Archives of Human Sexuality and
Identity, Part 1: LGBTQ History and
Culture since 1940.
2016. Gale [ learn.cengage.com/LGBTform].
Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity,
Part 1: LGBTQ History and Culture Since
1940 is the first segment of a planned trilogy scheduled for release through 2018. The
database comprises nearly two million pages
of primary source material that has been
curated by libraries and archives, including
the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives,
New York Public Library, GLBT Historical
Society, Women’s Energy Bank, and more.
Created for students and researchers focused
on women, gender, LGBTQ, and sexuality
studies, the product offers rare and unique
documentation, including organizational
papers, government documents, newsletters,
photographs, and private correspondence.
Documents span from 1940 to 2014, with
the majority from 1950 to 1990. Scholars
may explore a series of 18 curated mini-collections or utilize keyword searches that
maybe refined by standard facets like document type, year, and collection. Keywords
may also be analyzed using the term cluster
tool, which utilizes an algorithm to determine words most often found in proximity
to the original search term. Frequency of use
over time is available in graphs, clickable to
refined results lists. Users may also create and
add tags and annotations to content. Available as a stand-alone database or on Gale
Artemis: Primary Sources, this is an ambitious
beginning to another robust tool from Gale.
Columbia International Affairs Online.
2016. Columbia Univ. [ ciaonet.org].
This intuitive database offers a wealth of
pertinent academic information on the theme
of international affairs. The information is
drawn from a large number of global academic publishers, including Columbia University
Press, the European Research Papers Archive,
Human Rights First, and Palgrave Macmillan.
The landing page is highlighted by featured
content, which is particularly useful here in
alerting students to hot-button issues. Links
are also provided to active CIAO social-media
accounts. The site is arranged in a way that
makes searching a breeze. Users can browse
by geographic region, content type, publisher,
or author. The content-type category includes
format subgroups including working papers,
journal articles, policy briefs, videos, and
books. The basic search function is simple
enough and allows results to be refined by
these major categories. Examples of the types
of content available on the site include working papers from the U.S. Institutes of Peace,
video from the Columbia University World
Leaders Forum, and books from Oxfam Publishing. The updated site benefits from the
standardization of metadata and presentation format, whether PDF or video. E-books
are only available for reading online and
cannot be downloaded. The “Course Pack”
feature provides instructors with an excellent
curriculum-development tool. These are collections of a number of resources from across
content types on individual subjects, such as
relevant working papers, articles, and videos.
Overall, this is a handy source of information for high-school and academic libraries.
YA/C: Suitable for high-school research,
and the “Course Pack” feature will be
helpful for curriculum development. BO.
Historical Dictionaries Online.
2016. Rowman & Littlefield [ historicaldictionaries.com].
The quality content from the Rowman &
Littlefield Historical Dictionaries series is now
available on a digital platform. The database
contains more than 350,000 entries across 16
broad categories: “Africa”; “The Americas”;
“Ancient Civilizations”; “Asia, Oceania and
the Middle East”; “Europe”; “Fashion”; “Intel-
ligence and Counterintelligence”; “Literature”;
“Peoples and Cultures”; “Philosophy”; “Pop
Culture”; “Professions and Industries”; “Re-
ligion”; “Sports”; “U.S. Politics”; and “War
The material could not be easier to access: us-
ers are greeted with a page of boxes titled with
each category. After choosing a topic, users
can then select the individual titles within by
simply clicking on the book’s cover. The A–Z
entries appear with a drop-down menu for cita-
tion and see also references, as applicable. There
is also a large search box at the top of every
page, allowing the user to search within catego-
ries by keyword. A sidebar tab offers access to
the time lines found in every volume, and us-
ers can click on a plus sign within every entry
to add it to the “My Project” feature, which
exports the saved entries as a PDF document.
There is a vast wealth of information available
here, and public and academic libraries will
want to consider adding this to their general
research collections. —Rebecca Vnuk
Public Library Video Online.
2016. Alexander Street [ search.alexanderstreet.com/pavn].
Public Library Video Online includes video
content from more than 500 distributors, producers, and filmmakers, such as A&E, BBC,
Bloomberg, CBS, Filmakers Library, and
more. Developed for and offered exclusively
to public libraries, the database can be easily
searched for video to be used for research or
leisure viewing. There are a number of ways
to access the content. Material is organized
into broad subjects, such as “American Studies” (476 videos); “Art & Design” ( 51 videos);
“History” (591 videos); “Science & Engineering” (139 videos); and more. Searches may be
refined via a series of dynamic facets, such as
narrator, places or persons discussed, subject,
and date. The robust help section, which provides everything from browser specifications
to streaming-video rates, also links to a You-Tube channel with a number of short demos
of important tools, including searching the
collections, creating video clips and playlists,
and using the Alexander Street video and
audio players. Each video can be viewed on
a computer or mobile device, or clipped for
inclusion in a presentation, and links to the
material can be shared or embedded. A transcript runs parallel to the video when played.
The background material and the transcript
can be translated into a long list of languages,
and citations are available in five different
styles. As added benefits, subscribers receive
perpetual rights to selected videos at the end
of the term and a free media hosting and uploading service. —Magan Szwarek
SAGE Business Stats.
2016. Sage [ data.sagepub.com/sagestats].
This database, a companion of sorts to
SAGE Business Researcher, provides statistical
data series created from more than 200,000
Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity.