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Databases L

Databases beginning with the letter L.

Access information: Available on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: Unique, important documentation on the growth and transformation of four major labor organizations takes history, business and other research topics in exciting new directions. Content explores the history and influence of the 19th century Knights of Labor, the first national labor force to recruit women and African Americans as a matter of policy. Another module traces the American Federation of Labor (AFL) with records that illuminate years of strikes and boycotts, competition with rival organizations, political developments and the direct election of U.S. senators. Content on the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) focus on labor activism from 1935 to 1955, — years characterized by mass organizing, nationwide strikes, and bitter ideological and political conflict. Records that document the AFL-CIO in this module consist of State Labor Proceedings for 1885-1974 with the 1955-1974 portion of the records pertaining to the AFL-CIO.


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Description: The database contains the full text of over 300 periodicals published in the late Qing Dynasty of China. This represents an almost complete collection of the Chinese periodical publications during that period, the beginning of such literature in China. It is an important resource on the history, literature and social conditions of the late Qing dynasty. It is cross searchable with Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1911-1949).


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Description: Digital archive of 51 periodicals published in the late Qing Dynasty between 1840-1911, provided by the National Central Library of Taiwan. See also Late Qing Dynasty Full Text Database 1833-1911 (from Shanghai Library) which is also in the Databases A-Z list.


Law and Society since the Civil War

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Description: This module consists of 11 collections from the Harvard Law School Library, highlighting three Supreme Court Justices, the first Black federal judge, high-profile cases, and insights into developing ideologies and laws, as far back as 1861 with the Papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, which span from the Civil War to the Great Depression. The Papers of Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter provide a behind-the-scenes view of the Supreme Court between 1919 and 1961. The Frankfurter Papers are of special note because they reveal how the Supreme Court approached the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the landmark school desegregation case that is well documented in other History Vault modules.



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Description: This is the newspaper of Regina, capital of Saskatchewan. Founder Nicolas Flood Davin famously sent reporter Mary McFadyen Maclean, disguised as a francophone cleric, to conduct a jailhouse interview in 1885 with Louis Riel right in front of uncomprehending and unsuspecting anglophone guards. The Trial of Riel, the leader of a resistance movement of First Nations people against the Canadian government, is arguably the most famous in the nation’s history.
Coverage: 1883-2010.


Access information: Free access on and off campus from The Learning Exchange Note: 1st August 2008 - there is currently only access to the free version of this resource.
Description: The Learning Exchange is a repository of digital learning resources for social care educators.


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Access on and off-campus (Working off-campus click on Academic Sign-In. In the Select federation drop-down menu choose UK ACCESS MANAGEMENT FEDERATION and click Go. Scroll down list provided and click on the link to the University of Edinburgh).

Description: Online legal research service covering case law, legislation and most UK national and regional newspapers. Includes Butterworths Scots Law Direct (Laws of Scotland) which contains essential services for anyone interested in Scots law, including Scottish Case Reports Direct and Scottish Legislation Direct.


LGBT Magazine Archive

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Unlike other digital offerings in this area that have largely focused on short-lived, informal publications, LGBT Magazine Archive will offer the complete backfiles of many of the leading, established, long-running periodicals of this type. Coverage is from the first issue of each publication, with the earliest content dating from 1957 and the default termination point for each title is 2015 (or the journal ceased date). Each title is scanned from cover to cover in full colour.

Magazines of this type have been a crucial source of identification for many LGBT people; they chronicle the evolution of myriad aspects of LGBT history and culture, including law/politics/society, the arts, health, and, lifestyle. Whilst this material will be indispensable for dedicated LGBT studies and broader gender/sexuality research, it will, additionally, cater to interests in many related disciplines, including 20th-century history and culture, sociology, psychology, health, and literature/arts.


1954 - 2015


LGBT Thought and Culture

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LGBT Thought and Culture is an online resource hosting the key works and archival documentation of LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day. The collection contains 150,000 pages of rare archival content, including seminal texts, letters, periodicals, speeches, interviews, and ephemera. 


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The Library of Latin Texts - Series A (formerly known as the Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts) contains texts taken from the Corpus Christianorum series. These include the Vulgate and the Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, the complete corpus of decrees from the ecumenical Church councils from Nicaea to Vatican II and many Latin versions (ancient, medieval or modern) of works by Aristotle, Averroes, Avicenna, Dionysius the Areopagite, Flavius Josephus, Irenaeus of Lyon, Maximus the Confessor, Origen, Plato and Porphyrus. Each text draws on additional intensive research work undertaken by the Centre 'Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium'.

