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Resource RIPM
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DescriptionRIPM offers a unique, searchable collection of complete full-text music journals not found in any library or any other online resource, spanning a period of some two hundred years, from C.P.E. Bach to Berg and Bartok, and from Schubert to Schoenberg and Stravinsky.
Trial ends 11th November 2014
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Resource LLMC-Digital
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DescriptionLLMC-Digital is an archive of historical legal and government documents, managed by a not-for-profit consortium of libraries in the US, but including a great deal of UK, European and global content. It currently includes over 85,000 volumes.
Trial ends 30th November 2014
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Resource British Newspaper Archive
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DescriptionThe British Newspapers 1600-1950 is the most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.
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Resource Loeb Classical Library Online
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Description The Digital Loeb Classical Library contains more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek and English texts aiming to be a virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin Literature, epic and lyric poetry, history, travel, philosophy and oratory, medical writers and mathematicians, and the Church Fathers who make particular use of pagan culture. Readers can browse, search, bookmark, annotate and use a Greek keyboard.
Trial ends 16th November 2014
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Resource BBC Monitoring Library
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DescriptionA fully searchable digital current affairs resource from the BBC. More than 3,000 radio, television, press, internet and news agency sources in over 150 countries are monitored to inform the BBC's distinctive, authoritative and reliable reporting of political and economic news. It covers a wide range of topics such as internal affairs, human rights, international relations, crime, media, narcotics, terrorism, etc.
Trial ends 13th November 2014
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Resource Oxford Scholarly Editions - Early Seventeenth Century Prose Collection
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Description Oxford Scholarly Editions provides access to important writings from across the humanities, in editions which are the foundation of humanities scholarship—the primary sources upon which scholars rely for research and teaching. This trial access to the Early Seventeenth-Century Prose module includes the Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, the Royal Proclamations of King James I 1603–1625, the diaries of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn and the prose works of Thomas Hobbes, John Donne and Francis Bacon.
Trial ends 6th November 2014
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Resource Vetus Latina database
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Description The Vetus Latina Database is an electronic index to all Greek and Latin patristic citations or allusions to the pre-Vulgate editions of the Bible, collected by the Vetus Latina Institut in Beuron, Germany.
Trial ends 7th November 2014
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Resource Women and Social Movements, International Archive
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DescriptionWomen and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.
Trial ends 8th November 2014
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Resource Credo Reference
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DescriptionCredo Online Reference Service helps researchers build context by providing background information and key terms enabling more efficient research. It gives access to hundreds of in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering every major subject from Accounting to Art History and Shakespeare to Einstein, as well as Topic Pages which offer an easy starting point and pathways for further research. Some people might find the Credo Mind Map a good way of seeing the relationships between topics in a visual way.
Trial ends 31st October 2014
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Resource Archaeopress
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DescriptionArchaeopress digital subscription service currently includes ebooks over 300 archaeology titles, including British Archaeological Reports. Around 10-15 new files are added each month.
Trial ends 28th October 2014
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Resource Defining Gender, 1450-1910
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DescriptionDefining Gender includes a broad range of thematically organised documents from 21 libraries providing an excellent opportunity for comparative study and research. Manuscripts, printed works and illustrations combine to address the key issues from both masculine and feminine perspectives. They are indexed to provide ready accessibility for students by person and subject across all five sections.
Trial ends 23rd October 2014
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Resource Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
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DescriptionThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, edited by Bonnie G. Smith, includes over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
Trial ends 17th October 2014
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Resource Historical Texts
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DescriptionHistorical Texts brings together three historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.
Trial ends 10th November 2014
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Resource 19th Century Masterfile
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Description19th Century Masterfile (NCM) is the first stop for researching pre-1930 materials. NCM aggregates all kinds of indexes to books, periodicals, newspapers, government documents and patents into a single resource. It is 'due diligence' for historians, making sure no stone is unturned.
Trial ends 4th October 2014
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Resource Oxford Medicine Online E-Books
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DescriptionWe have trial access to 3 e-books. These are Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Oxford Handbook of Ophthalmology and Training In Ophthalmology.
Trial ends 2nd October 2014
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Resource DōShorts
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DescriptionDōShorts are short, practical ebooks that give you the latest thinking on a broad range of business sustainability issues. Written by experts with hands-on experience in the field, DōShorts consolidate the facts, providing clear guidelines for making sustainability within your organization a reality.
