Archive for Study Tips

CIA Style Manual and Writers Guide

The Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications (8th edition, 2011) from the CIA  states: “Good intelligence depends in large measure on clear, concise writing. The information CIA gathers and the analysis it produces mean little if we cannot convey them effectively. The Directorate of Intelligence and the Agency as a whole have always understood that. Both have been home, from their earliest days, to people who enjoy writing and excel at it.” An updated list of acronyms and suggestions for word usage are included.

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United Nations Online Resources

This is but a brief introduction to the plethora of online documentation provided by the United Nations. These links will serve as a jumping-off point for further research. All UN documents are numbered. A guide to the system is available from the Dag Hammarskjold Library. Online access to UN documents is available in two ways: Official Documents of the United Nations presents full-text official documentation from 1993 to the present. It also includes resolutions from the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council, and the Economic and Social Council from 1946 to the present; and UNBISNET which is the catalog of the Dag Hammarskjold Library in New York and the UN Library in Geneva. It links to many full-text documents. It also allows access to voting records and speeches before the UN (most of Nelson Mandela’s speeches are available online from this portal.) The UN publishes many valuable reference sources; among those freely available online are: Yearbook of the United Nations. The entire run from 1946 is available online; you can search by multiple points. It provides a detailed summary on the UN’s activities. Demographic Yearbook, available online from 1948 to the present. Landmark General Assembly Documents which presents verbatim documents from the first plenary meetings. Population and Vital Statistics Report which contains demographic  information on countries, published twice a year and available online since 2006. Statistical Yearbook which has dozens of tables on 200+ countries for the past few years. The UN Chronicle (the magazine of the UN) and UN Pulse,  an alerting service from the DH Library with hyperlinked documents. Other links of interest are: UN WebTV (live and archived videos) and the United Nations Handbook (50th ed., 2012-13. Published annually by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.)

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Tips for Finals

From the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Health Education, these tips for surviving finals week are definitely worth considering. They recommend the following:

1. Don’t panic and make too much of finals
2. Don’t relax and make too little of finals
3. Make time for “renewing” activities
4. Use an effective study method (and they offer tips for that too)
5. Get enough sleep
6. Resist the urge to party
7. Arrive on time
8. Follow the rules of good exam taking
9. Don’t worry about others finishing earlier than you
10. When the exam is over, let it go!

Take a look at the site for additional information and good luck to everyone!

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