Mar 14 2014

Social Science sites of the week from the Library

Celebrating International Women’s Day

The European Commission created a page entitled Questions and Answers: What has the EU done for women? Find out the answers by consulting the website.

Ukraine

Following on from last week’s list of useful websites

  • SSEES Library have created a specialist collection of links to individual documents, press releases and other resources relating to the Ukraine crisis which they are updating daily.  This is worth consulting as the staff have specialist area studies and language skills.

Can you trust the police?

See our review of useful resources.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

Bangladesh open access research

Here are a some examples of websites where you can search for information about recent publications from Bangladeshi scholars. In many cases you can even download the full text.

  • Bangladesh Journals Online is a project supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publication (INASP). It aims to promote the awareness and use of Bangladesh-published journals in all disciplines by providing access to tables of contents (TOCs), abstracts and full text on the Internet. Currently over 100 titles. 60 are in the field of medicine.
  • Digital Archive on Agricultural Theses and Journals of Bangladesh
    Contains material  from three agricultural universities Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh; Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Dhaka and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Gazipur. Coverage includes technical information, environment and development studies. Material mainly dates from 2000 onwards. It includes doctoral and masters theses.

For other south Asia initiatives try these:

  • SANEI: South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes
    Contains information from over 25 economic research institutes based in South Asia. A good starting point for tracing event listings, recent research and projects news.
  • SAVIFA: Virtual Library South Asia.
    Searchable catalogue of Internet sites maintained by the University of Heidelberg. Includes journals, organisations and primary sources. The site contains annotated notes on content. Strong coverage of German and other European language resources.

The Conversation 

A new pilot service which aims to offer an independent source of news and views, sourced direct from the academic and research community. It is supported by a number of leading UK universities and covers recent research projects, publications and academic analysis of the news. There is a special topic for data related stories. Users can sign up to receive daily newsletters or get rss feeds from the website.

Does your child care cost more than your mortgage?

According to new research from the Family and Childcare Trust, part-time childcare costs for a family of two children have overtaken the average UK mortgage bill by 4.7 per cent, Get the full facts by downloading the annual childcare costs surveys from their website.  They also have data on holiday care costs from 2008 onwards.

Other useful sources of commentary on childcare costs and their social impact include:

War and Colonies 1914-1918 photographic exhibition

The images are part of an exhibition and conference held at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in February 2014, entitled War and Colonies 1914-1918 which seeks to reveal the hidden participation of colonial soldiers in the 1914-1918 conflict. The website provides abstracts of the papers given at the conference plus full access to the images.
These include rare photographs sourced from the French Ministry of Defence, German Historical Museum and the Ulster Museum.

Korean : an Election Where the Winner Gets 100% of the Votes

Here are some useful links with background on the North Korean political system which offer some insight.

Where are the most and least musical places in the UK?

A recent academic article:  The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Assessing Musical Sophistication in the General Population by Daniel Müllensiefen, Bruno Gingras, Jason Musil, Lauren Stewart from Goldsmiths College published in PLOS One provides academic analysis.

  • The Guardian Data blog has also mapped it with postcodes and has found that rich people are more likely to be musical
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