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  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
  • Phone: (812) 855-1336
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last updated: 9/20/2011

What's New


New Resources, Academic Year 2011-12

We have so many new resources this year, I can hardly keep up with them myself. Here's a long list, in alphabetical order --with *asterisks next to those of most general interest. I'd love to hear anything you want to tell me about any of these resources. Enjoy!


Also new this semester: a much-expanded series of library workshops: here's the overview, and here's the full schedule. If you spot something that interests you but doesn't fit into your schedule, we're always happy to make an appointment with you to cover the same material, or email you any guides, handouts, etc we have available.






Archives Online at Indiana University - IU is starting to digitize some of its archival holdings, such as selected Lilly Library collections, and selections from the African Studies Collections and Folklore Collections. Also here: the New Harmony Workingman's Institute Library archives.


*ARTstor Images - A digital image library of over 1,000,000 images of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences.

Bibliography of British and Irish history - compiled (and updated three times/year) by the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research.

Ductus: Handwriting and Bookmaking in the Middle Ages - an online course on the basics of paleography and codicology.

*ebrary Academic Complete - finally, access to all of those electronic books that used to show up in IUCAT as only accessible from other IU campuses! You'll still see the individual titles in IUCAT, but now we have access to them too. You'll also see lots of ebooks published by Brill because the CIC went in together on a package. With thousands of ebooks available now, you'll have many opportunities to try them out, and tell me how you feel about ebooks --love? hate? tolerate? I want to know.

*HathiTrust Digital Library - this isn't new, of course--I just wanted to remind you of the academic library version of Google Books --featuring accurate bibliographic data, issues of journals all listed on one record, additional digital content not included in Google Books. Also, note that you can login with your IUB username and password to download whole books as PDFs, and to create virtual "bookshelves" of titles you use often or want your students to use. Yes, HathiTrust is being sued, but the vast majority of material there is safely out of copyright...

Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 - need pictures of nineteenth-century World's Fairs or wedding attire in the 1960s? This famous pictorial weekly has been scanned directly from the originals (not microfilm, as in many digitized collections) and the image quality is excellent. 

Imperial Russia's Illustrated Press - well, this one was digitized from microfilm, but it provides access to the world of late imperial Russia through five illustrated weekly magazines.

*IUScholarWorks - of course, this isn't new either, but I recently learned that IU's digital repository also provides robust support for editing journals, both open-access journals and journals that are published elsewhere but edited at IU. Also, if you are a dissertating graduate student, please make sure you deposit your dissertation here when you finish, otherwise we have to rely on ProQuest to provide access to it, even to other IU students...


Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports 1941-1996 - this is not new, but the (to some of us most interesting) 1941-1974 part is. 

London Low Life - wonderful collection of mostly nineteenth-century materials documenting the subaltern cultures of London. Note especially the interactive maps --a series of historical maps that can be viewed as overlays on a 21st-century map.


Making of the Modern World - not new, but expanded (part 2 brings this collection, originally drawn from the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature, up to 1914).

Mass Observation Online - this massive collection of historical sociological materials from the U.K. is not new, but we recently acquired new sections of it.

*OneSearch@IU - were you a fan of the dearly-departed IUWorldCat? OneSearch is similar, but, we hope, better. Use it to run a quick search against IUCAT plus about 100 of the most-used journal and subject databases. Nice for finding books and book reviews simultaneously.

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 - we got this in a package with the Illustrated London News. It covers a shorter timespan but has lovely visual content.


Russian-Ottoman Relations Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 - digitized (but sadly not searchable) collection of rare materials in western languages from 1600 to 1914 (the parts are chronological).

Times of India (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) - 1838-2001 (it was called the Bombay Times until 1861).

Victorian Popular Culture - again, not new, but we acquired a new section: Music Hall Theatre and Popular Entertainment.






We've recently acquired some exciting new resources:


House of Commons Parliamentary Papers : this is what you've been waiting for --indexing AND full text of the British House of Commons Parliamentary papers from 1688 to (almost) the present day.


We've also received (as a gift) a wonderful 1000-volume collection of the 19th-century Parliamentary Papers organized by topic, so that if you want really dig into, say "Crime and punishment: Juvenile offenders," it's all there in one place. The good old-fashioned print format lends itself exceptionally well to sustained reading.These can be found in IUCAT with a keyword search for irish university press parliamentary papers. 


Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive: a huge digital archive of  important primary source materials relating to nineteenth-century debates over the slave trade, including the correspondence of the American Colonization Society, the Rhodes House Anti-Slavery collection and more.


19th Century UK Periodicals: the first two of a five-part collection, which will eventually reproduce digitally the full runs of 600 nineteenth-century British journals and magazines. The units are topical: so far "New Readerships" (women, workers, etc) and "Empire" are available.


Virginia Company Archives: digital archive documenting the founding of Virginia, including the Ferrar Papers from Magdalene College, Cambridge, and related sources.


You'll find more new resources acquired by the Libraries on the New Resources page.


The other thing, of course, that's new is this History mini-site --please take a look at the History Resources page, where we've tried to organize dozens of online resources into helpful categories. And don't miss all of our new Resources by Subject pages, which we hope are much easier to use than the old ones.


Enjoy! and please let me know what you think of these resources --comments, questions, complaints, jubilations...



-Celestina (








New academic year, new online resources!


As most of you know, I was away last year. It's great to be back, and very exciting to see the new resources that have appeared in my absence. Some of these have been on our collective wish lists for a long time...


Here's a selection of the online resources of interest to historians acquired in the past year. Enjoy, and best of luck with the new semester!




House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1902-2004: indexing and full text of the British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers in the 20th century, including command papers.


Oxford Guide to British Women Writers: guide to British women's writing from the medieval period to the present day, including recent critical, theoretical, and scholarly work on these writers. (Don't miss Oxford Reference Online, a big collection of OUP's reference works.)

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: greatly expanded title list, now including the Chicago Defender, 1910-1935, Pittsburg Courier 1911-2002, and others. (ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th century.  Every issue of each title includes the complete paper-cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.)


Roget's International Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: user-friendly online version of Roget's, including over 2,900 proverbs and quotations from classic and modern authors to illustrate the entries. (Along those lines, don't forget that the Oxford English Dictionary is online, too.)


Schopenhauer: Hauptwerke: online edition of the first 6 volumes of Arthur Schopenhauer's Sämmtliche Werke. (Paul Deussen, ed., München: R. Piper, 1911-1923).


Century Journals Social Sciences, Phase I: large retrospective digital collection of 20th-century Chinese journals, aggregating some 3,900 full-text journals from as early as 1915.


Electronic Enlightenment: digital edition of correspondence between key thinkers and writers of the 18th century and their family and friends, bankers and booksellers, patrons and publishers. Over 53,000 letters from 6,000 correspondents are available in their original languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.


Past Masters: The Collected Works of St. Thomas Aquinas: Translations of the works of St. Thomas Aquinas.


Sabin Americana 1500-1926: digital collection based on Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana.


The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives 1960 - 1974: another fun collection from Alexander Street Press, publishers of North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories, North American Women's Letters and Diaries, and others, 


Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980: digital collection of several Spanish-language newspapers printed in the United States.

Readers Guide Full Text: database of articles from popular U.S. and Canadian periodicals on current events, news, popular culture and many other topics. Index and abstracts from 1983 to present; full text from 1994 to present. Complements Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982.


last updated: 9/20/2011