Key Databases

Historical Abstracts with Full Text

Covers the history of the world except for the United States and Canada from 1450 to the present. Includes all branches of history: political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Also includes materials relating to the profession of history. Approximately 50% of the articles are from English-language journals. A good source for finding scholarly sources on international issues. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1955 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The African Studies Companion: A Guide to Information Sources

The African Studies Companion seeks to bring together a wide range of sources of information in the African studies field, now covering both print and electronic resources. The majority of listings identify primarily general, multidisciplinary sources of information, and for the most part those in English.

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Coverage:
Selected resources through 2006
Updated:
Every 2 years
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
African American Historical Serials Collection

This digital primary source collection was developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture utilizing over 170 unique titles. Collection coverage includes archival content from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, The African Methodist Zion Church, numerous Baptist churches and other materials published between 1829 and 1922. Content includes some periodicals, reports and annuals from African American religious organizations. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1829-1922
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Civil War Primary Source Documents

From the New-York Historical Society, Civil War Primary Source Documents is an archive of unique manuscripts chronicling the American Civil War as it was experienced. Providing both Northern and Southern perspectives, it covers all aspects of the war, including reactions and impressions from the home front. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Oxford Research Encyclopedia: African History

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each encyclopedia covers both foundational and cutting-edge topics.

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Coverage:
NA
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Black Thought and Culture

Collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures—covering 250 years of history. In addition to the most familiar works, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. The ideas of over 1,000 authors present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America.

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Coverage:
19th Century; 20th Century
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Women and Social Movements: Modern Empire since 1820

Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires offers clusters of documents in nine categories: Asian Empires, 1842-2001, European Empires, 1820-2005, Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Empires in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1860-2015. Collection explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices. With a clear focus on bringing the voices of the colonized to the forefront.

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Coverage:
1820-present
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
JSTOR

Image backfiles of journals in humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Includes the following collections: Arts & Sciences I through X, Arts & Sciences XII; Life Sciences, Iberoamerica and JSTOR Asia collection. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Provides bibliographic information and abstracts to articles in over 1000 journals related to political science.

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Coverage:
1975 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
International Index to Black Periodicals (See Black Studies Center)

Includes current and retrospective bibliographic citations and abstracts from over 150 scholarly and popular journals, newspapers and newsletters from the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean and full-text coverage of 31 core Black Studies periodicals. Coverage is international in scope and multidisciplinary spanning cultural, economic, historical, religious, social and political issues of importance to Black Studies.

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Coverage:
1998 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Women's Studies International

Women's Studies International includes bibliographic information for journals and books drawn from a variety of women's studies sources and essential databases. WSI provides electronic access to Women's Studies Abstracts, Women's Studies Database, Women's Studies Librarian, Women of Color and Southern Women: A Bibliography of Social Science Research, and Women's Health and Development: An Annotated Bibliography. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1972 +
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
Limited to five concurrent users
Anthropology Plus

Anthropology Plus is one of the most comprehensive indexes covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics, and related interdisciplinary research. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Late 19th century to the present
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
Limited to five concurrent users
Political Science: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

Provides access to the full text of 23 journals on political science published by Sage and its publishing partners.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Continually
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
EconLit with Full Text

EconLit, the American Economic Association's electronic database, is the world's foremost source of references to economic literature. EconLit with Full Text contains all of the content available in EconLit, plus full text for more than 400 publications including titles from the American Economic Association. EconLit is a reliable source of citations and abstracts to economic research dating back to 1969. It provides links to full text articles in all fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics and much more. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies, indexing goes back to 1969
Updated:
Continuously
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Public Administration Abstracts

Includes bibliographic records for the English language journals in the field of public administration. Full text for some articles.

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Coverage:
1963 +
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
AnthroSource

AnthroSource provides current content from American Anthropology Associations's diverse portfolio of 32 anthropological publications which includes journals, books, monographs, bulletins and newsletters. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
varies with title going back over 100 years
Updated:
as publication issues are released
Fulltext:
yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Black Abolitionist Papers

This full-text collection details the extensive work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War. Covering the period 1830-1865, the collection presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. The approximately 15.000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1830-1865
Updated:
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
LGBTQ+ Source

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: LGBT Life with Full Text

This database covers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. Disciplines covered by LGBT Life include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
Yes, selected.
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users.
Social Sciences Full Text

Provide access to an assortment of the most important English-language social science journals. Social Science Full Text includes full-text articles from hundreds of journals, covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Varies.
Updated:
Varies.
Fulltext:
Yes, selected.
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users.
Gale Primary Sources

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: Artemis Primary Sources

Platform that searches across all Gale Primary Sources databases UAlbany subscribes to. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
18 and 19th centuries
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Liberia and the U.S.: Nation-Building in Africa, 1864–1918

This series consists of correspondence and telegrams received and sent by the United States diplomatic post in Liberia. The topics covered by these records include all aspects of relations with Liberia, and interactions of American citizens with the Liberian government and people. Source Institution: U.S. National Archives. Extent:17,723 images.

