. 329-330). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Dewey Library: HV 12 E497 2005 (Reference)

Johnson, A. (2004). Social work is standing on the legacy of Jane Addams: But are we sitting on the sidelines? Social Work, 49(2), 319-322. Retrieved from CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.

Morissey, M. (2005). Addams, Jane (1860-1935). In Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America (pp. 13-14). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Dewey Library: HV 12 E497 2005 (Reference)

UIC College of Architecture and Arts. (2009). Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Retrieved from http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/hull_house.html

Quam, J. K. (2008). Addams, Jane. In The Encyclopedia of Social Work. Retrieved from

For online access to journal articles, try searching:
Academic Search Complete
America: History & Life

If you need assistance researching the history of social welfare movements in the United States or any
other social welfare topic, please contact Elaine Bergman who is the Dewey Library Bibliographer for Social Welfare. She can be reached at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3695.

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November 28, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/29-12/3

Are you an MSW student that still needs to sign up for a Social Welfare Research Seminar? Sign up for this week’s Dewey Workshop! Meet a graduation requirement and sharpen your research skills just in time for finals week.

Wednesday, December 1:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Dewey Library staff wishes you a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. Dewey will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. We will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 27.

November 23, 2010

Excellence in Criminal Justice Research

Looking for a selection of the best writing in criminal justice? Take a look at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) book award winners.

The ASC award is named for Michael J. Hindelang, late professor from our School of Criminal Justice and one of the founders of the Michael J. Hidelang Criminal Justice Research Center located in Draper Hall here on the Downtown Campus. The Michael J. Hindelang Award is given for a book which makes an "outstanding contribution to research in criminology." The book must be written by an ASC member and published no more than three years ago. The University Libraries own all of the award winning books, and most of them are located here at Dewey (check the library catalog, Minerva, for more information).

Two of the award winning works were written by researchers associated with the University at Albany:

Maruna, Shadd . (2001) Making good : how ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. Dewey Library / HV 9276 M37X 2001

Thornberry, Terrence P., Krohn, Marvin D., Lizotte, Alan J., Smith, Carolyn A., Tobin, Kimberly . (2003). Gangs and delinquency in developmental perspective. NY:Cambridge University Press. Dewey Library / HV 6439 U52 N74 2003

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences likewise offers an Outstanding Book Award each year. The 1992-2009 winners are all owned by the University Libraries, and again, most of them are located here at Dewey (check Minerva for details)

You may also be interested to learn that both ASC and ACJS also give awards for other categories, such as best article and best student paper. You may wish to look at the ASC awards page or the ACJS awards page for more information.

If you are looking to locate the highest quality of Criminal Justice research possible, you may wish to contact Mary Jane Brustman, who is our library subject specialist for criminal justice. Contact Mary Jane by email (mbrustman@uamail.albany.edu) or phone (442-3540).

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November 17, 2010

A Wealth of Targeted Information: Subject-Specific Almanacs

• Did you know that the “youngest��? Congressional district is Utah’s 3rd, with a median age of 25.7, while the “oldest��? is Florida’s 13th, with a median age of 46.5?

• Did you know that academic libraries loaned about 11.1 million documents to other libraries in Fiscal Year 2008?

• Did you know that there are 416 social work education programs in the United States, which employ some 5,400 faculty members?

These and countless other useful facts can be gleaned from the pages of, respectively, The Almanac of American Politics (p. 1692), Library and Book Trade Almanac (p. 415), and Social Work Almanac (p. 354). (See below for full citations of these and other titles.)

An almanac is a reference work, often but not always issued annually, containing facts in short articles, lists, tables, charts, and just about any other form you can think of. You may be familiar with a general-interest example like the World Almanac and Book of Facts, which covers everything from countries of the world to sports statistics, but as we can see from the examples above there are also almanacs devoted to specific areas. When you know the subject or field about which you want to learn, these subject-specific almanacs can be a great resource for authoritative answers to your research questions, and Dewey Library’s collection has a number of these sure to be of interest to our users on the downtown campus. While you will often want the newest edition of an annually-issued almanac for the most up-to-date info, looking at older editions can be just the thing for certain kinds of research. Note while most of the latest editions of Dewey’s almanacs will be in the Reference section (in the center of the main floor), sometimes older editions can be found downstairs in the compact shelving stacks; use Minerva, UAlbany libraries’ online catalog, to locate them.

Some Subject-Specific Almanacs in Dewey Library’s Collection:

Austin, J., ed. (2009) Congressional Quarterly Almanac Plus, V. 65. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: JK 1 C66.

Barone, M. and Cohen, R. (2010) The Almanac of American Politics 2010. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group.
Dewey Library / Reference JK 271 B343.

