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.
VoxGov, first launched for subscription access in January 2014, is a unique “discovery platform” which aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by individual representatives and organizations from all branches of the U.S. Federal Government, and links that content to publicly accessible government documentation.
As of 2019, VoxGov has accessed content from over 14,000 government website locations in continuous daily indexing, and that they cache web content including “information that is no longer retrievable.” They assert that many governmental press releases, as well as social media posts, have “never before been aggregated, much less collected in real-time.”
The Statista database portal, maintained by the Hamburg, Germany-based Statista Inc., provides current statistical data and comparisons for an eclectic, wide-ranging, and continually updated array of topics, using both publicly accessible and proprietary sources. The open access portion of the database provides access to about 10 percent of the overall database content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester Shakespeare is a new digital collection from Manchester University Press. This collection provides access to 38 eBooks covering historical, social, and cultural critiques of Shakespeare and his contemporaries' works, such as Sepnser, Kyd, Marlowe, and Lyly.
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.
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.
Mobilizing East Asia provides access to English-language newspapers, magazines, books, and pamphlets published in East Asia from 1904-1959.
Archives Unbound presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents. Gale's collections in Archives Unbound cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward--from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. Collections are chosen for Archives Unbound based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.
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.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals: Part II: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary, and Colonial
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals: Part II: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary, and Colonial provides access to 91 periodicals from Australia, Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zealand, and South Africa.
The collection was sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Australia.
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.
Online access to over 5,500 titles published by the World Bank since the 1990s, plus new titles as they become available.
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 Watchman, Yorkshire Post, British Union of Fascists press (Action! The Blackshirt & Fascist Week), and selected WWI & WWII-era resources.
The BMI (formerly Business Monitor International) platform provides a wide suite of raw data, risk ratings, quarterly and/or monthly forecast reports, daily sector analysis, webinar access, analyst team interaction and project databases to evaluate, measure and identify business opportunities and environments by country worldwide. BMI has three "pillars" of service:Country Risk Analysis Is what BMI calls its "umbrella service," which provides country and regional investment and growth strategies based on macroeconomic forecasting, financial market analysis and political risk assessments. Industry Risk Analysis...
The Morningstar Investment Research Center product provides access to stock market data and analysis, equity, and mutual funds information for research. The resource is a subscription database designed to service institutions, investors, and business students. In a 2010 review in The Charleston Advisor, John Schmitt called the product "a versatile investment tool that uses current data and in-depth analysis to put a value on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and broad markets . . . [with] analytic tools that a layman can use to understand risk and diversification."
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