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Databases beginning with the letter R.


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Description: Digital archive of more than 12,000 rare books held by the National Central Library of Taiwan, covering classical literature, history and philosophy, and nearly half of them were from the Ming dynasty. These first-hand ancient documents and historical materials are conducive to the studies on Chinese ancient society, culture and economy. 


Reaxys (Academic Edition)

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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.

Reaxys and Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry (as of Dec 2022):

  • 170 MILLION organic, inorganic and organometallic compounds
  • 60 MILLION chemical reactions
  • >500 MILLION published experimental facts
  • 16,000 chemistry-related periodicals
  • 196,000 patents
  • 240 years of chemistry knowledge 6 indexing sources for a cross-disciplinary view of chemistry
Coverage: 1771 to date.


Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War

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Description: From heart-wrenching personal letters to bills of lading for office supplies, this module offers remarkable insight into the early Reconstruction period. The correspondence of the U.S. Army’s Office of Civil Affairs reveal efforts to foster democracy and rebuild communities in the war-torn former Confederate states. Another prominent subject is the fair administration of the election process. Troubles often arose as African Americans prepared to exercise their newly won rights to vote and run for office; many letters in call for military intervention to secure these rights.


Records of the Children's Bureau, 1912-1969

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Description: Though it’s one of the lesser-known federal agencies, the Children’s Bureau is one of the richest sources for understanding American society and social welfare. The Bureau’s correspondence, research reports, radio scripts, brochures, bills and laws, court hearings and speeches represent the largest collection of primary material for the study of the family and the health and well-being of children in the 20th century; as well, they throw a fascinating light on the way welfare policies affected women.

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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

See entry for ATLA Religion Database.


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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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The full digital backfiles of 18 religious magazines :

  • Advent [Hinduism] 1944 - 2015
  • America [Catholicism] 1909 - 2015
  • Bible Review [Judaism, Protestantism, Catholicism] 1985 - 2015
  • Catholic World [Catholicism] 1865 - 1996 • Islamic Horizons [Islam] 1963 - 2015
  • Islamica [Islam] 1993 - 2015
  • National Catholic Reporter [Catholicism] 1964 - 2015
  • Plain Truth [Protestantism] 1934 - 1996
  • The Pope Speaks [Catholicism] 1954 - 2015
  • Presbyterian Outlook [Presbyterianism] 1944 - 2015
  • Protestant Truth [Protestantism] 1845 - 2015
  • Quest [Theosophy] 1913 - 2015
  • Sikh Courier International [Sikhism] 1961 - 2015
  • Sikh Messenger [Sikhism] 1984 - 2015
  • Sojourners Magazine [Christianity] 1971 - 2015
  • Spiritual Life [Spirituality] 1955 - 2015
  • U.S. Catholic [Catholicism] 1968 - 2015
  • UU World [Unitarianism] 1987 - 2015
Coverage: 1845-2015.


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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: This resources includes important primary sources, offering insight into many aspects of the conflict, including government policy, the war in the Pacific, and the war in Europe. Sources include the records of the Special Operations Executive; and private papers of American General Robert L Eichelberger, from the Pacific war.


Revolution and Protest Online


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Description: Examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century. This curated, thematically-organized, and curriculum-driven collection offers students and scholars a new way to examine how revolutions, protests, resistance, and social movements have shaped and transformed the human experience globally from the 18th to 21st century. Content includes: • 175 hours of video, including documentaries, original footage, and personal accounts • 50,000 pages of primary sources and archival collections (personal papers, organizations, government documents, and others) • 50,000 pages of journals, reports, monographs, and speeches • 1,000 images from key movements and revolutions • Ancillary materials including scholarly essays, bibliographies, sourced chronologies, and links to websites Includes 20+ document clusters across time periods, regions, topics & themes—selected for their prevalence in syllabi and curricula.


Revolutionary War and Early America: Collections from the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1721-1860

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Description: The success of the musical Hamilton has led to increased interest in this pivotal period in American history. This module on one of the most-studied periods in American history consists of 26 collections from the holdings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the first North American historical society and the first library to devote its primary attention to collecting Americana. The collections digitized by ProQuest from the holdings of the Massachusetts Historical Society focus on the Colonial Era, the Revolutionary War and the Early National Period, with some collections extending into the Civil War era.


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a comprehensive bibliography on writings about music featuring citations, abstracts and indexes. It covers nearly one and a half million publications from around the world on traditional music, popular music, jazz, classical music and related subjects. Coverage begins in the early 19th century and extends to the present.


RILM Music Encyclopedias 

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RILM Music Encyclopedias is a collection of over 60 encyclopedias in full text, comprising more than 300,000 entries and including volumes published between 1775 and the present. The content of this extensive multilingual collection spans the most important fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory, on topics ranging from popular music and rock, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to performers, recorded music and women composers. New titles are being added annually.


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. 


Rolling Stone Archive

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Description: From the first issue in 1967 to the present, The Rolling Stone magazine has served as a critical source of news, entertainment and cultural information. For generations, students and young adults have turned to this iconic publication for fashion, society, music news, criticism and more. This digital archive will allow scholars to find articles, images and adverts that support their research. The collection provides coverage of cultural and countercultural movements from the 1960’s forward, highlighting key figures and events such as Woodstock, or the Iraq War. It allows for cross-disciplinary teaching and research in music, popular culture, arts, entertainment, politics, and 20th century history.


Roper iPoll

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Description: The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specialising in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented. You can search for datasets by keyword, country, surveying agency, timeframe and type of sample.
Note: Some datasets require a separate agreement with the individual researcher(s) requesting access and are unrelated to institutional membership.Specific requirements vary across studies.


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


Royal College of Physicians Part I

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WDA RCP Part I extends to over 700,000 pages and includes over 7,000 early printed books and more than 100 incunabula from the John Dee collection and Dorchester library. The archive records reflect the RCP’s changing role in setting standards of medical practice and the fellows wide-ranging medical and non-medical interests. As a result, the archives contain an eclectic range of 14th- to 19th-century manuscripts.

All Wiley Digital Archives are available on the same advanced platform designed to power research, support teaching, and foster learning. The platform includes Automated Text Recognition (ATR), downloadable tabular data, digital humanities visualisation tools as well as translation and sharing features to highlight research and support teaching.

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Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) – by Wiley Digital Archives

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The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) digital archive contains more than 150,000 maps, charts and atlases complemented by manuscripts, field notes, expedition reports.  Includes primary source material related to colonization, de-colonization, British Empire, polar and desert expeditions.  


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Modern recordings help you bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom. The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection offers high-definition recordings of The Bard’s dramatic canon, featuring the world’s best Shakespearean actors and directors, along with supplemental teaching materials to help students engage more deeply with the material and enhance the overall learning experience.


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Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

  Since 1st May 2022, access to the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) has been removed from the product due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The only thing that remains are the citations from RSCI content so the citation count would not drop. This citation count from RSCI will not be clickable and will have the following message next to it: "The Russian Science Citation Index was removed from the Web of Science platform in May 2022. Citations shown here are from items indexed before May 2022"--Clarivate

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.