Current Social Science Research Report--Social #1, February 6, 2007.

CSSRR-Social is a weekly report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. Census Bureau, Various:

A. American Community Survey Alert (No. 45, Jan. 31, 2007).

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Special/Alerts/Alert45.htm

B. "State, Local and Tribal Governments Benefit by Early Participation in the 2010 Census" (News release, CB07-CN.01, Feb. 1, 2007).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/2010_census/009589.html

2. National Center for Health Statistics Compendium: Vital Statistics of the United States, 2002 Volume I, Natality (February 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/statab/unpubd/natality/natab2002.htm

3. Department of Agriculure, Economic Research Service Report: "Review of Dietary Reference Intakes for Selected Nutrients: Challenges and Implications for Federal Food and Nutrition Policy," by Barbara Devaney, Mary Kay Crepinsek, Ken Fortson, and Lisa Quay (Contractor and Cooperator Report CCR-28, February 2007, .pdf format, 96p.).

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/CCR28/

4. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief, Methodology Reports:

A. "A Comparison of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Characteristics for the Private Sector for the Years 2001 and 2004, by Average Payroll," by John P. Sommers (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 160, January 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=798

B. "Updates to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component List Sample Design, 2004," by John P. Sommers (Methodology Report No. 18, January 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Methodology%20Report&opt=2&id=800

C. "Additional Imputations of Employer Information for the Insurance Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey since 1996," by John P. Sommers (Methodology Report No. 17, January 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Methodology%20Report&opt=2&id=799

5. Department of Health and Social Services, Office of the Inspector General Report: "Suspected Medicaid Fraud Referrals" (OEI-07-04-00181, January 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-07-04-00181.pdf

6. Congressional Research Service Report: "Child Welfare: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Children in Foster Care," by Adrienne L. Fernandes, Scott Szymendera, and Emilie Stoltzfus (RL 33855, February 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL33855

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US States:

Iowa:

State Data Center Updates: The SDC has updated the following (Microsoft Excel format). For the State of Iowa: "State of Iowa Legislative Districts Demographic Profiles From Census 2000.

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/browse/stlegislativedp2000.html

Oklahoma:

Department of Commerce Report: "2006 Selected Census Highlights" (January 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://staging.okcommerce.gov/test1/dmdocuments/Census_Highlights_2006.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries

European Commission Compendium: _Living conditions in Europe - Statistical pocketbook - Data 2002-2005_ (Janaury 2007, .pdf format, 107p.).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1073,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-76-06-390

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Australia:

Bureau of Statistics Reports:

A. "Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2005-06" (January 2007, .pdf format, 54p. with data in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4114.0?OpenDocument

B. "Sports Attendance, Australia, 2005-06" (January 2007, .pdf format, 39p., with data in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4174.0Main+Features12005-06?OpenDocument

C. "2001 to 2006 Census Collection District Comparability Listing, Aug 2006" (February 2007, .zip compressed ASCII format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/2919.0.55.001?OpenDocument

For all of the above, click on "Details" tab at the top of the page for links to full text or data.

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada Research Paper: "Chronic Low Income and Low-income Dynamics Among Recent Immigrants," by Garnett Picot, Feng Hou and Simon Coulombe (Vol. 2007, No. 294, January 2007, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/11F0019MIE/11F0019MIE2007294.htm

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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China:

National Bureau of Statistics Statistical Communique: "Statistical Communique on Public Sense of Security Survey in 2006" (Jan. 26, 2007). Note: cancel any request to download a Chinese language character set. This communique is in English.

http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/newsandcomingevents/t20070126_402382822.htm

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India:

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Report: Note MSPI requires free registration before providing reports. "Participation of Women in Specified Activities along with Domestic Duties 2004-20" (Status of Education and Vocational Training in India NSS (National Sample Survey) 61th Round (July 2004 -June, 2005, January 2007, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://mospi.nic.in/mospi_nsso_rept_pubn.htm

Scroll to Report No. 518 and click "Download"

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Macao:

Statistics Service Report: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics-January 2007" (February 2007, Microsoft Excel and .pdf format, 77p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/e_index.asp?src=/english/pub/e_bme_pub.html

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa Reference Report: "Demographic Trends (2006)" (January 2007, .pdf format, 169p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/analytical-reports/dem-trends-06/default.htm

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Scotland:

Scottish Executive Report: "Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics 2005-06" (January 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 96p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/01/29151512/0

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office News Release: "Population, Slovenia, 30 September 2006" (Jan. 31, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=698

Click on "Print version" on the top right side of the news release for link to .pdf version.

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UK:

Home Office Report: "Sentencing Statistics - 2005" (January 2007, .pdf format, 204p.).

