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September 22, 2006

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

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September 20, 2006

Market Segmentation - A Guide to Sources of Information

Market Segmentation - A Guide to Sources of Information
Compiled by Ellen Terrell (January 2005)
Business Reference Services, Library of Congress

This guide includes books and other resources that discuss marketing to particular segments of the population along with other sources that are important in determining the size and power of a particular market segment. Also included are statistical books and other sources whose main focus is on a specific generational, ethnic or other group. In addition, the guide includes references to selected articles and online sources, as well as hot links to relevant subject searches in the Library of Congress online catalog.

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September 18, 2006

Davidson Data Center and Network

Davidson Data Center and Network (DDCN) is an integrated, fully searchable database on transition and emerging markets. DDCN archives and provides free access to socio-economic micro and macro data on transition economies.

Content includes:

  • Macro Data (National Level)
    • Comprehensive Databases
    • Macroeconomics and Growth
    • Monetary Data
    • Fiscal Data
    • Prices
    • Finance and Banking
    • Labor Force, Employment and Earnings
    • External Sector Data
    • Enterprises and Privatization
    • Poverty and Income Inequality
    • Population and Social Indicators
    • Science and Technology
    • Economic Sectors
    • Governance and Anti-Corruption
  • Micro Data
    • Individual and Household Level Data
      • Labor Force Surveys
      • Household Budget Surveys
      • Census Data
      • Public Opinion Surveys
      • Other Surveys
      • Administrative Records
    • Firm Level Data
      • Enterprise Surveys
      • Bank Surveys
      • Other Firm Surveys
      • Administrative Data

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September 15, 2006

People Finder Guide

UPDATE: Link fixed as suggested in comments below.

The Virtual Chase has put together a People Finder Guide.

The guide will help you find online sources of public records as well as other Web-based people finding tools. When searching public records such as court filings, property records or the records of a government agency, understand that you will often find details in the supporting paper documentation, which is not available online. According to BRB Publications' Public Records Online, 5th edition, only 35% of public records are available online, and many of these contain insufficient information for verification purposes. Moreover, data in public records online is often erroneous. To be certain you have found information about the right person, you should verify it with the source (court or government agency).
[About Virtual Chase]
The Virtual Chase has assisted legal professionals conducting research on the Internet since Summer 1996. Originally a hobby, the site began as a means by which to disseminate articles and teaching aids to law librarians and other instructors of Internet research. Now owned by the law firm Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, it offers articles, guides, teaching materials, an alert service and more on Internet research strategies and resources. The site is open to anyone free of charge, but we provide materials with experienced researchers, lawyers and other legal professionals in mind.

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Knovel: Take the University Challenge! - Win an iPod

Case students are eligible for this opportunity!

This contest is open to current students in all schools with trials and subscriptions to the Knovel Service. One entry per person. The contest starts 9/13/06. You have until (midnight) Monday, November 13 to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school, mailing address, email address, and time to complete) via the link at

All entries with a total of 5 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (6) 30G Video iPods and (8) iPod Shuffles and (1) $500 Visa Cash Card. The drawing will take place on November 10, 2006. The Prizes will be awarded to entrants in the US, Canada, Asia, Eastern Europe,Western Europe and all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to all 5 quiz questions. The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation.

The correct answers and winners of the contest will also be announced and featured in K-News on All entries become Knovel Corporation’s property and will not be returned. Each participant consents to the use of his or her name and picture on the Knovel Web site for informational and/or promotional purposes, without compensation.

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September 11, 2006

Status of Technology and Digitization in the Nation’s Museums and Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is committed to helping libraries and museums take full advantage of the power of technology. Through grantmaking, research, conferences, and publications the Institute helps to create and share best practices and provide important data for administrators, policy makers, and the public.

As part of its mandate to analyze needs and trends of museum and library services, the Institute is pleased to present the 2004 survey on the use of technology and digitization in the nation’s libraries and museums.

(VIA: The Scout Report, March 24, 2006, Volume 12, Number 12)

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September 08, 2006

Center for Applied Special Technology

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

From the homepage, users can find links to highlights in Research & Development, resources for Professional Development, news on Policy & Practice, and summaries of Publications for purchase. Under the Publications heading, users can find "selected articles by CAST", such as Spotlight on early literacy instruction: Twenty online articles.

