Trial access to March of Time Newsreels

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Alexander St. Press is providing trial access to UMass Lowell for its March of Time newsreel collection from April 4 to June 2, 2012.

The March of Time newsreel collection contains the full run of the series, 415 videos in total, digitally remastered by HBO Archives, with searchable transcripts.These films, produced from 1935 to 1967 and in theaters until 1951, are arguably the most important U.S. newsreels created and have the highest production values. The subjects were at times controversial (e.g. racism, poverty, fascism), and so were some of March of Time’s filming methods. The films sometimes interspersed simulations of events within the real news footage to recreate events more vividly for their audiences. Actors who appeared in these simulations included well known celebrities such as Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, and Orson Welles.March of Time lost out to television programming in the 1950s and aired its last program in 1967.

The March of Time videos have been Semantically Indexed by Alexander St. Press, and users can search by people, places, historical events, and topics.

Key content includes:

  • Huey Long – (Volume 1, Episode 3) – April 19, 1935
  • The Presidency – (Volume 3, Episode 3) – November 6, 1936
  • The Supreme Court – (Volume 3, Episode 9) – April 16, 1937
  • Inside Nazi Germany – (Volume 4, Episode 6) – January 18, 1938
  • On Foreign News Fronts – (Volume 7, Episode 1) – September 1940
  • Atomic Power – (Volume 12, Episode 13) – August 9, 194
  • We are the Marines (Feature Film – Released December 1942)

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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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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ABC-CLIO Trial: 12 Academic Edition Databases

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ABC-CLIO has made available all 12 databases in its new Academic Editions suite of online reference products for trial access through the month of June, 2011. The collection includes 12 distinct, subject-focused datatabases that are meant to align with college-level courses:

For off-campus access to these databases, please use the link at the top of this page.

One of the key features of the Academic Editions databases is an option titled “Idea Exchange” that provides a collection of peer-reviewed articles on core topics designed to encourage deeper scholarly exploration and discussion.

Other features of the Academic databases include regularly updated content relevant to each database’s subject area, enhanced navigation capabilities to assist in locating key resources, and searching and filtering efficiencies.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

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ProQuest Cecil Papers Trial access though Mar. 6, 2011

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ProQuest is making available the Cecil Papers, a newly created digital archive database of documents held by the Gascoyne-Cecil family at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. These papers are particularly significant in documenting the political history of England during the Elizabethan era, 1520-1668.

The trial runs from January 30 until March 6, 2011.

The Cecil Papers database offers full-color digital images of the original Cecil Papers manuscripts at Hatfield House Archives. The approximately 30,000 documents comprising the Cecil Papers include numerous contemporary hand-drawn maps. Also included is a digitized version of the Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquess of Salisbury, an essential bibliographic tool that provides descriptive records for each document. Many of the entries in the Calendar include full transcriptions, extracts, or summary abstracts, all of which can be searched in The Cecil Papers.

Besides the political papers, The Cecil Papers database also includes selected documents from a separate collection, the Cecil Family and Estate Papers, which shed light on the rich history of three generations of the family.

The Cecil Papers are a privately held archive of  sixteenth and seventeenth-century manuscripts, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). These two men dominated the administration of government during the reign of Elizabeth I and the first eight years under her successor. The papers span the period 1520-1668, from the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, to the death of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury. Because of the importance of the Cecils, the materials offer crucial insights into the events of one of the most dynamic periods of history, including the marriages of Henry VIII, through the reign of Elizabeth I and the clandestine plans to facilitate James I/VI’s accession, upon her death.

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Newspaper Archive: two week trial, Jan 13 – 27, 2011


A two-week free trial has been provided to UMass Lowell for access to the online Newspaper Archive.

Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, is touted as the world’s largest online newspaper archive.  Newspapers date from 1753 to present and are all full-page and fully searchable by keyword or date.

New pages are added at a rate of 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month.

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19th Century Masterfile Free Trial through Dec. 2010

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UMass Lowell has a month-long free trial access to the 19th Century Masterfile, a new online search portal provided by the Paratext database company. Access is available throughout the month of December, 2010.

19th Century Masterfile is the largest resource for research into the published output of Anglo-American (and additional non-English) materials produced prior to 1925.  The goal is to include all relevant indexes to periodicals, books, newspapers, patents and US and many UK government documents.  There are currently more than 70 indexes available to search through one portal that combines records for more than 8,000 periodicals, as well as extensive indexes  for millions of books, along with newspapers, patents and US and UK government documents.

