Beyond Citation – Critical Thinking About Digital Research

Last featured in the 11-11-2016 Scout Report, Beyond Citation is a valuable resource for librarians, scholars, instructors, and students. By allowing visitors to quickly learn about popular datasets, Beyond Citation offers an important service for researchers in all academic disciplines.

Researchers, students, and instructors use academic databases to find scholarship on topics of interest. Yet, it is difficult to get information about how these databases work and what materials are included in – or left out of – them. In response to this challenge, a group of students in a digital praxis seminar at the City University of New York (CUNY) created Beyond Citation, a website dedicated to providing the public with information and analysis about major academic search engines. As of this writing, Beyond Citation features explorations of thirteen major databases, including Google Books, Project MUSE, HathiTrust Digital Library, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Each database record includes an overview outlining what the database contains, available reviews of each database, and information about access. In addition, readers will also find a useful conversations feature, which offers links to outside analysis and criticism about the selected database. Beyond Citation not only helps researchers critically evaluate databases but also teaches researchers how to use these databases most effectively.

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Emergency Law Inventory | Home

The Emergency Law Inventory, a CDC funded project, collects and simplifies the laws volunteers need and want to know.


Identifying legal issues and accessing laws can be difficult, even for lawyers. Although many laws are available on the internet, how can volunteers identify those impacting them specifically? How can they be sure all of the laws relevant to their activities are identified? And how do they know if the laws are updated and current?

ELI-V removes these barriers and gives users clear, concise summaries of those laws impacting participation in emergency activities. The laws are searchable by profession and jurisdiction so users can identify the provisions that impact them specifically.

Scout Archives – DPLA: Open Bookshelf

On June 21, 2018, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) introduced Open Bookshelf, a one-stop shop for hundreds of e-books that are freely available online. This collection, which currently features over 1,000 books, includes titles that are in the public domain along with titles that are Creative Commons licensed. These titles are selected by the Curation Corps, a team of librarians from across the country that includes public, school, and academic librarians. The books available on Open Bookshelf reflect the diversity of the Curation Corps: the collection features classical literature (including Pride and Prejudice and Little Women), textbooks, academic titles, and children’s books. Visitors may browse this collection by language or genre (e.g. science fiction, education & study aids, and computers). Individual users can access Open Bookshelf through SimplyE, a free mobile application. Open Bookshelf is also available to participating libraries through the DPLA Exchange.

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Where taxpayers can get help any time of the year | Internal Revenue Service

While the federal income tax-filing deadline has ended, some of your clients may still need assistance. Several IRS resources are available year-round:

  • You can find helpful information by clicking on “Help” at the top of the home page to access several online tools, obtain answers to tax questions with the Interactive Tax Assistant and the IRS Tax Map, and choose ‘Where’s My Refund?’ to check the status of your client’s refund.
  • Taxpayer Advocate ServiceTAS can help any of your clients experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems, or who believe that an IRS procedure is not working as it should. Contact TAS at 1-877-777-4778.
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. The LITCsprovide professional representation to individuals who need to resolve tax problems.
  • Multimedia Center. A number of YouTube videos are available on a variety of topics in either EnglishSpanish or American Sign Language. IRS podcasts are also available in English and Spanish.
  • Twitter@IRSnews provides tax-related announcements and tips. @IRStaxprostweets news and guidance for tax professionals. Tweets from @IRSenEspanolhave news and information in Spanish.
  • The Taxpayer Advocate Service sends tweets from @YourVoiceAtIRS.

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IRS warns tax pros of new scam posing as professional associations | Internal Revenue Service

 Security Summit: Scammers Pose as Tax Pro Associations

The IRS and its state and industry Security Summit partners alert tax practitioners to a new phishing scheme in which cyber criminals pose as state accounting and tax professional associations. A number of tax professionals have reported to the IRS they have received emails attempting to trick them into disclosing email usernames and passwords.

Cybercriminals specifically targeted tax professionals in Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina and Canada. One awkwardly worded phishing email states: “We kindly request that you follow this link HERE and sign in with your email to view this information from (name of accounting association) to all active members. This announcement has been updated for your kind information through our secure information sharing portal which is linked to your email server.”

If you are a member of a professional association, go directly to your association website by typing the address into your browser rather than opening any link or attachment in an email. If you receive a suspicious email regarding taxes, the IRS or phishing attempts to gain access to your client information, forward it to

Statement on NY Court of Appeals Decision in Chimpanzee Rights Cases–Nonhuman Rights Project

Chimpanzee. Taken at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Chimpanzee. Taken at the Los Angeles Zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 8, 2018–New York, NY–Today, Eugene M. Fahey–an Associate Judge on New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals–issued an opinion that is already being seen as an historic mark of progress in the fight to secure fundamental legal rights for nonhuman animals.

Without giving a ground for its action, the Court of Appeals as a whole again refused to hear our motion for further review of a lower court decision on behalf of chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko. This in itself is not significant insofar as the Court of Appeals rejects the vast majority of motions it receives for permission to appeal.

But Judge Fahey’s concurring opinion makes clear that the decision not to hear Tommy and Kiko’s cases was not made on the merits of the NhRP’s claim.


Here are three remarkable excerpts from the opinion:

“In elevating our species, we should not lower the status of other highly intelligent species.”


“To treat a chimpanzee as if he or she had no right to liberty protected by habeas corpus is to regard the chimpanzee as entirely lacking independent worth, as a mere resource for human use, a thing the value of which consists exclusively in its usefulness to others. Instead, we should consider whether a chimpanzee is an individual with inherent value who has the right to be treated with respect.”


“In the interval since we first denied leave to the Nonhuman Rights Project, I have struggled with whether this was the right decision. Although I concur in the Court’s decision to deny leave to appeal now, I continue to question whether the Court was right to deny leave in the first instance. The issue whether a nonhuman animal has a fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus is profound and far-reaching. It speaks to our relationship with all the life around us. Ultimately, we will not be able to ignore it. While it may be arguable that a chimpanzee is not a ‘person,’ there is no doubt that it is not merely a thing.”


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SCOTUS-Toons (The Supreme Court of the United States Animated) – YouTube – YouTube

The SCOTUS dose not allow cameras in the courtroom during oral arguments so if you want to see what happens during a Supreme Court case you have to make the video yourself.
( Perhaps the Justices will be annoyed enough by the animation and their avatars to allow actual video coverage.)