Bogart, D. (2010) Library and Book Trade Almanac, 55th Ed. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.
Dewey Library / Reference: Z 731 A47.

Cook, C. (2001) The Facts on File World Political Almanac: From 1945 to the Present. New York: Checkmark Books.
Dewey Library / Reference: D 843 C5798 2001.

Ginsberg, L. (1995) Social Work Almanac, 2nd Ed. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: HV 90 G53 1995.

Lilly, W., ed. (2007) The Almanac of State Legislative Elections. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.
Dewey Library / Reference: JK 1967 A77 2008.

Mannheimer, R., ed. (1994) Older Americans Almanac: A Reference Work on Seniors in the United States. Detroit: Gale Research.
Dewey Library / Reference: HQ 1064 U5 O416 1994.

Shafritz, J., et al., eds. (1991) Almanac of Modern Terrorism. New York: Facts on File.
Dewey Library / Reference HV 6431 S465 1991.

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November 16, 2010

Does the book have a future?

With the increasing popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle and Nook, many people wonder if the print book has a future. Recently, Apple’s iPad was released; another device that can be used as an e-reader and Amazon claims to now sell more e-books than print books. Even libraries are beginning to advertise their e-book collections and promote this new technology.

So why are e-readers so popular? It is possible to store multiple books on an e-reader, e-books are cheaper to purchase, and they come with extra technological features. People can instantly download e-books from the comforts of their own home, which in today’s fast-paced world is a definite benefit. However, the book can do something e-books cannot. It doesn’t have to be plugged in to charge, it’s a physical object, and many people still enjoy holding an actual book while reading. Some people say books are easier to read because there is no backlight although proponents of e-readers claim that the display is very similar to an actual book.

The future of libraries, although not directly linked to the future of the book, will be greatly influenced by the book’s future. E-books already exist in libraries and many catalogs also link to Google Books, a site that allows partial access to many materials. Libraries will give patrons what they want and if the trend leans more toward e-books, than libraries must develop a larger digital collection. However, there are some that think the book will always have a future and that libraries will always provide access to them.

For more information on the future of the book, check out these resources at the library:
Cope, B. & Phillips, A. (2006). The future of the book in the digital age. Oxford: Chandos Pub.
Dewey Library: Z 278 F88X 2006

Epstein, J. (2001). Book business : publishing past, present, and future. New York: W.W. Norton.
Dewey Library: Z 280 E67 2001

Stoicheff, P. & Taylor, A. (2004). The future of the page. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Dewey Library: Z 116 A3 F88 2004

You can also contact our bibliographer for Information Studies, Deborah Bernnard. She can be reached by email at dbernnard@uamail.albany.edu, or by calling 442-3699.

What do you think? Will there someday be a world without books or will there be a mix of electronic and print materials? Leave your comments below!

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November 14, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/15-11/19

Calling all MSW students: have you signed up for a Social Welfare Research Seminar yet? It’s required for graduation and the end of the semester will be here before you know it. Rather spend your free time in December shopping for the holidays? Then come to this week’s Dewey Workshop!

Wednesday, November 17:
3:00 PM: Social Welfare Research Seminar

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

November 12, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Members of the Dewey staff gathered earlier this week in honor of evening Clerk James Asare's recent completion of the requirements for a Ph.D. in Africana Studes. Since his studies are now complete, James is unfortunately leaving his position here at Dewey. All of Dewey wishes him well in his future endeavors. Pictured from left to right are: Lindsay Van Berkom, Dick Irving, James Asare, Christopher Masella, Xiaoai Ren.

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 10, 2010

Introduction to the EBSCO Database Interface

The UAlbany libraries give users access to dozens of online databases which contain information on journal articles and other sources, often including the full text of the piece in question. Navigating your way from the libraries’ website to the information you need means using one of a number of database interfaces. A number of databases that can be useful for the downtown programs’ students who are Dewey’s primary users employ EBSCO’s database interface. (Fun fact: EBSCO was founded in 1944 and gets its name from founder Elton Bryson Stephens.) Here are some of the EBSCO databases you’ll find most useful depending on your area of study:

Everyone: Academic Search Complete is a broad-ranging database covering over 7,000 journals in full text in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. It can be a great starting point, but don’t neglect the more specialized databases which can help you zero in on items that meet your specific needs.

Information Studies: ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) contains works relevant to librarianship and other educational/information professions, while LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts) has a tighter focus on the core scholarly productions in those fields (and does contain full-text articles, not just abstracts).

Public Administration: Public Administration Abstracts includes bibliographic information about articles in the field, including some with full text. EconLit is maintained by the American Economic Association and includes sources in all areas of economics.

