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New Online Databases via the University Library

The Library has recently acquired the following electronic resources:

Early European Books : printed sources to 1700

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.  Early European Books has within its scope all works printed in Europe before 1701, regardless of language, together with all pre-1701 works in European languages printed further afield. It builds upon and complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials.  The Library has access to Collections 1-4.


Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Jewish Life in America makes available to scholars some of the American Jewish Historical Society’s most important and valuable archival collections, exploring the history of Jewish communities in America from their first arrival in New York in 1654 to the integral part that they play today.


London Low Life

London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th-, 19th– and early 20th-century London. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond.  In addition to the digital documents, London Low Life contains a wealth of secondary resources, including a chronology, interactive maps, essays, online galleries and links to other useful websites.


Eighteenth Century Journals: Additional module, Part V


Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1948

The three parts of this collection make available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1948: 1) 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International 2) 1930-1937: The Long March, Civil War in China and the Manchurian Crisis 3) 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese War and the Seeds of Communist Victory.


Mass Observation Online

This database from the University of Sussex provides material for the study of British social history from 1937 to 197. It contains original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps,


Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest (Popular culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975): Additional module, Part II

Rock and Roll explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975. The resource offers thousands of colour images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia from this exciting period in our recent history.


Nixon Years, 1969-1974

This collection provides the complete FCO 7 and FCO 82 files from The British National Archives, Kew, for the entire period of the Nixon administration, 1969-1974. Top level Anglo-American discussions and briefing papers dominate this collection. There is also a wealth of material on social conditions, domestic reforms, trade, culture and the environment.  These files allow scholars and researchers the opportunity to assess, from a British, European and Commonwealth perspective, Nixon’s handling of numerous Cold War crises, his administration’s notable achievements, as well as his increasingly controversial activities and unorthodox use of executive powers culminating in Watergate and resignation.

EndNote training for staff and graduate students

The University Library is presenting two training sessions for EndNote: one for Windows and one for Mac. Both sessions are two-hour seminars that include a 90-minute presentation covering the basics of EndNote. Each presentation is followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A session. Bookings are essential and enrolment is open to all University of Melbourne staff and graduate students. EndNote X7 is the Library’s supported version in 2014.

EndNote basics for Windows
Tuesday 3 June, 10:00am-12:00pm. Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room.
Book here.

EndNote basics for Mac
Thursday 5 June, 10:00am-12:00pm. Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room.
Book here.

Further information about EndNote can be found on the Library’s EndNote page. For an overview of available classes, see the Library Classes page.

New electronic resources

The University of Melbourne Library has recently acquired the following electronic resources:

Acta Sanctorum. The complete printed text of Acta Sanctorum, from the edition published in sixty-eight volumes by the Societé des Bollandistes in Antwerp and Brussels.

Cold War Intelligence Online : The Secret War Between the U.S. and the USSR, 1945-1991. A collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996. Documents created by the U.S. intelligence community to benefit analysts and policy makers. The Annexes are associated with the FBIS regional publication series titles.

Henry Stewart Talks – Marketing & Management Collection. A growing selection of prepared animated audio visual presentations with synchronized narration.

Human Rights Documents Online. This database will ultimately contain all human rights documents collected by the Human Rights Internet (HRI) in Ottawa in Canada since 1980.

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994. An English-language archive of translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science materials.

Oxford Bibliographies Online. Two additional modules: Education and Management.

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006. In more than 600,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009. This collection covers the time period from the end of World War II up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

Women and the Law. A collection of books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to womens roles in society and the law over the past 200 years.

23 Research Things

Banner image for 23 Research Things23 Research Things is an online learning programme for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity. The programme is a way to discover and explore new digital tools that might be useful to you and also provide a framework for evaluation, reflection and for the wider integration of digital technologies within your research practice.

So far, we’ve covered organisational and productivity tools, using tools collaboratively, file sharing, and using social media as a researcher. There’s still more to come: nineteen more things, in fact; the next post will be on Monday April 28 and will look at blogging your research. So, subscribe to our email updates, have a read, and let us know what digital tools have helped you with your research practice.

Data Citation Index | Trial until 28 April 2014

The University Library currently has trial access to the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters. This is designed to be the first single source of data-discovery for the sciences, social sciences and the arts & humanities. The trial ends in less than three weeks on April 28. It can be accessed through the link above, via the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog, where you can also leave comments about the database.

The Data Citation Index fully indexes a significant number of the world’s leading data repositories of critical interest to the scientific community, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the Web of Science. It enables users to pinpoint primary research by understanding the impact of the scholarly research it supports, and to measure the contribution of digital research in specific disciplines and identify potential collaborators.

Further information and instructions can be found on Thomson Reuter’s Data Citation Index homepage.

Unique Research Resources: University of Melbourne Archives

Photograph of a penguin from 1910-13 Antarctic expedition. University of Melbourne Archives
Emperor penguin standing on the ice. Image taken by Herbert Ponting during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Lantern Slide with Priestley’s handwriting. Raymond Priestley Lantern Slides, Department of Geology, University of Melbourne 1980.0030 LS/127 University of Melbourne Archives.

The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) is one of Australia’s largest collecting archives, spanning 20km of records, and is home to some of Australia’s most important and unique research resources: from classical antiquities to rare books; from herbarium specimens to Victoria’s early business records. These collections are open to use by all University of Melbourne students and staff. The collections include not just the University’s archival records, but those of Victorian businesses, trade unions and various political, cultural and literary organisations. The scope of endeavor encompassed in the collections is truly astonishing and provides great research potential on a wide range of topics. Researchers have uncovered, for example, Robin Boyd’s unpublished manuscript for the second edition of Victorian Modern, slavery records from Jamaica and Suriname, numbers sheets from Bob Hawke’s pre-selection battle for the seat of Wills, and so much more. In this session, UMA staff will present an overview of the collections, a researcher will discuss the publication potential of the collections and there will be an opportunity to raise specific questions about your own research interests.

The session is open to all University students and staff and there will be an opportunity to view some of UMA’s treasures. Morning tea will be provided.

Wednesday, 9 April, 10:00-11:30am. Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room. Book here.

For more information on the University of Melbourne Archives, visit their website.

Asian Film Online – database to test drive

Asian Film Online, from Alexander Street Press, offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection curated by film scholars and critics, viewers can explore the impact of globalization and urbanization on people’s everyday lives throughout the greater Asian region.

Researchers and students engaged in area studies, anthropology, film studies, philosophy, geography, education, religion, gender studies, world literature, urban development, cross-cultural communication, journalism, social sciences, and humanities may be interested in exploring this rare collection of films.

Trial access to the databases will end on 14 June 2014. Access the database here or via the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog where you can also leave comments about the database. Your feedback on trials is important and is used to inform possible purchase decisions.   Other database trials

Redmond Barry Fellowship — Applications Now Open to Scholars & Writers

Portrait: Sir Redmond Barry, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Archives (UMA/I/1108)

Awarded annually to scholars and writers, the Fellowship aims to facilitate the research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the University of Melbourne. Successful Fellows receive up to $20,000 to assist with travel, living and research expenses, and will be based at the SLV for three to six months.

Applications close 17 April 2014. Further information and application form .


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