Happy Birthday, America: Let Freedom Ring!

As our nation prepares to celebrate the 235th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, the LTL Blog thought it would be interesting (and fun) to highlight some of Rice Library’s newest books related to Fourth of July themes. For books that deal with freedom in a contemporary context, you might enjoy reading John Kampfner’s Freedom for Sale: Why the World is Trading Democracy for Security or Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. The ideas of both of these authors will challenge mainstream thought on the topics they address. 

For recently published books on the American Revolution itself, you might want to consider the hefty collection of primary source material contained in John Adams: Revolutionary Writings, 1775-1783 edited by Gordon Wood or Thomas Kidd’s God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. The second of these two titles is available as an electronic book from ebrary. Another history book covering a later event that celebrated the ideals of the Revolution is Sabina Yasmin Khan’s Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty.
For treatment of an event closer to our own time, let me recommend Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly. Jones was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and assisted him in crafting the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. For another work that deals with the quest for freedom by African Americans, you might enjoy Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July. Although not as recently published as the others here listed, this work nevertheless causes its readers to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday, especially for the disenfranchised among us.
Finally, one can hardly think about American independence apart from the rights that would eventually be guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. For those interested in studying this foundational document, they might want to consider The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence edited by Jack N. Rakove. This too is an electronic book. For a work that examines how the Constitution has affected an important aspect of American life, don’t overlook Rodney Smolla’s The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University, and for a general reference book that treats all aspects of the Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees, be sure to consult the Encyclopedia of the First Amendment.
Each of the works above was located by searching the library’s catalog using one of the following subject terms:
     Civil rights
Additional materials on these topics may be found by clicking on the subject terms above. And lastly, don’t overlook the many excellent resources suggested by the following relevant LibGuides:
     Civil Rights
     American Wars
Enjoy your holiday, everyone, and happy reading!
For assistance with these or other Rice Library resources or services, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 812/464-1907.

CREDO Adds New Reference Books

CREDO reference has announced the addition of four titles to its ever-growing collection of electronic reference books. These include:

Encyclopedia of Archeology (Elsevier Science & Technology, 2008) – A 3-volume encyclopedia that encompasses all aspects of archaeology, including the nature and diversity of archaeology as a scientific discipline, the practice of archaeology, archaeology in the everyday world, and the future of the discipline. [See also CREDO’s Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries.]

The Human Brain Book: An Illustrated Guide to its Structure, Function and Disorders (Dorling Kindersley, 2009) — A complete guide to the one organ in the body that makes each of us what we are—unique individuals. [See also CREDO’s Encyclopedia of the Human Brain.]

Key Concepts in Sport & Exercise Science (Sage UK, 2008) – A very useful introduction to the key concepts in five main areas of study in sport and exercise science.

The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics – A comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of its subject: history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology. [See also CREDO’s Encyclopedia of American Poetry. The Twentieth Century.]

For assistance with these or other Rice Library resources or services, please contact the library’s Reference Desk at 812/464-1907.


Still Going Green

In April, the LTL Blog informed readers about six new electronic books from the Sage Reference Series on Green Society (see post for 4/18/11). These titles were:

     Green Business: An A-Z Guide
     Green Cities: An A-Z Guide
     Green Consumerism: An A-Z Guide
     Green Energy: An A-Z Guide
     Green Food: An A-Z Guide
     Green Politics: An A-Z Guide

Today the Blog announces the addition of six more electronic titles in this series:
     Green Culture: An A-Z Guide
     Green Education: An A-Z Guide
     Green Ethics and Philosophy: An A-Z Guide
     Green Health: An A-Z Guide
     Green Issues and Debates: An A-Z Guide
     Green Technology: An A-Z Guide

The Green Society series attempts to explore all aspects of environmentalism, and the fact that these resources are available 24/7 is a real plus to student and faculty researchers. Each title contains approximately 150 articles, photographs, numerous cross references to entries both within a specific volume and across the volumes in the series, and many lists of additional references.

For other resources related to environmentalism, be sure to check out the following LibGuides:
     Environmental Science
     Green Guide
     Global Warming and Climate Change
     Oil Spills
     Energy and Alternative Energy


All Things Presidential

The May 27 issue of the Friday Facts, an electronic newsletter published by the Indiana State Library included an interesting piece on The American Presidency Project, an online clearinghouse of information related to U.S. presidents. The site was begun in 1999 by John Woolley and Gerhard Peters, professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and it contains over 90,000 documents, including radio addresses, media clips, executive orders, and State of the Union Addresses. One of the website’s most interesting features is the presidential Data Archive page which has sections on such topics as Relations with Congress, Popularity, and Public Appearances. It’s good to know that this important site is included in several of Rice Library’s LibGuides, including the American Presidency, Civil Rights, and JFK.

Students of the American presidency may find a number of other useful resources available to them on the Internet as well as within Rice Library’s collections. The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States dating back to 1991 are available online, and will be an important resource for the serious researcher. Among the periodical resources available in Rice Library are such publications as Congress & the Presidency, Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, Presidency (Washington, D.C.), and Presidential Address. In the library’s Reference Collection, students will find several useful items, including Facts About the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Information [REF E176.1 .K3 2009], Vital Statistics on the Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush [REF JK518 .R34 2009], Presidential Scandals [REF E176.1 .S353 2000], and How to Research the Presidency [REF JK516 .M365 1996], to name just a few. Lastly, let me mention that a search for the subject terms “presidents” AND “united states” AND “sources” uncovers a number of interesting items, including Inside the Oval Office: The White House Tapes from FDR to Clinton [E176.1 .D73 1999], Nixon Presidential Press Conferences [E855 .N4747], The Papers of Andrew Johnson [E415.6 .J66 1967] and The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant [E660 .G74].

If you need assistance locating or using any of the resources listed above or other materials related to the American presidency, please don’t hesitate to stop by the Rice Library reference desk or contact us by telephone or e-mail (812/464-1907, toll free 800/246-6173, libref@usi.edu).