Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

April 13 2017, by Andrew Welch

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


What You’ll Find in ECCODeclaration of Independence, 4 July 1776, by John Trumbull

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) includes primary source content from over 200,000 books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, and other documents:

  • printed from 1701 to 1800;
  • printed in the British Isles, Colonial America, the United States of America (1776-1800), Canada, or British territories, in all languages;
  • printed in any other part of the world, wholly or partly in English or other British vernacular.

The foundation of ECCO comprises publications from the Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalog (ESTC) project. In 1977, the British Library and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies began a joint project whose aim was “to create a machine-readable union catalogue of books, pamphlets and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1701 to 1800.” [1] The project was later expanded to digitize and include publications dating back to 1473 (and was renamed the English Short Title Catalog), but the ECCO database contains the ESTC content from 1701-1800.

ECCO presents content as images of original book pages. You can search the text of these pages and download up to 250 pages as PDF files. ECCO contains content supporting research in literature, history, music, religion, medicine, law, linguistics, fine arts, and more.

Searching ECCO

Like most databases, ECCO provides a Basic and Advanced search. The Basic Search allows you to search for terms in the Keyword, Title, Subject, and Author fields, or within the pages of the documents themselves. You can enter a date limit and choose from one or more subject areas.

The Advanced search allows you to do all of the above, as well as combine terms from different fields, specify additional search fields (e.g., Publisher, Place of Publication), limit by Language, limit by Illustration type, and apply a “Fuzzy Search” option. Fuzzy Search looks for near matches and variant spellings of your search terms. Because of the variant spellings often found in historical documents, as well as the possibility of scanning errors during digitization, we recommend setting Fuzzy Search to at least Low.

Research Tools in ECCO

Be sure to consult ECCO’s Research Tools to explore detailed and carefully crafted Historical Contexts. These documents are essentially entries from reference works on a topic (e.g., French Revolution, War of American Independence, Slavery and the Slave Trade, Enlightenment) that present an overview of the topic within the context of the eighteenth century.

The Key Documents section provides an overview of what you can expect to find on a given topic in ECCO, where the collection’s strengths lie, and a list of important works (including links) in that subject area. Here, for example, is an excerpt from the “History and Geography” Key Document overview:

The history and geography collection, although rich in titles on English life and history, spans the world as it was known to eighteenth-century historians and travelers. It is particularly strong in ancient history, including many editions of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The user will also find numerous histories of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the nations and states of Europe (with particular strength in histories of the Scandinavian countries), as well as histories of Russia. The collection is strong in titles on the French Revolution, particularly English responses to it.

If you have questions about how to use Eighteenth Century Collections Online, reach out to a librarian.

Ambrose Digital Streaming Video

April 6 2017, by Claudia Frazer

Need to convince your audience about the realities of global warming? Take a look at the extensive collection of streaming video clips available on Ambrose Digital Streaming Video. “Arctic with Bruce Parry” is just one of several series dealing with our changing climate. In this five part stunning series Bruce Parry journeys around the Arctic Circle to explore the lives of its many peoples in a rapidly changing world. Episodes include such locations as Siberia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Northern Europe.

Ambrose Digital Streaming Video is a collection of streaming video clips and full programs. The database includes all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays produced by BBC as well as additional films in history, social sciences, literature, fine arts, and the sciences.

  • All videos include synchronized captions, compliant with requirements of section 508
  • All closed captions are searchable
    Unlimited streams, unlimited simultaneous users
  • Public performance rights are included
  • 8 citation styles (APA, Harvard, MLA, MHRA, Chicago, CBE/CSE, Bluebook, AMA)
  • Viewable on all devices

46 new BBC programs now available:

  • Arctic with Bruce Parry – A World of Extremes:  Travel to the Arctic Circle, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Northern Europe to explore the people and the effects of Global Warming. Five 50-minute Programs
  • Death Camp Treblinka – Survivor Stories:  Two men bear final witness. One 50-minute Program
  • Nature’s Microworlds:  Discover the key to life in the Galapagos, the Serengeti, Svalbard, and the Amazon. Sixteen 30-minute Programs
  • Rise of the Continents:  Discover the supercontinent that split apart to create 7 continents. Four 60-minute Programs
  • Shakespeare in Italy:  Travelogue Reveals the myths and stories that inspired Shakespeare. Two 50-minute Programs
  • Brazil with Michael Palin:  Meet the people and places that shape this nation. Four 55-minute Programs
  • Fierce Earth, Series 1:  Experience some of nature’s most destructive forces–earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. Ten 30-minute Programs
  • Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey:  Follow the Earth’s voyage around the Sun for one complete orbit. Three 60-minute Programs
  • Secret Universe:  Journey Inside the Cell:  Narrated by David Tennant, a high tech adventure inside our own cells. One 50-minute Program

 

Learn About: GREENR

March 27 2017, by Dan Chibnall

Some science-based databases are extremely large and cover such a wide variety of topics that it can be difficult to navigate them and find what you need. GREENR, the Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, is a more focused database that allows you to easily locate helpful material.

