ERF Update – April 2015

ERF Update – April 2015

Current number of records in the ERF: 1211

ADDED since last update:


Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • IEEE English for Engineering. An interactive course to advance technical communications skills when speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database (SHELDUS). County-level hazard loss data set for the US for 18 different natural hazard events types such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes, covering from 1960 – present.


Arts & Humanities / International & Area Studies

  • Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World. A comprehensive encyclopedia of Neo-Latin from the Italian Renaissance to the modern era (14th-16th century).
  • British Periodicals (Collection I). Nearly 500 British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910. Includes a broad range of digitized documents sourced from 21 libraries. The manuscripts, printed works, and illustrations are grouped thematically and address key gender issues from both masculine and feminine perspectives.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI). Information for all aspects of design and crafts, from textiles and ceramics to vehicle design, advertising and sustainability. Covers journal articles, exhibition reviews and news items from 1973 to the present.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive. An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.
  • The Grand Tour. Brings together in one searchable database letters, diaries, printed guidebooks, travel writing, maps, paintings and architectural plans relating to the experiences of people participating in the Grand Tour.
  • Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954. A rich variety of original manuscript collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York.
  • Krokodil Digital Archive. Russian for “Crocodile,” Krokodil was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union.
  • Literary Manuscripts from the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Original manuscripts of 15 Victorian authors digitized from the 19th-century holdings of the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library.
  • Literary Manuscripts from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Complete facsimile images of manuscripts of 17th and 18th century verse.
  • Loeb Classical Library. The only existing series of books which, through original text and English translation, gives access to all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.
  • London Low Life. Digital collection of fiction, cartoons, maps, posters, ballads, advertisements, broadsides, and reform literature relevant to the social history of London from 1800 to 1910.
  • Classical music videos live and on-demand.
  • Medieval Family Life. Digitized manuscripts that reveal the details of medieval life in the areas of business and trade, politics, community, family affairs, and relationships.
  • Medieval Travel Writing. Manuscripts of important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period. The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia.
  • Meiji Japan. Digitized papers of Edward Sylvester Morse, who was one of the first Americans to live and teach in Japan. This collection is a good source for those interested in the anthropology, archaeology, art and culture of Japan.
  • OnArchitecture. An audiovisual collection featuring 200+ original videos, interviews, building panoramas and installations by some of the main figures of contemporary architecture.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Standard research tool on 1,100 years of Byzantine history, from the 4th century to the 15th.
  • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700. Over 230 manuscripts of early modern women writers whose work only exists in manuscript form.
  • Romanticism: Life, Literature, and Landscape. Discover literary sources which are indispensable for scholars and students studying William Wordsworth and the Romantic period.
  • Russkaia literatura Digital Archive. A well-known journal of literary criticism, one of the most comprehensive, reliable and authoritative resources featuring biographical information and criticism of Russian and Soviet authors in various genres.


