President James Garfield, Pro Bono Legal Assistance, Mississippi Newspapers, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2019


Library of Congress: Papers of President James Garfield Now Online. “The papers of President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated in the first year of his short presidency, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Garfield collection includes approximately 80,000 items, mostly dating from 1850 to 1881.”

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation . “Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.”

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Digitized Newspapers Available Online. “Researchers from around the world now have free online access to hundreds of Mississippi newspapers. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize newspapers across the country. The publications are accessible through the Library of Congress on its Chronicling America website, along with papers from other participating states.”


WTOP: Pinterest launches new search tool to help users’ mental health. “Pinterest users who search topics like ‘work anxiety’ or ‘stress quotes’ or anything else mental health-related will now see a prompt that directs them to interactive activities they can do on the app to try to improve their mood.”


Engadget: The best (and mostly free) apps to help you keep up in class. “Luckily for you, a lot has changed since most of the Engadget team went to school. To help out, we’ve gathered a few apps here that should prove especially useful as you gear up for more long days of learning. (Trust us, you’ll probably miss them someday.) Oh, and don’t worry: Every one of these handy apps is available for iOS and Android, so everyone gets to benefit.”

Genealogy’s Star: The Ultimate Digital Preservation Guide, Part Six — Deciding what to Preserve. “As a result of the general availability of the technology, some genealogists have amassed huge files of photocopies. Because of the proliferation of photocopies, it is time for me to write about the issue of an original vs. a copy and from that, deciding what to preserve.”

How-To Geek: How to Quickly and Easily Copy Formatting in Google Docs. “Should you need to use the same style across different parts of your document, Google Docs lets you copy formatting from text, cells, or an object with the Paint Format tool. Here’s how to copy and paste formatting in Docs.”


Engadget: Kickstarter game teaches players how to identify fake news. “Between fake news, viral clickbait and biased reporting, it’s hard to get a sense of what is really true when reading the headlines. So a new game being pitched on Kickstarter aims to take the public behind the curtain and show them how journalism works by putting them in the driving seat.”

The New York Times: In Hong Kong Protests, Faces Become Weapons. “As Hong Kong convulses amid weeks of protests, demonstrators and the police have turned identity into a weapon. The authorities are tracking protest leaders online and seeking their phones. Many protesters now cover their faces, and they fear that the police are using cameras and possibly other tools to single out targets for arrest.”


BBC: The quiet scheme saving thousands from ransomware. “A free scheme to prevent cyber-attack victims paying ransom to hackers claims to have saved more than 200,000 victims at least $108m (£86m). The No More Ransom project offers advice and software to recover computer files encrypted in ransomware attacks. Founded by Europol, police in the Netherlands, and McAfee, it now has more than 150 global partners.”


Harvard Business School: Does Facebook’s Business Model Threaten Our Elections?. “Now 16 months away from the next election, efforts have been joined to prevent voter tampering from happening again. But I don’t think significant progress has been accomplished—a view bolstered in recent testimony before congress by Robert Mueller. What’s worse, users themselves seem unconcerned. Engagement on various applications on the Facebook platform is up. Users appear comfortable with the trade they make to give up privileged information in exchange for a range of convenient and free services. Without a push by Facebook’s customers or more fundamental federal government regulation, history is likely to repeat itself.”

YaleNews: Yale ISPS receives grant funding for Data CuRe project. “Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) has received a grant from The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to support the sharing and development of reproducible research practices.” Good morning, Internet…

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