This database began many years ago as a digitization of Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature. It has subsequently grown to encompass dozens of indexes, covering a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, science, engineering, psychology, patents, and more.

All of the indexes are fully searchable. Search results can then be resolved to allow connections to UMass Lowell subscribed content within full-text databases such as JStor.)  The Masterfile we also provides alternative access to open access content (such as HathiTrust and Google Books) when it is available.

Latest additions to 19th Century Masterfile include “Index to the Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789,” “General Index to Engineering Periodicals 1883-1893,” and “Records of US Congressional Serial Set (Readex) 1789-1930.”

About Paratext

Paratext, founded in 1993, is an independent information company located in Austin, Texas. It publishes bibliographic databases linking to millions of full text scholarly documents, as well as providing technological services to the academic, public and special library markets in North America and throughout the world. UMass Lowell Libraries also currently has a trial available to the Paratext Reference Universe index of core reference materials. For more information pertaining that trial, please refer to blog post #475.

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HRAF Database Trial for Nov. & Dec. 2010

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The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF), Founded in 1949 at Yale University, is an internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. UMass Lowell has been granted access through the end of Fall Semester, 2010, to the HRAF Archaeology and World Cultures databases.

eHRAF Archaeology is a cross-cultural database containing information on the world’s prehistory.  The full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level. It is organized by regions and archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of a general summary and full-text documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts.

eHRAF World Cultures is an online cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life.

It is organized by regions and archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of a general summary and full-text documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts. It contains over half a million pages of information on all aspects of cultural and social life with diverse topics ranging from foodways to religious beliefs to mythology.

The Human Relations Area Files, Inc. (HRAF) mission is to encourage and facilitate worldwide comparative studies of human behavior, society, and culture.

AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Trial Extended Through Dec. 24

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The trial from Ebsco Publishing for the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections has been extended to run through December 24, 2010. The AAS collections consist of two series so far, 1691 – 1820 and 1821 – 1837. Series 3, 4, and 5 will be available soon.

The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection Series 1: 1691-1820 presents 550 titles. Representing over two centuries of print culture and ranging from early works imported by the colonists to later titles published on American soil on the eve of the Revolution and during the early republic.

The (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection Series 2:  1821 – 1837 presents over 1000 titles dating from 1821 through 1837. The subject matter covered in Series 2 represents the Jacksonian Democracy era in history and is broad in scope and includes agriculture, entertainment, history, literary criticism, and politics

The entire AAS Historical Periodicals Collection will consist of five series created from serials holdings belonging to one of the premier repositories in the United States, the American Antiquarian Society and featuring about 6500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.

Access to these trials is available below as well as through the Library’s Trials and New Resources web page.

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Films on Demand adds Archival Newsreels

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This month, Films on Demand  has added over 250 historic newsreels from United News to its Digital Library. Focusing on World War II, these films offer an intriguing glimpse into American life during turbulent times. Useful as a primary source for historical and cultural research, each newsreel is segmented by subject for convenient searching and viewing.

Titles are available immediately: in the “View By Subject” bar, click on the link “Archival Films & Newsreels” to browse over 1,200 newsreel segments, or use Advanced Search for keyword searches by selecting “Archival Films & Newsreels” in the “Subject” drop-down menu.

More archival film footage and newsreels will be available to subscribers soon.

Irish Newspaper Archives adds new content

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 The Irish Newspaper Archives, available online as an annual subscription from the UML Library web site, has added new content to its holdings:

The Kerryman 2008
The Nenagh Guardian 1838-1899
The Westmeath Examiner 1921-1949

Beginning next month the following titles will be added:

The Kerryman  2009
Finn’s Leinster Journal 1771-1776

The Irish Newspaper Archive is the largest online database of Irish Newspapers in the world. It contains complete archives of the Irish Independent (1905-Current), The Freeman’s Journal (1763-1924), the Nation (1842-1897) and many more leading national, regional and out-of date titles. To date the INA has digitized 19 newspaper titles with over 20 more titles scheduled for digitization.

The vast majority of titles run from their inception to current issues and are updated on a monthly basis. All titles are rendered fully word searchable and date indexed. You can also limit searches to pictures and advertisements.

Besides newspapers, the INA is in the process of digitizing other documents of historical interest such as directories and the vast Lawrence photographic collection, consisting of over 50,000 prints from early Victorian Ireland.

Accessibility to the Irish Newspaper Archive is available from the alphabet index list of electronic resources on the UML Library web site home page or on the library’s Newspaper Databases web page.