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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.”
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.
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.)
Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 is a digital archive that provides access to: trial transcripts documents related to the development of forensic techniques, detective agency records, prisoner photographs, newspaper reports, true crime literature, police force records, prison postcards, Penny Dreadfuls, dime novels, detective fiction and mysteries, manuscript collections from well-known figures (police, criminals, detectives), and crime related broadsides and prints.
State Papers Online is a comprehensive collection of primary source British documents. Four modules covering 1509 to 1714, the period of the Tudor and Stuart monarchies, have already been completed; a new collection for the 18th century (covering 1714 to 1782) will be released in three modules, beginning in summer 2013. This wealth of digitized documents includes manuscript correspondence, reports, Parliamentary drafts, and depositions on domestic and foreign affairs.
The latest part is: State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782: Part II: State Papers Foreign - Low Countries and Germany
The publisher has assembled an extensive grouping of archival materials related to Indians of North America, dating primarily up through the early twentieth century, with some material extending through the 1980s.
Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity is a three part collection which will provide access to documents (government and non-government), grassroots newsletters and journals, periodicals, literature, diaries, personal papers, and ephemeral material related to the LGBTQ movement in North America and beyond.Part I (LGBTQ History and Culture, 1946-2000s) will provide access to approximately 2 million pages of newsletters, personal papers, government documents, and more, represent the Gay Rights Movements between 1946-200s. (Expected publication March 2016) Part II (Human Sexuality) will focus on 18th century to late 19th century erotic literature, diaries of key figures, and have a broader focus on sexuality. (Expected...
DocumentCloud is a platform and tool to help journalists share, analyze, annotate, and publish source documents to the open web.
All DocumentCloud is open source and available on Github.
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.
e-Marefa is a full-text database of Arabic language academic journals and other content in Arabic, English and French. Content includes more than 1,900 academic and statistical periodicals, 25,000 theses and dissertations, and 210,000 research abstracts produced by academic and research institutions throughout the Arab world, covering all research areas in humanities, social sciences, engineering and technology, and health and life sciences.
Digital collection containing original source, non-edited, and non-redacted "grey literature" (non-peer reviewed) on climate change and law. The law related content includes any discipline of law which addressed climate change, including: corporate law, environmental law, and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, instructions, and/or individuals.
The collection is edited by the Human Rights Internet (HRI) in Ottawa, Canada and is updated annually.
Colonial America is a five-module resource expected to incorporate all 1,450 files form the CO 5 class at The National Archives, UK. CO 5 contains the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the English, later British, colonies in North America and the Caribbean from 1606-1822.
This is a five-module resource, with Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries expected to be released in September 2015.
Module 1: Frontier Life, Early Expansion and Rivalries Module 2: Towards Revolution: Disputes and Origins of the Conflict Module 3: The...
An open access database of South African legal information, compiled from information contained in Sabinet's paid legal databases.
Crime and the 19th Century from Gale is expected to release in Fall 2015.
Migration to New Worlds provides access to documents related to emigration to the United States, Canada and Australasia during the ‘century of immigration’ from 1800 to 1924. Documents from the eighteenth century and some later material are also included.
This resource provides access to manuscript correspondence, diaries and travel journals, providing first-person accounts of the experiences of emigrants from various countries. It features material on English, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish and Scottish migrant experiences, along with some documents covering Chinese and Japanese migration to the United States. Primary source documents...
African American Communities provides access to primary source materials documenting race relations across social, political, cultural and religious perspectives in the United States from 1863-1986. This collection focuses on Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Brooklyn, and towns and cities in North Carolina, and provides multiple views of the African American community through personal diaries and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records and in-depth oral histories.
United Nations iLibrary is a platform that publishes the digital content created by the United Nations between 2013-2015, including journals and series on: international peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, climate change, international law, governance, public health, and statistics.
The database contains 750 titles in English, and 250 in other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.
In the future, the platform will also provide access to other resources such as working papers series and statistical databases.
Bloomberg Law provides access to legal content, integrated with tools and Bloomberg L.P.’s proprietary company and market information and news. More information on the product at: http://about.bloomberglaw.com/product-features/overview. The product incorporates many of the datrabases and content offered previously by the Bureau of National Affairs, which was purchased by Bloomberg L.P. in 2011.
A set of online subscription databases of historical and current South African legal publications aggregated by Sabinet. The collection includes official gazettes, journals, bills of the South African Parliament, municipal bylaws, acts and provincial and national legislation, and labor judgements in the courts, dating from 1910 to the present.
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