Trial ends 17th July 2014
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Resource Foreign Office Files for China (1957-1980)
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Resource History Vault
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DescriptionProQuest History Vault provides access to millions of pages of cross-searchable, full-text/full-image documents including articles, correspondence, government records, and more documenting the most widely studied topics in 18th-century through 20th-century American history. ProQuest History Vault is comprised of a wide array of modules to mix and match to suit your needs. We are currently trialling the following History Vault collections - Black Freedom 1, Black Freedom 2, Immigration, Law and Society since the Civil War, NAACP 1-6, Plantations 1,- Politics and Society 1960-1975, Slavery and the Law, US Military Intelligence Reports 1911-1944, Vietnam War, Women's Rights 1, Women's Rights 2 and World War II. Further information on these collections can be found at http://proquest.libguides.com/content.php?pid=207548&sid=3823794.
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Resource Digital National Security Archive
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DescriptionCreated in collaboration with the National Security Archive, this database is the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945..
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Resource Anthropology Online
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Description Anthropology Online provides a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminar texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behaviour the world over. It includes complete works of key practitioners and theorists alike through the discipline.
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Resource Ethnographic Video Online Series 1
Ethnographic Video Online Series 2
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DescriptionEthnographic Video Online is a multi-volume resource providing 1,200 hours of documentaries, primary-source footage, and select feature films for the visual study of human culture and behaviour. Publishing partners include Documentary Educational Resources (DER), Royal Anthropology Institute (RAI), and BBC. It is global in coverage with footage from every continent and hundreds of cultures.
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Resource China Core Newspapers Full-text Database (CCND)-Series F/G/H/J
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Description Covering 544 titles of core newspapers officially published in mainland China since year 2000.
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Resource China Reference Works Online (CRWO) -Series F/G/H/J
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Description Containing 4,000 reference works from 200 publishers, including dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, atlas, chronicles, manuals etc.
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Resource China Statistical Yearbooks Database
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Description Full coverage of all officially published yearbooks and other statistical materials.
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Resource China Yearbooks Full-text Database (CYFD) -Series F/G/H/J
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Description Including 2,161 titles of yearbooks since 1912, 480 of which being central level and 1,151 local titles, with original display and browsing features.
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Resource Indiastat.com
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Description Indiastat.com provides authentic and comprehensive compilation of secondary level socio-economic statistical data about India and its states, Region and Sector on more than 35 variables.
Trial ends 26th June 2014
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Resource African Studies Companion Online
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Description African Studies Companion Online contains over 1800 entries covering guides and resources for African languages, Africa cartography and maps, African film, African studies journals, magazines and newsletters, media guides and news sources for Africa, the African press, etc. Many entries describe and evaluate resources, others are factual and provide practical information.
Trial ends 1st July 2014
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Resource Africa Yearbook Online
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Description Africa Yearbook Online covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa – all related to developments in one calendar year. The Africa Yearbook contains articles on all sub-Saharan states, each of the four sub-regions focusing on major cross-border developments and sub-regional organisations.
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Resource Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals 1800-1900 Series 3
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Resource Prize Papers Online Part 1
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DescriptionThe Prize Papers archive is part of the archives of the High Court of Admiralty, kept in The National Archives (TNA) Kew. It is one of the most valuable archives in the field of maritime history and of interest to social, economic, political and cultural historians. Documents pertaining to tens of thousands of ships, Dutch and French, Spanish and Portuguese, but also Danish, Swedish, German, Italian and American have been preserved. Next to cargo lists, journals, booklets, customs papers, bills of lading, private letters etc., all of them in the language of the ship's origin, every ship's file contains at least one document in English: the interrogations by the Prize Courts of the captain and a number of other crew members of ships taken as lawful prizes.
Further info Prize Papers Online consists of: • Prize Papers Online 1: American Revolutionary War and Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (http://www.brill.com/products/online-resources/prize-papers-online-1-american-revolutionary-war-and-fourth-anglo-dutch-war) • Prize Papers Online 2: Seven Years' War and War of the Austrian Succession (http://www.brill.com/products/online-resources/prize-papers-online-2-seven-years-war-and-war-austrian-succession) • Prize Papers Online 3: First, Second and Third Anglo-Dutch War and War of the Spanish Succession (http://www.brill.com/prize-papers-online-3-first-second-and-third-anglo-dutch-war-and-war-spanish-succession) • Prize Papers Online 4: Napoleonic Wars I (1793-1803) (http://www.brill.com/prize-papers-online-4-napoleonic-wars-i-1793-1803) • Prize Papers Online 5: Napoleonic Wars II (1803-1813) (http://www.brill.com/prize-papers-online-5-napoleonic-wars-ii-1803-1813)
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Resource Canadian Business & Current Affairs Reference
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DescriptionThis database covers all aspects of Canadian Business, Finance and Economics. This collection features trade journals, general business publications, academic journals, topical journals and professional publications.
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Resource Worldwide Political Sciences Abstracts (WPSA)
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DescriptionThis database provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.
