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Guide will provide an overview of new collections and resources acquired and/or subscribed to by the Kelvin Smith Library.

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Highlights of New Resources

This guide provides an introduction and helpful information to new collections and resources acquired by the Kelvin Smith Library. The guide will highlight major purchases and subscriptions of print and electronic content.

Purchases from past years can be found from the navigation on the left.

If you have any questions about the resources, please contact the appropriate librarian listed at the bottom of left column of this guide.

New in 2017-18: Women, War and Society, 1914-1918

Image of a poster about women supporting efforts of World War OneThe First World War had a revolutionary and permanent impact on the personal, social and professional lives of all women. Their essential contribution to the war in Europe is fully documented in this definitive collection of primary source materials brought together in the Imperial War Museum, London. These unique documents - charity and international relief reports, pamphlets, photographs, press cuttings, magazines, posters, correspondence, minutes, records, diaries, memoranda, statistics, circulars, regulations and invitations - are published here for the first time in fully-searchable form, along with interpretative essays from leading scholars. Together these documents form an indispensable resource for the study of 20th-Century social, political, military and gender history.

New in 2017-18: World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

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World’s fairs are a truly interdisciplinary subject. They engage topics as diverse as globalization and city planning to visual culture, bubble-gum and a global public, and this resource aims to reflect this breadth by including as wide a range of material types as possible. From the governmental records of early financial appeals and delicate international diplomacy, minutes and correspondence of fair committees and plans and design concepts, to contemporary ephemera (tickets, pamphlets, posters), personal accounts and official guidebooks; a huge range of angles of enquiry are made possible.

The first fair represented in this resource is what many consider the first world’s fair, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations at the Crystal Palace in London, 1851. The latest case study is Montreal’s Expo 1967, but there are documents as recent as Milan’s (successful) bid to host Expo 2015. The largest concentration of documents relate to fairs from the late Victorian-early Edwardian era of 1880-1920; the ‘golden age’ of expositions when neighbouring cities raced to outdo each other – sometimes hosting rival fairs in the same year.

While there are documents for host nations from every continent, the historical focus of international expositions (and therefore this resource) is Northern European, North American and – in the twentieth century in particular – East Asian. Throughout the centuries, however, countries from all over the world participated in world’s fairs not only as displayed but as active displayers, and can be discovered in this resource.

New in 2017-18: AAS Historical Periodicals (American Antiquarian Society)

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Partnering with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction, EBSCO provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.

The fifty thematic subsets from AAS Historical Periodicals include digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals not available from any other source and provide rich content detailing American history and culture from the mid-18th century through the late-19th century. These specialized collections cover advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more.

Both researchers and faculty members can find just what they are searching for in a particular area of interest within these smaller collections, which vary in title count from 87 to approximately 300 in the broadest collection.

New in 2017-18: Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015

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Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015 is a collection of US and British papers that represent Communism, Socialism, and Marxism as alternative visions of organizing society. Based in the philosophy of Karl Marx, his critique of political economy, and Marx’s belief in social politics, it addresses issues of the 20th Century such as: the working class, labor conditions, unionism, post-WWII McCarthyism, and Nazi crimes against humanity. The collection is made possible in cooperation with the Marxist Internet Archive. 

The collection will be complete in the first half of 2018.  

Left of Liberalism: Marxist-Socialist Newspapers, 1900-2015 includes:

  • 141 Marxist and Socialist newspapers with more than 200,000 pages representing 115 years of socialist theory and practice
  • OCR’d text and support for cross-collection searching
  • Long-term digital preservation through Portico
  • Article-level indexing
  • Saved searches and usage reports
  • Support for digital humanities work

Digital humanities analysis, such as text and data mining, is possible. Contact the library so we can attain a copy of the collection for your needs.

New in 2017-18: Scopus & SciVal

New in 2017-18: Academic Video Online (AVON)

Academic Video Online (AVON) promotional image of various film graphicsAcademic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. More than 17,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street, all with a predictable annual cost.

Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment.

The database includes scholarly video material of virtually every video type: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, demonstrations, original and raw footage including tens of thousands of exclusive tiles. There are thousands of award-winning films,  Academy,® Emmy,® and Peabody® winners along with the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.  

The embedable video player with keyword-searchable transcripts allows users to browse and refine with intuitive facets and then create and share custom clips and playlists.

Bought in 2017-18: Financial Times Historical Archive (2011-2016)

Expands the interdisciplinary research opportunities in this newspaper with an additional 123,000 pages. 

This new supplement will become available in March 2018.

By adding this supplement to your existing Financial Times Historical Archive collection, users are able to read and view more recent history as it happened.  From these unforgettable moments that the Financial Times has covered…

  • Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks killed after ten years of pursuit by United States and coalition forces
  • President Barack Obama’s significant victory for his second term in office as well as the passage of the Affordable Care Act
  • The creation of the Black Lives Matter movement and discussion of police brutality in poor, minority, and violent neighborhoods in the U.S.
  • The FIFA scandal with focus on the Qatar world cup award
  • Brexit
  • The Scottish independence campaign
  • The Fukushima meltdown
  • Morsi being ousted in Egypt
  • ISIS and Radical Islamic terrorist inspired attacks throughout the world
  • …to financial scandals, financial highs and lows, and global change, this supplement helps to paint a complete picture of world business, economic, social and political history. 

Bought in 2017-18: Elsevier Online Encyclopedias

New in 2017-18: SAGE Research Methods

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SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Nearly everyone at a university is involved in research, from students learning how to conduct research to faculty conducting research for publication to librarians delivering research skills training and doing research on the efficacy of library services. SAGE Research Methods has the answer for each of these user groups, from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.

SAGE Research Methods is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method. The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best technique to use in their research. Built upon SAGE’s legacy of methods publishing, SAGE Research Methods is the essential online tool for researchers.

Added 2017-18: PhilPapers

 PhilPapers logoPhilPapers is:

  • ...a comprehensive index of the research literature in philosophy. The index includes over 2 million research books and articles.
  • Open Access archive
  • ...a comprehensive structured bibliography of philosophy. PhilPapers' structured bibliography organizes half a million entries into over 5,000 topics at different levels of generality. Classification is maintained by a combination of automatic classification, crowd-sourcing, and curation work done by approximately 400 appointed academics.
  • ...a major content alerting service in philosophy. Each week, PhilPapers sends over 10,000 content alerts by email to subscribed users, providing them a summary of new papers on their topics of interest. PhilPapers also has more than 4,000 subscriptions to its RSS feeds.
  • online community of philosophers.  PhilPapers has over 250,000 registered users, including the majority of professional philosophers and graduate students.