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IMF eLibrary

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.

Provider: International Monetary Fund
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 12:05am

Social Explorer - OUP

The Social Explorer database was launched in 2003 by Oxford University Press (OUP), 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.

In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer. Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 10:45am

East India Company

East India Company is a digital collection of the official records of the East India Company (1595-1858) and the India Office (1858-1947) held at the British Library. Adam Matthew is digitizing the IOR archive over the next five years in conjunction with the British Library, . 

This collection will include the charters and minute books of the East India Company and the minute books of the post-1858 governing agency, the Council of India. 

The  modules are as follows:

Module I: Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947 Modules II and III: Factory Records for South Asia, South-East Asia, China, Japan and the...
Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 10:41am

Europa World Plus

Europa World Plus is the online version of The Europa World Year Book and The Europa Regional Surveys of the World.  The database includes economic, political, and geographic background information and statistical data by country. 

Provider: Taylor & Francis Group
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:54am

Early State Records

Early State Records, contains a compilation of the microfilm collection Records of the States of the United States of America that was created in the 1940's.

Included in the original project were: constitutions, the debates of constitutional conventions; statutes and early versions of compiled laws; journals and debates of the legislative bodies of the thirteen original states; administrative, executive, and court records; local, county, and city records; broadsides; records of the Native American nations; and newspapers covering British Colonial America and post-Revolutionary development.   The entire collection totals roughly 2,500,000 pages or images (approximately 1900 reels including at least one supplement.)

Provider: Law Library Microform Consortium
Updated: Jun 2, 2019 12:05am

Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive

Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive provides access to more than 1,100 hours of both edited programs and unedited footage from Banyan Productions in Trinidad & Tobago.

Founded in 1974, Banyan Productions provided entertainment programs in the Caribbean.  It featured a mixture of documentaries, drama and music entertainment, and social commentary for, about, and by the Caribbean people.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: May 30, 2019 4:30pm

The Churchill Archive

Bloomsbury Publishing launched a digital version of the Winston Churchill archives in October, 2012. The archive is held in the Churchill Archives Centre (CAC) at Churchill College, in Cambridge.

Provider: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 3:56pm

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016 provides access to nearly 600,000 pages of the British newspaper The Sunday Times.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2013

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2013 provides access to over 300,000 reviews, letters, poems, and articles on literature and the arts.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Manchester Medieval Sources Online

Manchester Medieval Sources Online provides access to a collection of 33 ebooks that contain texts from the terror of the Black Death to the drama of the Norman invasions. 

The collection includes the following titles:

Monasticism in Late Medieval England, c.1300-1535 Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages Popular Protest in Late Medieval Europe Late Merovingian France

A full title list is available in the Appendix section.

Provider: Manchester University Press
Updated: Jan 1, 2019 12:05am

British Newspapers IV, 1780-1950

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.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 5:23pm

Financial Times

FT.com is an English-language, online business news portal, produced by London-based Financial Times Ltd. FT coverage of financial markets and interests is global, with extensive coverage of Western Europe, North America, China and Japan, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. FT was one of the first newspaper publishers to successfully charge for access to its website.  

Provider: Financial Times Ltd
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 11:15am

Manchester Security, Conflict & Peace 2018

Manchester Security, Conflict & Peace 2018 provides access to eBook collection of 58 books. 

According to Manchester University Press, the collection of books are written by leading names in the field covering key issues and debates on international, regional and national security, domestic and international terrorism as well as conflict management and resolution and practices of peace building.

Provider: Manchester University Press
Updated: Oct 1, 2018 12:05am

Publishers Weekly Digital Archive

Publishers Weekly Digital Archive provides digital access to issues published from 1872 to 2013.  Material is reported to be provided in its original context, including advertisements.  It includes approximately 200,000 book reviews, publishing news, book trade statistics, and bestseller lists from 1895 forward.

Provider: NA Publishing
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 4:40pm

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets and Hosting Services

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides access to a repository of standardized and structured statistical data. As of 2018 the Data-Planet repository is said to contain more than 18.9 billion data points from more than 70 source organizations. The over 3.9 billion time series listed by Data-Planet provide access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry.

The Data-Planet platform facilitates storage, accessibility, usability, maintenance and archiving of statistical data.  This includes statistics sourced from both third parties and directly from researchers. 

Provider: SAGE
Updated: Jul 1, 2018 12:05am

Mobilizing East Asia

Mobilizing East Asia provides access to English-language newspapers, magazines, books, and pamphlets published in East Asia from 1904-1959.

Provider: Brill
Updated: Jul 1, 2018 12:05am

HeinOnline

HeinOnline, the online platform of legal publisher William S. Hein & Co. Inc., consists of a set of collections that provide access to digital facsimiles of a wide range of printed primary sources on the history of Anglo-American law. The content and interface of HeinOnline are reviewed here; its value for use in historical research is compared to other databases in a CRL topic guide.

Provider: William S. Hein and Company Inc.
Updated: Jun 1, 2018 12:05am

China: Empire to Republic, 1817-1949

China: Empire to Republic, 1817-1949 provides access to 17 English-language periodicals published in or about China between 1817-1949.

This collection features historical events, such as: the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the Revolution of 1911, the second Sino-Japanese War, and the Chinese Civil War among other events.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2018 12:05am

World Bank e-Library

Online access to over 5,500 titles published by the World Bank since the 1990s, plus new titles as they become available.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

UKPressOnline

UKPressOnline provides several major United Kingdom tabloid newspapers from 1835 to the present day.  The titles include historical and current issues of Daily Express & Sunday Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star (& Sunday), Morning Star and Church Times. Additional historical content includes Daily Worker, The WatchmanYorkshire Post, British Union of Fascists press (Action! The Blackshirt & Fascist Week), and selected WWI & WWII-era resources.

Provider: Digitorial Ltd
Updated: Jan 1, 2018 12:05am

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