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Resource Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (OUP)
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DescriptionThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America [2012 ed.] covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements that have shaped the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. Entries range across historical periods and the trends that characterize them, from the extravagant feasts of the Gilded Age to the diet fads of the nineties.
Trial ends 27th June 2014
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Resource Encyclopedia of Social Work Online (OUP)
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DescriptionThe Encyclopedia of Social Work is a collaboration between the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press) and Oxford University Press (OUP). Building on the material from the classic reference work, this valuable tool for social workers has over 400 up to date articles on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards.
Trial ends 27th June 2014
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Resource Europa World Plus
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DescriptionEuropa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.
Trial ends 22nd June 2014
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Resource PAIS International
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Description This resource covers issues in the public debate through selective coverage of a wide variety of international sources including journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International is the current file covering 1972 to present, and PAIS Archive includes the content from printed volumes published 1915-1976. Topics covered include: Economic conditions, Education, Energy resources and policy, Government, Health conditions, Human rights, International Relations, Labor conditions and policy, Politics, Social conditions, Civil rights movement.
Trial ends 13th June 2014 (this database has now been subscribed to)
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Resource Armed Conflict Database
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DescriptionThe Armed Conflict Database (ACD) monitors armed conflicts worldwide, focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts, whether they are local rebellions, long-term insurgencies, civil wars or inter-state conflicts.
Trial ends 11th June 2014
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Resource Yearbook of International Organizations Online
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DescriptionCompiled by the UIA (Union of International Associations) the Yearbook of International Organizations Online is the most comprehensive reference work and information resource on international non-profit organizations and associations worldwide. The Yearbook includes detailed descriptions of international organizations, and also includes relationships and cross-links with other listed international organizations. In addition, biographical information is provided on principal officers, as well as bibliographical information on the organization's main publications and information services.
Trial ends 9th June 2014
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Resource Declassified Documents Reference System
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Resource Peace Research Abstracts
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DescriptionPeace Research Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to peace research, including conflict resolution, international affairs, peace psychology, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 267,000 records.
Trial ends 12th June 2014 (this database has now been subscribed to)
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Resource Los Angeles Times archive 1881-1990
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DescriptionProvides comprehensive coverage for Southern California's largest daily newspaper. Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1881. Provides full text and full image articles with digital reproductions of every page, every article and every issue in PDF format. In addition to news stories, includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements.
Trial ends 6th June 2014
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Resource Congressional Record 1789-1997
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Resource Thieme E-books
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DescriptionThe Thieme E-Book Library is a package of 74 illustrated, full-colour downloadable medical textbooks across a range of subject areas, that aims to help students, researchers and clinicians master critical subjects in medicine and the life sciences. The Library is offered as an ideal course supplement, study companion, and refresher for students and an essential resource for scientist and clinicians. Further information about this e-book package at http://ebooks.thieme.com/staticcms/aboutebooks.
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Resource British History Online
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DescriptionBritish History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research. This is a trial to the premium content which is available only on subscription.
Trial ends 24th May 2014 (This has now been purchased)
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Resource Thought: a journal of philosophy
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Resource South China Morning Post (1903 - 1995)
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DescriptionThis historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
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Resource C19 Index
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DescriptionC19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC), The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index, Periodicals Index Online and the Cumulative Index to Niles' Register 1811–1849 to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.7 million books and official publications, 70,000 archival collections and 22.7 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 13 bibliographic indexes, including more than three million records from British Periodicals Collections I and II, together with the expanded online edition of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (DNCJ).
Trial ends 15th May 2014 (This has now been purchased)
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Resource Kotobarabia Arab Leaders, Historians and Philosophers e-Collection
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DescriptionThis e-book collection includes 5,000 titles from nearly 1,000 important, highly valued Arab thinkers, philosophers, historians, politicians, and theologians in the Arab world. Topics cover feminism, modern medicine, political reforms, including the Orabi Revolution, education, arts, religion, and more. Content is mostly in Arabic.
Trial ends 15th May 2014 (This has now been purchased)
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Resource Distribution Maps of Plant Pests
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Resource BiblioRossica
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Description BiblioRossica is an ebook platform offering over 10,000 scholarly publications, mostly in Russian, from leading Russian academic presses, including NLO, Indrik, OGI, and Nestor-Istoriia, as well as recent English publications in Russian, Slavic, and Jewish studies from Academic Studies Press and Central European University Press. Subjects cover linguistics, literature, art, history, philosophy, and sociology.
Trial ends 11th May 2014
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Resource Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit
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Resource Sinica Sinoweb
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DescriptionSinica Sinoweb provides full text access to the current and back issues of 14 core academic journals published in Taiwan. The archive extends back to as early as 1928.
