CRL gathers and provides information here about commercial and open access digital resources of interest to the CRL community. This information is intended to inform library decisions on investment in electronic resources and related services.
IMF publications and data are now fully available online through the IMF eLibrary. The content is divided into three collections: Books and Analytical Papers, Periodicals, and Statistics. Statistical data is fully searchable in one database compiled from data going back to the 1940s. Altogether IMF reports that the eLibrary covers more than 13000 titles and five databases.
Cairn aggregates scholarly journal content for social science and humanities journals published in France and Belgium. Most of the content dates back only to 2001. As of late 2014, over 400 journals and 4,000 ebook titles (more than 300,000 full-text articles and book chapters) were included. Content is updated continually, averaging five new journal issues per day.
Since 2010, Cairn also offers e-book packages from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers.
The Social Explorer database was launched in 2003 by Oxford University Press, and contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.
OpenEdition is an academic publishing portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences with four platforms presenting publications and current information:Revues.org OpenEdition Books Calenda Hypotheses
The OpenEdition publishing initiative focuses on providing open access content. They characterize the funding model as “hybrid”, where library subscriptions derive value added services in addition to directly funding publishing efforts.
Bibliography of Linguistics Literature Online has over 452,000 citations (as of September 2015), with 10,000 added annually. The bibliography lists journal articles, articles of conference proceedings, and other collective works as well as monographs, dissertations, and Festschrifts. Fields of study included in the bibliography are general linguistics, English, Romance languages, and German and other languages to a lesser degree.
The search interface is available in English and German.
Érudit is a publishing platform for scholarly and cultural journals, books, proceedings, theses, documents, and data developed by a nonprofit Canadian publishing consortium founded in 1998. Archival runs of journal publications published prior to a moving wall of current content are available through open access, while the remainder is available through subscription.
Le Grand Robert Online Dictionary provides all six volumes of the latest edition of this French language reference work. Its latest edition, published in 2011, includes:86,000 articles 100,000 words 350,000 definitions 410,000 use examples 325,000 quotations 25,000 idioms, expressions, and proverbs
DigiZeitschriften is an online archive of German language scholarly journals, similar to JSTOR. It includes more than 200 journal titles, 500,000 articles, and 6 million pages. New content is added each month.
In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world. This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.
LLMC-Digital, the online platform of the nonprofit Law Library Microform Consortium, makes a wide range of legal and governmental publications available online for the use of the academic community. The content and interface of LLMC-Digital are reviewed here; its value for use in historical research is compared to other databases in a CRL topic guide.
The National Security Archive's Virtual Reading Room provides access to a collection of primary-source documents the National Security Archive has published. Documents in the collections include documents on major topics in international affairs. NSA has secured these documents through Freedom of Information and declassification requests to more than 200 offices and agencies of the U.S. government.
As of November 2018, the Virtual Reading Room provides access to 3778 documents.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to address this challenge by digitizing the natural history literature held in their collections and making it freely available for open access as part of a global “biodiversity community.”
The Medical Heritage Library is a freely available collection of resources, including text, audio, and video. The project seeks out new opportunities to digitize primary resources in the history of medicine through grant-funded initiatives and efforts to identify like-minded institutions willing to share content through the MHL’s Internet Archive collection.
Content Contributors contribute existing digitized content generated by their own institutions that meets MHL criteria and deposit it the Internet Archive tagged as part of the MHL collection.
An open access, digital platform for sharing information, investigative journalism and Peruvian narratives with the public. The project focuses on aggregating and reporting on important information concerning human rights, corruption, drug trafficking, environment, health and transparency.
The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) maintains the VDC database to provides access to the information gathered by the organization regarding human rights violations in Syria. The database is openly accessible to the public and is updated on a monthly basis.
A project of the Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, the Universidad del Rosario, in Bogotá, and ColombiaCheck.com, this database provides information about armed conflict in Colombia. The project further aims to involve survivors of the conflict and to connect internet users to the dynamics of a war that took place in regions distant from large cities.
Rutas del Conflicto is mostly run by students and journalists from Universidad del Rosario.
The ICPSR data repository includes social science data and related documentation from commercial and non-commercial sources. It is an archive of more than 500,000 files of public opinion research data and other ares of the social sciences, relating to politics, education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and a multitude of other fields.
Online portal to open access datasets and databases of social, economic and population data, maintained by the UK Data Service, governments and other parties, as well as related statistical information for U.K. business, academic, NGO and government sector research. https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us.
British Newspapers IV, 1780-1950 provides access to national, regional, and local newspapers published in Britain between the late 18th to mid-20th centuries, reflecting the social, political, and cultural events of the times. This group of titles extends the previous digital collections Gale created from the British Library collections.
As part of the JISC Digitisation Programme, this resource has over 3 million pages from approx. 70 national and regional newspapers in 19th Century British Library Newspapers Parts 1 and 2.
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