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Mobile Library Services Available: Aug. 15th-18th

Too busy to get take your list to reserves? 

Too busy to talk to interlibrary loan about your upcoming needs?  

Need help with library services for the fall term and don’t know where to start?   

Start at Decio, August 15-18 from 11:30-1:30.    Collette Mak and Ken Kinslow will be at the Decio cafeteria to help you with library services.   

Welcome to the fall term and, GO IRISH!

Collette Mak, Head, Resource Access and Delivery; Hesburgh Libraries: cmak@nd.edu


1890 Census Data for Religion


I need to find the 1890 United States census records, specifically I want them for Indiana and the information of religious affliation county by county.


You can get this data through ICPSR:


You’ll have to get an account (for free, since you’re affiliated with Notre Dame) if you don’t have one already in order to download the files.

If you scroll down the page a bit, you’ll see this: “1890 Census Religious Data (County and State)” which is what you want.

I don’t know how familiar you are with statistical programs, but ICPSR makes setup files available for both SAS and SPSS for this data set. Feel free to contact our data services librarian if you need any further assistance.

Television cartoons and children and racism/sexism

Question: I am a writing a paper dealing with the issue of Television cartoons created for adult audiences (like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and South Park) seeping into and effecting the consumer market and the outlook on sensitive isses in society for children between the ages of rather 7-11 or 12-15. The age I decide will depend on what age group toy manufactures who make plush toys, lunchboxes, and bookbags of these characters (that are said to be strictly for adults) are marketing towards. What I wanted to know, however, was what psychologists say about mental development whithin these age groups to describe why more caution needs to be taken when it comes to these cartoon shows meant for adults because when youth see them they might imitate what they see on TV because they do not fully understand the satire of jokes about people with disabilities, jokes about race or sex (in regards to gender). So I want to use the psychologists standpoint to illustrate how dangerous this can be. Or even if it deals with youth still trying to find their self-image so they may imitate what they see. I am not fully sure. This is why I am emailing you. Do you know of any sources I could possibly be referred to? Thanks!

Answer: I thought that focusing on the effect that television viewing has on young people’s attitudes toward race and gender might be a good way to look at it.  I tried narrowing my searching down to articles about adult cartoons and their impact on adolescents, but I found that was a little too narrow a topic to research.  The articles I was able to find were on a slightly broader topic than what you described, but I think that will be okay.  You should be able to extrapolate and apply the information in the articles I’ve found, and relate them to your topic.

I found articles using PsycINFO .  I did a search for television viewing and sexism or racism, and I narrowed my search so that I would only find articles that were about children between the ages of 6 and 17.

Response: I just wanted to thank you for the help with finding those sources. It was extremely helpful, and I appreciated it very much!

Election data for major European countries for the last 100 years

Question (via txt):

hi i was wondering where i could find election data from the past 100 years of the major european countries

Answer: (note, this is expanded for the blog, I sent simple explanations and URLs via txt)

CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) has “european election studies” for major countries: http://www.cessda.org/accessing/themes/elections.html

ICPSR has a lot of data about various countries, but with varying time frames:


Number of graduate students in India and China


Can you help me locate information on the number of GRADUATE students in India and China from about 2005 on?


For China, it looks like the latest is 2007 in their 2008 Statistical Yearbook: http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/2008/indexeh.htm

You can go here to get earlier editions if you want: http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/statisticaldata/yearlydata/

Grad students by field of study: http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/2008/html/U2009E.HTM

And overall in higher education: http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/ndsj/2008/html/U2011E.HTM

There are some other breakdowns at the main link for the yearbook.

Note the links to excel files in the top left corner.

Re: India:

This enormous PDF might have the statistics you’re looking for, but it looks like all the data is a rate – that is, # of people doing X per 1000 population.

Status of Education and Vocational Training in India 2004-05: http://mospi.nic.in/rept%20_%20pubn/ftest.asp?rept_id=517&type=nsso

Here’s a subset of the report that won’t take as long to download: http://mospi.nic.in/dwh/tbl/emp/522-5-62-emp.pdf

But it’s broken out by age and gender, as well as rural or urban AND subject area. I can’t yet seem to find anything simpler.

Suicide statistics


I’m looking for some demographic trends and the demographic characteristics of those who attempt/commit suicide. I have already located some information on prevention programs but I need to be sure to take a sociological standpoint as opposed to a purely psychological one.


The Center for Disease Control collects that information.  Hopefully this page will have the information you need:


International demographic and income data


I am interested in knowing the percentage of the population that is located in the upper, middle, and lower classes of El Salvador and South Africa.  I am having a surprisingly hard time finding this data.  I have been referred to you by one of the people at the reference desk in the library.  Any ideas as to where I should be looking for this data?


