Alexander Street Press Database Trials

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Alexander St. Press is offering a group of databases for trial access to UMass Lowell. These resources are available through November 13, 2011. Included in the trial are the following titles:

American History in Video provides a rich collection of video for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. This material is indexed to enable in-depth browsing and searching of both the bibliographic and the full-text elements within the database.. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

The Gilded Age brings primary documents and scholarly commentary together into a searchable collection. In addition to an extensive selection of key treatises, the collection also includes songs, letters, photographs, cartoons, government documents, and ephemera. This primary content is enhanced by video interviews with scholars and numerous topical critical documentary essays specially commissioned for the project by Alexander Street Press. Covering such themes as race, labor, immigration, commerce, western expansion, and women’s suffrage, these essays illuminate the rapidly changing cultural
landscape of America during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the election of Theodore Roosevelt. The collection currently has over 53,000 pages.

Harper’s Weekly was the definitive newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It had broad national distribution and some international, a circulation that exceeded 100,000 and peaked at 300,000, and effective readership of at least half a million people. This complete digital version includes the full text of all issues plus over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps, and portraits.

Images of America: A History of American Life in Images in Texts is a new resource cultivated from Arcadia Publishing’s award-winning series of local history books. At completion, it will include over 1 million historical images and texts, celebrating American places and faces. All of the images and texts have been indexed, enabling users to explore the depth of a town’s history or to compare the histories of various towns, cultures, ethnic groups, architectural features, and more.

Lincoln and the Civil War is a subset of material from the Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines series focused on historical documents from newspapers and periodicals related to Lincoln’s Presidential political life from 1860 until his death immediately following the Civil War.

Social Theory offers an extensive selection of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. It features more than 150,000 pages of content by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and Talcott Parsons.

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history. The collection currently includes 102 document projects and archives with more than 4,050 documents and 145,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by some 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

Access to these trials is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage both from on campus and remotely.

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