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Digitized collection of the newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and broadsheets that form the Nichols newspaper collection held at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, United Kingdom. This collection charts the history of the development of the press in England and provides invaluable insight into 17th and 18th century England.

Coverage: 1672-1737
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An extensive collection of amateur publications that were written, edited, and published primarily by young people, aged 12-20, during the second half of the 19th century, the archive features tens of thousands of issues, and includes editorials, original short fiction, essays, poetry, and more.
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Consists of two major collections comprising myriad sub-series.
The Roger Baldwin Years, 1912-1950, contains sub-series with clippings and files on academic freedom; censorship; legislation; federal departments and federal legislation; state activities; conscientious objectors; injunctions; and labor and labor organization correspondence.
Years of Expansion, 1950-1990, encompasses foundation project files on the Amnesty Project, 1964-1980; the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee, 1964-1976; and subject files on freedom of belief, expression, and association; due process of law; equality before the law; international civil liberties; and legal case files, 1933-1990.

Coverage: 1912-1990
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A collection of periodicals from the colonial period through to the twentieth century focused on American concerns and predominantly published in the United States or Canada, though some were published overseas by Americans living abroad. The collection offers multiple perspectives on the thought, culture, and society of North America through the eyes of citizens from all walks of life.
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This fully indexed, primary source database unfolds the historical development of anthropology from a global perspective, bringing together the fieldwork of early scholars, as well as contextualizing documents from the same time period, including correspondence, and subsequent writings that led to major publications such as draft manuscripts, lectures and articles. Scholars can trace the full scholarly process in all of its stages, from qualitative data gathering to analysis through publication, while cross-searching contemporaneous research from the most important scholars in the discipline.
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More than 5,000 rare and unique books covering sex, sexuality, and gender issues across the sciences and humanities and throughout history. Topics include patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution; religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities; and the rise of sexology.
  • Personal account or registration is needed to access all or part of this resource
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Access extensive data on the boards of publicly listed and notable private companies in all regions of the world.

Please note: to use this data you must register for a WRDS account with a Purdue (West Lafayette campus only) email.
  • Freely accessible resource
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Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare.
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The authoritative source on American colloquialisms and local slang. The interactive map enables browsing by region, including states and major areas within each region.
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Breaking news, analysis, and opinion on K-12 education issues affecting school and district leaders, teachers, policymakers, and ed-tech professionals.
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Contains British diplomatic correspondence, letters, reports, surveys, material from newspapers, statistical analyses, published pamphlets, ephemera, military papers, profiles of prominent individuals, maps and many other types of documents sourced from The National Archives, Kew, the official archive of the United Kingdom. Full-text search is available across all documents.

Please note: this link goes to the main Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. Our access is only for the 1949-1956 content. We recommend using the Advanced Search option (upper right corner) and filtering by those dates when searching.
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Complete archive of the International Herald Tribune from its origins as the European Edition of The New York Herald to the last issue of the International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as the International New York Times.

Coverage: 1887-2013
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Streaming access to Folkways and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (nearly 3,000 albums of music, spoken word, and sounds) plus several other ethnographic labels, including Cook Records, Monitor Records, and the International Library of African Music (ILAM). Special vocabularies facilitate browsing by musical instrument, geographic area, cultural group, genre, and other fields. Liner notes available under a “Related Documents” tab. Downloads available through a “Purchase URL” link.
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An archival collection comprising the backfiles of 15 major magazines (including the Newsweek archive), spanning areas including current events, international relations, and public policy. These titles offer multiple perspectives on the contemporary contexts of the major events, trends, and interests in these fields throughout the twentieth century. The collection will provide valuable primary source content for researchers in fields ranging from history and political science, through to law and economics.
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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors.
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Provides primary source material on far-right and fascist movements as well as radical left groups in one resource . Explores the origins and development of present-day issues, including the resurgence of right-wing politics, evolution of various civil rights movements and the nature of extreme or radical political thought.
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Traces the history and unique character of religious movements that originated in or were re-shaped by the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, paying close attention to America’s unique role as a birthplace for new religious movements, especially after World War II.
Topics include:
The American Religions Collection
Utah and the Mormons
The Shaker Collection
Christian Identity Materials from The Hall-Hoag Collection of Extremist Propaganda
FBI Files on Jonestown, on Waco/Branch Davidians and on the Moorish Science Temple of America
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Archive of popular music journalism of the last 60 years. More than 35,000 articles from hundreds of US and UK publications, including Creem, Melody Maker, and New Musical Express. Covers Rock ‘n’ Roll, R&B, Funk, Punk, and other genres. Articles are fully searchable by author, artists, genre, keyword, date, publication, etc. Also features audio interviews.

Coverage: 1950s to the present.
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Research platform designed to help users/researchers find and evaluate relevant protocols and methods across the whole Springer Nature protocols and methods portfolio.
Vault's career guides include interview strategies, job-search tips, and full-length profiles of more than 1,000 companies and leading industries. Vault publishes over 120 titles covering a wide range of industries and professions, from accounting and law to biotech, real estate and culinary arts, plus important career topics including resume writing, diversity and environmental initiatives at companies.
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An encyclopedic resource on veterinary science and care. The collection explains more than 500 procedures and techniques across more than 600 titles, and covers clinical skills, explanations of conditions, and training on technology and animal handling.
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Focuses on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century., including: the History of Feminist Theory and Activism; domestic culture; lay and ordained church women; women in industry; women's sexuality and gender expression; women’s education; women’s movement; women’s health and mental health; women and law; women and the control of their bodies; and women’s roles and interactions within society.
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