New E-resources

Announcements about new databases, platform changes, and database cancellations.

A comprehensive list of reference and research databases is available in the Database Library.

Information on the Responsible Use of Licensed Electronic Resources.

March 2018

Oxford Bibliographies Online – Jewish Studies (Oxford University Press)

The Jewish Studies module from Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) presents a broad range of authoritative research guides on current scholarship, with original commentary and annotations that are written and reviewed by academic experts. The field of Jewish studies is broad and interdisciplinary, encompassing history, religion, philosophy, literature, sociology and political science. Article coverage spans from the Bible to the present, and encompasses vast geographical ranges, including communities from the Americas to Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Africa.

February 2018

Black Thought and Culture (Alexander Street Press)

This collection contains approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings from the past 250 years by over 1,000 American black leaders, including artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, and entertainers. Black Thought and Culture offers access to previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. Subjects indexed include colonialism, poverty, education, sharecropping, Jim Crow laws, the New Deal, the Black Liberation movement, the South, the Scottsboro and Herndon trials, black nationalism, miscegenation, the black athlete, civil rights, apartheid, the Negritude movement, the NAACP, and more.

January 2018

Nexis Uni (LexisNexis)

The new platform from LexisNexis, replacing LexisNexis Academic, offers access to more than 17,000 news, legal and business sources, including print and online journals; television and radio broadcasts; newswires and blogs; local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives; extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790; and business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives. (Updated daily)

Literary Reference Center (Ebsco – BadgerLink)

This is a broad reference resource for literature, authors, literary criticism, and literary works across disciplines and timeframes. It contains plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, book reviews, author biographies and interviews, poems, and short stories.

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources (Gale)

Four centuries of American legal primary sources. Published records of the American colonies; federal, state, territorial, and municipal codes; constitutional conventions and compilations; and other resources.

Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities (Gale)

The Women’s Studies Archive documents the social, political, and professional aspects of women’s lives, offering resources pertaining to the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society. The Women’s Issues and Identities sub-collection traces the path of women’s issues from past to present, drawing on primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights. As a comprehensive academic-level archival resource, Women’s Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities will focus on the social, political, and professional achievements of women throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. (read more…)

World Christian Database (Brill)

WCD includes detailed information on 9,000 Christian denominations, as well as on religions in every country of the world. Extensive data are available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. Information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demography. Additional secular data is included on population, health, education, languages, and communication. (updated quarterly)

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 (Gale)

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender facilitates scholarly research in the area of LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies, and more. Fully-searchable, this database is currently composed of two sub-collections on LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940. Part I contains 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, featuring historical documents published in more than 35 countries, with over 15 languages represented. Part II offers access to periodicals, newsletters, manuscripts, government records, organizational papers, correspondence, an international selection of posters, and other primary source materials. (read more…)

Indigenous Peoples: North America (Gale)

Enabling exploration of the political, social, and cultural history of native peoples from the sixteenth century well into the twentieth century, Indigenous Peoples: North America illustrates the fabric of the North American story with unprecedented depth and breadth. Comprehensive yet personal, the collection covers the history of American Indian tribes and supporting organizations, meeting a need for historical researchers. This database facilitates inquiry into the culture and heritage of indigenous people through access to sources from both American and Canadian institutions, as well as direct-from-source from newspapers from various tribes and Indian-related organizations. The collection also features indigenous-language materials, including dictionaries, bibles, and primers.

Early Arabic Printed Books (Gale)

Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library is the online presentation of one of the world’s most important Arabic collections, based on A.G. Ellis’s 1894-1901 record of publications. The collection has several modules that bring together books on a variety of subjects, printed from the 15th to 19th century in Arabic script, as well as translations into European and Asian languages. UW-Madison access is currently limited to the Religion and Law module, which includes works of Islamic literature, key among which are numerous editions of the Qur’an with translations and commentaries, traditions (hadith), works of the religious life, and much more. (read more…)

Slavery & Anti-Slavery : A Transnational Archive. Part I, Debates Over Slavery and Abolition (Gale)

Debates over Slavery and Abolition (Part I of Slavery and Anti-Slavery), contains 7,277 books and pamphlets, more than eighty newspaper and periodical titles, and eighteen major manuscript collections. The sources in this collection, originating in the United States and Europe, document the worldwide movement for the abolition of slavery in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The content has been reviewed and selected by an editoral board of scholars, and is thematically arranged. It covers a wide spectrum of interests related to the history of slavery: legal issues; the Caribbean; children and women under slavery; modes of resistance; and much more, from 1490 to 1896.