GREENR’s browsing features are especially helpful. The database opens on a page with a concise set of bulleted lists, featuring the major areas it covers. These areas include: energy systems, health care, food, climate change, population, economic development, resource management, ecology, science and technology, humans in the natural world, and social factors. Below is an example of some of the bulleted lists featuring areas of research, news, and statistics.

Browsing Subjects in GREENR

Another nice feature is the browsable world map. The map allows you to focus on a particular country or region of the world and learn about its energy use, emissions, ecological footprint, and other environment-related data and studies. Plus by focusing on each country you can also see a list of academic journal articles and statistics that relate to research done in or about that particular nation. Below you will see an example focused on the nation of Canada. Statistics and other materials are located within the full overview of the nation.

Country Info in GREENR

In terms of types of resources, GREENR offers a wide variety of formats. You will be able to find current news articles, case studies, videos, scholarly journal articles, commentaries, primary source documents, statistics, and visualizations and infographics based on the statistics located within. Click here to see an example of an academic journal article within GREENR. Below you will see a list of the most recent news and academic articles located within GREENR.

Academic Material in GREENR

GREENR is a great database option for people in the STEM fields but also helpful for those in business, sociology, law, or politics as well. Give it a try and contact us at Cowles Library if you have any questions about it.

Two Days Away (March 4-5, 2017)

March 15 2017, by Karl Schaefer

I have been trying to keep myself on track with all the varied activities I have promised to undertake during my stay in Germany. So far, I think I’ve done pretty well. One month into my residence, I have completed one of three planned research trips, participated in one of two seminar sessions and done some writing. I think that’s not bad, but from experience I know that all of a sudden, one looks up and the time has all gone with too much left to do. A bad feeling.

Wanting to do whatever I can to prevent this from occurring, I set off this past Saturday (March 4th) for Munich where two more block prints reside. It’s a six hour train ride from Hamburg to Munich so not possible to do in one day. I had recently re-established contact with a former professor of mine from graduate school who has spent most of his professional life at Goethe University in Frankfurt. When he learned that I was going to be in Germany, we arranged to meet and since Frankfurt lies between Hamburg and Munich, this was a perfect opportunity.

I spent a very pleasant evening and morning reminiscing with David King and his wife Pat—I had not seen them in thirty years!—and then continued my journey south. In Munich, I spent the night in a small hotel which was so tucked away that it took me a good half an hour to find the street it was on. Even the locals weren’t exactly sure where Amalienstrasse was! In desperation, I walked into a competing hotel and the desk clerk cheerfully told me my hotel was in the next street!

This morning (Monday, March 6th), I walked the three short blocks to Ludwigstrasse, a grand, wide thoroughfare lined with Gothic piles of tooled stone to find the Staatsbibliothek, the state library.

After going through the obligatory check-in, shedding my jacket, hat, and briefcase, and sliding the pieces of paper, ruler, and magnifying glass into the transparent plastic bag I was given, I was admitted to the manuscript reading room where I spent two intense hours examining the block prints. The librarian who had discovered these block prints, Helga Rebhan, came out to greet me and introduce herself. We arranged to meet for coffee after I had finished looking at the block prints and we had a very informative conversation during the course of which she told me that she knew of another example that a colleague of hers had seen in southwestern China! The story of the block prints grows ever more intriguing…

Helga was able to provide a bit of general information about the Staatsbibliothek as well: ten million, that’s TEN MILLION volumes of print plus a couple hundred thousand manuscripts. The building was put up between 1832 and 1839 and is glorious both inside and out. The outside is solid stone, made to last; the inside has high ceilings and broad staircases. The reading rooms have all been modernized, but in a tasteful way; comfortable seating is everywhere and there’s plenty of light. It was busy on that Monday morning, due in part to the fact that the university is just a stone’s throw away down Ludwigstrasse. But the manuscript reading room was populated as well.

Very impressive all in all.

Now I’m on the train again, headed back to Hamburg and my apartment. I’d like to think I could kick back for a couple of days, but the fear of running out of time makes that seem unlikely. A cousin of mine comes to visit for four days at the end of the week and then we’re into the second week of March already. Nearly half of my time here will be gone. So, it looks like I’ll have to press on for a while before I can put my feet up.

Historical Abstracts

February 27 2017, by Bart Schmidt

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


Historical Abstracts is one of the many databases the Drake community has access to through Cowles Library. If you are looking for research articles on non-American history, this should be one of your first stops.

Doing historical research of Canada or the United States? You should check out America: History and Life.

Looking for articles on the history of anywhere else in the world? You should use Historical Abstracts.  Historical Abstracts indexes and gives abstracts for over 2000 journals. It includes key historical journals from almost every major country as well as a great selection of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers of history.

