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"As Dr. Srinivas watched the charred fragments of his lifetime's work crumble in a fireman's hands and fall to the ground, the scholar wept."

Forty-three years later, the details of the story may be different, but a similar fate could be awaiting any researcher who lacks good data management practices. 

It was shortly after 5 am on April 24,1970, and the offices of Dr. Srinivas and nine other scholars at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford had just been firebombed. 

Solar House 2013

Its been a month since construction began on the Solar House next to Terman Park.  Here's a recent photo.  No solar cells in evidence yet, but the house is recognizable now.  Good luck to the team!

Today at noon, Professor Nayan Shah (University of Southern California) will be speaking on" "Prison Hunger Strikes and Globalizing the Anti-Apartheid Struggle," in the Okimoto Room on the third floor of Encina Hall. This is sponsored by CDDRL: The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

 

Prezi on Power Searching With Google

The first two of six planned sessions on Advanced Power Searching With Google were held the past Tuesdays at Cubberley Education Library. In these sessions, we covered strategies on using the “Search Tools” function, including how to filter image results based on physical characteristics of expected results; using site structure to search specific domains, specific sites, part of a sites, and even a specific file type. These sessions are based on content designed for and delivered to a worldwide audience in two Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) offered by Google last fall and winter.

Question: I'm trying to find information about the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program and was told it could be in some of the government documents at Green but I have no idea where to look. Is there a way you could point me in the right direction?

Answer: You'll be able to find a lot of information and statistics in the federal government documents collection as well as in the secondary literature (journal articles, books, and other library material). Below are a few links to get you started.

My strategy was to look for primary materials (government documents including Congressional hearings, reports and documents, reports from the Congressional Research Service or CRS which is basically Congress' think tank, and reports and statistics from the agencies involved in the program -- Social Security Administration and US department of health and human services) and then look for research and analysis in the secondary resources like books and academic journal articles. Please let us know if you need more information.

Databases to search for secondary literature and research (NOTE: all of these are licensed databases requiring Stanford SUNet ID to access. Here are directions for off-campus proxy access):

Please contact the Information Center for more research assistance.

Those of us at the Stanford University Libraries send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts and in West, Texas. As these events unfolded, many of us struggled to make sense of the rapid, conflicting, and often false news coming from a wide array of sources. With the increasing difficulty of finding credible news online, we want to remind you that we have 111 news databases including Access World News. For natural disasters and local emergencies, we suggest you go to the most direct sources of information-- the various local government agency and police department websites and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

For current news about the investigation in Boston, we recommend:

For news about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, we recommend:

For natural disasters and other large scale emergencies we recommend:

Book cover image from The New Digital Age

The Stanford University Libraries, in partnership with Trident Capital, is pleased to make available to the Stanford community complimentary digital copies of the new book The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, Stanford alumnus and Director of Google Ideas. This book touches upon many important issues arising in the new digital age and has received numerous favorable pre-release reviews. 
 
The offer is available to all members of the Stanford community (students, faculty and staff) who have a valid Stanford email address, but only to
the first 1,850 participants who properly complete an e-book request prior to May 7 at www.livrada.com/newdigitalage. The e-books will be delivered beginning the date of publication, April 23.

More information: http://p0.vresp.com/suQK1w

Today at 12:00 PM in Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Adam Johnson,  Associate Professor in English, will speak on his new book, The Orphan Master's Son, which is about North Korea. Already a NY Times best-seller, it was just awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His books have been translated into sixteen languages.

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