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb0307.pdf

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Demographic Research Article: "The proximate determinants of fertility and birth intervals in Egypt: An application of calendar data, by Angela Baschieri and Andrew Hinde (Vol. 16, Article 3, January 2007, .pdf format, p. 59-96). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol16/3/default.htm

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Roper Center (University of Connecticut) "Topics at a Glance": "The latest Topics at a Glance is about Public Opinion on Iraq. Includedare relevant poll results, as well as links to pertinent articles. Note: Topics at a Glance is the former "Public Opinion Matters."

http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/cgi-bin/hsrun.exe/Roperweb/pom/pom.htx;start=HS_special_topics?Topic=iraq

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Violence Policy Center Report: " Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2004 Homicide Data," (January 2007, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.vpc.org/press/0701homicide.htm

Click on title for link to full text.

More information on VPC:

http://www.vpc.org/aboutvpc.htm

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Spiritual Enterprise Institute Gallup Poll Report: "The Spiritual State of the Union: The Role of Spiritual Commitment in the United States" (January 2007, fact sheet and summary, .pdf format, 2p.; observations and commentary,; .pdf format, 10p.; findings and analysis, .pdf format, 54p.; complete dataset, .pdf format, 506p.).

http://www.spiritualenterprise.org/archive/opinion/

More information on SEI:

http://www.spiritualenterprise.org/about/

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Cornell University [Ithaca, New York] Law School Report: "Beyond Interstate Recognition in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate," by Gary J. Simson (in University of California-Davis Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, December 2006, .pdf format, 106p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://lsr.nellco.org/cornell/lsrp/papers/43/

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Rand Corporation Monograph: _State Takeover, School Restructuring, Private Management, and Student Achievement in Philadelphia_ by Brian Gill, Ron Zimmer, Jolley Christman, and Suzanne Blanc (2007, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG533/

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Century Foundation Monograph: _Immigration's New Frontiers: Experiences from the Emerging Gateway States_, by Greg Anrig, Jr. and Tova Andrea Wang, (2006, 240p.). For pricing and ordering information see:

http://www.tcf.org/list.asp?type=PB&pubid=593

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National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Report: "An Epidemic of Homelessness," by Nicholas Ray (January 2007, .pdf format, 185p.).

http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/HomelessYouth.pdf

More information on NGLTF:

http://www.thetaskforce.org/about_us/mission_statements

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Vienna (Austria) Institute of Demography Monograph: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, edited by Dimiter Philipov, Aart C. Liefbroer, and Francesco C. Billari (Volume 2006, December 2006, .pdf format, 234p.).

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/vid/publications/VYPR2006/VYPR2006.shtml

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Lancet Editorial: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Stop killing people who kill people" (Vol. 369, No. 9559, Feb. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 343). This article is avialable free of charge.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607601688/fulltext

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Michigan Population Studies Center: "The Influence of Early-Life Events on Human Capital, Health Status, and Labor Market Outcomes Over the Life Course," by Rucker C. Johnson and Robert F. Schoeni (PSC Research Report 07-616, January 2007, .pdf format, 58p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4360

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.

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California Center for Population Research [University of California at Los Angeles]:

A. "Chinese Immigrant Political Attitudes Ethnic-Centered Political Engagement," by Paul Ong and Joanna Lee (CCPR--004-07, January 2007, .pdf format, 12p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_004_07.asp

B. "S. F. (San Francisco) Chinese Immigrant Voters Persistency in Voter Registration," by Paul Ong and Mike Manville (CCPR--003-07, January 2007, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_003_07.asp

C. "Naturalization of S.F. Chinese Immigrants: The Surge of the 1990s," by Paul Ong and Joanna Lee (CCPR-002-07, January 2007, .pdf format, 13p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_002_07.asp

D. "The Effect of Labor Migration and Remittances on Children's Education among Blacks in South Africa," by Yao Lu and Donald J. Treiman (CCPR-001-07, January 2007, .pdf format, 60p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ccpr.ucla.edu/asp/ccpr_001_07.asp

Links to full text are at the bottom of each abstract.

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World Bank Policy Research Programme:

A. "Child labor across the developing world : patterns and correlations," by Jean Fares and Dhushyanth Rahu (WPS 4119, January 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20070125152956

B. "Watta satta: bride exchange and women's welfare in rural Pakistan," by Hanan G. Jacoby and Ghazala Mansuri (WPS 4126, February 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469372&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20070129120048

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Crisis States Research Center (London [UK] School of Economics: "Identifying Fraud in Democratic Elections: a case study of the 2004 presidential election in Mozambique," by Joe Hanlon and Sean Fox (WP 8, December 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/wp/WPseries2/wp8.2.htm

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]:

A. "Educational Effects of Widening Access to the Academic Track: A Natural Experiment," by Eric Maurin and Sandra McNally (Discussion Paper 2596, February 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

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It is difficult to know whether widening access to schools which provide a more academically oriented general education makes a difference to average educational achievement. We make use of reforms affecting admission to the ‘high ability’ track in Northern Ireland, but not England. The comparison of educational outcomes between Northern Ireland and England before and after the reform identifies the net effect of expanding the academic track to accommodate more students. This is composed of the direct effect of the more academic track on individual performance and the indirect effect arising on account of the change in peer group composition. Our paper is relevant to debate on the consequences of ability tracking and of expanding access to the academic track.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2596.pdf

