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Library Closure on Friday, May 19, 2017

Due to upgrade work, the Library will be closed on Friday, May 19. In addition, there will be no access to the Library’s databases from 6pm, Thursday, May 18 until 6pm, Friday, May 19.  We are regret the inconvenience.

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Street Conditions in New York City

Do you want to find out how good or bad streets are in the city? Where parking signs are located? Is the street in question part of capital construction in the upcoming years? These questions can be answered at the NYC DOT Map. We looked at our ancestral home in Brooklyn and found that the information contained in this interactive map is a fair reflection of the present conditions of streets in the immediate area.

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Useful EdTech Tools

50 Educational Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About pretty much says it all. The sites are broken into the following categories: social learning; learning; lesson planning and tools; and useful tools.

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Online Anthropology Resources

This is by no means an extensive list and is primarily focused on North America. It does, however, some great jumping-off points for further research. Herewith:

AATA Online (from the Getty Institute. Contains over 130,000 abstracts of literature dealing with material culture);  American Museum of Natural History. Scientific Publications  (especially its Bulletin and Memoirs);  Anthropological Index Online (Covers hundreds of journals. Hosted by the Royal Anthropological Institute and the British Museum); Anthropology Explorer (An anthropology dictionary); Anthropological Resources on the Internet (from the American Anthropological Association); Bibliography of Alfred L. Kroeber (over 500+ citations); Smithsonian: ((Online Anthropology Databases (Portals into its vast collections.) Also, do not forget to look at Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, especially Anthropology, History and American Indians: Essays in Honor of William Curtis Sturtevant (Contribution #44). Another valuable resource is its Bureau of American Ethnology; many of its publications are both groundbreaking and of historical importance. Look at the 200 volumes of the Bulletin (#200 is an index to the entire series); and peruse its Annual Reports from 1879 to 1964));  Reference Bibliography of Franz Boas (Yale. Works by and about him); and Wenner-Gren Symposia (online access from 2010 – . This foundation is a major supporter of anthropological research, funding Current Anthropology.)

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Online Geological Sources (with an Emphasis on New Jersey)

Association of American State Geologists (includes directory to all state geological offices, many of which have free online publications); International Union of Geological Sciences;  Biodiversity Heritage Library ( a consortial project of major scientific organizations that has digitized thousands of relevant volumes); Encyclopedia of Earth (an online, free, peer-viewed site); Mineral Industry of New Jersey; New Jersey Digital Environmental Library; New Jersey Geological Survey; and United States Geological Survey (visit the “publications warehouse“). And don’t forget to check out their Minerals Yearbook (earlier volumes  – 1932 – 1993 Yearbooks – are also available.)

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Country Cultural Information

There are several sites worth visiting to glean cultural information about various countries. While Canadian in perspective, Multicultural Canada provides a great deal of data on hundreds of ethnic groups/cultures; the details cover economic life, kinship and family, culture, religion, education, and intergroup relations. Every entry is supplemented by a well thought-out bibliography. Another Canadian site that should be looked at is Country Insights from the Centre for Intercultural Learning; dozens of countries and their cultures are examined. Countries and Their Cultures offers profiles including folklore, rites of passage, living conditions, and social problems inter alia. The Cultural Orientation Resource Center focuses on refugee populations, explaining their cultural background. Ethnomed is based out of Seattle and addresses the health and cultural concerns of the minority communities there. The CIRRIE, SUNY Buffalo, has developed a 13-volume series – The Rehabilitation Provider’s Guide to Cultures of the Foreign-Born – examining the cultural beliefs of major ethnic groups/cultures.

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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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