The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (or ICPSR) is, as the name implies, a consortium of universities who seek to collect, preserve, and disseminate social science data. ICPSR contains a vast quantity of data available to the SHU community. The data includes studies and files in areas such as population, economics, education, health, social and political behavior, social and political attitudes, history, crime, aging, and substance abuse. This trove of data can help you with research for assignments.
You can easily search by topic and find data and the publications associated with it. This allows the use of these publications with an eye towards the actual data as well as the authors’ use of that data, enabling you to gain a familiarity with the use of raw data that you may not otherwise obtain.
Statista is one of the world’s largest providers of statistical data. It consolidates data from over 22,500 sources from around the world, related to over 80,000 topics. If you are working on an assignment that requires statistical data, you are likely to find something on Statista. In addition to the raw data, Statista provides related studies that can help with research assignments. While Statista is known among business and marketing majors, it has data about numerous other topics, such as social sciences and health.
November is African American Catholic Month. In recognition of this significant subject area, and promoting research opportunities, there are various information-centered resources hosted by the Seton Hall University Libraries to aid with your exploration.
Included are the following specialized sites . . .
The most common issue with ETD’s is reusing copyrighted material (usually images) without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder. This delays the acceptance of your dissertation or thesis. Avoid these pesky problems by learning what you may or may not reproduce without permission from the copyright holder (for journal articles, that’s usually the publisher), how to request permission, and what to do when you can’t get permission or find out who to ask.
Graduate students planning to submit a dissertation or thesis this year and their advisors are very strongly encouraged to attend this valuable session.
Prepare yourself for Thanksgiving dinner discussions about your family history by attending a presentation on Irish genealogy, sponsored by Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE) at Seton Hall University on Friday, November 11th, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Alan Delozier, D.Litt., Humanities & Outreach Librarian will share an overview of this important topic and some practical tips for genealogical research for the beginner and expert alike.
For more information on resources related to the Irish and Genealogy please consult the following Library Guides sponsored by the Seton Hall University Libraries. This includes links to various helpful research sites . . .
October is Financial Planning Month and be it an academic study or personal pursuit, this is one among many topics we have for share upon request with our entire information-seeking community. The Seton Hall University Libraries also offers a wider and important range of business-centered resources from accounting to working capital and several other themes in-between.
Our expert Business Librarian, Professor Chelsea Barrett provides the University community with relevant resources in this popular area of reference.
She eagerly offers this message of welcome to the University Community –“We have resources available to give you industry, demographic and company data that you may not be able to find freely online. Have a project you are working on? Explore our databases—you may be surprised at what you can find!”
Are you getting ready to go to college, grad school, or to look for a job?
You can now access Peterson’s Test and Career Prep from SHU Libraries! You can use it to prep for tests including GMAT, GRE, LSAT, Medical/Nursing, Accountant/Auditor, ACT, PSAT, Real Estate, SAT, TOEFL, TOEIC, U.S. Citizenship, and others.
To access Peterson’s, go to https://library.shu.edu/PTCP and log in with your SHU credentials. Then, you will have to create a Peterson’s account using an email address of your choice. The new login will allow you to improve your test scores, find a school, and explore careers!
September 18 – 24 is Banned Books Week, which “celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.” For over 40 years, Banned Books Week has brought people together in “shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.
Below is a sampling of books available in our library collection that have been challenged or banned in the United States. Click on the book title to be taken to the eBook.
To learn more about books that have been challenged or banned, visit “Frequently Challenged Books” page from the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom
This September marks the diamond anniversary of the New Jersey Constitution Committee (1947) and 235 years since the creation of the United States Constitution. The story behind each text carries a deep historical legacy combined with outlining the goals associated with the ideal functions of national and state governments alike. In research terms, each charter has provided extensive scholarship opportunities for the public that the Seton Hall University Libraries has supported over the past several years.
The United States Constitution is the recognized law of the nation which outlines how the government is required to function. It makes provisions for three distinctive divisions of authority – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Since 1787, the Constitution proper has been amended 27 times (with the first ten constituting the United States Bill of Rights created on September 25, 1789 and ratified in 1791) through its history and is devoted mainly to individual liberties.
Combined with the abovementioned overview, Articles III-VII principally cover State-focused governance issues. New Jersey was the third state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1789 and in large measure this helped to inspire the content found within the New Jersey Constitution and its two post-Revolution versions. This document is based on the previous State Constitution of 1776 and the first major revised manuscript in 1844 which highlighted such freedoms as religious practice, speech, and related liberties. After a century, the need for an updated State Statute was facilitated through the creation of Governor Alfred E. Driscoll’s Committee on Preparatory Research in early 1947. (“Convention Proceedings Record,” State of New Jersey Constitutional Convention of 1947, v.1, iii-1)
Between June 12th and September 10th of 1947 (a deadline of September 13th for close of the Committee Hearings was set ahead of time and met), the Delegates produced a final draft of the newly updated State Constitution. This document was ultimately ratified via a majority vote on the referendum presented to the citizens of New Jersey during the Election of 1947 held on November 4th of that year. (“Convention Proceedings Record,” State of New Jersey Constitutional Convention of 1947, v.1, 923)
During the 1940s-60s, Students in New Jersey Were Presented With a Copy of the volume – “Our Great State Documents” as part of their study on Citizenship
There are numerous study prospects for both the United States and New Jersey Constitutions and user friendly access points available through the Seton Hall University Libraries including the following leads and links highlighted below . . .