Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Product: Dynamed

A clinical reference tool for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'.
Updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases by using many journal review services. Each publication is reviewed cover-to-cover, and each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Product: Classical Scores Library

On completion will include over 400,000 pages spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The database has been indexed to enable users to search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher.

Further releases will include the entire catalog of UME, as well as manuscript material from the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research, and many new editions from other in-copyright publishers.

Note: scores are for personal study and teaching use and cannot be used for public performance.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Product: China trade, politics and culture 1793-1980

Images, diaries, journals, books...all english language. The project provides a wide variety of original source material detailing China’s interaction with the West from Macartney’s first Embassy to China in 1793, through to the Nixon/Heath visits to China in 1972-74.

Very much set up as a learning tool as well as a research source. The project includescustomizable slide shows, an interactive map, overview essays and links for further research.

This project links closely with – but does not duplicate - China Through Western Eyes, a landmark project published in microfilm by Adam Matthew Publications from 1997 onwards, which made available key sources describing the experiences of Westerners in China from the first British mission to China in 1792-1794 through to the mid 20th century.

New Product: Slavery Abolition and Social Justice 1490-2007

This resource is designed as portal for slavery and abolition studies, bringing together documents and collections covering 1490-2007, from libraries and archives across the Atlantic world. Close attention is being given to the varieties of slavery, the legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective and the continued existence of slavery today.

It is designed for both teaching and research use. There is coverage of topics such as the African Coast; the Middle Passage; the varieties of slave experience (urban, domestic, industrial, farm, ranch and plantation); Spiritualism and Religion; Resistance and Revolts; the Underground Railroad; the Abolition Movement; Legislation; Education; the Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today.

The project aims to assemble many substantial clusters of material offering in-depth case studies in America, the Caribbean, Brazil and Cuba along with important material examining European, Islamic and African involvement in the slave trade.

New Product: Medieval travel writing

The core of the collection is medieval manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries. The main focus is accounts of journeys to the Holy Land, India and China.

The original documents are in a range of languages including French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch and English. Supporting the manuscripts are relevant secondary texts of translations and editions. In addition there is a gallery of maps and images, a bibliography and chronology, and a slideshow.

The sources included tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature, and science. This collection will enrich the experience of all those exploring topics such as the nature of pilgrimage, the origins of global trade, travels to the Holy Land, the Silk Road, and the representation of the ‘East’ and the ‘Other’ in the Middle Ages.

Friday, April 03, 2009

New Product: Mass Observation Online

Social attitudes to smoking? birth control? Reaction to historic events? Clothing styles? Anything you want to know about British life and opinion during key decades of the 20th century is presented in this collection.

From 1937 to 1972 researchers in Britain studied the everyday life and opinions of people, using personal journals, observations by researchers (submitted as file reports), questionnaires, and special topic studies and photographs. From this data the researchers produced a series of books and reports. All this material is housed at the University of Sussex and much of it is now made available digitally via Mass Observation Online.

New Product:

From composting toilets to porous asphalt, BuildingGreen covers everything environmentally friendly and sustainable in construction, integrating GreenSpec product listings, high-quality articles about green buildings, peer-to-peer comments, and more than 200 project case studies. This information is searchable and cross-referenced by CSI MasterFormat division, LEED credit, or green topic. Each article, product listing, and case study also lists related content and information sources.