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New Resource Available!

We have a new database available, Literary Reference Center. Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. LRC is a completely full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, 300 literary journals and more.

For instance, you could look for information on our Highline Reads book for the 2006-07 school year, The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman.

Here is an excerpt:

“Take the title, for a start. When Friedman says that the world is “flat,” he really means that the playing field has been leveled, that brilliant people and new technologies can be found everywhere, and that the race goes to the swift and the ruthless. This discovery seems less prescient when one considers that with variations it goes back at least to the Industrial Revolution. It would be more accurate to observe that the world is indeed round, in that the circle of production, distribution, and consumption is a closed one in which no actor can escape the unintended consequences of its actions. The very metaphor of globalization implies not a fiat surface trailing off into infinity, but a confined sphere in which actions taken by any single player ultimately rebound upon it. In a flat world, a state can seal itself off from others. In a globalized world, such insulation is virtually impossible–which is the subject, presumably, of this muddled book.

Friedman assures us that he is aware of the downside of globalization, but he devotes little attention to describing it. This detracts from his book’s usefulness and significance. Among the obvious baleful consequences of “outsourcing,” for example, is unemployment in (relatively) high-wage countries. To those regrettably redundant workers, Friedman’s counsel is: “You have to constantly upgrade your skills.” This may be cold comfort for those who cannot move from Buffalo to Bangalore, or who have never had the benefit of a decent educational system, or who find that they remain redundant even with their newly upgraded skills because lower-paid Asians have these skills too…”

From: Steel, Ronald. “Birth of a Salesman.” New Republic 233.10: 34-37. Literary Reference Center. 13 October 2006. http://moe.ic.highline.edu:2196/login.aspxdirect=true&db=lfh&AN=18121311&site=lrc-live (To read the whole article)

Find Literary Reference Center on our list of databases: http://flightline.highline.edu/reference/databases/index.htm


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