Questions & Answers
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Sat, 02/28/2009 - 12:11.
Question: Where can I find copies of cigarette and tobacco advertisements? Where can I find scholarly literature on the effects of cigarette and tobacco advertising?
An excellent source for historical tobacco and cigarette ads is the "Not a Cough in the Carload" collection of online advertising images from the late 1920s and the early 1950s. This collection of digital images is hosted by the Lane Medical Library.
For current tobacco and cigarette ads, you can browse the library's collection of current magazines and newspapers, located next to the Information Center desk on the first floor of Green Library East.
To locate scholarly articles about the effects of tobacco advertising, you can search Academic Search Premier, using the terms "tobacco advertising" or "cigarette advertising". You can limit your results to Academic Journals. Another source of literature on this topic is Business Source Complete. Search for "effects of tobacco advertising".
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 15:06.
When one isn't sure of the date of a particular treaty, it's best to first check it in LexisNexis Congressional Publications, which allows searching over a broad range of dates with quite specific keywords. Any treaty must be submitted to the Senate for ratification, and this results in a Senate Executive Document. From this, we learn that this "Treaty of Amity" was signed in Tonga Oct. 2, 1886 and submitted to the Senate on Feb. 14, 1887. We have a copy of the Senate Executive Document on microfiche, filed under the CIS number 49-2-8 in the Senate Executive Documents collection.
However, there is bound to be paper and digital copies of this treaty as well. If a treaty is ratified, it's posted in the United States Statutes At Large. We have a paper copy in the Information Center, but note that we have access to a full historical run via HeinOnline. There, by going to the volume for the correct date, and using the Search box to look for Tonga, one finds a official digital copy of the treaty as finally ratified by the Senate and signed by the President.
Now that we know the date and title of the treaty, if you search for it on Google Books, you come up with the same Statutes At Large text from a volume copied by Google from one of the cooperating libraries. Of course, you get a lot of other versions as well, from various edited sets of treaties from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Note that most of these edited sets of treaties are available via HeinOnline in their Treaties and Agreements Library, as "unofficial treaty publications." Generally, these are also available in paper form in the Federal Documents of Green Library and can be found via Socrates.
Submitted by jrjacobs@stanfo... on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 11:36.
At the home page for CQ.com,. you will see a tab at the top that says "Bills". There are many choices here, but Stanford does not subscribe to all the content. To track a bill with full text of each modification, click on the link at the bottom of the page that says Bill Text. You can click the "radio buttons" and get full text in html or pdf format.
Free Public Access is provided by the Library of Congress' site Thomas.
Here, for example, is Thomas' coverage of the text modifications of the Economic Recovery Bill HR1. for the 111th Congress (2009).
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 19:54.
To get news articles from 1979, you will want to use databases that have news coverage for that year. Many Databases we recommend don't have coverage for articles printed earlier than about 1985. So for Newspaper articles from dates before the 1980's, here are some suggestions:
Proquest Historical Newspapers: If you search for Proquest Historical Newspapers from the Databases list you will see a list of newspapers, including the NY Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Constitution, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and more. All have different ranges of coverage. If you click on one of them (say, Washington Post) you will see its coverage dates (Washington Post covers 1877-1992).
You can also click on the link from that page that says "Select Multiple Databases", and then search in all the newspapers that have coverage for 1979. These will include Washington Post, NY Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. You should probably limit your search to the dates around the Three Mile island incident so you don't get irrelevant records.
When you click on the link for the title of the article, you will get a pdf of the actual article as it appears in print, so it's just like looking at the real newspaper.
For magazine articles from that time period, it's actually easiest to browse the shelves where the old Time magazines, Life magazines, etc. are shelved - Most of these have call numbers that start with the number 051. You'll get some great primary source material from articles in these magazines. You can also search the database Readers Guide Retrospective, which will give you citations to magazine articles, and if available in digital form, will link you to the full text using the "Find it at Stanford" link.
For even older newspaper articles, America's Historical Newspapers has news from the 1600's to the early 1900's.
As for articles on nuclear energy or nuclear power, you can use the EBSCO HOST database suite, which includes the databases Academic Search Premier , Historical Abstracts and America History and Life . In one search you can select all three databases and find articles from scholarly and popular magazine and journals from a social science or scientific perspective as well as the historic perspective.
Some good keywords for these databases would be history and nuclear power (or history and nuclear energy, or Three Mile Island).
You can search in our catalog for any magazine title and find out where they are bound and shelved (sometimes the electronic versions won't have the photos). You might be interested in seeing how Three Mile Island was portrayed in Science; or Nature; or IEEE Transactions on nuclear Science. Look these titles up in the catalog and see if we have them in print or online.
Have you found books? Or movies? If you search for Three Mile Island in the search box, several books and videos will come up, and if you keep looking down the list you will see a video: Meltdown at Three Mile Island[videorecording] . It's in VCR format, which means you would have to watch it in the library, but it is a documentary film made by WGBH Educational Foundation (this is public television). Look at some of these resources. They ought to give you some really good material.