A Rich and Varied Array of Resources for Research Across the Curriculum

Campus Community Update #255

August 30, 2010

A Rich and Varied Array of Resources for Research Across the Curriculum

The University Library is pleased to announce that several major databases and publications have been acquired over the past few months and are now available to the CSULB campus community. They represent a major boost in the library’s ability to promote and support research and are further testimony to the library’s leadership role among CSU campus libraries. The new databases and reference works address a wide range of scholarly interests:

ArtStor is a monumental non-profit digital image library for education and scholarship. It has more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. The ArtStor community has built collections that comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

American Broadsides and Ephemera 1760-1900 is based on the American Antiquarian Society’s landmark collection of American broadsides and ephemera. This full-color digital edition offers fully searchable facsimile images of approximately 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1760 and 1900. These often rare printed documents vividly capture the daily lives of earlier Americans in a way that no other material can. Additionally, American Broadsides & Ephemera, Series I, 1760-1900 can be cross-searched with other Archive of Americana digital collections that are owned by the library.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 provides a comprehensive set of American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century. It is based on the noted "American Bibliography, 1801-1819" by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. With more than four million pages from over 36,000 items—including 1,000 catalogued new items unavailable in previous microform editions—this digital edition from Readex is an essential complement to Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800, the definitive resource for researching 17th- and 18th-century America.

Zoological Record is the world's oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world's leading taxonomic reference, and with coverage back to 1864, has long acted as the world's unofficial register of animal names. The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary science. The library now delivers a fully searchable online edition to the desktop of CSULB students, staff, and faculty.

Biological Abstracts, a critical source for science scholarship has been significantly enhanced through conversion of most older print and microfilm volumes to 24/7 online access.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online provides living, breathing resource for the academic community in sociology, including faculty, students, and researchers. The encyclopedia contains nearly1,800 entries and over 3.5 million words, making it the most comprehensive reference work ever published in sociology. The Online encyclopedia is being updated three times a year with new entries and updates to existing entries.

Voices of the U.S. Latino Experience (electronic book) presents a diverse collection of primary and secondary resources that examine the role of Latinos in the US from 1648 to 2007. Voices includes letters, memoirs, speeches, essays, interviews, treaties, reports, oral histories, and other documents. providing a wealth of historical, political, and socioeconomic information that will illuminate crucial stories of Latinos and other ethnic groups within the US.

International Encyclopedia of Public Health Online covers all aspects of the public health field, providing information relating to key conceptual areas such as ethics and legality, consumerism, anthropology and sociology. The role of economics, globalization and the history of public health are also examined while articles submitted by a wide range of distinguished contributors cover a broad list of topics, providing investigation into disease, hospital conditions, aging, diet, and injuries. The encyclopedia presents a comprehensive review of global public health variously providing minute detail relating to the specifics of disease and large scale overviews of the organization of social insurance agencies.