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November 26, 2013

Topics in Criminal Justice: Researching Maritime Piracy

Piracy-and-Armed-Robbery-at-Sea-2011-198x300.jpgThe recently released feature film Captain Phillips has brought modern day piracy to the silver screen. The movie, based on an actual occurrence of piracy off the Horn of Africa, has raised public awareness of the crime which until recently most had thought was an outdated practice. However, in recent years maritime has become a more common occurrence off the Horn of Africa and the Nigerian coast as well.

At the time of the nation’s founding, piracy was so prevalent that it was actually addressed in the U.S. Constitution: Art. I, ยง 8, cl. 10, provides that Congress has the power “To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations.” At the time there was still some piracy taking place in the Caribbean but the principal concern was with the Barbary Pirates off the coast of North Africa. Although some have questioned whether the state sponsored activities of the Barbary Pirates could really be considered piracy, the United States fought several wars during the early 19th century to put an end to the practice. Until the recent spate of increase in piracy it was long thought to be a historical relic.

Here are some resources for those interested in researching this topic:

Books (Available in the University Libraries):
Somali piracy and terrorism in the Horn of Africa / Christopher L. Daniels. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2012. Dewey Library / HV 6433.786 S58 D46 2012 .

Maritime piracy / Robert Haywood and Roberta Spivak. London ; New York, NY : Routledge, c2012. Dewey Library / HV 6433.785 H39 2012.

Piracy and armed robbery at sea : the legal framework for counter-piracy operations in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden / Robin Geiss, Anna Petrig. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011. Dewey Library / KZ 7212 G45 2011.

Modern piracy : a reference handbook / David F. Marley. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2011. University Library / G 535 M327 2011.

Somalia, the new Barbary? : piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa / Martin N. Murphy. New York : Columbia University Press, c2011. Dewey Library / HV 6433.786 S58 M87 2011.
The politics of the oceans / edited by Kenneth Partridge. Ipswich, Mass. : H.W. Wilson, 2011. University Library / JZ 3690 P38 2011.

Combating maritime piracy : a policy brief with recommendations for action / Robert I. Rotberg. Cambridge, MA : World Peace Foundation, 2010. University Library / K 5277 R68X 2010.
Small boats, weak states, dirty money : the challenge of piracy / Martin N. Murphy. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. Dewey Library / HV 6431 M8746 2009.

Databases (Sources for academic journal articles):
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Military and Government Collection
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Westlaw Campus
LexisNexis Academic

CQ Researcher:

Greenblatt, Alan. (2009) Attacking Piracy: Can the Growing Global Threat Be Stopped? CQ Researcher 3(8): 205-232.

Don't forget to take a look at the Congressional Research Service reports
(Available through GalleryWatch CRS Reports):
R. Chuck Mason, L. (2010). Piracy: A Legal Definition.
Lauren Ploch, A. (2011). Piracy off the Horn of Africa.
Ted Dagne, S. (2010). Somalia: Current Conditions and Prospects for a Lasting Peace.
Rawle O. King, A. (2009). Ocean Piracy and Its Impact on Insurance.


Rand Corporation Maritime Piracy page:
Commentaries, news brief and reports on piracy for industries, governments and military organizations.

UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea’s piracy page: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/piracy/piracy.htm.
--Includes legal framework for repression of piracy, piracy legislation from and between member countries, info on international law on piracy, links to all UN docs on piracy.

UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute piracy page:
--Includes Database on Maritime Piracy Court Cases

International Maritime Organization Maritime Piracy page:
--Includes piracy statistics since 1992, best management practices for shippers, and monthly, quarterly and annual reports and pirate activity since 2010.

If you are interested in researching this topic, contact our Criminal Justice Bibliographer, Richard Irving, for assistance. He can be reached at 442-3698 or rirving@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Richard Irving and Cary Gouldin

November 24, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/25-11/29

The Dewey Library is offering a single workshop due to the holiday weekend.

Monday, Nov. 25 we are offering Resources for Evidence Based Practice at 10:00am.

For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.

November 20, 2013

Copyright Corner: The Fair Use Evaluator from the Copyright Advisory Network



Over at the Copyright Advisory Network is a great tool called the Fair Use Evaluator and it will be a very good tool to bookmark for when you have questions regarding your use of an item protected by copyright.

