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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.

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LLMC-Digital

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.

Provider: Law Library Microform Consortium
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 3:21pm

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: Nov 28, 2018 11:46am

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: Nov 19, 2018 11:53am

National Security Archive Virtual Reading Room

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. 

Provider: National Security Archive
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 11:25am

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: Nov 16, 2018 12:05am

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

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.”

Provider: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Updated: Nov 12, 2018 1:59pm

Medical Heritage Library

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.

Provider: Medical Heritage Library
Updated: Nov 6, 2018 2:24pm

Érudit

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.

Provider: Érudit Consortium
Updated: Nov 2, 2018 12:08pm

OpenEdition Freemium For Journals

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.

Provider: OpenEdition
Updated: Oct 30, 2018 11:55am

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, 1475-1900

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, 1475-1900 is a full-text searchable digital collection of early printed books in Arabic script.  This collection covers Islamic and Christian literature, law, science, mathematics, astrology, alchemy, medicine, geography, travel, history, chronicles, and literature.  It also includes European translations of Arabic works and Arabic translations of Christian religious works.

The collection will be available in three modules:

Module 1: Islamic literature, Christian literature and Islamic law Module 2: Sciences, History, Geography and Periodicals Module 3: Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and...
Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 2:53pm

Ojo Público

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. 

Provider: Ojo Público
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:38pm

The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)

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. 

Provider: The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:29pm

Rutas del Conflicto

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.

Provider: Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:09pm

ICPSR

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.

Provider: ICPSR
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 12:46pm

UK Data Service

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.

Provider: UK Data Service
Updated: Oct 14, 2018 4:30pm

Global Financial Data Series

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.

Provider: Global Financial Data
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 1:01pm

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

British Library Newspapers: Part I-V, 1800-1950

British Library Newspapers: Part I-V, 1800-1950 is a series of collections of national and regional newspapers of Britain.  The archive includes newspapers originating in England, Scotland, and Ireland.

The series includes:

British Library Newspapers: Part I, 1800-1900 (formerly Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, Part 1)

British Library Newspapers: Part II: 1800-1900 (formerly Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, Part 2)

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Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 5:13pm

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers (British Library Newspapers, Parts I and II)

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.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 11:43am

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

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