Social Work: Medline contains information on medicine and health policy that may be relevant to certain areas of research in Social Work. CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) and Health Reference Center-Academic may also be worth a look depending on your project or interest.

How It Works

Whichever database you’re going to use, the UA Libraries homepage is the place to start. Click on the link for “Databases & Indexes��? on the left to browse lists or seek out databases by subject. If you already know the title of the database you want, just type its name into the search box in the center of the page. (See images below.) Note that if you’re using an off-campus computer you may be asked to enter your Unix ID and password before being allowed access.

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The interface for any of the EBSCO databases in the libraries’ collection will look the same, with a note above the search boxes to let you know which one you’re in. For the purposes of this introduction we’ll be searching in Academic Search Complete, the most general-purpose of the EBSCO databases, but the steps we take in our information quest will be applicable to any in the EBSCO family.

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Those search boxes are where much of the action is in searching an EBSCO database. You enter the terms you want to search for in the boxes, and may optionally specify which portion of a returned record a word must appear in to match your search (you do this using the drop-down menus next to the search boxes). A further refinement of your search can be made by adjusting the so-called Boolean operators that are set by default to AND (and raising a glass to George Boole [1815-1864] while you do it). If my two search terms are “divorce��? and “poverty,��? leaving the operator on AND will only return results with both terms appearing; switching it to OR will return results with either or both terms; flipping it to NOT will give you items that contain the first term but in which the second is absent. Below is the result of a simple search for items which contain both “divorce��? and “poverty��? (notice that the Boolean operator has been left on AND).

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As you can see, the list resulting from this search contains 190 items. It would be perfectly possible to examine each of these items to see if they appear relevant and useful to your research, but it’s also possible to take steps at this point to further limit which results are included. Under the “Refine your results��? header on the left of the screen, you can tell the database things like “I only want sources which I can make appear in complete form on this computer right now!��? (check the “Full Text��? box), or “I only want articles that were published after approval by people accredited in my field!��? (check the “Scholarly [Peer Reviewed] Journals��? box). You can also limit the range of years of publication for your results using the sliding indicator. As an example, in the image below I’m telling the database that I only want peer-reviewed sources available in full text that have been published since 1990.

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Et voilà! Instead of 190 results to look through, by more precisely specifying what we’re looking for we’ve gotten the list to an easily manageable thirty three.

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But Wait, There’s More!

A short blog post does not allow for a full explication of all the ways the EBSCO Interface can help you in your research, and you’re encouraged to mouse around and experiment, or better yet ask one of the friendly folks at the reference desk for further help. For now, we’ll leave you with two very useful concepts you can use to become a super searcher: wildcard and truncation symbols. (Note that the symbols used and how they operate can differ from interface to interface, so this information is worth your attention even if you’ve used them in other non-EBSCO interfaces.)

The wildcard symbols for the EBSCO interface are ? (question mark) and # (pound sign). In both cases, you use them when you want to avoid specifying one or more letters in your search term. The difference between the two is that the question mark stands for one letter, while the number sign will tell the database to include words with one or two.

• Searching for m?le will return results containing the words mile, male, or mole, but not Moule (a popular surfing area on the island of Guadeloupe, and clearly not what you’re searching for when you’re doing serious academic work, right?).

• Searching for hon#r will return results containing the words honor or honour. This is especially useful for words of this sort that have more than one common spelling and saves you from having to do two searches for the same word.

The truncation symbol in the EBSCO interface is * (asterisk), and it allows you to specify the beginning of a search term while the ending is allowed to vary. This is great for finding different grammatical forms of a word that share a root but have differing endings.

• Searching for comput* will return results including words like computer, computing, computational, etc.

Happy searching, and remember that the earlier you start your research for a given project, the better chance you have of finding the perfect sources, whether in the UAlbany libraries’ print and online collections or through the magic of Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery!

Blog post created by Ryan Murray

November 7, 2010

Dewey Workshops: 11/8-11/12

Is your favorite price free? Need help finding quality resources online? Then be sure to sign up for a Dewey Workshop. It’s free, it’s fast, and we want to save you a spot.

Tuesday, November 9:
3:30 PM: Finding Reliable Information Online

Wednesday, November 10:
6:00 PM: Introduction to Information Resources for Gerontology

You can register for classes with our Online Registration Form, at the Reference Desk, by sending email to Dewclass@albany.edu, or by calling the Reference Desk at 422-3691. If you find that you are unable to attend a class that you have registered for, please call the Reference Desk or send an email to let us know.