The complementary Library of Latin Texts - Series B database gathers other Latin texts of all genres and all periods including chronicles, medieval saints' lives and travel narratives, legal texts, and theological, philosophical and scientific treatises from the early modern period, drawn from existing scholarly editions.


Access information: Freely available from EBSCOhost
Description: Searchable database of librarianship, classification, cataloguing, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management abstracts from the contents of nearly 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Email and RSS alerts available.
Coverage: Mid-1960s – present.


Lidar Digimap

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Lidar Download allows you to select and download Lidar data for use in GIS/CAD software. Lidar Digital Terrain Model, Lidar Digital Surface Model and point cloud data are available. There is no Lidar Roam.


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Description: Abstracts 2000 journals worldwide with coverage of books, papers. technical reports, dissertations and book reviews in language, linguistics and their various subdisciplines.
Coverage: From 1973 to date.


The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991

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Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcasts, The Listener was the weekly newspaper published by the BBC. The complete archive of this landmark publication is an essential witness to the intellectual and cultural history of the twentieth century, and also to the golden years of radio and television. This resource offers researchers and students access to the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of The Listener.

Coverage: 1929-1991


Literary Print Culture

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Description: Explore this unique archive relating to the history of printing, publishing and bookselling dating from 1554 to the 20th century. The Stationers’ Company was a key agent in the process by which the book trade was regulated and monitored and thus it is widely regarded as one of the most important sources for studying the history of the book, publishing history, the history of copyright and the workings of an early London Livery Company. 


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Literature Online is a very comprehensive, integrated library of thousands of primary literary texts, literary criticism and reference resources. The Core Collection provides access to the full text of more than 350,000 works of poetry, drama, and prose in English from the eighth century to the present day, and from throughout the English-speaking world. Authors writing in any language who are featured in criticism or reference materials are also indexed. Therefore about 2,000 authors of over 100 different nationalities are covered. Literature Online also contains over 400 full-text scholarly journals from the field of literary and cultural studies, as well as 17 literary dictionaries or encyclopaedias, and important bibliographies like MLA and ABELL. The Video and Audio section provides 880 clips of poets reading their own or other poets' works, as well as fully dramatized audio recordings of Shakespeare's 38 plays.

Apart from the Core Collection, we also have access to African Writers Series, Black Writing Collection and World Literature Collection.

Further notes: The Library has access to the upgraded version of Literature Online , ProQuest One Literature - see theP database pagefor full details.


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Description: Published weekly since 1929 by the Soviet Writers' Union, Literaturnaia gazeta has always served as the leading Russian literary newspaper. Established on April 22, 1929 with the support of the "father of Soviet literature," writer Maxim Gorky, Literaturnaia gazeta is a landmark publication in Russia's cultural heritage. With its focus on literary and intellectual life, Literaturnaia gazeta allowed Soviet Russia’s preeminent authors, poets, and cultural figures a particular podium for commentary, affording perhaps fewer restrictions than might be possible in other publications. Literaturnaia gazeta was considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, and it remains popular among the intelligentsia in today’s Russia.
Coverage: 1929-2013
Note: Current issues can be accessed freely at


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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.


Los Angeles Sentinel

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Description: FROM ITS EARLIEST beginnings when it urged African-Americans not to “spend your money where you can’t work,” the Los Angeles Sentinel has exposed prejudice, promoted social change, and empowered the black community. By accessing more than 70 years of cover-to-cover reporting, today’s readers view the Depression through the eyes of African-Americans in the 1930s. They can follow the grass-roots struggle against the racially restrictive housing covenants of the 1940s. Researchers can follow Roy Wilkins’ column, “The Watchtower,” and see how he attacked efforts to label civil rights activists as “communists” during the Cold War. Today, this independent publication continues to cover community and world issues from the unique cultural perspective of the Los Angeles African-American community.
Coverage: 1934-2005.


Louisville Courier Journal

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Description: THOMAS EDISON. The Kentucky Derby. Strip mining. Prohibition. Decades of natural disaster, including the devastating tornado of 1890 and the Ohio River flood in 1937. Louisville’s Courier-Journal offers award-winning in-depth coverage of the pivotal people and events who shaped the local region, and made an impact on the rest of the world. In the early decades of the 20th century, the Courier-Journal became a forum for conflict when it was purchased by liberal Robert Worth Bingham whose views clashed with the longtime conservative editor, Henry Watterson. The paper went on to become a progressive voice in southern politics, championing causes such as public education, equal rights for blacks and advocating for the poor of Appalachia. The Courier-Journal became the first U.S. daily newspaper to appoint a woman managing editor when Carol Sutton accepted the position in 1974.
Coverage: 1830-2000.


Lyell Collection

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Description: Features the full-text content of the Geological Society journals, special publications and society book series. The content is fully searchable.