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December 1, 2019
A collage of images from databases comprised of covers of magazines and newspapers.
Collage by Caslin Applewhite

These new electronic resources were acquired by VCU Libraries during the 2018-19 academic year. These resources can be accessed through the databases web page.

African Newspapers: The British Library Collection (Readex)

Features 64 newspapers from throughout Africa, all published before 1901. Chronicles African history and daily life through eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and military reports. Provides news and analysis covering the European exploration of Africa, colonial exploitation, economics, Atlantic trade, the mapping of the continent, early moves toward self-governance, the growth of South Africa and more.

American Consumer Culture (Adam Matthew)

Provides cross-searchable access to primary sources for the study of market research, consumerism, business and advertising in America. Three modules are included. First is the J. Walter Thompson Company Archives, the most complete and informative record of the history of modern advertising. Global in its coverage, it includes nine full account files of major clients: Kellogg, Kodak, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Pan American World Airways, R.T. French, Scott Paper Company, United States Marine Corps, and White Castle Restaurants, giving insight into the research, creative and decision-making process. Second is Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965. This module provides insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer. Third is Trade Catalogues and the American Home. This collection presents a wealth of highly visual trade catalogues, cards and marketing ephemera, tracing the rise of the “American dream” and evolution of commerce throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

American Underworld: The Flash Press (Readex)

Includes more than 60 papers and offers rare insights into urban life, criminal activity, and the underground economy and literature of the 19th century. Of particular interest to scholars in the fields of women’s studies, ethnic studies, urban life, criminal activity and literature. The Flash Press arose and crested between the 1830s and 1850s.

Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination (Wolters Kluwer)

Video series providing systems-based physical examination techniques. Covers adult, infant, child and older adult patients. Each video may be viewed as chapter-by-chapter or as a full volume. Includes OSCE Clinical Skills Videos.

Black Drama: Third Edition (Alexander Street Press)

Contains the full text of more than 1,700 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean and other African diaspora countries.

Business Insights: Global (Gale)

Provides comprehensive international business intelligence. Includes thousands of company, country, and business topic overviews, a profile for every UN recognized country, market share reports, economic and business indicators, case studies, business executive video interviews, analytical tools and more.

Digital Theatre+  (Digital Theatre)

A platform for the performing arts providing students with access to full-length productions, interviews, texts, rehearsals and other educational resources.

Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage (Adam Matthew)

Contains the Larpent Collection, an archive of almost every play submitted for licence between 1737-1824, along with the diaries of Larpent’s wife, Anna, recording her criticisms of plays. Hundreds of playbills, theatre records and correspondence provide social context. Also included are two reference works: The London Stage 1660-1800 and A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800.

Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate)

Part of the Web of Science Core Collection, this index provides early visibility for high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging research fields while they are under evaluation for inclusion in SCIE, SSCI, and AHCI.

Hein Online (William S. Hein & Co., Inc.)

Two resources were added to the Libraries’ Hein Online subscription this year. First is Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies. This resource contains the most current and extensive listing of publications (many in full text) created by presidential advisory bodies (committees, commissions, boards, blue-ribbon panels, task forces). Second is the World Treaty Library, which contains all original, major treaty sets, including Rohn’s treaty index, Dumont, Bevans, Martens, League of Nations, United States and United Nations treaties.

Intelligent Technologies & Robotics Ebook Collection (Springer)

Covers automation, computational intelligence, mechatronics, robotics, smart technologies, ambient intelligence, big data, human-machine collaboration, cyber-physical and embedded systems.

JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

JoVE publishes the leading peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed video methods journal, which provides high-quality video demonstrations and detailed text protocols. In addition, innovative video collections in the JoVE Science Education Library, focus on STEM subjects, such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, psychology, clinical medicine and engineering. This year the Libraries upgraded its subscription to include all sections of JoVE.

JSTOR Security Studies (JSTOR)

Encompasses research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe. Contains journals, ebooks, and research reports covering subjects such as anarchy, arms control, cybersecurity, defense spending, diplomatic relations, economic security, foreign aid, foreign policy, geopolitics, insurgency, maritime security, rogue states, surveillance, terrorism, war crimes, and many others.

LGBT Thought and Culture (Alexander Street Press)

Key works and archival documentation of LGBT political and social movements throughout the 20th century and into the present day. Includes the Pat Rocco Collection, The Jeanne Cordova Papers, and the Magnus Hirschfeld Collection. Content includes seminal texts, letters, periodicals, speeches, interviews and other archival materials from local and national organizations as well as from around the world.

Literature Criticism Online (Gale)

Comprised of Gale’s award-winning series of literary criticism in an online format. Includes the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.

Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900 (Readex)

Contains virtually every play published in the United States during 1820-1900. Includes annotated copies of prompt books and manuscripts.

Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700 (Adam Matthew)

Produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. This resource contains 16th and 17th century manuscripts of early modern British women authors, including account books, diaries, prayer, prose, translations, travel writing, verse and more. Includes digital facsimiles of many of the manuscripts.

referenceUSA (Infogroup)

Provides research on businesses, including data summaries by neighborhood, city or state and by type or size of business. Users can conduct market research for similar or competitive businesses in a specific region. 

Shakespeare’s Globe Archive (Adam Matthew)

Documenting over 300 productions from 1997-2016, this digital collection is a critical resource for the study of Shakespeare, theater, cultural history and early-modern literature. Contains architectural plans, photographs, prompt books and wardrobe notes for original practice performances, musical scores, oral histories, essays and video interviews.

Social Work Online (Alexander Street Press)

Multimedia resource that combines video (documentaries and client demonstrations) with relevant text content to illustrate the complex and challenging realities social work students will face as practitioners. Topics covered include children and families, diversity, school social work, older adults, substance abuse, criminal justice, mental health, health care, poverty, crisis and trauma, social welfare and the history of social work.

World Politics Review (Ebsco)

Full text database providing analysis of critical global trends. Fosters discussion and debate about foreign affairs and international relations in the U.S. and around the world.

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