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Coverage:
1864-1918
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Fannie Lou Hamer: Papers of a Civil Rights Activist, Political Activist, and Woman

This collection of digitized historical documents offers a focus from the life and work of Fanny Lou Hamer. Fannie Lou Hamer was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity. The collection contains correspondence, financial records, programs, photographs, newspaper articles, invitations, and other printed items. Source Institution:Amistad Research Center. Extent: 28,577 images

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Coverage:
1966-1978
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collection on the Civil Rights Movement

The Ralph J. Bunche Oral History Collection (formerly the Civil Rights Documentation Project) from the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center is a unique resource for the study of the era of the American civil rights movement. Included here are transcriptions of close to 700 interviews with those who made history in the struggles for voting rights, against discrimination in housing, for the desegregation of the schools, to expose racism in hiring, in defiance of police brutality, and to address poverty in the African American communities. Extent: 27,002 images

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Coverage:
1967-1973 (covers the 1950s through early 1970s)
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Enforcement of Federal Law in the South, 1871–1884

This collection on law and order documents the efforts of district attorneys from southern states to uphold federal laws in the states that fought in the Confederacy or were Border States. This publication includes their correspondence with the attorney general as well all other letters received by the attorney general from the states in question during that period, including the correspondence of marshals, judges, convicts, and concerned or aggrieved citizens. Source Institution: U.S. National Archives. Extent: 59,185 images

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Coverage:
1871-1884
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users

Other Databases

Academic Search Complete

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: EBSCO Academic Search Complete

Scholarly, multidisciplinary database. Includes more than 7,000 full-text periodicals(6,000+ are peer reviewed) in the social sciences, humanities, and science and technology. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
Many from 1990, some indexed as early as 1887
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933–1947

The National Negro Congress was established in 1936 to "secure the right of the Negro people to be free from Jim Crowism, segregation, discrimination, lynching, and mob violence" and "to promote the spirit of unity and cooperation between Negro and white people." It was conceived as a national coalition of church, labor, and civil rights organizations that would coordinate protest action in the face of deteriorating economic conditions for blacks. This collection comprises the files of John P. Davis, Edward Strong, and Revels Cayton, as well as financial records. Included with the National Negro Congress records are Davis’ files from the Negro Industrial League, 1933, of which he had been executive secretary; Davis’ files from the Joint Committee on National Recovery, 1933-1935, an ad-hoc lobby to protect black interests in the federal government; and his subject/reference files on different aspects of the "Negro question." Also, records of the Negro Labor Victory Committee, 1942-1945, including files of Charles A. Collins, executive secretary, and M. Moran Weston, field secretary, consisting of correspondence, subject/organization files, and printed matter. Source: Schomburg Center, New York Public Library. Extent: 98,600 images

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Coverage:
1933-1947
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts

Indexing and abstracting database covering health, social service, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relation and education.

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Coverage:
1987-
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
FBI File: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The assassination on April 4, 1968, of Martin Luther King, Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, triggered a massive manhunt culminating in the arrest of James Earl Ray. The 44,000-page case file of the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents the bureau's role in finding Ray and obtaining his conviction. The file also includes background information amassed by the FBI on Dr. King's social activism. This archive is of particular interest to students of the civil rights movement and of the continuing controversy surrounding Dr. King's murder. Source Institution: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Extent: 22,500 images

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Coverage:
1959-1977
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920–1984

Contains reproductions of hundreds of FBI files documenting the federal scrutiny, harassment, and prosecution to which black Americans of all political persuasions were subjected. Many of the documents originated with black "confidential special informants" enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate a variety of organizations. The collection provides detailed coverage of: "Negro radicals" and their organizations; the FBI's infringement of First Amendment freedoms; and its preoccupation with black radicalism between 1920 and 1984. Source Institution: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library. Extent: 88,021 images

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Coverage:
1920-1984
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
GenderWatch

GenderWatch is a full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, non-governmental (n-g-o) special reports. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1970 +
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
Limited to two concurrent users
GeoRef

Worldwide technical literature on geology and geophysics. User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1785 +
Updated:
Biweekly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Global War on Terrorism