The American Library Association Washington Office has taken on the responsibility of keeping librarians and others informed regarding federal policy that influences all of us who deal with information on a daily basis.  The Office for Information Technology Policy has specialized in copyright law and they not only have developed the Copyright Advisory Network, but they have also developed a set of very helpful resources for those who need to know about copyright.

The Fair Use Evaluator  is a tool that allows us to enter information about how we are using a work protected by copyright and it tells us on a visual scale how “fair” our use is and how close it is to infringement.  In the course of entering all our information, we also create documentation of our decision process so that we can save it in our files.  That way if our process is ever questioned we have the document to show how we made good faith effort to determine that our use could be made without asking permission of the copyright holder, and that it is a fair use.  Fair use is determined by section 107 of the copyright law,which describes the fair use exception to copyright. While there is no such thing as an absolute safe haven against getting sued for infringement, it is always appropriate to systematically evaluate your use of any item protected by copyright and properly document your effort when you firmly believe that your use is a fair use.

The Fair Use Evaluator landing page also has several very good links for learning more about copyright and fair use.  It’s a good place to get a distilled version of information so that you have a good ground in the essentials.

One especially great thing about this tool is that you can copy it and use it in your institution’s web site!  If you contact the Washington Office of ALA, they will give you all the files and details to make it function.  Check the link called:  Creative Commons/Modify this Tool for Use at your own Institution and all the details are there. Take some time to try out the Fair Use Evaluator tool for yourself!

Blog post created by Lorre Smith

November 17, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/18-11/22

The Dewey Library is offering several workshops this week. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online.

Tuesday, November 19:
10:00 AM Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, November 20:
1:00 PM Social Welfare Research Seminar
3:30 PM Introduction to Research Databases

Thursday, November 21:
10:00 AM Resources for Evidence Based Practice

Friday, November 22:
10:00 AM- Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

November 14, 2013

Researching Human Trafficking

traffickingservices_cover.jpgHuman trafficking is a grave social issue and one that many social
welfare students and researchers may wish to study. We have all seen the many stories about human trafficking in the news. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (a subunit of the Administration for Children and Families defines human trafficking as “a form of modern day slavery” which can be sex trafficking but also other types of labor exploitation.   The Office of  Health and Human Services has published a resource guide with Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking that may be of interest to social welfare students as well as social workers in the field.

We have a large number of resources on this topic that may be helpful to you if you are writing a paper or beginning research on the topic of human trafficking. Here are some select books and articles available at the
University Libraries. In addition, we have listed some of the key websites of government, social service, and advocacy organizations which focus on this important social issue.

Books Available at the University Libraries:

Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and U.S. Responses by Virginia M. Kendall and T. Markus Funk. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, c2012. Dewey Library / KF 9449 K46 2012.

A Girl’s Path to Prostitution: Linking Caregiver Adversity to Child Susceptibility by Joan A. Reid. El Paso: LFB Scholarly Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / HQ 118 R45 2012.

Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking edited by Rochelle L. Dalla, et al. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, c2011. Dewey Library / HQ 118 G56 2011.

From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery edited by Alison Brysk and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, c2012. Dewey Library / HT 867 F676 2012.

Migration, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking: The Voice of Chinese Women by Min Liu.New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c2011. University Library/ HQ 250 L584X 2011.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara. New York: Columbia University Press, c2009. University Library/ HQ 281 K37 2009.

Sex Slaves and Serfs: The Dynamics of Human Trafficking in a Small Florida Town by Erin C. Heil. Boulder, CO: FirstForumPress, 2012. Dewey Library / HD 4865 U6 H45 2012.

Sex Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice edited by Tiantian Zheng. London ; New York : Routledge, c2010. Dewey Library / HQ 281 S49 2010.

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today by Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter. Berkeley, CA; London: University of California Press, c2009. University Library / HQ 314 B35X 2009.

Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings: All Roads Lead to America by Sheldon X. Zhang. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2007. Dewey Library / HQ 281 Z53 2007.

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe. New York: Anchor Books, 2010, c2009. University Library / HQ 281 K44X 2010.

