TITLE: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
ACCESS: http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace Web site clearly illustrates the wide variety and depth of material and resources housed within the actual center located at Stanford University. The Hoover Institution, a public policy research center devoted to "advanced study of politics, economics, and political economyboth domestic and foreignas well as international affairs," was founded by Herbert Hoover, and originated as a specialized collection of primary and secondary documents relating to World War I. The collection has became one of the largest archives and most complete libraries in the world devoted to political, economic, and social change in the twentieth century. With more than 5,000 separate collections, including millions of individual documents from the entire range of twentieth century history and politics around the world, it's a researcher's dream.

Through the site, users can access current information about the Institution from a series of icons on the left-side frame. Under "Research," users will find links to research and fellowship programs, seminars and conferences, awards and society memberships, and research topics. From "Library & Archives," researchers can study the numerous collections, search for content via the comprehensive finding aids, conduct online reference queries, and visit the virtual exhibits both current and past, including the online exhibit of British posters of the First and Second World Wars. Several hundred of the more than 30,000 cataloged political posters from around the world included in the Hoover Institution Archives Poster Collection can be viewed and purchased online.

From the homepage, one can access numerous publications in full-text such as the Hoover Institution Newsletter and The Hoover Digest, which contains short articles and opinion pieces on such topics as education, politics, national security, and welfare reform. Also available are weekly essays by Hoover fellows, a browseable/searchable catalog of Hoover Press monographs and a link to Uncommon Knowledge, a weekly half-hour series on public policy broadcast by PBS and NPR. The site also offers access to other Hoover publications such as Policy Review, China Leadership Monitor, and Education Next.

The site is well maintained and current and the content is extremely valuable and rich from a historical and political perspective. The intended audience includes high school students through subject specialists who will thoroughly benefit from this scholarly collection of resources. Highly recommended.

Gail Golderman
Union College
goldermg@union.edu


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