14 July 2009


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10 April 2009

Searching within a Book

Here's a tip: If a book does not have a subject index, try searching for it in Google Books. If it has been indexed by Google Books, then you can search within the text of the book. The search results will point you to page numbers on which your search term appears, effectively serving as an index. I did this recently with Acquisition and Loss of Nationality, Vol. 1: Comparative Analyses, a 499- page book with no index. I had the book in hand but I wasn't inclined to read the entire text in order to locate references to "statelessness"!

Amazon.com offers a similar "search inside this book" feature; here's a link to the same book for comparative purposes.

03 April 2009

Two UNHCR blogs

UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) has started a blog that focuses on "Witchcraft, Displacement and Human Rights." It shares news reports and related research studies on witchcraft allegations and their impact. The RSS feed is available here.

A second blog was started in tandem with the 2009 evaluation of UNHCR’s Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) strategy. Called "It Begins with Me. It Begins with You. It Begins with Us. Thoughts and Actions Around Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming," its purpose is described as follows: To "encourage thinking, dialogue and action around the challenges and rewards of AGDM. You’ll find the mission, methodology and the milestones of the ongoing AGDM evaluation as well as posts about films, audio, books, paintings, programs, partners, news, op-eds… anything that helps add to our greater understanding of AGDM." The RSS feed can be accessed here.

01 April 2009

New Journal Articles: Alerts and Full-text Retrieval

I've added a new journal articles feature to the sidebar of my other blog. It works like this: As I come across articles of interest, I bookmark them in Delicious and add the tag "newjournalarticles." Each time this occurs, the list of article titles in the sidebar updates accordingly. So whenever you visit the blog, be sure to check the list for any new titles of interest.

If you forget to check, you can always 1) click on the link to go to the bookmarked titles in Delicious, or 2) subscribe to the RSS feed for the listing and peruse the updates at your leisure in your own newsreader.

One thing to note is that these journal articles are not necessarily available in full-text online. To retrieve the full-text, you have several options:

- purchase the individual article
- sign up for a free online trial for the journal you are interested in (for example, Sage Journals is offering free access to all of its journals during April)
- search Worldcat.org for libraries that subscribe to a particular journal; enter your postal or zip code to determine which library is closest to you, and retrieve the text from that library
- if you are based in a developing country, you might have access to full-text journals through one of these initiatives: Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL); GDN Journal Services; HINARI Access to Research Initiative; JSTOR Developing Nations Initiative.

Finally, it's always worth searching online for keywords in the title of journal article you are seeking. Why?
- Sometimes journal publishers designate specific issues as free online samples: see, e.g., "A Heterotopian Analysis of Maritime Refugee Incidents," abstracted in IngentaConnect, but available at no cost by Wiley InterScience.
- Some articles are posted online in openly accessible journals: see, e.g., "The humanitarian consequences and actions in the Eastern Mediterranean Region over the last 60 years – a health perspective", which was indexed in PubMed.
- Some articles are available as preprints or conference papers: see, e.g, the abstract for "Resettling Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia: Learning from Recent Policy and Program Initiatives"; a report with a slightly different title but with the same authors was published earlier.

31 March 2009

Wiki Article

I presented my forced migration wiki as a case study for an article in Library Hi Tech News. See "Using a Wiki to Publish a Research Guide" for more details.

15 March 2009

FMO Podcast

A new podcast from Forced Migration Online (FMO): "Obama’s policy challenges and the future of US immigration." You can listen to it online or download it.

11 March 2009

FMO on Delicious

Forced Migration Online (FMO) has started two sets of delicious bookmarks, one for new documents added to its digital library and the other for RSC working papers. As I've mentioned before, the handy thing about delicious is that it offers RSS feeds for tags created to describe one's bookmarks. So users can subscribe to feeds for both the aforementioned bookmark lists, here and here. Very handy for keeping up-to-date on FMO content.