Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Database: 'Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901'

In addition to the periodical database discussed below, the Sawyer Library has also added the Ebsco database 'Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901.' Ebsco's database description states:

"The Scientific Periodicals, 1771-1901 collection contains publications related chiefly to the hard sciences: mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology (including mining), and the like. It also contains a few social sciences titles and literary magazines with science content." Titles include:
  • The Anthropological Journal
  • Astronomical Notices
  • The American Chemist
  • The American Journal of Microscopy and Popular Science
  • The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist
  • Popular Science Monthly.
This database is a nice complement to JSTOR, which also includes journals in the sciences, in some cases with coverage going back as far as the mid 1800's.

New Database: 'Current Events and History Periodicals, 1691-1912 '

The Sawyer Library has recently added an online collection of periodicals which cover the period 1691-1912. The vendor, Ebsco, describes the collection as follow:

"The Current Events and History Periodicals 1691-1912 collection consists primarily of publications about the current events of the 18th and 19th centuries. These include regular reports on economics and government affairs, with titles such as:
  • the New England Post Office Record,
  • the Political State of Great Britain,
  • and the Social Science Review.
Also strongly represented in this collection is as group of periodicals dedicated to local news and interests, including:
  • Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society,
  • Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
  • Mad River Valley Pioneer,
  • and Bowen's Boston News Letter.
In addition, there are many titles that take the country's history as their main subject:
  • Lexington and Concord Centennial 1775,
  • Stars and Stripes in Rebellion,
  • The Scorpion: A Journal Devoted to the Interests of the Privateersman,
  • the Historical Family Library,
  • the Picture Gallery of the New and Old Worlds,
  • and the Antiquarian and General Review,
to name but a few."

Students who are looking for contemporaneous accounts of events from that time period may find something of use here.