Friday 5 March 2010

ULS database trials

ULS announced that they have trials for two new archival databases from EBSCO. Both will be in effect through June 2010.
The first is the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1 and Series 2 (3 more are planned). The collection is by far the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1691 and 1877. In total, more than 6,500 periodicals will be available. Series 1 (Title List) covers the period from 1691-1820; Series 2 (Title List) covers the period from 1821-1837. According to the EBSCO blurb, "The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections include digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals never before available outside the walls of the American Antiquarian Society, the premier library documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Keyword searching is available on all titles." There are lots of fascinating titles and tidbits in the database.
The second database trial is for The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monograph Collection containing more than 29,000 titles focused on religion and theology. In its entirety, the collection is estimated to contain over 10 million pages, representing a core collection for colleges and universities with programs in history, theology, religion, sociology, political science and other disciplines. It is meant as a resource for scholars seeking to understand religious thought and practice throughout history. Series 1 covers the period from the 13th century through 1893; Series 2 covers the years 1894-1923.

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