Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OECD iLibrary: Not your daddy's OECD

The OECD is an intergovernmental organization devoted to enhancing economic cooperation and the promotion of democracy created in 1961 out of the Marshall plan. A list of OECD member countries is available here. Accession candidate countries are ones that want to be members of the OECD. Enhanced engagement countries are ones that haven't joined but are key players. Brazil and South Africa may become candidates for accession. The organization publishes a huge amount of research and data available to UNCG researchers and students through OECD ilibrary. We have had SourceOECD, but this new product is ten times better.

Here are some highlights of the new product:

  • On the main page of the OECD ilibrary, you can look up information by theme or country. This includes themes like Education and Health that people may not associate with the OECD.
  • iLibrary includes book, journal/papers, working papers (which are unofficial reports by researchers associated with the OECD), the well-known fact books, and, your favorite, STATISTICS!
  • iLibrary still includes tons of the OECD books, so check there often. We hope to have the books available through the Library Catalog by December. If you think we might have an OECD publication, just ask our librarians!
  • Pretty much everything seems to have an RSS feed now, which is really helpful. You could do a RSS for a journal, the main economic indicators, the latest releases in a particular theme, your favorite table, pretty much whatevs. They also provide citations for each individual piece.
  • OECD.stat within iLibrary is the statistical warehouse. It provides access to wide range of OECD data sets from economic indicators to health issues stats. Metadata are available for all datasets and provide source information. Keep in mind that OECD's role is to aggregate and harmonize data, so they are getting most of it from the country's source agency.
  • And speaking of health, OECD Health Data 2010 is out and is still quite comprehensive. It is linked on the front page and no longer requires downloading an application.

Those are just some highlights. I encourage you to consult OECD iLibrary for any international or comparative work with a social focus. Next month I will do a short tutorial demonstrating some of these features. In the meantime, have fun! Great stuff!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Cool tools from Roper Center

Interested in polling data and learning more about polling techniques? The Roper Center is just the resource for you! Check out their recent blog post on Education Tools and more.

Education Tools Available

Roper Center offers a series of tutorials on some of the fundamentals of public opinion polling, including definitions, examples, and explanations that serve to introduce interested students to the field of public opinion research, also covers the basics of analysis and interpretation of the results.

Hot Topic - Immigration

Amend constitution so children of illegal immigrants born in US do not get citizenship?
Change Constitution so children of illegal  immigrants born in US do not get citizenship

Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Interviewing conducted by Abt SRBI, June 16-June 20, 2010. [USSRBI.062410P.R60]

Related information can be found by searching the Center's iPOLL Databank or by visiting Topics At A Glance--Immigration on the Roper Center website.