Database Trials Now On
23 Oct 2013
We now have access to the following collections until 15 December. Please note that any feedback received is extremely useful in evaluating potential new resources and is greatly appreciated:
Ethnographic Video Online brings together a wide range of streaming video, covering human behaviour the world over. Essential for the study of anthropology, as well as the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database contains more than 1,100 documentary films, including previously unpublished material from individual filmmakers. This release includes 1,338 videos totalling roughly 919 hours. Leave feedback about this database here.
LGBT Studies in Video is a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual people and the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics. The collection will have cross-disciplinary relevance beyond LGBT courses, serving research and teaching in sociology, anthropology, psychology, counselling, history, political science, gender studies, cultural studies, and religious studies. It currently includes 230 videos totalling roughly 127 hours. Leave feedback about this database here.
LGBT Thought and Culture is an online resource hosting books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. The collection includes documents ranging from letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, letters and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbians, gays, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community. This release features a first selection of materials collected by activist and publisher Tracy Baim from the mid-1980s through the mid-2000s, the Magnus Hirschfeld collection from the Kinsey Institute, periodicals such as En la Vida and BLACKlines, select rare works from notable LGBT publishers including Alyson Books and Cleis Press, as well as mainstream trade and university publishers. It is also seeking to represent the major winners of both the Stonewall Book Awards and Lambda Literary Awards, many of which are no longer in print. Future releases will comprise more archival materials and periodicals from several repositories worldwide to enhance the regional and international representation. Leave feedback about this database here.
Social Theory is an innovative and highly practical resource for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Originally conceived in 2005, the database brings together an extensive range of influential writings representing the most important trends of sociological thought from the eighteenth century to the present day. Included in the more than 150,000 pages of searchable content are seminal works by such theorists as Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Max Weber, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Talcott Parsons, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. Each document is carefully indexed to promote nuanced and highly targeted full-text searching. Leave feedback about this database here.
World Newsreels Online:1929-1966 is a streaming video product which captures full runs of several key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century in the USA, Japan, France and the Netherlands. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique, and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history. While research into the history of the news media often refers to the popularity of broadcasted TV news, newsreels were most audiences’ primary source of information on current events as they happened during the Second World War. Their style, which differs from the broadcast news that arose in the 1950s, provides an insight into what was happening there and then. A typical newsreel would consist of 5-10 stand-alone stories covering a broad range of topics, and would ordinarily be screened at cinemas twice a week with occasional special editions. Leave feedback about this database here.
We now have access to the following collections until 20 December:
Archives Unbound: Women, War and Society, 1914-1918 The First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. Their essential contribution to the war in Europe is fully documented in this definitive collection of primary source materials brought together in the Imperial War Museum, London. These unique documents - charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs, press cuttings, magazines, posters, correspondence, minutes, records, diaries, memoranda, statistics, circulars, regulations and invitations - are published here for the first time in fully searchable form, along with interpretative essays from leading scholars. Together these documents form an indispensable resource for the study of 20th-Century social, political, military and gender history. Leave feedback about this database here.
British Literary Manuscripts Online presents facsimile images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works, and similar materials from the Renaissance through to the end of the nineteenth century. Searching is based on tags and descriptive text associated with each manuscript. Images of the complete manuscript can be viewed, manipulated and navigated on screen. Please note that the text of the manuscripts themselves is not searchable and the database has been created from microfilm collections by digitising the images and related catalogue information and descriptions contained in those collections. Leave feedback about this database here.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online includes rare primary sources providing access to important works sourced from leading libraries worldwide. Users will find millions of full-text, fully searchable pages that enhance historical scholarship and provide an intriguing window into a bygone era in a series of themed collections. Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest provides an in-depth look into the motivations, activities and results of the European conquest of Africa in the 19th century. Photography: The World Through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically-illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe. Some images are well-known while many have rarely been viewed. Science, Technology and Medicine,1780-1925 helps researchers place science, along with medicine and technology, in the mainstream of historical study. This interdisciplinary collection consists primarily of Journals that track the connection between major episodes in the history of science, specifically in general science, medicine, biology, entomology, botany, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geology, paleontology, and technology; and monographs in the hard and social sciences that touch upon the history of anthropology, archeology, ecology, public health, sanitation, geography, oceanography, astronomy, industrial and battlefield technology, and the philosophy of science. Women: Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late 18th century to the era of suffrage in the early 20th century, all through a transnational perspective. The collection contains deep information on European and North American movements, but also expands its scope to include collections from other regions. Leave feedback about this database here.
The Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 delivers over 100 years of this major UK national newspaper in a fully searchable and browseable digital format. It can be viewed in full digital facsimile form, with copious advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. The Daily Mail is part of Gale NewsVault’s growing “middle class/middle market” collection of newspapers and periodicals which reflect 20th century popular culture and tastes. They provide an important alternative perspective to a "newspaper of record" such as The Times and serves as a complement to The Times Digital Archive for students and researchers who require multiple viewpoints to understand the past. Leave feedback about this database here.
Liberty Magazine Historical Archive,1924-1950 Liberty: A Weekly for Everybody was founded in 1924 by Joseph Patterson, publisher of the New York Daily News and Robert McCormick, publisher of the Chicago Tribune. From its inception, they set out to make the magazine more topical, daring and exciting than any competitors. Information was presented in a style heavily influenced by the emerging motion picture industry and focused on the most sensational and popular issues. During the following 26 years the magazine charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle America through its three most significant decades.The magazine’s ongoing circulation of more than 3 million weekly was founded on the high quality and originality of its art, stories, and other features. Its prominence and willingness to pay for the best attracted original contributions from the greatest artists, writers, celebrities and statesmen of the age. Liberty represents far more than the original "Weekly for Everybody" and a slice of Americana; it opens a unique and permanent perspective on a nation’s daily life, interests and values during a most vital and extraordinary period. Leave feedback about this database here.
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