The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed by Anthony M. DeStefano. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, c2007. Dewey Library / HQ 125 U6 D47 2007.

Select Articles:

Alvarez, M. B., & Alessi, E. J. (2012). Human trafficking is more than sex trafficking and prostitution: Implications for social work. AFFILIA:Journal of Women And Social Work, 27(2), 142-152. 

Androff, D. K. (2011). The problem of contemporary slavery: An international human rights challenge for social work. International Social Work, 54(2), 209-222.

Bjelajac, Z., Spalevic, Z., & Banovic, B. (2013). Psychophysical status of human trafficking victims. Healthmed, 7(4), 1341-1346.

Heinrich, K., & Sreeharsha, K. (2013). The State of State Human-Trafficking Laws. Judges' Journal, 52(1), 28-31.

Kotrla, K. K. (2010). Domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States. Social Work, 55(2), 181-187.

Perdue, T., Prior, M., Williamson, C., & Sherman, S. (2012). Social justice and spiritual healing: Using micro and macro social work practice to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking. Social Work and Christianity, 39(4),449-465.

Palmer, N. (2010). The Essential Role of Social Work in Addressing Victims and Survivors of Trafficking. ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, 17(1), 43-56.

Wolf-Branigin, M., Garza, S., & Smith, M. A. (2010). Reducing demand for human trafficking: A non-linear approach for developing capacity. Social Work and Christianity, 37(4),424-436.

Select Web Resources:

Polaris Project for a World without Slavery
--Information on both sex and labor trafficking
--Includes a section on recognizing signs of trafficking in your community
--Operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center - 24-hour hotline, training, etc.
--Includes information on resources, groups, laws, stats, etc. by state: New York State Resources

DHS Human Trafficking Page
--Blue Campaign unites DHS components to combat human trafficking through public awareness, training, victim assistance and law enforcement
--Tip hotline for reporting human trafficking incidents
--Information on recognizing trafficking

Bureau of Justice Statistics report: Characteristics of Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010
--Statistical information about human trafficking

FBI Human Trafficking page: 
--Overview of FBI initiatives
--Information on related laws/statutes
--Tip Hotline
--Links to other government agency human trafficking pages

Fact Sheet for Schools 
--Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education
--Information for reporting and identifying victims of human trafficking
--Contains Links to other resources

As always, if you have questions about locating information and resources for your projects related to human trafficking or other social welfare topics, please contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, our Social Welfare Subject Specialist at the Dewey Library. She can be reached at elasdabergman@albany.edu or 442-3695.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin and Elaine Lasda Bergman

November 13, 2013

New Resource: Oxford Bibliographies Online

research-studies_000.jpgThe University Libraries bring you another great resource to jumpstart your research on any number of topics.

Oxford Bibliographies Online combines an encyclopedia with an annotated bibliography, making it an ideal place to start your research. It covers subject fields from social work and public health to international law and criminology to political science and international studies. Each article is written by an expert in the field and peer-reviewed. Articles include an overview of the topic and a list of key scholarly resources on the topic complete with an annotation he help you quickly and easily identify resources for your project. You can find articles through key word searches or browse by topic. The Oxford Bibliographies are a great place to begin any research project.

For more information on this and any other resource at the Libraries, visit the Reference Desk or send us an email at dewref@albany.edu.

November 10, 2013

Dewey Workshops 11/11-11/15

The Dewey Library is offering several of the advanced workshops this week. For more information, call 442-3691, stop by the reference desk, or register online
Tuesday, November 12:
4:30 PM Non-Profit Organizations - Information Sources

Wednesday, November 13:
3:30 PM Resources for Evidence Based Practice

Thursday November 14:
4:30 PM Non Profit Organizations - Information Sources

November 6, 2013

Put the Library in Your Pocket!

iphone2compressed.jpgOh Smartphones, where would we be without them? They wake us up on time, tell us where the nearest gas station is, help us keep our spending on track and bring us videos of puppies doing adorable things. They even put the University Libraries’ wealth of information at our fingertips!

That’s right; you can do an impressive amount of research anytime, anywhere, using a variety of specially designed web sites and apps. The Libraries’ mobile site [http://library.albany.edu/mobile] is always a great place to start your research. You can search Minerva, our online catalog, check the Libraries’ hours, get directions to the different libraries and access your My Library Account.

