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“I hope you didn't know anybody on that doomed ship. Whether one knew
any creature or didn't, the ghastly grief of it all, and the futile
separations of husbands and wives, have made the whole earth seem unreal
to me . . . ”
- Letter from Josephine Preston Marks to Mary Mason, April 21, 1912,
referencing the sinking of the Titanic
Thanks to a generous gift from the family of Sarah Reusche '10, LITS now offers two new valuable collections of full text, easily accessible primary sources: North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories, and North American Women's Letters and Diaries.
On behalf of everyone at LITS, welcome to all new and returning students! LITS is ready for the spring semester, though Jorge (LITS mascot and MHC's favorite goose) knows it doesn't feel like spring, yet. He decided to take advantage of the deep freeze to practice drilling for ice core samples on Lower Lake. When he gets too cold, you might find Jorge inside the LITS complex enjoying a few of these resources . . .[Read More]
Jorge, LITS mascot and MHC's favorite goose, is happy to see everyone back on campus. He put together a scrapbook of favorite memories from 1990 to summer 2010. We hope you enjoy and wish you all the best for the fall 2010 semester!
Ahh, Jorge knows its April – warm
weather, spring flowers, fine green grass, and a young gander’s fancy lightly
turns to thoughts of love… Yes, well, what Jorge also knows about April
is that it is tax time and, once again, he is trying to file at the last
While Jorge works on his Schedule A
(are feathers deductible?), let’s take a look at some of the ways you can
research government taxation and spending for both the US and countries around
the world. Check out the International
Financial Statistics database put out by the International Monetary
Fund, or the World
Development Indicators database created by the World Bank.
Both are excellent data sets accessible to Mount Holyoke students which allow
you to investigate how governments handle their finances and tax their
citizens. (Did you know that in 2008 the United States spent 4 percent of
its GDP on military expenditure, while Canada only spent 1 percent, and Israel
spent 8 percent?) You can access both of these data sets on the
E-Resources A-Z page on the LITS site (click the ‘E-Resources A-Z’ link on the
right side of the LITS homepage).
If you are interested in exporing
government taxes and spending specifically in the US, a good place to check out
is the Statistical and
Data Sources page on the LITS website (click on the ‘Find Facts and
Figures’ link on the LITS homepage, and then find the ‘Statistical and Data
Sources’ link on the page that comes up). Here you will find FedStats and Statistical Abstracts of the
United States, two sites that will connect you to data sources
ranging from the Census Bureau to the CDC to the IRS and numerous other US
government agencies. The Historical Statistics
of the United States site provides a wide variety of demographic,
social and economic data from today and years past and would be a good place to
discover how tax policies have changed over time. Did you know that the
top marginal tax rate on an income of $1 million is now half of what it
was in 1980 (it was 70 percent in 1980 and is 35 percent today)? Jorge
knows these are good times to be a millionaire!
Remember, too, that you can ask a
librarian for help finding where to look for data for research projects and how
to use the many different data sets available for you to explore at Mount
Holyoke! Happy Tax Day!
Want to learn more about what's new in computer science?
Jorge knows LITS has recently purchased access to the ACM Digital Library. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library contains the full text of all the articles ever published by ACM.
Find out about the latest research in computing by checking out the Proceedings from recent conferences. Browse the Table of Contents from any issues of the Transactions, journals, magazines and newsletters published by ACM. Learn more about the history of computing through the ACM Oral History interviews archived in these electronic resources. Access Computing Reviews, the ACM critical review of computing literature including discussions of recent hot topics.
The Guide to Computing Literature provides even more references, a bibliographic collection from many major computer science publishers.