- Vital Statistics on American Politics, 2007-2008
In January, the Library added Vital Statistics on American Politics to its “Collections/Catalog - Virtual Resources” page under several subjects, including “Social Sciences.” This resource is updated annually and provides historical data back to 1788, including information on elections, campaign finance, public approval ratings, Congress, the executive and judicial branches, the federal budget, economic, foreign and military policies, and more. It is keyword searchable but also very easy to browse with the table of contents.
Vital Statistics contains answers to these questions and much more:
- How often do incumbent representatives and senators win re-election?
- Which countries are the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid?
- How do college freshman characterize their political views, and how has this changed since 1970?
The data from Vital Statistics
can be easily exported in Excel and comma-delimited formats for use in tables or visual charts within a research paper. The “CiteNow! Function” within each dataset of Vital Statistics
also allows users to easily copy or export citations in MLA, APA and Chicago styles.
- Stat!Ref: Access to DSM-IV, other medical titles
The Stat!Ref Online Medical Database is located on the “Collections/Catalog - Virtual Resources” page under “Medicine.” It integrates core titles with evidence-based resources. This collection provides 24/7 access for UNK students to key works such as the DSM-IV for diagnosing mental disorders, the Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, and AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) Conditions A – Z. Additional resources are available under the “Resources” tab. Stat!Ref is keyword searchable, but it also allows users to browse the table of contents within the DSM-IV and other medical reference texts. Users may optionally click on “Preferences” to customize their own display settings and save their searches. Please note that access to STAT!Ref is limited to one simultaneous user.
- Audible Pronunciation Guide Available: Naxos Music Library
Not sure how to pronounce Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s name? This composer’s name and those of several hundred other composers and musical artists are spoken aloud for you by very pleasant and clear female voices, as part of the Naxos Music Library, an online service recently added by the Library. On the Library’s homepage, go to “Collections/Catalog - Virtual Resources.” Click on “Humanities” and then “Naxos Music Library.” On the gray bar beneath the search dialog box, mouse-over “Resources.” Click on the second item on this list, “Pronunciation Guide.” Then you’ll need to select either “Artists” or “Composers.” Here, “Artists” means “performers” or “musicians.” If you want to hear Boismortier’s name pronounced, click on the letter “B” and find his name on the list. Then click on the loudspeaker icon to the right of the name and you’ll hear it! Two caveats: 1. Don’t forget to turn on your speaker, and 2. Names are not alphabetized within each letter’s list.