In addition, several of our database suppliers have mobile sites and apps that facilitate searching via tablets and smartphones:

EBSCO Mobile: Access all of the databases we subscribe to through the EBSCO platform, including Academic Search Complete, Social Work Abstracts, LISTA and Criminal Justice Abstracts via your iPhone, iPad, Android device or tablet. Experience the user-friendly EBSCO interface in the palm of your hand!

JSTOR: Instead of creating a specifically formatted site or device-specific apps, JSTOR has designed their web interface to automatically adjust itself to your device.

WorldCat Mobile : Learn about what materials are available at the University Libraries and at libraries around the world from your mobile device! Find which libraries own a particular item, link to that library’s catalog for more information and much more.

Scopus/SciVerse Mobile Applications: Here you can search Scopus articles and citations, view abstracts, and even set up email alerts on your mobile device!

LexisNexis Academic Mobile : Access a basic version of LexisNexis Academic to look up a news article, legal case, or company dossier.

ProQuest Mobile: Use your iPhone, Android device or Blackberry to search ProQuest databases like LISA, Social Services Abstracts and GenderWatch.

AccessMyLibrary College Edition: This app provides access to Gale resources, including Business Insights, Academic OneFile and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Has your research hit a dead-end? Or maybe it never quite got going in the first place. Don’t despair. You also have a reference librarian in your pocket! You can get help from one of our expert librarians by text, IM, phone or email.

For more information on accessing the Libraries’ resources, stop by the Reference Desk or give us a call at 442-3691.

November 5, 2013

New and Noteworthy for Information Studies students in the School Media track

Students who are in the School Media track of the Information Studies program will be interested in the following new acquisitions at the Dewey Library. Dewey collects resources that cover the art of delivering library services to youth as well as resources that identify important trends in children’s literature.

reference-sources-and-services-for-youth-gallery-1-240x350.pngHarper, M. Reference Sources and Services for Youth. New York, Neal Schuman, 2011
Dewey, Z 675 S3 H266 2011
Useful for both Public and School Media Librarians, this book is a comprehensive overview of reference services’ history, present and future. The author pays particular attention to the challenges of providing reference services to children and youth at different developmental stages. She also provides a useful primer on creating a core reference collection. There are chapters on using online reference and government web sites appropriate for youth. Each chapter ends with exercises and scenarios designed to help the reader think like a practitioner.

youth serving libraries.JPGFarmer, L.S.J. Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan, Russia and the United States. Lanham, MD. Scarecrow, 2012
This unique work presents perspectives from youth-serving librarians from Japan, Russia and the United States. Each country’s history, political climate and educational and social history is described in relation to its libraries. Current issues and future trends are also considered. Practitioners from all countries will benefit from these in depth studies.

contemporary childrens.JPGMallon, K & Bradford, C. (Eds.) Contemporary Children’s Literature and Film: Engaging with Theory. London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2011
This book delves into the theory that informs Children’s Literature and Film. The authors explore diversity, identity, cultural globalization, misogyny, pleasure, desire and more. Each chapter connects children’s literature and film to the wider adult world. Geared toward scholars rather than practitioners, this work identifies and parses major themes present in popular titles.

bridges to understanding.jpgPavonetti, L. M. (Ed.) Bridges to Understanding: Envisioning the World Through Children’s Books. Lanham, MD. Scarecrow. 2011
This is an extensive bibliography of children’s literature set in or about other cultures written between 2005 and 2009. All the books are either in original English or have been translated. More than 90 countries are included. Each entry includes bibliographic information as well as a descriptive annotation. Librarians who wish to build their multicultural collections for youth will find this book indispensable.

If you have questions or need help locating any of these materials, please contact Deborah Bernnard, our Information Studies Subject Specialist. She can be reached at dbernnard@albany.edu or 442-3699.

Blog post created by Deborah Bernnard

November 3, 2013

Dewey Instruction Sessions: 11/4- 11/8

There are NO instruction sessions this week. Don’t forget our subject specialists are available for appointments if you need research assistance.

Social Welfare
Elaine Lasda Bergman

Criminal Justice or Public Administration and Policy
Richard Irving

Information Studies
Deborah Bernnard