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Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society

Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society provides access to amateur publications that were written, edited, and published primarily by young people, aged 12-20, during the second half of the 19th century.  This collection comprises of 3,000 titles and includes editorials, original short fiction, essays, poetry, and more.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016

According to Gale,The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016 provides access to approximately one million pages of one of the United Kingdom's major national newspapers.  Launched in 1855 as The Daily Telegraph and Courier, this broadsheet morning paper claimed to be "the largest, best, and cheapest newspaper in the world", gaining a circulation of more than 300,000 by the late nineteenth century.

This archival collection also includes access to the Sunday Telegraph from 1961. 

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets

China and the Modern World: Diplomacy and Political Secrets provides access to records from the Political and Secret Department, the Burma Office (created as a separate entity in 1937) and the Military Department.  This collection includes: intelligence and diplomatic mission reports, correspondence, official diaries, memoranda, pamphlets, gazetteers and maps

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 25, 2019 11:43am

China and the Modern World

China and the Modern World is a series of digital collections of monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondences, and more.  This collection covers the period of 1800s to 1980s.

The collections in this series:

China and the Modern World: Missionary, Sinology, and Literary Periodicals China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service and China 1854-1949 China and the Modern World: Hong Kong, Britain, and China, 1841-1951
Provider: Gale
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 12:05am

Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Archives of Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II provides access to approximately 700,000 pages of unpublished manuscript records that document the causes, effects, and responses to refugee crises across the world immediately before, during, and shortly after World War II. Government records, refugee agency files, and correspondence reveal the hidden history of those uprooted within and across national borders as well as the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed. This archive can be searched by nationality and ethnicity, country fled, and settlement and resettlement destinations.       

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

Religions of America

Religions of America provides access to more than 660,000 pages of manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera, and visuals that follow the development of religion in North America. 

Provider: Gale
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 12:05am

The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945-1991

The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945-1991 provides access to CIA monitored, recorded, and translated coverage of the Cold War in foreign media and government publications during the period of 1945-1991.  It covers newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, books, government reports, and more.

Content for this collection is primarily sourced from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports and the...

Provider: Readex
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 9:02pm

IPUMS International

The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) is an online database of microdata from 79 countries (2015) for international social and economic research, created and maintained by the Minnesota Population Center. Source data is provided by participating National Statistical Offices. The data are coded and documented consistently across countries and over time to facillitate comparative research.   The data are available to qualified researchers free of charge through a web dissemination system.

Provider: Minnesota Population Center
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 2:27pm

Planet

Planet Labs provides a series of products of satellite images and data for research using geospatial data. The products utilize the imagery produced by Planet Lab's Triple CubeSat miniature satellites, programed to capture different swaths of Earth.

According to Planet's company site, the products serve a wide range of markets, including: agriculture, civil government, defense and intelligence, education and research, emergency management, energy and infrastructure, finance and business, forestry and land use, insurance, mapping and maritime.  

Provider: Planet Labs
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 11:54am

MultiData Online

MultiData Online is a news database covering 52 dailies and weekly newspapers dating back to 1994. The service collects news stories in the Arabic language from various newspapers and portals as well as a number of English and French language newspapers published in Arab countries. 

MultiData Online is divided into five databases. The services includes access to full text of 52 newspapers, bibliographic citations for articles from over 225 Arabic periodicals since 1920, full text book reviews from more than 250 newspapers and magazines in the Arab world from 1998, subject index to theses submitted to 21 Lebanese institutions, and access to an index Arabicus which includes the contents of 42 Arabic periodicals published between 1870 and 1969. ...

Provider: Multidata Services Inc.
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 9:44am

Frankfurter Rundschau

Frankfurter Rundschau, available through the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeilung (F.A.Z.) Bibliotheksportal contains the digital articles of Frankfurter Rundschau since 1995.

Provider: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 2:19pm

VoxGov Federal

VoxGov Federal is a platform that aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by U.S. Federal Government agencies and and individual representatives. VoxGov Federal focuses on the regulatory process (lawmaking, rulemaking, and compliance). Though much of the information aggregated by VoxGov Federal is available in VoxGov's core product (VoxGov for Education), this distinct platform adds significant regulatory content and offers a different lens on government process.

https://federal.voxgov.com 

Provider: voxgov
Updated: Jul 19, 2019 12:35pm

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

South Asia Terrorism Portal

The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) is a website dedicated to providing access to data on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia through an online database for research and analysis of all extremist movements in the region. SATP is a searchable and continuously updated database on available information relating to terrorism, low intensity warfare and ethnic/communal/sectarian strife in South Asia. 

Provider: The Institute for Conflict Management
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:55am

IBISWorld Products

The IBISWorld product suite is a series of reports on approximately 700 domestic and international industries; each report is 30 to 40 pages and contains statistics and analysis of market characteristics, operating conditions, and five-year forecasts. The suite also includes specialized reports on small, emerging industries. IBISWorld includes local level analyses on industries in the State Industry Reports collection. 

Included in the suite is the Industry Wizard, a tool that enables users to extract information from a select set of industries based on specific criteria, defined by the user. Reports are available in PDF. 

Provider: IBISWorld
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:54am

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

OpenAfrica

OpenAfrica is a volunteer driven open data platform, it aims to be the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. Maintained by Code for Africa, it is a public service that is available as a free resource for citizens, civil society organisations, civic activists, the media, and government agencies. Users can upload, download and reuse data available through the platform. 

Provider: Code for Africa
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:54am

Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD)

Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) is a resource representing protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. SCAD currently includes information on social conflicts from 1990-2016, covering all of Africa and now also Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Provider: Strauss Center, University of Texas at Austin
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:53am

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: Jun 13, 2019 11:52am

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