Monthly Archives: September 2012

Citing Datasets

Citing datasets in your work is just as important as citing journal articles and books. IASSIST, an international organization which supports data for research and teaching in the social sciences, recommends minimum elements required for dataset identification and retrieval. Peruse the IASSIST Quick Guide to Data Citation for examples in APA, Chicago, and MLA citation styles.  Make sure all your sources are properly cited.

 

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly  by the General Assembly Resolution A/RES/36/67 and  reinforced by Resolution A/RES/55/282  declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The UN's Peacekeeping web site provides information on all UN peacekeeping activities. Lehman Library has created and maintains a subject guide, International Conflict Resolution, which has links to many resources about conflict resolution and peace.

2011 Population Data Now Available

The U.S. Census Bureau has released the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) 1 year estimates file.  It provides a socio-demographic description of the population based on survey responses gathered throughout 2011.  It is the first release of 2011 ACS data and will be followed by similar files;

  • one based on surveys gathered over 3 years (due out in October),
  • one based on surveys gathered over 5 years (due out in December).

This release will have data for all states and for counties and places with a population of at least 65,000 and later release each will include ever smaller geographic areas.

For more information about this release and the American Community Survey visit the ACS website or the DSSC American Community Survey web page.

The ACS data will be released via the Census Bureau's data portal, American FactFinder (AFF).  For help with navigating the AFF web site refer to our guide Using American FactFinder with the ACS or contact the Digital Social Science Data Service at dssc.data@columbia.edu.

Zotero Workshops

Attend a Zotero workshop!  Zotero allows you to search, retrieve, and store article citations from databases and Google Scholar, and book citations from catalogs. It helps you insert citations in Word documents in a wide variety of writing styles, such as APA, Chicago, etc. Register Here.

If the dates are not convenient contact Fadi Dagher (fd2102@columbia.edu) to schedule an individual demo.