Resources: CRL Reviews
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.
Since its founding in 1920 as the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London-based Chatham House has been a leading center for policy research on international affairs. In 2013, an online searchable database integrating a large extent of Chatham House’s publications and archives was made available for the first time. Gale Cengage released the first module of The Chatham House Online Archive, covering the years 1920–79, in 2013. The second module, covering the years 1980–2010, is slated for release in late spring 2014.
The China Data Center is a unit of the University of Michigan that was founded in 1997. The China Data Center is designed to serve as an international center for advancing the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system.
The China Data Center is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Institute of Social Research (ISR), and the the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Sciences (ICPSR).
Retrospective issues of The Christian Science Monitor are available through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database platform, dating from the Monitor’s inception in 1908 through 1996.
Church Missionary Society Periodicals provides digital access to two hundred years of serial publications from the British-based Church Missionary Society (CMS) and the South American Missionary Society. The collection consists of two modules.
Module 1: Global Missions and Contemporary Encounters was released in April 2015 and features a wide range of titles from the collection at the Crowther Mission Studies Library in Oxford. It includes the Church Missionary Gleaner, CMS Outlook, CMS Intelligencer, Ruanda Notes (MAM News) and the South Missionary Magazine, encompassing issues from 1804-2009....
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.
Classic Mexican Cinema is a small, specialized digital collection of around 40,000 pages issued as one of the Brill Primary Sources collections. The five periodicals featured are from the Archives of the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). In addition to periodicals the collection includes the personal scrapbook of filmmaker Fernando de Fuentes, as well as 50 rare lobby cards.
Online resources currently available from Classiques Garnier Numérique include databases of primary source texts, classic works of criticism, and dictionaries.
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...
Adam Matthew Digital Collections has released four collections in the Confidential Print series. These collections are full-text searchable databases of British Government documents generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices based in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America from 1820 to 1970. All items marked “Confidential Print” were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad. These materials range from letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports, and texts of treaties.
Conscientious Objection during World War 1 provides access to 6,888 pages of papers written by Britain's peace campaigners during World War I.
The open access dataset of Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence (CREV) includes provides detailed dyadic information on electoral violence in 101 countries between1995 and 2013. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Like its older sibling, Current Digest of the Russian Press, this weekly serial publication launched early in 2012 (after a pilot issue in August 2011) provides English translations of timely articles selected from domestic Chinese news publications. The digital archive from East View contains 373 issues dating from 2011 to the present.
East View reports that the archive will grow with ongoing subscription and is hosted on East View's Universal Database platform.
Declassified Documents Reference System is a digital collection of U.S. government documents. It includes original documents from the the White House and a variety of U.S. government agencies, such as: the CIA, FBI, Defense Department, Justice Department, National Security Council, State Department, and Commerce Department and International Trade Administration.
DemographicsNow: Business & People connects users with detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States and Canada.
Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) provides access to declassified U.S. government documents from 1945-2013. The resource now includes 48 collections consisting of approximately 120,000 indexed documents focusing on national security topics, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Intelligence after 9/11, and the Vietnam War.
The collection contains policy documents including presidential directives, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters and other secret material.
DigitalGlobe is the primary commercial provider of very high-resolution (VHR) geospatial images and data for all world regions,from satellite and aerial capture. DigitalGlobe Basemap is a subscription service that provides access to customized collections of data sets from the DigitalGlobe repository tailored to the needs of individual client libraries.
Digitalia provides online access to a collection of streaming videos and thousands of French language e-Books.
Their subscription based platforms include:
Digitalia Film Library is a multilingual, multi-national collection of streaming films from Spain, France, other European and eastern European countries, North American Classic films, and Latin American films from many Latin American countries including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil (Portuguese), and others. This library now has approximately 900+ films and will grow to over 900 films this year.
Digitalia Française provides...
In partnership with Alexander Street Press, Docuseek2 provides exclusive educational streaming access to more than 800 films from Bullfrog Films®, Collective Eye Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, KimStim, the National Film Board of Canada, and Terra Nova Films.
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...
Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides perspectives from all of the protagonists, including traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials, both men and women. This collection provides a wide range of published and unpublished accounts, including narratives, diaries, journals, and letters.
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