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National Library of the Netherlands/Koniklijke Bibliotheek

December 11th, 2013 by Michael Winter

The website of the National Library of the Netherlands offers an amazing array of content from and about the Netherlands, the Low Countries, Europe, and the world at large. Website available in both English and Dutch.

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see:

The Reading Experience Database (RED)

February 22nd, 2012 by Michael Winter

“UK RED captures the reading tastes and habits of the famous and the ordinary, the young and the old, men and women. The texts range from books and newspapers to ephemera such as playbills and tickets, and from illuminated manuscripts, novels and poetry to tombstone inscriptions and graffiti.”

For about 30,000 open access records documenting reading and reading practices in the UK, 1450-1945, see

New Resource Roundup

July 5th, 2011 by David Michalski

The University Library has access to these electronic resources:

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (On the Gale platform.)

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library. The collection includes more than 1000 pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period. The collection covers more than 200 years of accounts from newspapers from England, Ireland, Scotland and a handful of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. The original Burney volumes are now in a fragile condition and have been restricted from ordinary reading room use. Up until now, the only access has been through microfilm. This digital collection will put these early newspapers into the hands of scholars and researchers, opening up new areas of study in English history as well as in many other areas.

19th Century U.S Newspapers (On the Gale platform.)

Provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects. The majority of the newspapers have never before been accessible online.

Archives Unbound: Global Missions and Theology (On the Gale platform.)

This collection documents the broad range of nineteenth century religious missionary activities, practices and thought in the United States by reproducing pivotal personal narratives, organizational records and biographies of the essential leaders, simple missionaries and churches.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences IX (On the JSTOR platform.)

With a minimum of 150 titles available by the end of 2012, the Arts & Sciences IX Collection widens JSTOR’s coverage in business and the social sciences. Journals from over 25 countries provide outstanding international diversity, and rare materials bring unique depth to the collection, with research covering archaeology, anthropology, sociology, business, economics, population studies, and political science.

Pravda Digital Archive 1912-2009 (On the East View platform.)

Pravda (or “Truth”) was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991, when Boris Yeltsin signed a decree closing Pravda down. Founded in 1912 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Pravda originated as an underground, daily workers’ newspaper, and soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement.

After the collapse of the USSR, nationalist and communist journalists intermittently published a print newspaper and an online newspaper under the name Pravda . Today, Pravda represents the oppositional stance of the Communist Party in the Russian Federation.

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TTL) Online
(On the de Gruyter platform)

This is the largest dictionary of the Latin language encompassing the use of Latin from its origin to the 7th century A.D. The entries list every single known occurrence of Latin words together with precise citations. This is a unique and indispensable tool for scholars dealing with any subject that relates to the Latin language. I.e. Classics, History, Literature, Linguistics, French, Italian, Spanish (these languages – among a couple of others – originate from Latin). It is also a tool for even the life and biomedical sciences that use Latin vocabularies. The project that produced the print version of this source started at the end of the 19th century and is still going on; the planned completion will be in 2050.

The online edition of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae is published by De Gruyter and provides access to the contents of all lexicon articles published up to 2008 (that is the letters A–M, O, P–pomifer, porta–pulso), the articles in the Onomasticon volumes (letters C and D), the Index librorum and the Praemonenda de rationibus et usu operis, a multilingual introduction to the printed version of the Thesaurus. The content of TTL online is thus identical to that of the printed version of the Thesaurus. Each year the contents of the newly printed fascicles will be added to the database.

World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean (On the Gale platform.)

This multidisciplinary resource will include a comprehensive range of content for the region, providing research across the humanities, both for current Latin America and the Caribbean and as a historical perspective back through the colonial period.

Elements include:

· A combination of contemporary and historical documents designed to reveal a true depiction of the nature, integrity and culture of Latin America.

· Documents in multiple languages

· Historical and contemporary maps

Project Censored

February 26th, 2011 by Michael Winter

Peter Phillips, a UC Davis sociology PhD whose doctoral research focused on The Bohemian Grove (a private organization composed of wealthy, influential elites from all walks of life) is a co-founder of Project Censored, a service tracking the suppression of major news stories.

New Access to Old News: Library Expands Historic Newspaper Coverage

July 23rd, 2010 by David Michalski
Looking for primary source material or the flavor of everyday life in America in the twentieth or nineteenth centuries? These newspapers can open a window to history as it was played out in the daily papers.  
The University Library has contracted with ProQuest Historical Newspapers to expand its coverage of historic newspapers. Researchers are able to search the full text and retrieve digital images of the newspapers as they appeared.
In the ProQuest Historical Newspapers database University Library patrons can now access:
The New York Times 1851-2004
The Chicago Tribune, 1849-1987
The Chicago Defender 1905-1975
Los Angeles Times 1881-1986
San Francisco Chronicle 1880-1922 (will eventually extend back to 1865)
Wall Street Journal 1889-1990
Washington Post 1877-1993For a comprehensive list of the Library’s Newspaper databases see the

Newspaper and Current Events Subject Guide