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Congressional Research Service

Established as a department within the Library of Congress in 1914 (and originally called Legislative Reference Service), the Congressional Research Service’s (CRS) legislative mandate is to provide analysis and research reports that help legislators make informed decisions about policy matters.  In keeping with their key values, the information they provide is authoritative, non-partisan, and objective, which makes it a great source for becoming familiar with public policy topics.

Unfortunately for those outside the halls of Congress, another key value for CRS is confidentiality; however, that doesn’t keep legislators from posting information online.  You can find some reports by doing a PowerSearch – Advanced Search in our Gale Databases and searching for your topic as a key word or subject (using one word or phrase) AND Congressional Research Service as either a Publication Title or Publisher Name.  There’s also the CRS search tool from that harnesses the power of Google Custom Search Engines to find reports.  You can find other search tools and archives by searching the web with Google or your favorite search engine.

With election rhetoric clouding our airwaves and bandwidth, reading CRS reports is one way to learn about an issue without all the hype.

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Posted by on September 17, 2008 in database, techtool, tip, web site



What's with the E?

This e means that the book is also in a database.The next time you’re in the library, you might notice a blue E sticker on the spine of some of the reference books. This means that there is a digital version of the book inside one of the Gale databases to which we subscribe. If the E has a yellow dot in the upper left corner, the articles in the book can be found in the World History Resource Center. If the dot is orange, then the book can be browsed or searched in the Virtual Reference Library.

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Posted by on June 2, 2008 in database, tip


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Portable reading shelf

Now that testing is almost in our rear view mirror and summer is on the horizon, reading for FUN may actually be possible again! Attached is a PDF that provides you with one-click access to a variety of magazines, journals, and one of the e-books included in our Gale databases.

Although I created this list with teachers in mind (as reflected in the professional publication section of the list), many titles appeal to a wide range of readers, including Discover, Essence, Guitar Player, Inc., Money, The New Yorker, MacWorld, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, Psychology Today, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, and Time.

You’ll need the school’s Gale user name/password to access these from home, so download the Portable reading shelf (PDF) to your home computer or a flash drive, keep the password nearby, and enjoy!

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Posted by on May 13, 2008 in techtool, web site


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World history reference sources in databases

Are you familiar with the fabulous reference sources for world history in the World History Resource Center and Virtual Reference Library? If not, you’re missing out! I’ve attached a PDF that lists the world history reference sources in these two databases (download: globalstudies_ref_whrc_vrl)

One of my favorites is the 21-volume History in Dispute series. It focuses on historical issues about which scholars disagree. Reading their arguments is thought-provoking and can help generate ideas for a research topic of your own. The MW library owns a print set too, but if you know a little trick, you can access it from home. Here’s what you do…

  1. Go to the World History Resource Center
  2. Switch from basic to advanced search
  3. Enter your search term(s) – for example, Kurds. Remember to start with a general topic and add terms only as necessary to narrow your results. Databases are smaller universes than the World Wide Web.
  4. In the search box below your search term(s), select Source from the drop-down menu and type the title of the source you’d like to search (or a title key word, such as dispute for History in Dispute).
  5. Search

For the example search (Kurds/source – dispute), one of your results would be scholarly pro/con essays regarding the creation of an independent Kurdish state.

Another reminder – you must search WHRC directly – the results are not included in a PowerSearch.

In contrast, articles from the e-books in the Virtual Reference Library WILL show up in a PowerSearch under the Books tab. You may also go to the Gale database main menu and open VRL directly to limit your search to these e-books or select an e-book from the title list (click Show All to view the complete list) and browse its table of contents, etc.

Happy researching! Don’t you just love learning?!

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Posted by on April 22, 2008 in techtool, tip


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