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New Books in Communication and Sociology

Happy Fall!

In case you find some free time this semester and need a good book to read, please check out some of the newly acquired titles in the social sciences below that are available at Falvey Memorial Library. Be sure to check out the full list, too, for more new and unique titles.

Americans against the city : Anti-urbanism in the twentieth century
by Steven Conn
Oxford University Press, 2014

 

Cognitive media theory
by Ted Nannicelli & Paul Taberham
Routledge, 2014

 

Disability incarcerated : imprisonment and disability in the United States and Canada
by Liat Ben-Moshe & Liat and Allison C. Carey
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

 

Doing a successful research project : using qualitative or quantitative methods
By Martin Davies & Nathan Hughes
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

 

EXPLORING GREEN CRIMINOLOGY : TOWARD A GREEN CRIMINOLOGICAL REVOLUTION
by Michael J. Lynch
Ashgate, 2014

 

Imaginative methodologies in the social sciences : creativity, poetics and rhetoric in social research
by Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Kieran Keohane, & Anders Petersen
Ashgate, 2014

 

Mainstreaming torture : ethical approaches in the post-9/11 United States
by Rebecca Gordon
Oxford, 2014

 

The social media handbook
by Jeremy Hunsinger and Theresa M. Senft
Routledge, 2014

 

I’d also love to hear from you! Please feel free to recommend other texts you feel are useful for your courses by email (alexander.williams@villanova.edu) or by telephone (ext. 8845).

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ICPSR Deadlines Approaching

ICPSR’s 2014 Student Research Paper Deadline Approaching

Don’t miss it! The January 31, 2014, submission deadline for the ICPSR Student Research Paper Competitions is approaching soon.

The four competitions are: (view eligibility criteria)

  • ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR Archive or Thematic Collections. Separate undergraduate and master’s prizes.
  • NAHDAP Research Paper Competition, for analyses on topics related to addiction and HIV that are based on quantitative analysis. Now also open to PhD students.
  • IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using Integrated Fertility Survey Series data.
  • RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues of minorities and immigrants in the US, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.

Awards: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place, and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first-place winners.

Visit the ICPSR’s Research Paper Competition website for details and Entry Forms.

Application Deadline for 2014 ICPSR Summer Internship Program Approaching

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research.

Apply now through the ICPSR online application portal. To complete the application form, students must answer a few questions; upload a cover letter, resume, and list of relevant courses; and provide contact information for two recommending college faculty or staff members, or employer references. The recommendations must be completed through the ICPSR recommendation portal.
The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Have an expected graduation of December 2014 or later
  • Be a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • Possess undergraduate standing and have completed sophomore year in a social science or mathematics major, with interests related to one of ICPSR’s Thematic Collections

About the Internship
The NSF-funded Research for Undergraduates (REU) internship program (Grant No. 1062317) matches students with mentors at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish — including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students’ research findings. Interns can attend graduate-level courses in quantitative methods at the University of Michigan taught by leading faculty across various research fields. Additionally, all ICPSR interns learn valuable data-management techniques using statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, and SAS. Visit our website or view the flyer (PDF, 466 KB) for more information.

For examples of research projects done by past ICPSR interns, please see these videos.

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Too Soon for Spring?

We may not see Spring weather for some time, but it’s definitely time to begin thinking about the Spring semester.

Spring Reserves and Blackboard Scanning

You may drop off materials at your earliest convenience at the circulation desk or submit an online request by visiting http://library.villanova.edu/about/services/requestforms/resform/ .

For additional reserve guidelines go to http://library.villanova.edu/About/Services/CourseReserves/FacultyGuidelines#Electronic

If you have questions, please contact rebecca.whidden@villanova.edu or call 610-519-3848.

Library Workshops

Library classrooms fill quickly for classes in January and February. If you would like to bring your class to the library for an information literacy workshop, please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg.

Library Help Sessions

Don’t have time for a library workshop but still think your students may need research help? Request an informal library help session. Your students will have a reserved conference room in the library, and a subject librarian to answer their individual questions. These sessions are best held within two weeks of project deadlines. Please contact Kristyna Carroll or Kimberley Bugg to schedule a help session.

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Census Tools – New Guide

population density map Villanova

Census 2010 – Population Density per sq. mile surrounding Villanova University. From Social Explorer.

Introducing a new research guide for students and faculty interested in using U.S. Census data in their next research project. The Census Tools guide provides an overview of the various tools offered by Falvey Memorial Library, in addition to American FactFinder 2, the official tool of the U.S. Census.

The guide includes a brief description of each tool, relevant coverage, and recommended uses. Researchers can also find links to help pages and other aids for each tool.

The Census Tools guide is the perfect starting point for your demographic research!

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Schedule Library Instruction Now!

Thinking of bringing your class to the library this semester? Now is the time to schedule it! Library classrooms and librarians’ schedules fill up quickly in August and September.

And, don’t forget about the other services offered by Falvey’s subject librarians!