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Resource Index Religiosus
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DescriptionThe Index Religiosus is based on two existing bibliographies: the bibliography of the Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique and the Elenchus Bibliographicus from the journal Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. These two tools are internationally recognized as essential working instruments for Theology and Religious Studies.
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Resource Thieme Medicine and Chemistry E-journals
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Resource Orlando
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DescriptionA dynamic resource for the study of English literature, women's writing, and cultural history in general. It consists of factual, critical, and interpreted material, with biographical and writing career entries on over 1,000 writers, more than 850 of them British women.
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Resource Human Relations Area Files (Archaeology)
Human Relations Area Files (World Cultures)
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DescriptioneHRAF databases contain information on present and past aspects of cultural and social life.
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Resource Genome Biology
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Resource Media Education Foundation digital films
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Resource Routledge Performance Archive
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Resource Teaching Assistant Anatomy
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Resource Psychological Experiments Online
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DescriptionPsychological Experiments Online is a multimedia resource that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection pairs 75 hours of audio and video recordings of the original experiments (when existent) with 40,000 pages of primary-source documents. It also offers rare materials, including notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes and letters penned by the lead psychologist, that shed new light on the studies that have shaped contemporary understandings of key psychological issues.
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Resource Accessible Archives
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Resource Gramophone Magazine
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Resource LawinfoChina (Chinese language interface)
LawinfoChina (English language interface)
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DescriptionLawinfoChina offers several comprehensive databases of Chinese laws, regulations, judicial cases, legal news as well as over 100 Chinese government’s white papers.
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Resource Irish Newspaper Archive
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Resource Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
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DescriptionOxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) provides an interlinked collection of authoritative Oxford editions of major works from the humanities, mainly in the subject area of literature. It consists of more than 280 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1700, including all of Shakespeare’s plays, the poetry of John Donne, and works by John Milton and John Locke. These editions contain over 25,000 different works including more than 300 plays, over 12,000 poems, and more than 12,400 other works.
Trial ends 16th April 2014 (this has now been purchased)
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Resource World Biographical Information System (WBIS) Online
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Resource Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina
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DescriptionThe BTL Online database provides electronic access to all editions of Latin texts published in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana, ranging from antiquity and late antiquity to medieval and neo-Latin texts. A total of approximately 13 million word forms are thus accessible electronically. The user interface allows various and differentiated searches. Classical scholars and ancient historians are provided with a valuable tool for both research and the preparation of teaching at school and university level. Each year, the database is extended by the texts of the newly printed Latin editions of the Bibliotheca Teubneriana.
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Resource Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
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DescriptionThe Thesaurus linguae Latinae is not only the largest Latin dictionary in the world, but also the first to cover all the Latin texts from the classical period up to about 600 A.D. 31 academies, and scholarly societies from 23 countries support the work of the Bayerische Akademie (Thesaurusbüro München). The database contains all content that is also available in print.
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Resource Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie Online
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Resource AustLit
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Resource Historical Abstracts with Full Text
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Resource America: History & Life with Full Text
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Resource Sustainable Organization Library
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DescriptionOnline collection of approximately 8000 papers drawn from around 600 books and journals in sustainability, CSR, corporate governance, ethics, environmental policy and management.
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Resource Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004
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Resource Drama Online
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DescriptionDrama Online is essentially an advanced study tool and digital library of the world's most studied and critically-acclaimed plays, accompanied by a wealth of innovative teaching and performance tools, critical analysis, contextual information, references and practical texts. The publisher is still in the process of uploading all remaining titles from the 2013 title list . There are currently 1,042 titles available and the remainder will hopefully be added by mid-February.
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Resource Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (BDSL)
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DescriptionThis is the online edition of International bibliography of German language and literature, covering books, pamphlets, articles, dissertations and reviews from 1985 onwards. The database is in German.
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Resource Bibliographie Linguistischer Literatur (BLLDB)
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DescriptionThis is the online version of Bibliography of Linguistic Literature (BLL) , containing most important sources of bibliographical information for general as well as English, German and Romance linguistics from 1971 onwards. Other languages are also covered to a smaller extent. The material covered is international. Subject classification is available in English and German. Search interface can be switched between English and German.
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Resource The Irish Times (1859-2011) and The Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958)
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Trial ends 27th February 2014 (both now purchased)
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Resource South Asia Archive
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Resource Churchill Archives Trial
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Description The Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history available online for the first time. It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill's personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. Unique collection.
Trial ends 28th February 2014 (This has now been purchased)
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Resource Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online
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DescriptionSupplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG) is an annual publication collecting newly published Greek inscriptions and studies on previously known documents. Material later than the 8th century A.D. is not included. Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus; it summarizes new readings, interpretations and studies of known inscriptions, and occasionally presents the Greek text of these documents."
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