New databases provide wealth of full-text resources

March 23, 2006 – 1:40 PM

Hours of your life can now be sucked away by enjoying the full-text goodness to be found in the following three databases:

American Periodical Series (APS) Online
Full-text articles from over 1,100 American magazines and journals published between 1741 and 1900. Contents include America’s first scientific journal, Medical Repository, popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies’ Home Journal, early professional journals such as the Publications of the American Economic Association, major literary works like Uncle Tom’s Cabin that first appeared in serialized form, as well as articles of investigative journalism and social commentary. Because the database contains digitized images of periodical pages, researchers can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published. In addition, a Search for Periodicals function in APS Online leads to bibliographic information and a summary of the historical significance of all the periodicals represented in the database.

Digital National Security Archive
Over 58,000 declassified documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. The documents were collected by the National Security Archive, a non-profit research institute, through the extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). DNSA is comprised of a series of collections, each focused on a single topic. Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material.

Early English Books Online
Full-text images of almost every book, pamphlet, and broadside published in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British North America between 1473-1700, as well as works published in English throughout the rest of the world. EEBO is based on the incomparable Short-Title Catalogues of Donald Wing, A.W. Pollard, and G.R. Redgrave. Publications include literary works; government and military documents; sermons, Bibles, and religious texts; ballads and carols; medical and scientific books; religious and political pamphlets; and some periodicals and newspapers.

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