  • Research Appointments
    • Individual or group meetings at any stage of the research process.
  • Research Guides
  • Instructional Workshops
    • Bring your class to the library for a tailored workshop!
    • Past topics include demonstration of key resources, the research process, APA citations, plagiarism, and more!
  • Open Workshops
    • Your librarian can schedule library space for open work time as your project due date approaches. Students are welcome to drop in to work on their project, ask questions of the librarian, and enjoy a snack!
  • Material Requests
    • Know of a book, DVD, or other resource that would be valuable to your program? Suggest it to your subject librarian!

Education, Counseling, & Psychology

Kimberley Bugg
kimberley.bugg@villanova.edu
610-519-3073
Room 227

Communication, Criminology, & Sociology

Kristyna Carroll
kristyna.carroll@villanova.edu
610-519-5391
Room 223

 

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Use Data from ICPSR this Fall

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Source: ICPSR

ICPSR makes integrating data into your course easy with a host of instructional materials! Check out their website for data-driven exercises, the Crosstab Assignment Builder, and specific data modules.

 

Students who use ICPSR data for a project might consider entering the ICPSR Research Paper Competition. Students with a passion for data might pursue the ICPSR summer internship program.

 

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Recent DVD Arrivals

Thinking of adding some media to your syllabus? Take a look at the DVDs that arrived in the library this summer! Browse the highlights below.

Academy Award Nominees, Best Picture

Academy Award of Merit (Oscar)Argo (Winner)
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of Southern Wild
Les Miserables
Django Unchained

Documentary Films

Big Mama
A devoted grandmother struggles to raise her orphan grandson alone in southcentral Los Angeles.

Terra Blight
Examines America’s consumption of technology and the global problem of e-waste. The documentary traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal, and uncovers how these products are disposed of and where exactly they wind up.

5 Broken Cameras
A deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

See more!

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New Books in Criminology

New books of particular interest to faculty and students studying criminology. Preview select titles below or browse the entire list of latest arrivals in criminology.

femaleprisonersFemale Prisoners, AIDS, and Peer Programs: How Female Offenders Transform Their Lives
by Kimberly Collica
Springer
Online
2013

mythmartyrdomThe Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers
by Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan
2013

'grooming'

‘Grooming’ and the Sexual Abuse of Children: Institutional, Internet, and Familial Dimensions
by Anne-Marie McAlinden
Oxford University Press
2012

spssstepbystepSPSS Step by Step: Essentials for Social and Political Science
by Cole Davis
Policy Press
2013
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New Books in Research Methods

New books for research methods in social science. Preview a few titles below or browse the full list of latest arrivals in this area. Also check out our new additions from the Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods collection.

researchmatters

Research Matters: A Guide to Research Writing
by Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy Rupiper Taggart
McGraw-Hill
2013

beginnersguide

Beginner’s Guide to Doing Qualitative Research: How to Get Into the Field, Collect Data, and Write Up Your Project
by Erin Horvat
Teacher’s College Press
2013

usablesocialscience

Usable Social Science
by Neil J. Smelser and John S. Reed
University of California Press
Online
2013

quantumsocsci

Quantum Social Science
by Emmanuel Haven and Andrei Yu. Khrennikov
by Cambridge University Press
2013
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Criminology Blogs to Follow

  • Posted by: Kristyna Carroll
  • Posted Date: May 23, 2013
  • Filed Under: Criminology

Blogs are a popular outlet for timely and dynamic academic thought, as well as an avenue for activism and focused discussion. Below are some notable blogs in the areas of criminology and criminal justice, with descriptions from the sites themselves. Don’t see your favorite blog? Tell us about it in the comments!

Public Criminology from The Society Pages
Sociological Criminology from Chris Uggen, Michelle Inderbitzin, and Sara Wakefield.

Prison Culture
Prison Culture is an attempt to document how the current prison industrial complex operates and to underscore the ways that it structures American society.

Grits for Breakfast
The private weblog and nom de plume of Scott Henson, a former journalist turned opposition researcher/political consultant, public policy researcher and blogger. Grits for Breakfast looks at the Texas criminal justice system, with a little politics and whatever else suits the author’s fancy thrown in.

Crime & Consequences
Topics include: Criminal and crime-related civil cases before the U.S. Supreme Court; Significant decisions in the field by other courts; Studies with public policy implications related to crime and criminal justice; Links to and discussion of news items and blogs related to criminal law. We approach criminal law issues from the perspective of victims of crime and the law-abiding public.

Action Committee for Women in Prison
Our mission is to advocate for the humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated women everywhere. We work for the release of all women who are unjustly imprisoned, and strive to reduce the over reliance on incarceration. We work to bring fairness and equity into the criminal justice system and to shift the focus to treatment and restorative justice.

Juvenile Justice Blog
Tamar Rebecca Birckhead is an associate professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Her research interests focus on issues related to juvenile justice policy and reform, criminal law and procedure, indigent criminal defense, and the criminalization of poverty.

Innocence Blog from the Innocence Project
The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992. The project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Prison Photography
The Image / Incarceration / Representation / Media / Social Justice / Responsible Photography

Just Policy Blog
Justice Policy Institute is a national nonprofit organization that changes the conversation around justice reform and advances policies that promote well-being and justice for all people and communities. Our research and analyses identify effective programs and policies and we disseminate our findings to the media, policymakers and advocates, and provide training and technical assistance supports to people working for justice reform.

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Last Modified: May 23, 2013