Three New Databases

The Washington and Lee University Library kicks off — obligatory World Cup reference — the 2014-15 academic year by adding three great online databases. (Links below connect to library catalog records.)

  • Merriam-Webster Unabridged   Pre-eminent source for definitions of words in the contemporary American English language. Orginally based on the landmark Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, but in a constant state of revision and updating, with fascinating features on new meanings and popular searches.
  • Index Islamicus   International bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literatures. Surveys over 3,000 journals, plus monographs and multi-author volumes.
  • New York Review of Books   One of the premier American magazines for criticism of politics, literature, society, arts — and books. Covers entire archive (1963- ), including the newest issues.

Effective immediately, W&L researchers have access through the above links to all three of these databases, from both on-campus and off-campus locations.

The Times Has Come

Quick — name a newspaper that provided contemporary coverage of both the French Revolution and the September 11, 2001 attacks.

There may be only one. Published since 1785, The Times (London) long has been called the “newspaper of record” and is likely the best-known newspaper in the world.

The Washington and Lee University Library is excited to announce that we now provide online access to the Times Digital Archive, a searchable database providing the full text and images of over 11 million articles published in The Times from 1785 through 2008. (Such is the depth of its coverage that it includes this 1956 account of a college lacrosse team from Virginia, USA.)

We also are very happy to announce that we now have access to the Sunday Times Digital Archive, covering the years 1822 through 2006. The Sunday Times actually is a separate newspaper, not The Times’ “Sunday paper,” with its own rich history of investigative journalism.

W&L students and faculty in history, journalism and other fields will benefit from the wealth of information in these newspapers for years to come.

These acquisitions were made possible by generous gifts from our Friends of the Library and we are very grateful for their support of Washington and Lee.

Winter Hoard of Reference E-Books

In the first couple of months in 2014, the Washington and Lee University Library has acquired access to dozens of online books designed to be used for reference purposes in support of W&L undergraduate courses and research.  Below is a selection of those volumes.

Since these books are supplied by a variety of publishers and suppliers, you will encounter a variety of online interfaces as you move from one publication to another.  Each item is  available online to W&L students and faculty from both on-campus and off-campus locations.

APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology

Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences

Chinese vs. Western Perspectives : Understanding Contemporary China

College Blue Book

Companion to Linguistic Anthropology

Companion to Tacitus

Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions

Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy : Concepts, Methods, Case Studies

Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation

Health Care Systems Around the World: A Comparative Guide

History of Jewish-Muslim Relations:  From the Origins to the Present Day

Origins of Mathematical Words: A Comprehensive Dictionary of Latin, Greek, and Arabic Roots

Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies

Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence

Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry

Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements

Worldviews of Aspiring Powers: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates in China, India, Iran, Japan and Russia

New “Reference” E-Books

Following is a multi-disciplinary sampling of online books added to the W&L University Library collection in the past month or so.  The contents of a given book may be hosted by one of several online providers — such as Ebrary, EBL, Wiley, Gale, or Project Muse — so not all e-books look and function similarly.   W&L faculty and students should be able to access these materials from just about any location; you may be prompted to enter your W&L network ID and password.  Links below connect to information in the library catalog (Annie).

The Art of Data Analysis: How to Answer Almost Any Question Using Basic Statistics

Best Business Writing, 2013

Best Food Writing, 2013

Companion to Woody Allen

Education Law

Essential Shakespeare : The Arden Guide to Text and Interpretation

Guide to State Politics and Policy

Handbook of Civil Society in Africa

Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life

Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Gambling

Plunkett’s Advertising & Branding Industry Almanac, 2013

Plunkett’s Games, Apps & Social Media Industry Almanac, 2014

Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Whites

Sage Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Story of the Qur’an : Its History and Place in Muslim Life

Writer’s Market, 2014

If you have questions, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

 

Papers of the Founding Fathers

Major university presses in the United States have been responsible for much of the scholarly work in organizing and making available the letters and other papers of our founding fathers.   For decades, this work has resulted in extensive series of published volumes, such as this collection of George Washington papers from the University Press of Virginia.

In more recent years, these publishers have adapted those works for the online commercial publishing market.  Again, here is an example of Washington papers from UVa’s Rotunda service, to which Washington and Lee has subscribed for a number of years.

After years of pressure from scholars and even from the U.S. Congress, who have asked why Americans should have to pay to read these historic works, most of these papers are now being made available online without charge through a new service hosted by the National Archives called Founders Online.   The W&L library will provide links to this invaluable site in multiple places within our Web site and catalog.

Founders Online has been in development for quite a few years and finally made its debut in June, giving many researchers their first look at the possibilities associated with online access.  Researchers at W&L and elsewhere are able to search for individual words or names within documents, search for particular recipients or authors, and much more.

If you have comments or questions, please contact Senior Reference Dick Grefe.

New E-Books from the W&L Library

Following is a multi-disciplinary sampling of newly-acquired electronic books added to the W&L University Library collection this summer.  The contents of a given book may be hosted by one of several e-book providers — such as Ebrary, EBL, Wiley, Gale, or Project Muse — so not all e-books look and function similarly.   W&L faculty and students should be able to access these materials from just about any location; you may be prompted to enter your W&L network ID and password.  Links below connect to information in the library catalog (Annie).

APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology

Academic Careers and the Gender Gap

African American Foreign Correspondents

American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism

Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory

Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (and Why)

China in the 21st Century : What Everyone Needs to Know

Common Core Standards for High School English Language Arts: A Quick-Start Guide

Companion to Ovid

Developing Students’ Statistical Reasoning: Connecting Research and Teaching
Practice

Doing Film Studies: A Subject Guide for Students

Economics of the National Football League: The State of the Art

Fracking: The Operations and Environmental Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing

Guide to Essential Math : A Review for Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Students

Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure

Handbook of Moral Motivation : Theories, Models, Applications

Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research

Handbook on the Economics of Women in Sports

Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, Volume 28

Literature of Propaganda

New Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Relations

Political Battle over Congressional Redistricting

Promises I Can Keep : Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage

Sage Handbook of Historical Theory

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan’s Ancient Religion

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The University Library has taken a big step toward improving access to one of the most important sources for the study of Virginia history.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch long has been considered the newspaper of record for much of Virginia.   Accordingly, generations of W&L researchers have known the joys of using the library’s microfilm set, covering 1914 to 2009, although there never has been effective indexing of the contents.

W&L now has purchased access to a commercial database which provides online access, including search capabilities, to over 23,000 issues of the Times-Dispatch dating from 1903 to 1986.   Entire issues can be browsed page-by-page and individual articles can be searched and read.

The publication of this database is an ongoing project and the publisher, Readex, still is locating and digitizing issues.   Particularly conspicuous in their absence are issues from the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Project Muse E-Books

Diligent researchers at Washington and Lee (and elsewhere) may be familiar with Project Muse as a database of scholarly journal articles, mostly in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Now W&L is taking advantage of another Project Muse option:  e-books.

Project Muse offers PFD-based versions of thousands of books from university presses and other respected publishers.    The W&L University Library has begun selecting individual Project Muse e-books on a title-by-title basis, always keeping in mind a number of factors, including our curriculum and user population, the nature of the individual work, and the increasing need to conserve physical space in our buildings.   All items are listed in Annie, the W&L library catalog.

Here are a few of these recent acquisitions:

And here is a complete list of the Project Muse e-books to which we have access.

As always, we are interested in your comments and questions.   Please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.

Late Spring E-Books

Here are some of the reference-oriented electronic books added to the W&L library collection in May and early June.  All items should be accessible to W&L researchers from both on-campus and off-campus locations. These links take you to records in Annie, the library catalog.  Additional links may appear in course guides and elsewhere in our Web site.
With this list, we introduce two new e-book interfaces to the W&L community — Electronic Book Library (EBL), which hosts Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb and several other titles, and Project Muse, hosting Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook.

America Votes  (2009-2010)

Best Practices in Writing Instruction

China’s Ethnic Minorities: Social and Economic Indicators

Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb

Companion to Creative Writing

Companion to Jean Renoir

Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams

Companion to New Media Dynamics

Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic

Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition

Economics of Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination in the
21st Century

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism  (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences

The Federal Reserve: What Everyone Needs to Know

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality

Handbook of Cognition and Emotion

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Icons of the American Comic Book: from Captain America to Wonder Woman

Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam

Routledge Handbook of African Politics

Routledge History of Sex and the Body, 1500 to the Present

Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies

Twitter : Social Communication in the Twitter Age

Voices of the American Indian Experience

The E-Books of April

With April showers come May e-books — or something like that.

Here are some of the reference-oriented electronic books added to the W&L library collection in April.  All items should be accessible to W&L researchers from both on-campus and off-campus locations. These links take you to records in Annie, the library catalog;  additional links may appear in course guides and elsewhere in our Web site.

American Politics : A Very Short Introduction

Body Image : A Handbook of Science, Practice, and Prevention (2nd ed.)

Cambridge Companion to ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness

Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature

Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature

Cambridge History of Literary Criticism Volume 6: The Nineteenth Century, c.1830–1914

Cambridge History of Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (1790–1870)

Cambridge History of War Volume 4: War and the Modern World

China in the 21st Century : What Everyone Needs to Know

Climate Economics : The State of the Art

Closing the Gender Gap – Act Now

Companion to Chinese Archaeology

Companion to Creative Writing

Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Republic

Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition

Companion to Woodrow Wilson

Comparing Asian Politics : India, China, and Japan

Corporate Disasters: What Went Wrong and Why

Dictionary of Film Studies

Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

Directory of World Cinema : China

Discordant Neighbours : A Reassessment of the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian Conflicts

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism  (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (2nd ed.)

Handbook of Business Ethics : Ethics in the New Economy

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality

Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood

International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers  (3rd ed.)

Learning Disabilities : Identification, Assessment, and Instruction of Students with LD

National Identity in Global Cinema : How Movies Explain the World

New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations Volume 1: Dimensions of the Early American Empire, 1754–1865

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Patriarchy in East Asia : A Comparative Sociology of Gender

Reproductive Politics : What Everyone Needs to Know

Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics

Routledge History of Sex and the Body, 1500 to the Present

Waves from the East : New World Cinema, Asian Style; Essays and Interviews

 Women Political Leaders and the Media