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Earl Gregg Swem Library

U.S. Naturalization Policy

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Language,Laws/Regulations

Reviews naturalization requirements and the naturalization process, discusses recent trends, and analyzes issues for Congress in considering immigration reform. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Language Mapper

Categories: Language,Maps/Geography,Population/Census

Interactive map which displays penetration of languages spoken across the U.S.  Spanish and Chinese are now the major alternative languages to English in the U.S.  From the Census Bureau


Language Use in the United States: 2011

Categories: Headlines,Language,Population/Census,Statistics

Covers the number of people speaking languages other than English at home (now up to 20%)  and their ability to speak English, by selected social and demographic characteristics.  From the Census Bureau


The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education,Education-Higher,Language,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology

Argues that instruction in the humanities and social sciences is as crucial to national security, innovation, and competitiveness as the STEM fields.  From the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Categories: Defense/Military,Language

Newly updated version of dictionary which represents authoritative source for the vocabulary of military affairs.  From the Department of Defense, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Language,Laws/Regulations

Discusses Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the key criteria when redistricting of not denying the right to vote or the right to equally participate in the political process to members of a racial or language minority group, and pending legislation and court cases relevant to these matters.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Categories: Education,Language,Literacy/Reading

Standards developed by  state-based groups which have been much in the news because of the shift in emphasis away from fiction and toward nonfiction.  From the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.


Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States: 2006-2010

Categories: Language,Maps/Geography,Native Americans,Population/Census,Statistics

This report presents data on the frequency and percentage of the U.S. population aged five and over who spoke a Native North American language at home.  Also includes a map of U.S. counties showing the density of residents who spoke a Native North American language.  From the Census Bureau


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