November 5, 2010

Photo of the Week

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Cold and Flu season is upon us! The Dewey Library has a hand sanitzer station right by the entryway. Take advantage of the station to help avoid catching or spreading something unpleasant!

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

November 3, 2010

Four Guides to Copyright for Higher Education Faculty and Students

If you would like to bookmark just a few websites about copyright these are probably the best in the United States for the higher education community:

Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College
The Center for Intellectual Property provides education, research, and resources for the higher education community on copyright, academic integrity, and the emerging digital environment. The Center accomplishes its mission through the delivery of workshops and conferences, online training, consultations on campus, and electronic and print publications, and it provides continuous updates on legislative developments at the local, state, national, and international level.

Copyright Advisory Office: Columbia University
The Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University has a central mission to address, in a creative and constructive manner, the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university in order to best promote research, teaching, library services, and community involvement. To that end, this office:
•Addresses issues of fair use, copyright ownership, and publishing arrangements in furtherance of higher education and the advancement of knowledge;
•Provides copyright information and education resources for the university community;
•Supports innovative policies, practices, and contracts to foster the creation, preservation, and accessibility of information resources; and
•Undertakes research and exploration of copyright issues to provide original understandings of the law and its importance.

Crash Course on Copyright at the University of Texas:
This site includes:Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials .

The course also provides basic information on a broad range of copyright topics.

Digital Scholarship & Publishing Centerfrom North Carolina State University

•The Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center is staffed by a copyright and Internet law specialist.
•It serves as a resource to the NC State community on copyright, fair use, and other scholarly communication issues.
•It provides guidance on issues such as database licensing, user privacy, library reserves, interlibrary loan and document delivery services.

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November 2, 2010

Every Election Brings a Lame Duck Session

The term lame duck refers to “a person, legislature, or administration that continues to hold office after losing an election��? (“Lame duck,��? 2010). The term “lame duck��? has also been used to describe a second term President who is not eligible for re-election and a session of Congress taking place between a congressional election and the convening of the just elected Congress. A “lame duck��? session of Congress includes both exiting members and members who will be returning to the next session of Congress. Both groups, for various reasons, may vote differently in a lame duck session than they would have in the preceding regular Congressional session.
It is expected that after this year’s midterm elections, we will have another lame duck Congress; what effects could this have on public policy? One of the issues likely to be considered is an extension of the “Bush tax cuts��?.

UAlbany has many full-text resources available, including journal articles at Academic Search Complete [http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/search?vid=1&hid=17&sid=09b06852-ced9-4dd8-bf0e-3e1bf6ca9824%40sessionmgr11] and JSTOR and newspaper articles at LexisNexis Academic. Most of the resources located below can be accessed remotely by logging in with your UAlbany account or found at the library.

Baumann, D. (2004). How lame is a lame duck anyway? National Journal, 36(39), 2898-2899. Available in Academic Search Complete database.

Brady, D. W., and McCubbins, M. D. (Eds.). (2007). Party, process, and political change in Congress. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. University Library: JK 1021 P38 2002

Franklin, D., and Westin, T. (1998). Predicting the institutional effects of term limits. Public Choice, 96(3/4), 381-393. Available in JSTOR database.

Herszenhorn, D. M. (2008, November 21). Lame duck? The dodo seems a more apt bird.
The New York Times, pp. A23. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

Jenkins, J. A., and Nokken, T. P. (2008). Partisanship, the Electoral Connection, and Lame-Duck Sessions of Congress, 1877-2006. The Journal of Politics, 70(2), 450-465. Available from Cambridge Journals online (see journal record in Minerva).

Lame duck. (2010). in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics. Available from Oxford Online Reference (see e-book record in Minerva).

Parker, G. R. (2005). Reputational capital, opportunism, and self-policing in legislatures. Public Choice, 122(3/4), 333-354. Available in JSTOR database.

Nagle, J. (1998, December 21). On the authority of lame ducks. The Washington Post, pp. A28. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

Newton-Small, J. (2010). GOP goes (lame) duck hunting. Time, 176(6), 12. Available in Academic Search Complete database.

Rothenberg, L. S., and Sanders, M. S. (2000). Lame-Duck politics: Impending departure and the votes on impeachment. Political Research Quarterly, 53(3), 523-536. Available in JSTOR database.

Thiessen, M. A. (2010, August 17). Mark Kirk, the lame-duck killer. The Washington Post, [n.p.]. Available in LexisNexis Academic database.

If you are interested in researching the past actions of lame duck sessions of Congress, come talk to Dick Irving our Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration bibliographer. His expertise will help you efficiently find the resources you need. Give him a call at 442-3693 or email him at ririving@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Lauren Stern and Richard Irving