Library, Information, and Technology Services
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!
Jorge's Tips on Efficient Searching!
It's that time of year again where many students are wishing they could clone themselves and divide up their workload among the "mini-me's." Jorge may try photocopying himself, but you can be more efficient by searching multiple databases (or electronic journal indexes) at one time. To search multiple databases (and maximize your results), you'll need to start with the database products that allow this type of searching. For example, EBSCOhost and ProQuest offer this capability.
On the E-Resources A-Z webpage, select "EBSCO's Academic Search Premier"
Where it says "Searching Academic Search Premier" you'll see a "Choose Databases" link. Click on this and another box will appear that lists all 24 EBSCO databases to which MHC students have access. Tip: the small yellow note image next to the database's name will show you what it covers (i.e. subjects, number of journals searched, etc.).
To search all of the ProQuest databases, start from the E-Resources A-Z webpage and select one of the ProQuest databases, such as ProQuest Biology Journals.
Next to the "Database" dialog box, you'll see a "Select Multiple Databases" link which will take you to a new pages listing all the ProQuest databases. You'll have the option to "Select All Databases" or pick and choose specific ones and then click "Continue."
If you have more questions or would like more tips on searching for journal articles or other materials, please Ask a Librarian!
Photo Credit: Mary Stettner
LITS is pleased to announce the acquisition of several new scholarly resources: Dance in Video, Women and Social Movements in the United States, and an extension of Biological Abstracts. These electronic resources are available to all current faculty, staff, and students through the E-Resources A-Z, and more information is available below. LITS is appreciative of faculty input in suggesting these resources as the collections at Mount Holyoke College are continually changing and LITS is always striving to meet the needs of faculty. Faculty input to the collection development process is crucial and LITS invites each faculty member to contact a LITS Liaison for a conversation about collection needs and interests.
Dance in Video (requested by dance faculty) searchable database containing streaming video files of dance
productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies
of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary,
experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue.
Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional,
interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own
custom playlists and video clips.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (requested by history faculty)
Biological Abstracts has been extended back to 1983. This resource offers global journal coverage of every area of the life sciences with over 4,200 journals from 100 countries and over 350,000 records added annually. (Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II)
In addition, LITS has purchased a number of films requested by film studies faculty. A feature of the library catalog is the ability to only search Mount Holyoke College's collection of DVDs/Videos/Films by following these steps:
- Go to the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog
- Select the "More" tab
- Click on MHC DVDs/Videos/Films
- Search by keyword or title
- If you have questions, please Ask a Librarian!