A few questions I’ve heard over the years from users of this resource:

Q: What is an Abstract?
A: An abstract is a summary of an article. Historical Abstracts gives summaries and index terms to the articles in its database. Users can read the abstracts to see if the article is something they are interested in.

Q: Why isn’t there full-text available for all of the articles I find in this database?
A: That’s a long story, mostly it’s because of expense. We can get you any article you find in the database. If there isn’t full text, click on Check for Full Text @ Drake . This may lead you to the full text article. If it does not, it will lead you to Interlibrary Loan.

Q: What is Interlibrary Loan?
A: We have another library send us a copy of the article for you. For more information go to Interlibrary Loan 

Any questions about using Historical Abstracts? Just ask!

ProQuest Black Studies Center

, by Carrie Dunham-LaGree

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


Are you interested in researching contemporary or historic topics related to African-Americans, the African Diaspora or Africa? Then take time to explore the Black Studies Center, a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more. This dynamic resources includes four collections:

  1. Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, which features Interdisciplinary essays written by leading scholars on the Black Experience, audiovisual resources, and a timeline of key events in a variety of themes that link to resources in this database.
  2. The International Index to Black periodicals, which covers scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, including full text for many titles. It also includes The Marshall Index,a guide to black periodicals for the years 1940-1946.
  3. Historic Black Newspapers, including the full digital files of The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) and The Daily Defender (1956-1975)
  4. Black Literature Index, which features over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.

The Black Studies combines all four of these databases so users may choose to search all four at once or search a single one.

 


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Education Source

February 13 2017, by Samantha Becker

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


Education Source is a database Cowles Library subscribes to that includes materials on all levels of education to our users. From early childhood to higher education, this database provides full text of over 1,900 journals and citations for over 5.5 million articles.

 

If you’re interested in looking at more specialized scholarship, Education Source collects work on different specialties like health education and multilingual education. Whether you’re interested in looking at education explicitly or a topic that is adjacent to education, Education Source can provide you with a unique perspective.

 

This resource is partially included in SuperSearch so you can get an idea of what’s included there but to get access to all of its resources you’ll want to access Education Source directly through the article databases link on our website.


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Oxford African American Studies Center

February 6 2017, by Samantha Becker

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


Whether you’re looking to get started learning about a new topic or you need historical primary sources, the African American Studies Center can help you in your research. This multidiscipline database explores African American contributions to many different fields like business, education, science, medicine, and government.

The collection includes high quality reference works like biographies on over 6,500 important historical and contemporary figures as well as a large collection of primary sources. Use biographies, timelines, and charts to figure out the landscape of your topic or browse through maps, images (like the one below), film clips, and speeches to primary source. Try out the “at a glance” pages to consider multiple entries on the same topic.

To access this resource, go to “article databases” off of our library homepage. You can look by subject, under African American recourses or search for it by name. Since African American Studies Center isn’t included in SuperSearch you’ll have to go directly into the database to see everything it has to offer.

 


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Learn About: MathSciNet

January 30 2017, by Dan Chibnall

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.


Do you need to find resources related to mathematics? MathSciNet is your best source when searching the math realm. The database contains bibliographic information, abstracts, and reviews from across a wide array of publications in the field of mathematics. This database is frequently updated, with over 100,000 new resources added every year.

Screen Shot of MathSciNet Search Interface

MathSciNet Search Interface

 

In terms of authority, recent literature is reviewed by experts and professional mathematicians. 80,000 reviews are added every year. Plus there are over 550 journals within the MathSciNet collection.

 

Screen Shot of MathSciNet Search Results

MathSciNet Search Results

Search results are easy to navigate and full text is available for a variety of results. Items not available in full text can be found via the Full Text @ Drake option as well as interlibrary loan and the Get It Now option.

So the next time you’re doing research for anything related to mathematics, give MathSciNet a try.


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JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neurology) 2017

January 24 2017, by Priya Shenoy

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Starting an experiment can be a confusing and frustrating task because sometimes we don’t know how to start it or how to build the steps. Thankfully JoVE Biology can help you replicate and build experiments with visual aids. JoVE Biology is an online, peer-reviewed resource focusing on general biological research presented using videos.

Along with over 1,500 peer-reviewed videos, JoVE Biology also provides you with a PDF of experimental techniques, references, and lists of materials used in the experiment. A bonus is that you can access this material using MEDLINE.

In terms of content, JoVE Biology provides you with general biology research methodologies, including cell, molecular, and organismal biology. It includes, but is not limited to, techniques in physical biology, cellular biochemistry, genetics, physiology, systems biology and a combination of eukaryotic and prokaryotic model systems.

In addition to the biology resources, Cowles Library also provides you with access to JoVE Neuroscience. You can differentiate between them by looking for a blue-colored “B” or a green-colored “N” in the upper-right corner of the page. You can use the search tools on the left side of the screen to search one at a time or both at once.

Here is an example of an article from the database:

http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/2169 


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