GIS Bibliography

The use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has exploded in the social sciences. The technology enables geographers, demographers, sociologists, and everyone else to crunch any data with a spatial component. The literature on GIS is also expanding. The following is a review of an extensive, and free, internet based GIS bibliography. Many thanks to CHOICE for permission to reproduce this review.

Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.

GIS Bibliography, from ESRI. Internet Resource. Reviewed in 2011may CHOICE.

[Visited Feb’11] This site is a free, openly accessible index to over 100,000 journal and magazine articles, books and book sections, conference presentations/publications, and theses related to geographic information systems (GIS) and GIS technology. It covers materials from the earliest uses of computers to analyze geographic information in the 1940s to the present. It is based on the GIS Master Bibliography Project, which was started in 1991 by Duane Marble while he was a professor at Ohio State University. Since 1999, ESRI Inc., a leading GIS technology company, has developed, maintained, and made available for free the GIS Bibliography. This resource is not as sophisticated as commercial databases. Search capabilities are limited. Basic searches can be done for terms in the full record, as phrases or title, and using the Boolean operators AND and NOT. Advanced search options include searching for one or more terms in all fields, title, author, keywords, or abstract; phrase searches; limiting by publication type; and identifying published articles or full-text publications. Users may also browse the GIS Bibliography for books on a particular topic or articles in a specific journal issue. Those with free ESRI global accounts can mark references to save in a personal bibliography or send them to their e-mail address in Refer format.
Other indexes contain citations to GIS literature, including Elsevier’s GEOBASE (some 57,000 items) and Compendex (some 49,000 items) (CH, Nov’05, 43-1299), and Inspec (some 42,000 items) These indexes include articles from foreign-language journals that are not indexed in the GIS Bibliography. Though not comprehensive, the GIS Bibliography is an important source that should be used in community college and academic libraries supporting GIS programs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, graduate students, researchers, and professionals. — L. R. Zellmer, Western Illinois University

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Hispanic Heritage Month at the UCONN School of Social Work

The UCONN School of Social Work kicked off the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) on September 14th with a presentation at the School by students who participated in a recent travel study program to Vieques and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The course, Social Work Practice in Puerto Rico: Culture, Politics and Human Rights, included meetings with leaders of grassroots movements on the Island of Vieques; visits to social service agencies; discussions with Social Work faculty and students at the University of Puerto Rico; and tours of cultural and historical sites.

The presentation today also served as the opening event of this fall’s Latin@Educational Series, sponsored by the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The following programs will be presented: Latin@ Immigration and Migration: Realties and Myths (October 25, 2011); On Being LatinA (November 1, 2011); Health Disparities and Latin@s: Micro & Macro Perspectives (November 8, 2011); and Coming Out, The Never Ending Process: Panel Presentation by LGBT Latin@s (November 15, 2011).

The programs will be held at the School of Social Work from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the dates noted. They are free and open to the public.

Jan Lambert, Social Work Librarian

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New WRDS databases!

Recently acquired new WRDS databases from the UConn School of Business include:

ExecuComp – provides compensation history for U.S. directors and current compensation for executives for companies within the S&P 1500. Includes over 80 different compensation related data items, coverage of each company’s top 5 executive officers, Over 35 measures of company financial performance, comparable data across companies & industries, and companies contained in the S&P 500, S&P 400 MidCap and S&P SmallCap 600 indexes.
RiskMetrics – this dataset includes details on the structures and practices of boards of directors at S&P 500, S&P Midcap, and S&P Smallcap firms. WRDS keeps 1996-2006 old IRRC-methodology data in the Legacy file.
comScore – tracks web browsing behavior. Offers web visitation and transaction behavior data based on a random sample from more than 2 million Internet users. Includes panelist-level browsing and buying behavior from tens of thousands of web users.

Still to come – CRSP/Compustat Merged Database and CRSP Indices

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US Credit Rating Downgrade

US National DebtWhile markets swoon and political bickering continues over downgrade of American debt, the Christian Science Monitor reports that at least 3 other rating agencies had already downgraded US before S&P’s latest drop from AAA to AA+. Top foreign holders of US debt include China, Japan, and United Kingdom.

According to this article on MSNBC website, countries that still have an S&P triple A rating include Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Japan lost its AAA rating in the late 1990s. It was further downgraded earlier this year. Other countries to lose their triple A rating in recent years include Ireland, Italy, and Spain.

CNNMoney points out the irony that there are currently four U.S. companies: Automatic Data Processing, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft that have a better credit rating than US. All four are non-financial firms and that according to S&P, “insulates them from the impact of the U.S. downgrade, which has little effect on the companies’ ability to make good on their debts.” The article reports that, “decades ago, there was a lot more AAA to go around. In 1983, there were a record 32 non-financial companies rated AAA. But a stumbling economy, an increasingly globalized market, and lots of mergers and acquisitions have made AAA a true rarity.”

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2011 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights

Please join us for the 2011 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights.

“International Justice, Transitional Justice: What Have We Learned about What ‘Works’?”
Diane Orentlicher
Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State
Thursday, April 21 4:00 PM
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center

Diane F. Orentlicher is serving as Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, in the Department of State while on leave from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is a Professor of International Law. She has served in her current position, on appointment by Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, since October, 2009. The Office of War Crimes Issues advises the Secretary of State and formulates U.S. policy responses to atrocities committed in areas of conflict and elsewhere throughout the world.

Described by the Washington Diplomat as “one of the world’s leading authorities on human rights law and war crimes tribunals,” Professor Orentlicher has previously served in various public positions, including Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Professor Orentlicher is also co-director (on leave) of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University. From 1995 to 2004, she served as founding director of the law school’s War Crimes Research Office, which provides legal assistance to international criminal tribunals and courts established jointly by the United Nations and national governments. Professor Orentlicher has presented congressional testimony on a range of issues of international criminal law, including U.S. legislation on genocide.

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Research Highlights

Book Talk
The Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut

Lawrence Goodheart, Professor of History, University of Connecticut

In his new book*, Dr. Goodheart addresses a broad range of questions about the rationale for and application of judicial execution in Connecticut since the seventeenth century. In addition to identifying the 164 people who have been put to death for crimes during the state’s history, he analyzes their social status in terms of sex, race, class, religion, and ethnicity. He looks at the circumstances of the crimes, the weapons that were used, and the victims. He reconstructs the history of Connecticut’s capital laws, its changing rituals of execution, and the growing debate over the legitimacy of the death penalty itself. Come hear Larry Goodheart discuss his research!

Thursday, April 21
Undergraduate Building Room 216

*Copies will be available for sale.
Sponsored by Trecker Library.

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Seeking Data or Statistics?

The Social Science Statistics website ( provides links to data from various fields in the social sciences, including business, education, human rights, political science and health to name a few. Data is mostly public access and may be downloaded when available.

Our “Portals for other Social Science Statistics” lists out 15 academic and highly trafficked sites including links to ICPSR, which holds 500,000 digital files containing social science research data, and the “Scholars’ Lab” from the University of Virginia which features geo-spatial, statistical and image resources.

See our “Data Software and Analysis at UConn: tab for information about our University resources for data, such as statistical software guides, computer labs, and help locating software for use or purchase on campus.

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