Questions & Answers
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Tue, 03/17/2009 - 20:57.
Question: How many total words are there in all the books in Green Library?
The only way to answer this question is to estimate it:
From Searchworks, we learn that we have 2,293,752 records for physical items in Green. 2,150,273 of those are books (not counting journals, conference proceedings, microforms, etc.).
From Writer's Services, we learn that 500 word/page is a standard estimate for academic books.
Our internal working estimate for number of pages per book is 300.
From these figures we get 2,150,273 x 500 x 300 = 322,540,950,000 words in the books in Green Library.
Note that the total number of words in the Green Library print collection is certainly much higher than the 322 billion words in the books alone. We have over 85,000 print journal titles in Green and each journal title represents anywhere from a few volumes/issues to over 100 volumes/issues. We also have nearly 60,000 Conference Proceedings, 18,000 Theses, and 1000 Newspaper titles in the print collection at Green.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 13:30.
There are a number of good databases for checking archives and manuscript collections in the United States. The basic one is the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) done by the Library of Congress. It's freely available to all, without subscription. Here at Stanford University, the two most inclusive databases are ArchivesUSA, now known as Archive Finder, and ArchiveGrid
There is a good description of the virtues and limitations of each of these databases on the Harvard web site. As you can see from that detailed analysis, they approach archive and manuscript collections in very different ways, and in the level of detail given in the listings. As our History Curator Ben Stone said, "Even with online databases, locating relevant archival/manuscript collections is often a difficult endeavor." So one should use all the resources available. If you forget all this, you can simply type "archives" in the search box of the Databases list and these, as well as other indexes, will come up.
Submitted by email@example.com on Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:14.
The best site currently for a listing of all California newspapers is the catalog of the California Newspaper Project. By using the Key Words box on the catalog, you can search any language name, such as Chinese or Russian or Spanish. It gives you a list of holdings in libraries all over California.
Another good, old fashioned resource is the Newspapers In Microform: United States, published by the Library of Congress. It gives a good inventory, city by city, of newspapers, and the microfilm holdings nation wide. The holdings statements are out of date, but it's still a very good list of what was published where, and when.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 08:43.
The best approach for all United Nations documents and citations is to check them on the Dag Hammarskjöld Library web site, also known as UNBISNET. You can search documents by title, or browse them by title or "document symbol", which is the standard UN document number, in this case: A/RES/2200. Browsing the title: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, etc. and knowing that the date was around 1966, we find this full citation. Note that it's part of the volume called: Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during its 21st session. 20 September-20 December 1966. - A/6316. - 1967. - p. 49-60. - (GAOR 21st sess., Suppl. no. 16), and the abbreviation GAOR stands for General Assembly Official Records, and it's part of the Supplements volumes, and is no. 16. Note the the UNBISNET citation gives you pdf links to several language versions of the document, including that English version you found at UN.org.