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African American Communities
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.
American Studies: the colonisation of North America and the American revolution
American Studies: the colonisation of North America and the American revolution is a thematic series contained as a sub-set within the digitized archival content known as British Online Archives (BOA), distributed by Microform Academic Publishers (MAP). This series includes the following collections:
America in records from colonial missionaries, 1635-1928 American prisoners of war, 1812-1815 American records in...
ArcGIS is an online, cloud-based mapping platform that enables visualization and access to geographic information system (GIS) data in the form of: base maps, imagery, and demographic data along with analytic and mapping tools.
Cambridge Archive Editions Online
Cambridge Archive Editions Online will bring together the 1,200-volume series of Cambridge Archive Editions in full-text, searchable format. Cambridge Archive Editions presents scholarly articles and facsimile editions of primary source documents (with full annotation) from the National Archives of the UK covering the Near and Middle East, Slavic and Balkan regions, and East and South East Asia.
Cambridge Archive Editions is an imprint of Cambridge University Press. East View Information Services will develop and host the volumes on its "Universal Database" platform.
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
Church Missionary Society Periodicals
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....
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...
DIVA-GIS is a free computer program for mapping and geographic data analysis (geographic information system) that also provides access to free spatial data for the whole world that you can use in DIVA-GIS or other programs. Spatial data is also openly available at the country and global level and also includes global climate data, species occurrence data, and high resolution satellite images.
Data-Planet Statistical Datasets and Hosting Services
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.
DemographicsNOW: Business & People
DemographicsNow: Business & People connects users with detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States and Canada.
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.
Global Think Tanks (formerly Policy Commons)
Global Think Tanks indexes and links to more than 3.4 million reports, working papers, policy briefs, data sources, and media drawn from a curated directory of more than 24,000 think tanks, including IGOs, NGOs, and research centers across the globe. Delivered on the Policy Commons Platform, Global Think Tanks currently provides full text coverage of more than 8,500 organizations and includes more than 55,000 rescued reports from over 500 inactive organizations.
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.
Human Rights Studies Online
Human Rights Studies Online from Alexander Street Press provides access to primary and secondary materials across multiple media formats and content type for selected events, including Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than 30 additional subjects. It includes extensive, comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Online subscription database of multimedia content, covering "Terrorist/Rebel Incidents, Threats, Hostages, Groups,[ . . .] Individuals, Country Data, Alerts, Maps & Recognition Photos of Vehicles, Weapons, Clothing & More. . . . . As of 30 Sep. 2014, the ICD contains more than 141,000 records covering more than 1,100 hours of audio and video (3,800+ releases), 124,000 incidents, 800 facial records, 330 hostage records, 2,200 photos, 350 logos, 2,900 threat communications, 29 ArcGIS maps, 400 analytical reports." (www.intelcenter.com/icd, January 2015).
LandScan is a unique data set showing population distribution, developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In 2011, East View obtained an exclusive license for all distribution of this database outside of internal government uses. The data set is available through a subscription for each year (representing data collected in the previous year). East View also offers The LandScan Global Archive, a compilation of the historical LandScan data sets.
Migration to New Worlds
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...
Military intelligence files: Land, Sea & Air, 1938-1974
Military intelligence files: Land, Sea & Air, 1938-1974 provides access to 73,344 pages in 12 volumes of military movements and intelligence reports covering Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, and more.
PolicyMap is a curated geographic data library with mapping and analytic tools. PolicyMap provides access to over 37,000 indicators from over 150 sources, including Center for Disease Control, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Housing and Urban Development, FDIC, FCC, FEMA, and the US Department of Agriculture.
Social Explorer - Direct
Social Explorer database 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.
Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP). 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.
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