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What's New In Reference?

The University Libraries never rests in its quest to slake the UAlbany community’s thirst for knowledge. To that end, we are constantly in the lookout for new and informative books to add to our collection. The Dewey Library has recently added several new resources to its reference collection, including:

Measures for Clinical Practice and Research.jpgMeasures for Clinical Practice and Research: A Sourcebook by Kevin Corcoran and Joel Fischer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Dewey Library / Reference: BF 176 C66 2013.

One of the key challenges of all types of practice and research is finding a way to measure the problem. This 2-volume book contains hundreds of the most useful measurement tools for use in clinical practice and in research. All measures are critiqued by the editors, who provide guidance on how to select and score them and the actual measures are wholly reproduced. This set includes an introduction to the basic principles of measurement, an overview of different types of measures, and an overview of the Rapid Assessment Inventories included herein. It also contains descriptions and reviews of each instrument. Volume I focuses on measures for use with couples, families, and children. Volume II focuses on measures for use with adults, whose conditions of concerns are not focused on family relationships or couple relationships.

Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship by Soraya M. Coley and Cynthia A. Scheinberg. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2014. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 41 C548 2014.

This resource offers a step-by-step guide to writing a successful grant proposal to meet community needs. Throughout the book, the authors provide a guided process to assist the new grantwriter in understanding how to find grant opportunities, how to develop a viable project and evaluate outcomes, and how to prepare an application for funding. The book is written for employees in the non-profit sector who are asked to write a proposal and for students who may ultimately have careers that require this skill.

The_SAGE_Handbook_of_Interview_Research.jpgThe Sage Handbook of Interview Research: The Complexity of the Craft edited by Jaber F. Gubrium, et al. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, c2012. Dewey Library / Reference: H 61.28 H36 2012.

The second edition of this volume emphasizes the dynamic, interactional, and reflexive dimensions of the research interview. Contributors highlight the myriad dimensions of complexity that are emerging as researchers increasingly frame the interview as a communicative opportunity as much as a data-gathering format. The book begins with an overview of the history and conceptual transformations of the interview, which is followed by chapters that discuss the main components of interview practice. Taken together, the contributions to the handbook encourage readers to simultaneously learn the frameworks and technologies of interviewing and reflect on the epistemological foundations of the interview craft. The handbook has been updated to address recent developments, especially in qualitative interviewing. Twenty-six chapters are completely new; the remaining twelve chapters have been substantially revised to give readers access to the state of the art of interview research. Three entirely new sections include “Logistics of Interviewing,” “Self and Other in the Interview,” and “Ethics of the Interview.”

Support Programs for Ex-Offenders: A State-by-State Directory by Harry Spiller. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 8987 S65 2011.

The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world; in 2008, for every 100,000 citizens, 764 were in jails or prisons. Nearly half of ex-convicts commit crimes following release, a statistic which has given rise to support programs that facilitate successful reintegration to society outside of prison. This directory offers a compilation of ex-offender programs run by the national government as well as by individual states. Addresses, phone numbers and web sites are listed for all organizations that aid the ex-convict in locating employment, housing, support groups, clothing and food. A vital resource for both organizations and individuals interested in facilitating the reintegration of released offenders.

White-Collar and Corporate Crime.jpgWhite-Collar and Corporate Crime: A Documentary and Reference Guide by Gilbert Geis. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, c2011. Dewey Library / Reference: HV 6768 G452 2011.

This reference guide documents white-collar crimes by individuals and businesses over the past 150 years, from Gilded Age railroad scandals and the muckraking period to the Savings and Loan debacle and the corporate fallout during the recent economic meltdown. It traces the history of white-collar and corporate criminal behavior from the 1800s through the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform measure. Geis scrutinizes more than a century of episodes involving corporate corruption and other self-serving behaviors that violate antitrust laws, bribery statutes, and fraud laws. The various attempts made by authorities to rein in greed and the methods employed by wrongdoers to evade these controls are also discussed and evaluated. This book includes dozens of court documents, legislative hearing transcripts, muckraking articles, and accounts of crooked behavior in the upper echelons of power. It also includes a bibliography in each section that directs readers to supplementary sources.

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