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Databases beginning with the letter R.




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Description: Chemical reaction, structure and property data for organic and inorganic compounds. Also bibliographic data. Search by chemical structures and reactions as well as text. Contains the information from Gmelin and Beilstein.
Coverage: 1771 to date.

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Description: Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina y el Caribe, España y Portugal. Specialises in science and technology, open access, research journals. Includes peer reviewed titles, published by more than 500 institutions from twenty two Ibero-American countries. 


Religion Index

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Description: Religion Past and Present (RPP) Online is the online version of the updated English translation of the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG) which aims to be the definitive encyclopedia of subjects connected with religion.


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Description: Research Professional allows you to search for and receive news and updates about research funding opportunities. By joining one or more workgroups listed under the 'Directory' bar to your right, you will be able to access ready-made resources relevant to your field of research.


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Description: Established with funding from the Scottish Executive, and being developed as a tool for the informed social work professional. Aims to provide a sound knowledge base for practitioners in social work and social care practice and policy.


RILM (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale) Abstracts

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The Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale publishes an ongoing database of musicological bibliography. The database is commonly referred to as RILM Abstracts of Music Literature or RILM. An international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, RILM contains over 140 languages, is classified by topic, and includes original-language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; author, subject, and periodical indexes.


RILM Music Encyclopedias 

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RILM Music Encyclopaedias online is a continuously expanding global online repository of music encyclopaedias and dictionaries, designed to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of the international music community. In addition to quarterly updates and revisions, including additions to Komponisten der Gegenwart, the repository broadens its coverage annually, and now includes access to Ernst Ludwig Gerber’s Neues historisch-biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler; Tobias Bröker’s The 20th Century Violin Concertante: A Repertoire Catalogue of the Compositions for Violin Concertante Written Between 1894 and 2006; Andrea Sessa’s Il melodramma italiano: Dizionario bio-bibliografico dei compositori, I: 1861–1900 and II: 1901–1925; and Marcos Antonio Marcondes’ Enciclopedia da música brasileira: Erudita, folclorica, popular.


RIPM Jazz Periodicals

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An essential, unique collection of American jazz periodicals, a primary source reference and research tool, and of great importance to any lover of jazz and its history. This database benefits from RIPM’s partnership with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, which holds the most extensive collection of jazz periodicals in the world


RIPM Preservation Series

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RIPM [Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full-Text] Preservation Series: European & North American Music Periodicals is a new full-text collection of music journals online. This database covers music and musical life during the Romantic period in world capitals, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Milan, New York, Prague, Paris, St. Petersburg and Vienna.


Rock's Backpages

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Rock's Backpages is the world’s most comprehensive online database of music writing and journalism, sourced from the pages of the music and mainstream press, it is a library of primary source, full-text articles (reviews, interviews, features and more) from the early 1950s to the present day. There are over 40,000 on the site as of July 2019, with over 60 new text articles and one new audio interview added weekly. These feature over six thousand artists and range from 500-word album (or concert) reviews to 10,000-word interviews and features. There are also over 650 (as of July 2019) exclusive, and previously unpublished, audio interviews with major music artists.

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Coverage: From the late 1950s to the present day. 


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Description: Fully searchable online edition of the classic 10-volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy with new content added regularly.


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Description: This is Russia's largest reference site, with a unique collection of best Russian encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles and data on a wide range of subjects. The search interface can be switched between Russian and English, but the contents are in Russian only.


Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

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Description: Describes material on the social sciences and humanities published in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe - books, manuscripts, dissertations, and articles from more than 10,000 periodicals. Updated bimonthly.
Coverage: 1992 to the present.


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Details of Russian science, technology, medical, and education journals selected and provided by the Scientific Electronic Library (eLIBRARY.RU)

Searches can be in English or Russian

Coverage: 2005 - present.


Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers

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Description: Ruth Fulton Benedict was one of the first women to make major contributions to the study of anthropology and also helped to popularise the subject for wider audiences. A student of Franz Boas, she later became colleagues and close friends with Margaret Mead. Benedict publisher her major work, Patterns of Culture, in 1934, a comparative work that integrated her own work and others. The Ruth Fulton Benedict Papers give access to approximately 8,000 pages from the Benedict archive (held at the Vassar College Archive) and include notes from various field expeditions, including trips with the Pima, Serrano and Zuni throughout the 1930s.