B. "Marriage and Divorce: Changes and their Driving Forces," by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers (Discussion Paper 2602, February 2007, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

We document key facts about marriage and divorce, comparing trends through the past 150 years and outcomes across demographic groups and countries. While divorce rates have risen over the past 150 years, they have been falling for the past quarter century. Marriage rates have also been falling, but more strikingly, the importance of marriage at different points in the life cycle has changed, reflecting rising age at first marriage, rising divorce followed by high remarriage rates, and a combination of increased longevity with a declining age gap between husbands and wives. Cohabitation has also become increasingly important, emerging as a widely used step on the path to marriage. Out-of-wedlock fertility has also risen, consistent with declining "shotgun marriages". Compared with other countries, marriage maintains a central role in American life. We present evidence on some of the driving forces causing these changes in the marriage market: the rise of the birth control pill and women’s control over their own fertility; sharp changes in wage structure, including a rise in inequality and partial closing of the gender wage gap; dramatic changes in home production technologies; and the emergence of the internet as a new matching technology. We note that recent changes in family forms demand a reassessment of theories of the family and argue that consumption complementarities may be an increasingly important component of marriage. Finally, we discuss how these facts should inform family policy debates.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2602.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 69, No. 1, February 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jomf/69/1

Journal of the American Statistical Association (Vol. 102, No. 477, March 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://caliban.asa.catchword.org/vl=9680012/cl=18/nw=1/rpsv/cw/vhosts/asa/01621459/contp1.htm

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Part A (Statistics in Society), Vol. 170, Pt. 1, 2007; Part B (Statistical Methodology) Vol. 68, Pt. 5, 2006).

http://www.rss.org.uk/main.asp?page=1805

Survey Research Methods (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2007).

http://w4.ub.uni-konstanz.de/srm/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: "Assistant Professor in Survey Research Methods." For more information see:

http://sram.unl.edu/announce/job1.htm

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LEGISLATION INFORMATION UPDATES:

US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Hearing Testimony: "The Role of Federal Food Assistance Programs in Family Economic Security and Nutrition," a hearing held Jan. 31, 2007).

http://agriculture.senate.gov/Hearings/hearings.cfm?hearingId=2511

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US House Ways and Means Committee Hearing Testimony: "Hearing on the Economic and Societal Costs of Poverty," a hearing held Jan. 24, 2007, HTML or .pdf format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=508

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DATA:

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) [University of Minnesota]: On January 31, 2007, the IPUMS project released three updates.

A. "Relased new harmonized occupation and industry variables for 1950-2005"
B. "Added metropolitan area designations to the 2003 ACS (American Community Survey)
C. "Added RACHIST values to the 2005 ACS IPUMS sample"

For more information about these updates see:

http://usa.ipums.org/usa/revisions.shtml

IPUMS now offers a preliminary version of a new online data analysis system. The system uses high-speed tabulation software developed at UC-Berkeley's Computer-assisted Survey Methods Program. IPUMS encourages feedback from users of the new system.

http://usa.ipums.org/usa/sda/

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Human Mortality Database Update: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. Denmark data have been updated through 2005.

http://www.mortality.org/

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National Center for Education Statistics: "Documentation for the 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey," by Steven C. Tourkin, Toni Warner, Randall Parmer, Cornette Cole, Betty Jackson, Andrew Zukerberg, Shawna Cox, and Andrew Soderberg (NCES 2007337, January 2007, .pdf format, 1107p.).

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007337

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World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Database Update: "WHO-ROE has announced the January 2007 update to its European health for all database (HFA-DB) and its Mortality by 67 causes of death, age and sex (HFA-MDB). Data is available via an online extractor or a downloadable offline version.

http://www.euro.who.int/hfadb

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5573 -ONS (Office of National Statistics) Omnibus Survey, July 2004

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5573

SN 5555 -ONS (Office of National Statistics) Omnibus Survey, September 2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5555

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

The ARDA Update: The American Religion Data Archives at Penn State University has added "Denominational Family Trees" to its website. "Graphical 'family trees' have been added for major religious families such as the Baptists and Methodists,the denominational profiles have been extensively revised, and descriptions have been added for most denominations.  Plus, you can now receive information from the American Denominations feature when you are viewing membership reports under 'Maps and Reports'".

http://www.thearda.com/Denoms/Families/

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University of Toronto [Ontario, Canada] Research Guide: "Canadian Parliamentary Publications: A Research Guide." "This reference resource is a guide to the major publications produced on behalf of Canada's Parliament since Confederation (1867). The primary focus is on publications widely available to the general public. The information provided in this Guide includes a brief description of the parliamentary publication, coverage dates and index availability. A section on Reference Resources supplements this information by providing references to key internet sites and print research resources.Links are provided to relevant online sites. The print resources are linked to titles available in Data, Map and Government Information Services at the University of Toronto Library. Additional copies may be available at other campus libraries."

http://link.library.utoronto.ca/MyUTL/guides/index.cfm?guide=parl

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Child Welfare Information Gateway: "Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."

http://www.childwelfare.gov/

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