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A Guide to the Gothic

Contributor: Laredo

Publisher: University of North Texas

A Gothic anthology of selections from more than 200 years of Gothic works in the public domain, this textbook covers major trends, tropes and periods in the development of Gothic literature from 1764 to the present.

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Data Envelopment Analysis Using R

Contributor: Anderson

Publisher: Portland State University Library

This open textbook is meant to introduce the technique of DEA and also how to conduct the analysis using the analytics platform, R. The R language has become very popular in the area of analytics. Many books on DEA assume that people can implement the linear programs for analysis. This book both explains DEA and how to do the analysis using free, open source tools (R and free R packages for doing DEA.)

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Read more about Navigating Dilemmas in Conflict Resolution

Navigating Dilemmas in Conflict Resolution

Contributor: Gould

Publisher: Portland State University Library

This open textbook is designed for both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Conflict Resolution.

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Read more about Foundational Concepts for Understanding Families in Society

Foundational Concepts for Understanding Families in Society

Contributor: Zaman

Publisher: Portland State University Library

The purpose of this open access textbook will be to explore family issues from diverse perspectives. Current social, cultural, and political forces will be emphasized in creating a knowledge foundation for the study of families from varied academic disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, education and social work. University Studies (UNST) goals focus on increasing skills in diversity, ethics and social responsibility, critical thinking, and communication. This textbook will provide the opportunities to explore the diversity of human experience in the context of the family and community and promote social responsibility through addressing contemporary issues and promoting resilience in families and communities. Articles will be written by an interdisciplinary community of experts (social workers, academics, educators, activists) who study and/or work with families, the essays in this book will draw on the latest in social work research, feminist and queer theory, social science research and clinical expertise.

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Read more about The New Soviet Person: How to read 1920’s and 1930’s

The New Soviet Person: How to read 1920’s and 1930’s

Contributor: Friedberg

Publisher: Portland State University Library

This open textbook is designed to teach students how to read Russian literature from the 1920’s and 1930’s. It will teach students to develop stylistic intuitions in reading that native Russian speakers already have by dint of the fact that they were raised in the culture. They will learn to identify irony, what is ideologically pro-Soviet or anti-Soviet (and learn to read between the lines), analyze metaphors, colloquialisms, Soviet cliche and catchphrases, and also learn to use these devices by writing parodies of certain writers (so the course would have a creative writing component). In other words, this textbook helps students bridge the gaps between their understanding of the world and the Soviet one that non-native speakers are almost never able to bridge using currently available resources.

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Read more about Urban Literacy: Learning to Read the City Around You

Urban Literacy: Learning to Read the City Around You

Contributor: Serbulo

Publisher: Portland State University Library

This is an introductory, urban studies textbook designed for lower-division undergraduate students. The purpose of this text is to introduce lower-division, undergraduate students to urban theory, so they can apply these ideas to the urban environments in which they live. The book will be divided into thematic chapters that explore some of the foundational processes and perspectives that are used to understand urban life. Each chapter introduces a new way of conceptualizing the city, summarizes the core concepts and theories associated with that construct and provides interactive field activities that students can complete in their city or metropolitan area of residence. The textbook will include case study examples from cities around the globe.

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Read more about Art History

Art History

Contributor: McCune Bruhn

Publisher: The Pennsylvania State University

Art History 111 is broken up into 12 units of unequal size, based upon time periods and civilizations. Prehistoric art is a unit, for example, as is Greek art (and Greek art is one of the longest units). The transition from Greek to Roman marks a roughly halfway point. In order, these units are:

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