The Global War on Terrorism assembles research studies that analyze the goals and strategies of global terrorism. Theses studies, reports, and analyses were conducted by governmental agencies, and private organizations under contract with the Federal government. The documents in this collection are diverse in scope and emphasis. They dissect specific terrorist events, explore the goals beyond the violence, illuminate the psychology of terrorism, trace the origins and development of terrorist movements, particularly al-Queda, compare state-sponsored and independent terrorist activities, and address the formidable problem of developing feasible counterterrorist measures and polices. Source Institution: National Archives (United States)

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Coverage:
2001-2009
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Google Scholar

Scholarly, multidisciplinary database for access to articles, papers, books, theses, etc. in the social sciences, humanities and sciences. (In order to link to materials owned by the University at Albany Libraries, you must set preferences when off campus. When you open up Google Scholar, select Settings. Then under Library Links check University at Albany, State University of New York - Full-Text @ My Library, SUNY - Albany - ProQuest Fulltext, University at Albany SUNY - Cengage Gale Full Text, University at Albany, SUNY - Find It @ UAlbany Libs, and Open Worldcat.)

Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
No (Links to University Libraries and free resources)
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
International African Bibliography Online

The International African Bibliography Online (IABO) is a specialist bibliography of African Studies and contains 140,000 entries of the International African Bibliography published in the years 1971 to 2015 and about 4,000 new publications will be added per year. The IABO can be browsed by categories and offers detailed search options

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Coverage:
1971-present
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929. Over its sixty-two-year history, the Listener attracted the contributions of literary icons such as E. M. Forster, George Orwell, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, and Virginia Woolf. It also provided an important platform for new writers and poets, with W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath, and Philip Larkin being notable examples. Articles were diverse and combined reflections on politics and what was in the news with the arts, but not from any partisan clique. The online archive is a rich seam for researchers, politics, writing, theatre, and social observation, but it offers many delights for browsers as well.

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Coverage:
1929-1991
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
PAIS Index

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: PAIS International ; PAIS Archive

PAIS International provides references to books, journal articles, government documents, and privately published research reports on almost any topic that has a public affairs dimension. It is international in coverage. Coverage begins with 1972 but the PAIS Archive extends coverage back to 1915.

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Coverage:
1915 +
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
The Pittsburgh Courier

One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Pittsburgh Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.

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Coverage:
1911-2002
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
PolicyMap

PolicyMap is a fully web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping product. Data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates. A complete list of GIS data available can be found in their data directory.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Continuously
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

Full-text of the Chicago Tribune from 1872-1989. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1851-2012
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times

Full-text of the LA Times from 1881-2011. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1881-2013
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post

Full-text of the Washington Post from 1877-2003. Additional content added annually.

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Coverage:
1887-2005
Updated:
Yearly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
State Papers online : the government of Britain, 1509-1714. Part IV, The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I-Anne I, 1603-1714 : State papers foreign, Ireland and registers of the Privy Council

Collection of English government documents originating from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The Stuart era was witness to great changes, civil war, and transformation, particularly affecting matters of religion and politics that are still influential today. State Papers Online, Part IV charts international affairs throughout periods of revolution and upheaval in Britain and Europe's history. Pages: Approximately 1.2 million

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Coverage:
1603-1714
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the United States Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia. Boynton had outlawed racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting rooms in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. This collections includes documents by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the freedom riders in the south in 1961.

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Coverage:
1961
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nonproliferation

This collection assembles research studies that analyze the weapons, efforts to control, and proliferation. Theses studies, reports, and analyses were conducted by governmental agencies, and private organizations under contract with the Federal government. They represent the most rigorous and authoritative research on global efforts to halt proliferation and reduce the threat. The documents in this collection are diverse in scope and emphasis. They dissect specific weapons, explore efforts to control proliferation, illuminate the psychology of WMD terrorism, trace the origins and development of international efforts to reduce WMDs, and address the formidable problem of developing feasible counter-measures and polices. Source Institution: National Archives (United States)

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Coverage:
2003-2009
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Web of Science Core Collection

Alternative/Former Name(s) & Keywords: Web of Science ; WOS

The Libraries' Web of Science subscription includes coverage from 1983 on for Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index. It also includes citation coverage for books, conference proceedings, data sets, patents and other materials (coverage dates vary). User guide/tutorial

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Coverage:
1978+
Updated:
regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Women's Studies Archive

The Women's Studies Archive documents the social, political, and professional aspects of women's lives, offering resources pertaining to the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society. The Women's Issues and Identities sub-collection focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, drawing on primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. The Voice and Vision sub-collection contains a vast range of primary sources from 1780 to 2000, spanning multiple geographic regions, providing an abundance of perspectives on women's experiences and impact on society around the world. Of particular importance are the materials that focus solely on female authors or magazines and journals produced by women, not simply for women. The contents of this collection are available for text analysis and data mining through Gale's Digital Scholar Lab.

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Coverage:
19th Century; 20th Century
Updated:
Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
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