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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Forced Marriage

Categories: Great Britain,Marriage/Family,Religion/Ethics

Discusses efforts to create laws against forced marriage in the United Kingdom.  The aim of the legislation is to provide civil remedies for those faced with forced marriage and for victims of forced marriage.  At present, forced marriage in England and Wales is not a specific criminal offense.  Although forced marriage is sometimes discussed as a religious practice, no major world faith condones it.  From the Library of the House of Commons


Employment in Green Goods and Services: 2010

Categories: Environment,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Reports that 3.1 million U.S. jobs in 2010 were associated with the production of green goods and services, defined as businesses that produce goods and services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.  Statistical tables show green jobs by detailed industry sector nationally and by states.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Learning from Sudan’s 2011 Referendum

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Sudan

Examines the peaceful referendum on independence in South Sudan and attempts to formulate lessons for conflict prevention in similar situations in other parts of the world.  From the United States Institute of Peace



Categories: Consumer Info/Protection

Questions and answers about financial services, especially credit cards and mortgages.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


FTC Releases Top Complaint Categories for 2011

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Statistics

For the 12th consecutive year, the top consumer complaints to the government involved identity theft.   Other leading categories of complaint were “prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries,” “shop-at-home and catalog sales,” “banks and lenders,” and “Internet services.”  Complaints are also broken down by state and metro area.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Exploring the Relationship Between Outdoor Recreation Activities, Community Participation, and Environmental Attitudes

Categories: Environment,Recreation/Travel

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between environmental attitudes and environmentally-responsible behavior at both general and activity-specific levels using a survey of people who used motorized all-terrain and off-road vehicles.  From an academic study sponsored by the Forest Service