Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hello! Freshly back from ALA Midwinter in Seattle, I toss a few more recent reference questions up...
  • I need a copy of the California Planning Handbook.
  • I'm looking for an English-language thesaurus that I can take home with me.
  • I need a copy of the play The Laramie Project.
  • I need to know if we have current issues of the Journal of the American Association of Arabic Teachers.
  • I'm looking for some primary source materials around a court case--Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority. I'd like to find the judge's final opinion.
  • How can I get access to the online version of an article in Physica B from 2004?
  • I need to find information about the Black Panthers in Oakland--my assignment asks me to find three "major sources of information" about the topic, such as a journal devoted to the area, a professional association, or a specialized library. I need to find scholarly sources within those resources.
  • I need a copy of Marion Nestle's book What to Eat.
  • I'm looking for articles about redevelopment and conflict surrounding issues of race and other social problems. "Redevelopment" is a specific concept for urban planning, separate from gentrification and revitalization.
  • Where is my class?

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy new year! Here's the latest crop of questions, from the Moffitt and Environmental Design reference desks...
  • I'm looking for articles or reviews of the Crawford House from the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • I'm looking for the records of the League of American Architects--they're shelved at NRLF. How can I get at them, and when?
  • I need to find an article on Brian Friel in The Irish Review.
  • I need articles about McDonald's and personal responsibility--i.e., the phenomenon of people suing fast food companies for their own obesity, etc.
  • How can I get online access to this article my professor said we had to read on Soviet culture?
  • I'm looking for information about a fortification in the Great Wall of China. The building is called Jiayuguan Pass.
  • I'm interested in writing about YouTube as a new manifestation of the New England Town Hall Meeting phenomenon--i.e., a populist, democratic venue for citizens to voice their opinions, especially their political views. I need articles about the history of the town hall meeting before 1900.
  • I go to San Francisco State University. Can I have books sent in from NRLF?
  • I need transcripts of speeches by President Bush after 9/11, so I can analyze what he said over time about the enemy.
  • I'm looking for articles about Jewish-American soldiers during WWII.
  • I'm looking for articles about capoeira and samba, as social resistance and creative expression.
  • I'm working on a project about the stair ramps in Grand Central Station. I'm trying to figure out whether they were the first of their kind in a transit station, or whether another station had similar structures first.

A slightly shorter list this time, because the desks have been closed for the holidays. But stay tuned for more!