New Reference Book: International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources

By - Research & Instruction Librarian February 8th, 2011

International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources by Chad M. Kahl, Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 016.32 K12I

A reference book about reference books!

This volume identifies and describes research sources related to politics/policy the world over, including international law, organizations, security, leaders and political parties and philosophy.

Examples include:
•    Statistical sources related to American and Caribbean Politics
•    Yearbooks related to International Law and Treaties
•    Chronologies related to International Security
•    Guides and Handbooks related to Middle Eastern Politics
•    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias related to Women in Politics

Helpful for: Global Studies, Politics, Economics, Model UN, Humanities

New Reference Book: The 9/11 Encyclopedia

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 30th, 2010

The 9/11 Encyclopedia edited by Stephen E. Atkins, Praeger, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 973.931 At5

This encyclopedia includes 169 entries covering a wide range of topics connected to the events that took place on September 11th, 2001.  Also includes a chronology of events and a few dozen primary sources.

Examples include: American Airlines Flight 11, Conspiracy Theories, Economic Impact of September 11, Freedom Tower, Phoenix Memo, Victim’s Compensation Fund

Helpful for: U.S. History, Humanities, Global Studies, 9/11 Research, American Foreign Policy

New Reference Book: New Encyclopedia of Africa

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant February 26th, 2009

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

New Encyclopedia of Africa edited by John Middleton and Joseph C. Miller, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 960 M858 2008 v.1-v.5.

New Encyclopedia of Africa

A comprehensive introduction to Africa past and present, these five volumes contain over 1200 cross referenced entries with bibliographies, covering geography, human and natural history, politics, and culture, from ancient times to the present. The fifth volume’s reference aids include a chronology, charts of ethnic and other identity groups, a detailed index, and a thematic outline, grouping related entries.

HELPFUL FOR: Humanities III & V, Leadership for Social Justice, American Foreign Policy, The Cold War World, Introduction to Islam: Its Literature and Practice, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: global citizens, armchair travelers

Sustainability at SPS: Inspirations for Sustainable Living Part I

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant October 9th, 2008

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

Were you inspired to shrink your environmental footprint after listening to Anne Stephenson of Clean Air Cool Planet at chapel yesterday? Do you want to know what a locavore is, how to calculate food miles, or why global hunger persists? Ohrstrom library’s Concord Reads/SPS Community Partner display, “Inspirations for Sustainable Living,” can help you sort through the facts, read compelling arguments from many points of view, and learn about the environmental, ethical, and health impact of what you eat.

If you’re interested in the connections between American culture and farming, read Wendell Berry’s essays in The Unsettling of America or The Gift of Good Land. For an ethical perspective, try Jane Goodall’s A Harvest for Hope: a Guide to Mindful Eating. Concerned about the politics, economics, or science of food production? Read Peter Singer’s The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter, Gary Paul Nabhan’s Coming Home to Eat: the Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, or Dan Imhoff’s Food Fight: the Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill. A selection of recent articles from The New York Times, New Yorker, Yale Daily News, Grist.org and Environmental Science and Technology provide additional perspectives.

If you want to know where your food comes from and how to eat well in all senses of the word, enjoy Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Ann Vileisis’s Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back, or Brain Halweil’s Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket. Looking for an informative film to enjoy with your organic snacks? Watch American Farm, which explores the struggle of small farmers, told through the story of the director’s own family.

This is just a sampling of the library’s extensive resources on sustainability. Whether your interests are aesthetic, ethical, political, nutritional, or environmental, we have something for you.

HELPFUL FOR: Religion and Ethics, Leadership for Social Justice, American Domestic Policy, American Foreign Policy, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: locavores, activists, tree huggers, journalists, future organic farmers, future policy makers, Eco Actioners, people who love to eat, debaters, devil’s advocates

Check back tomorrow on Ohrstrom Blog for Part II of this post.

New Reference Book: Global Perspectives on the United States

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant September 18th, 2008

Deb Baker – Interim Reference Librarian

Global Perspectives on the United States: A Nation by Nation Survey edited by David Levinson and Karen Christensen, Berkshire Publishing Group, 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: Ref. 327.73 L579 v.1

Global Perspectives on the United States

Volumes one and two of this set explore current and historical global opinions towards the U.S. with “A Nation by Nation Survey” of 140 countries. The third volume, “Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations,” contains 95 articles about world views on U.S. policy, perspectives, values, business and commerce, organizations, culture, trends, and issues, as well as a “Reader’s Guide” grouping related entries.

HELPFUL FOR: American Foreign Policy, Topics in Global Events

FUN FOR: future pundits and politicians, NPR junkies, opinionistas, journalists

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