A really good place for information like this is World Development Indicators: http://eresources.library.nd.edu/databases/wdi but note that the latest data I found when doing this search was 2000 for South Africa and 2005 for El Salvador. How recent do you need the data to be? Are you looking to compare the countries? Are you interested in any other countries?

From the main WDI page, you can select the countries you’re interested in, and click “Next.”

On the next page, there are a list of variables on the left of the screen. Now, you’re going to have to have some idea already of what “upper, middle, and lower” means in the context of these countries respectively, but there are variables there for poverty and income under “Social Indicators.” There are poverty headcounts at various poverty lines, and % income shares held by percentages of the people. The Gini index variable might also be helpful, depending upon your needs: http://go.worldbank.org/3SLYUTVY00

The World Bank also has a great page on measuring poverty: http://go.worldbank.org/FD7XNHF1U0

And inequality around the world: http://go.worldbank.org/300LMVGD10

Both of which contain data sets and good starting points.

This isn’t directly related to your research issue, but I want to make sure you’re aware of the Latin American Databank from the Roper Center for Public Opinion: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu.proxy.library.nd.edu/data_access/data/datasets/latin_american_databank.html

It’s a collection of public opinion surveys from Latin American countries and some questions relate to poverty and conceptions of poverty and economic spending.

Tips on law research — LexisNexis Congressional and Westlaw

Linda and Leslie give us some tips on law research:

If you want to really research how a bill becomes law, my absolute favorite source is LexisNexis Congressional. Under any of the search forms in LN-C there is another box that says “Help Toolbox.” Besides tips on how to search for specific items in the database, they have a great section — “About the Legislative Process.” There are layers and layers of info under this link. Really informative.

On a related note,  the entire campus has Westlaw access (thanks to the law school). For anyone else who had forgotten, it is under “W” on the database list (and linked above).

You should read this book!

We’ve taken the display down but that’s no reason to lose the information! These are the books librarians and students recommended.

The Inferno, Dante

Not only will you catch all sorts of references from now on, this book is AWESOME!

Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, Leo

It is full of passion and intrigue, lots of corrupt Russian politicians, a few pure hearted people. It is worth the effort!! (as is the case with most Russian lit!)

A Song of Ice & Fire (Series) by Martin, George R.R.

It is an epic fantasy series with roots in Arthurian legend. The complexity is staggering, and the drama of events grips you intensely. It’s a real page-turner (which is good since there are a lot of them!)

A Man for All Seasons by Bolt, Robert

A short play based on the life St. Thomas More, this work explores many of the fundamental questions of human life, and shows what i means to stand up for your beliefs – even if it will cost you your head!

The Cosmic Code: Quantum physics as the language of nature by Pagels, Heinz R.

Even if you are not a math whiz you can understand physics. It is written for non-science majors who are curious about science and the world around them. You will learn to see things from a new perspective which is neat!

Remembered Rapture: The writer at work by hooks, bell

If you are an aspiring writer, you will find this book helpful for you “getting to the heart of the matter” as it relates to writing about pain or bad experiences.

Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray

Beautifully written dystopia about a world where television has replaced literature. It will make you rethink why you read books. And it’s pretty short too.

What the Best College Teachers Do by Bain, Ken

It is one of the best practical teaching books out there at this time. Read & learn to create that environment most helpful for your students. I think anyone who is interested in education and learning would enjoy this book.

The Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time by Galbraith, J.K.

He saw it coming and wraps it up in only 62 pages!

Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson, Greg

“One man’s mission to promote peace, one school at a time.” A door to understanding a very different culture.

In a Glass Darkly by Lefanu, Sheridan

It’s awesome (& contains vampires).

Life of Pi by Martel, Yann

Profound story to make you believe in the power of fiction.

My Sister’s Keeper by Picoult, Jodi

There is so much passion and persuasion in this book. It will make you cry, plus you will begin to think deeply about ethical questions. A must read!

Maus I and Maus II by Spiegelman, Art

A comic book about the Holocaust!? Sounds weird, but it is actually very personal and gives a unique perspective on how the experiences of a parent can change a child. It’s also very suspenseful — you don’t want to put it down.

Save the Deli! by Sax, David

It is a whimsical and well-researched elegy that laments the decline of Western Civilization’s crowning achievement – the Jewish Deli! David Sax’s quest for the perfect pastrami will bring tears to your eyes and brown mustard to your breath!

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

It demonstrates the possibility of remaining human in the face of crushing totalitarianism — from someone who lived it.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey, Ken

A must read for students thinking about a major in psychology. What is life?

Murder of King Tut by Patterson, James and Dugard, Martin

A nonfiction well researched murder mystery in James Patterson style.

Everything is Illuminated by Foer, Jonathan Safran

It’s really funny and really sad/poignant at the same time.