Social Sciences

  • American Consumer Culture: Market Research and American Business, 1935-1965. Provides insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era’s foremost consumer analyst and widely-recognised “father” of Motivational Research.
  • American History. Provides access to over 50,000 unique manuscripts on American History from 1493-1945.
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures. Contains primary and secondary documents such as artwork, speeches, petitions, diaries, journals, correspondence, early linguistic and ethnographic accounts, photographs, maps, rare books and newspapers, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.
  • Apartheid South Africa, 1948-1980. Makes available British government files from various Foreign Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980. Includes letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activist biographies and first-hand accounts.
  • Archives of the Communist Party of China. Archives and publications of the Communist Party in China since its establishment in 1921.
  • Baltimore Afro-American. Founded by former slave John Henry Murphy, Sr. when he merged three church publications, The Baltimore Afro-American became one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers on the Atlantic Coast.
  • China, America, and the Pacific: Trade and Cultural Exchange. Covering the 18th to early 20th centuries, this database documents the socioeconomic aspects of transpacific and around-the-world commercial, scientific, and other maritime voyages. The focus is on the China trade.
  • China: Culture and Society. Cornell’s Wason Pamphlet Collection, digitized in its entirety. Mostly in English and published between c.1750 and 1929, these include a wide variety of writings on the people and cultures of China and foreign involvement there.
  • China: Trade, Politics, and Culture 1793-1980. Incorporating 19 document types including illustrations, diaries, memoirs, and official papers, the database provides varying perspectives from politicians and diplomats to missionaries and tourists, documenting key events during the period.
  • Chinese New Local Gazetteers. More than 25,900 volumes of Chinese gazetteer books, covering 31 provinces and autonomous regions, and providing historical records of provinces, prefectures, cities, and smaller district administration units.
  • Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961. A digitized collection of Great Britain’s Foreign and Colonial Offices’ entire Confidential Print series relating to the United States, Canada and the English-speaking Caribbean, with some coverage of Central and South America.
  • EdITLib Digital Library. Journal articles, conference papers, dissertations and multimedia content on educational technology, information technology, and e-learning.
  • First World War. A collection of primary source material for the study of the Great War organized into three modules: Personal experiences, Propaganda and Recruitment, and Visual Perspectives and Narratives.
  • Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. All British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980, covering important historical events in modern Chinese history.
  • India, Raj and Empire. First-hand accounts from journals and diaries document the foundation of the East India Company and the independence of India.
  • Japan Chronicle Online. The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly is the newspaper of record for Japan’?s engagement with modernity and its emergence onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century.
  • Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963. Documents from the highest level of the British government during Harold Macmillan’s term as prime minister.
  • Plunkett Research Online. Market research, industry statistics, trends, and in-depth analysis of top companies.
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975. Explore the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change in the US and UK between 1950 and 1975 though chronology, video footage, and more.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chinese Newspapers Collection. Gain insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers.
  • ProQuest History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975. Includes 104 ProQuest microfilm collections; records of the Associated Press’s Saigon Bureau, Military Assistance and Advisory Command, Vietnam; and National Security Files from the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations.
  • Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice. Primary source materials from 1490-2007 in slavery and abolition studies.
  • South Asia Archive. A digital platform for culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within – and about – the Indian subcontinent.
  • The Guardian and The Observer. These British historical newspapers bring history to life by presenting facts, firsthand accounts, and opinions of the day about the most significant political, business, sports, literary, and entertainment events from the past two centuries.
  • The Los Angeles Sentinel. From its earliest beginnings when it urged African-Americans to “not spend your money where you can’t work,” the Los Angeles Sentinel has exposed prejudice, promoted social change, and empowered the black community.
  • The Nixon Years, 1969-1974. The complete UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 7 and 82 files for the entire period of Richard Nixon’Ã?Â?s presidency.
  • The Times of India. The world’s most widely circulated English daily newspaper was founded in 1838 to serve British residents of West India.
  • Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History. Hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks. Focuses on the world of travelling entertainment, which brought spectacle to vast audiences across Britain, American and Europe in the 19th and early 20th century.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema. Explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment. Material on music halls, pleasure gardens, exhibitions, scientific institutions from the golden era for variety, vaudeville, and theatre.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic. Explores the relationship between the popularity of Victorian magic shows and conjuring tricks and the emergence of seances and psychic phenomena in Britain and America.
  • Virginia Company Archives. Provides access to the archive of the Virginia Company, which brought settlers to the new world.
  • Women in the National Archives, UK. Archival documents from the British National Archive relating to women


Life and Health Sciences

  • Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics (Second Edition). Featuring relatively short entries on genetics topics written by experts in that topic, Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics provides an effective way to learn about any aspect of genetics, from Abortive Transduction to Zygotes.
  • Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems. Addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face.
  • Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (Second Edition). Covers all areas of neurological sciences through over 1,000 entries focused on a wide variety of topics in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and other related areas of neuroscience.
  • Environment Complete. Citations to, plus some full text for, journal articles and books on a wide variety of environmental topics.
  • GIDEON. Updated almost daily, GIDEON has information on the epidemiology, treatment, and microbiology of infectious diseases. Includes an Infectious Diseases module and a Microbiology module.
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease: A Dynamic Encyclopedia of Disease Mechanisms. A standard reference in the pathology and molecular biology of human disease.
  • PubAg. Full-text access to scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, plus indexing of peer-reviewed articles relevant to the agricultural sciences.


REMOVED since last update:

  • Emerald Library and Information Studies Collection. Subscription cancelled at Selector’s discretion.
  • American Social History Online. Defunct site.