(VIA: The Scout Report, March 17, 2006, Volume 12, Number 11)

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September 07, 2006

National Archives - Electronic Records Project

WIRED Magazine (File This Under Data Overload, January 2006) wrote about the new Electronic Records Archives project, which Lockheed-Martin will build at a cost of $308 million over the next six years.

So ERA will be a modular system, relying as much as possible on technologies (many of them open source) developed elsewhere. For example, one anticipated module will be responsible for determining what kind of software was used to create an incoming document. Another will translate it into a usable format. Others will handle distribution, backup, and searchability. The modules can be replaced or added as technology advances - there would never be a need to reengineer the entire system. Another boon, at least from a bureaucratic standpoint, is that nobody has to define the limits of what the system will actually do.

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September 06, 2006

Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data Offers Training

The Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD) coordinates training for various GIS and statistical software used on campus.

Free on-campus training classes available Fall 2006 through CaseLearns:

  • Introduction to SPSS - Thursday, October 26th 1:00-4:00PM
For full course descriptions or to register, go to the CaseLearns website.

The Kelvin Smith Library is now offering a certificate course in using ArcGIS 9 software. This ESRI certified training course covers fundamental GIS concepts including how to query a database, manipulate tabular data, edit spatial and attribute data, and present data clearly and effectively using maps and charts.

  • Introduction to ArcGIS I
  • Fridays, September 29th, October 6th, 13th, & 20th 1:00-5:00PM
  • Note - registration deadline is September 12th
More course information available at the CSGD On Campus Training website.

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September 05, 2006

Free Databases in Black History, Early English Books and Historic Annual Reports

Kelvin Smith Library has free trial access to several research databases from ProQuest, a leading information provider. Please feel free to use these resources during the trial period and let us know your opinion of their quality, content, searchability and if and how they can assist you in your research, teaching and learning. Send comments to

Black Studies Center
Black Studies Center is a leading tool that supports research, teaching, and learning in Black Studies and other disciplines that benefit from a more detailed coverage of the black experience such as history, literature, political science, sociology, philosophy, and religion. At its core is Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience™, a series of topical studies help define the development of Black Studies as an academic field. The Black Studies Center gateway makes it cross-searchable with the historical backfiles of The Chicago Defender, as well as current scholarly journals from International Index to Black Periodicals
This trial runs through 09/16/2006.

To log in to your trial, go to:
Your password is: blackberry

Two other databases have trials that extend through September 30, 2006. No password is required.

Historical Annual Reports
The corporate annual reports of the past are a rich source of information for scholars in business, economics, and history. ProQuest Historical Annual Reports offer invaluable information on companies, including financial performance, key officers, competitors, and market trends. Coverage will include over 800 companies with reports dating back as far as 1845.

EEBO (Early English Books Online)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

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Library of Congress - Call for Feedback

The Library of Congress wants to gain a better understanding of who its patrons are, what services they use, and the quality and value of those services. If you are a user of the Library of Congress, either on site or via the Web, we invite you to take a few minutes to give us your feedback using the online survey at:

This user survey is being conducted by Outsell, Inc. on behalf of the Library. All responses will be kept confidential. Only grouped data will be reported; your responses will not be singled out in the analysis. Thank you very much for using the Library of Congress. We apologize for multiple postings.

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September 04, 2006

OAIster - Digital Collections from Hundreds of Institutions

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. Their goal is to create a collection of previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone.

As of September 2, 2006, OAIster contained 8,995,140 records from 670 institutions. Users can search these records by keyword, title, author, subject, or language, while limiting by media type. Users can also browse by institution.

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September 01, 2006

Marquis Who's Who on the Web - Now Available

The Kelvin Smith Library has acquired electronic access to Marquis Who's Who on the Web. It offers biographical data on leaders and achievers from around the world in the areas of business, law, science, medicine, the arts, government, entertainment and more - in one convenient source. Comprehensive biographical coverage, including birth and death information, family history, education and degrees, career history, creative works, awards, achievements, memberships, and more. Coverage includes 1985 to the present.

It is available for the CASE community from the Research Databases list.

When finished using Who's Who, please click on "log off" in the upper-right corner or the next user will need to wait 10 minutes to gain access.

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