The US Census Bureau conducts an official census every 10 years, with the next one coming up in March 2010.  In between years the Bureau conducts a variety of smaller-scale nationwide surveys, including the American Community Survey (ACS).  The ACS is sent to approximately 3 million households.  The most recent 3 year estimates based on surveys conducted from 2005 – 2008 have just been released for public use.

“The ACS collects information such as age, race, income, commute time to work, home value, veteran status, and other important data…. These 3-year estimates are available annually for geographic areas with a population of 20,000 or more, including the nation, all states and the District of Columbia, all congressional districts, approximately 1,800 counties, and 900 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, among others.”

 PubMedCentral Canada is now up and available for searching, at:
http://pubmedcentralcanada.ca/

“PubMed Central Canada is a free digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature based on PubMed Central, the archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine. The search interface allows anyone to browse, search and download articles.

PMC Canada is a partnership between the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM).

PMC Canada will launch a manuscript submission system later this year. It will support CIHR’s Policy on Access to Research Outputs, which requires CIHR grant recipients to make their peer-reviewed publications freely accessible online within six months of publication.”

StaffTrainingUBC

For complete descriptions and to register for any of these free workshops, see Active Current Events.

Please note that Refworks workshops for both the Arts and Sciences are identical except for the content of databases demonstrated. You do not need to attend both to be able to use Refworks for PubMed and for PsycINFO.

PubMed
Jan 12 Tuesday
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
This workshop reviews where to find some of PubMed’s most popular search features, tools and resources on the new search interface.

RefWorks for the Arts
Jan 13 Wednesday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool, sponsored by the UBC Library, and available free-of-charge to current UBC faculty, staff, and students. This workshop uses examples from Arts databases, including PsycINFO.

RefWorks
Jan 15 Friday
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool sponsored by the UBC Library and available free-of-charge to UBC faculty, staff, and students. This workshop uses examples from a variety of databases.

PubMed
Jan 19 Tuesday
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
This workshop reviews where to find some of PubMed’s most popular search features, tools and resources on the new search interface.

Current Awareness Tools
Jan 21 Thursday
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Save valuable research time! Learn how to set up email alerts and RSS feeds from your favorite journals, and more.

RefWorks for the Sciences
Jan 22 Friday
9:30 am – 11:30 am
RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool sponsored by the UBC Library and available free-of-charge to current UBC faculty, staff, and students. This workshop uses examples from science databases, including PubMed.

Getting Published–Sources and Resources
Jan 28 Thursday
Jan 29 Friday
both 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Want to get an article published? Learn how to find potential journals for your work.

Tax Suite Premium

UBC Library now has access to Tax Suite Premium from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). The Tax Suite Suite package includes these 4 online products:
- FITACPTM (Federal Income Tax Collection – Platinum)
- EARL (GST/HST & Excise Tax Collection)
- PERL (Provincial Taxes Collection)
- Knotia News (Income Tax/GST/PST daily updates).

Tax Suite Premium offers collection of Canadian tax research materials with commentary from Ernst & Young. Includes full coverage of federal income tax, GST/HST & excise, & provincial taxes PLUS a daily tax email news service.

Chartered Accountants of Canada (CICA) is pleased to provide students and professors with complimentary access to online tax research databases. Visit CICA’s Knotia Store website for more information on its Canadian tax reference materials [http://www.knotia.ca/info/taxsuiteprem].

The Washington Post has a very useful site up for anyone interested in reading/watching President Obama’s key speeches.  It provides a free database of speeches – the transcribed text as well as video clips of the speech being delivered whenever possible.  You can search for speeches by keyword, click on an issue-based tag or browse all issues from most recent to oldest.   Note, tags are a bit arbitrary – the President’s speech reacting to the attempted terrorist attack on December 25th, 2009 was not tagged under “national security and intelligence;”  “homeland security;” or even under “crime and judiciary.”  As of today, it’s tagged under “issue: other”?!!!  Apart from this anomaly, the speeches are easy to find and read.  You can sign up for an RSS feed of President Obama’s speeches, and you can use the Post’s Potus database to “track how Obama is spending his time, what issues are getting the most attention and who is influencing the debate.”

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Westlaw Canada and LexisNexis Quicklaw Refresher / Training Sessions
(Part of the Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions)

• Registration is required – please click on the appropriate link below to sign up
• Please have your IDs and passwords before attending sessions (for Westlaw Canada & LexisNexis Quicklaw)
• Location: Faculty of Law Computer Lab (basement of the Law Library)
• Contact Elim Wong, Reference Librarian in the Law Library if you require passwords or have any questions.

Westlaw Canada
• For all current UBC Law Students and Faculty
• Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Completed.
• Thursday, January 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Completed.

LexisNexis Quicklaw
• For all current UBC Law Students and Faculty
• Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Completed.
• Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Click Completed.

While not a new resource, I only just came across this one today and it’s a terrific source of public opinion in Europe.

“Since 1973, the European Commission has been monitoring the evolution of public opinion in the Member States, thus helping the preparation of texts, decision-making and the evaluation of its work.

Our surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, etc.”

The site provides free access to the full analytical  reports as well as summaries and factsheets arising from the polls that the Commission conducts.   Topics currently include public attitudes towards: the Euro, corruption, climate change, social security, tourism, economic crisis, higher education, employment and EU enlargement.  Most documents are available in several languages – almost always including English – and coverage extends back to 2000.

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**Update – we’re back on.  Happy New Year!

Jan.5, 2010 – AccessMedicine & OMMBID are currently unavailable. We are working with the vendor to get our access restored as quickly as possible.  Please bear with us.

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Agnès Hurwitz, The Collective Responsibility of States to Protect Refugees (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

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