Library Provides New Databases for the Humanities


    The University of Delaware Library announces the availability of four new databases which provide research and learning opportunities to the faculty and students of the University of Delaware, especially in the humanities. 

    The new databases have been provided with the generous support of the provost, along with reallocation of existing library resources.  “I am pleased the databases can be made available,” said Provost Apple.  “The Library functions as the “laboratory” of the humanities, providing the primary source materials and findings upon which future research and scholarship is based.  This bundle of digitized information is the “gold standard” for the humanities.  President Harker and I are delighted that the University of Delaware Library is able now to have it.” 

    "The acquisition of these new databases will greatly enhance the ability of both students and faculty to conduct significant research in the humanities as well as in other related disciplines.  The purchase of these valuable databases is further indication of the president’s and provost’s support for the humanities,” said Dean George H. Watson.

    "The newly acquired databases compliment and bolster substantially the existing print-based and electronic resources provided by the University of Delaware Library.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the arts and humanities will benefit from these important resources for years to come,” observed Ann Ardis, interim deputy dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Charles Robinson, professor of English, commented on “the importance of the 19th century newspapers and journals not only to scholars interested in the British (from many disciplines including literature and history and economics and art history and even science) but also to the Americanists who are increasingly interested in the Transatlantic.”

    The broadly based databases now available include:

    “This Making of the Modern World is a world renowned collection that boasts materials far beyond the remit of “economic literature,” said James Brophy, professor of History.  “These digital archives should be viewed as critical, if not essential, additions to our collection.  Because so many of our graduate seminars center on the 18th and 19th centuries, these databases constitute core assets.”

    "Having the support of the president and provost for these new databases is wonderful and much appreciated,” said Susan Brynteson, the vice provost and May Morris Director of Libraries.

    The new digital resources will be a key addition to the University of Delaware Library’s extensive and strategic investment in primary source historical documents.  Such electronic access will greatly facilitate the success of both undergraduate and graduate research seminars in the humanities, and the new digital offerings open up even more ambitious research opportunities.

    The electronic library of the University of Delaware Library, which is available 24/7 at [www.lib.udel.edu], provides access for faculty, students and staff of the University of Delaware to a rich array of online library resources including DELCAT, databases, full-text information, electronic journals and newspapers, Subject Guides to the Internet, the Institutional Repository and much more.

    The new electronic resources which are licensed for use by University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff are available from the  “Databases” page of the Library Web at [www.lib.udel.edu/db/] or directly at [www2.lib.udel.edu/database/apcrl.html].

 

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