December 2017

Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies Digital Library : ACSESS DL

The ACSESS Digital Library is a collection of journal and ebook content published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The backfile collection includes the full text of nearly 300 ebooks published between 1957 and 2009, and 17 journals, from 1907 to 2009. ACSESS is the umbrella organization for three nonprofit societies: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. Note, as of 1/1/2018, BMJ Best Practice will effectively replace BMJ Clinical Evidence. (Updated continuously)

History Vault: Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the anti-Vietnam War Movement (1958-1981) (ProQuest)

ProQuest History Vault has expanded to include Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the anti-Vietnam War Movement, a module within the American Politics and Society collection. This module offers opportunities for research on the 1960s through the lens of two influential anti-war organizations, SDS and VVAW. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) emphasized participatory democracy, community building, creating a political movement of impoverished people, and as U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War escalated, the anti-war movement. Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) organized major national protests, including Operation Dewey Canyon III (1971), which catapulted VVAW to a position of leadership within the antiwar movement.  (read more…)

History vault. Labor unions in the U.S., 1862-1974 : Knights of Labor, AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO (ProQuest)

The ProQuest History Vault collection, Workers and Labor Unions, includes this module containing important documentation on the growth and transformation of the modern American labor movement. Four major national organizations are documented in substantial detail in this module: the Knights of Labor, AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO. The records in this module on the Knights of Labor consist of the Papers of Terence V. Powderly and John W. Hayes, sourced from the holdings of the Catholic University of America. The AFL records, ranging from 1886 to 1955, document virtually all the major problems confronting American labor during that time. (read more…)

International Newsstream (ProQuest)

International Newsstream provides the most recent news content outside of the US and Canada, with archives which stretch back decades featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. ProQuest International Newsstream provides information from more than 660 of the world’s top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the BBC Monitoring series of publications.

Canadian Major Dailies (ProQuest)

This is the core of Canadian Newsstand. Included are national and leading regional papers such as National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader Post, Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times-Colonist.

November 2017

Technology Collection (ProQuest)

The Technology Collection includes the Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database, the Materials Science & Engineering Database, and the Military Database. It features full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more.

October 2017

SPIE Digital Library

SPIE proceedings include more than 450,000 optics and photonics conference papers spanning biomedicine, communications, sensors, defense and security, manufacturing, electronics, energy, and imaging. SPIE journals offer peer-reviewed articles on applied research in optics and photonics, including optical engineering, electronic imaging, biomedical optics, microlithography, remote sensing, and nanophotonics.

September 2017

BCC Research

BCC Research provides objective, unbiased measurement and assessment of market opportunities with detailed market research reports. Our experienced industry analysts assess growth opportunities, market sizing, technologies, applications, supply chains and companies with the singular goal of helping you make informed business decisions, free of noise and hype. (Updated annually)

July 2017

BioCyc Database Collection

The BioCyc Database Collection is a set of more than 7,600 Pathway/Genome Databases (PGDBs) describing many sequenced genomes. PGDBs describe the entire genome of an organism, as well as its biochemical pathways and (when curated) its regulatory network. BioCyc supports activities in drug discovery, agriculture, and biotechnology by enhancing the understanding of biological systems. The BioCyc website provides a suite of software tools for database searching and visualization, for omics data analysis, and for comparative genomics and comparative pathway questions. BioCyc databases are curated largely from published literature. (Updates vary)

Churchill Archive (Bloomsbury)

Published in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history. It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. Complementing the core content, the Churchill Archive offers a range of additional materials, including pedagogical resources and secondary materials, plus editorially selected links to other resources, video and audio content, and biographical and bibliographic databases. (read more…)

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Brill)

The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day. The encyclopedia contains overview articles that provide a readable synopsis of current knowledge of the major periods and varieties of the Hebrew language as well as thematically-organized entries which provide further information on individual topics. With over 950 entries and approximately 400 contributing scholars, the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics is the authoritative reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Hebrew linguistics, general linguistics, Biblical studies, Hebrew and Jewish literature, and related fields.

Fieldwork recordings–Dictionary of American Regional English (UW Digital Collections)

From 1965–1970, fieldworkers for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) conducted interviews with nearly 3,000 “informants” in 1,002 communities across America. They visited residents in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, collecting local words, phrases, and pronunciations to document the linguistic diversity of the United States. A digitized subset of the entire fieldwork recording collection was first published online in 2003 at the UW–Madison Digital Collections Center under the title “American Languages: Our Nation’s Many Voices.”

June 2017

Business Premium Collection (ProQuest)

Business Premium Collection The most comprehensive business offering, comprising all content from: ABI/INFORM Collection; Accounting, Tax and Banking Collection; Asian and European Business Collection; Business Market Research Collection; and Entrepreneurship Database. With global coverage in business and economics, the collection features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, and working papers, as well as trade publications, market research reports, and key periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Economist.


DieselNet includes technical papers, summaries of standards, and business information concerning diesel engines, emissions, fuel, and other technology. This includes the DieselNet Technology Guide, a reference source on diesel engines and emissions, and a business directory of suppliers and services related to engines and emissions.

East India Company – Module I: Trade, Governance and Empire, 1600-1947 (Adam Matthew)

From 16th-century origins as a trading venture to the East Indies, through to its rise as the world’s most powerful company and de facto ruler of India, to its demise amid allegations of greed and corruption – the East India Company was an extraordinary force in global history for three centuries. This digital resource allows students and researchers to access a vast and remarkable collection of primary source documents from the India Office Records held by the British Library, the single most important archive for the study of the East India Company. From the Company’s charter in 1600 to Indian independence in 1947, East India Company tells the story of trade with the East; politics; and the rise and fall of the British Empire. (read more…)

Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text & Retrospective

Index to English-language legal periodicals, court decisions, legislation and more. Full text coverage for selected periodicals is also available back to 1994. Law books are indexed beginning in 1993. Covers all areas of law from the United States and Commonwealth countries.

J.P. Morgan Research (ProQuest)

J.P. Morgan Research The database features thousands of analyst reports covering over 3,000 global companies and all industries. Derived from Morgan Markets – which is J.P. Morgan’s exclusive information for key clients and investors – these reports are made available to academic users for education and research purposes. Coverage is 2011 to current with a one week embargo. Lengthy reports cover equities and company performance, global and regional economics and financial strategy, foreign exchange, commodities, liquidity, and emerging markets.

Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600-1970

Four centuries of historical legal codes, statutes, regulations, and code-related commentaries from jurisdictions around the world.

May 2017

Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection

Films on Demand is a digital video streaming service which offers access to educational videos from a variety of producers including A&E, PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, HBO Documentary Films, Bill Moyers, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and more. The Master Academic Collection brings together over 25,000 videos from many areas of study, including health &medicine, humanities & social sciences, science & mathematics, business & economics, as well as archival films & newsreels. See also Kanopy and Docuseek2 databases for more streaming video options.

Readers’ guide to periodical literature

The Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature delivers comprehensive indexing of the most popular and important periodicals published, spanning from 1983 to the present. New records are also constantly being added, as the database is updated on a daily basis to incorporate the latest content.

WorldCat via FirstSearch

In response to the changes in the presentation of WorldCat in Forward, a second entry for WorldCat was added to the Database Library, ensuring direct access to the FirstSearch interface.  Please note that the current description for WorldCat via FirstSearch was based the entry for, and may be revised.

April 2017

Religion and the Law (Hein Online)

Books, periodicals, and bibliographies on the development, history, organization, and fundamental principles of various world religions. Also includes Christian Legal Society publications, an assortment of Canon Law, and rare historical bibles.

Law in Eastern Europe (Hein Online)

The Law in Eastern Europe book series, published by Brill, covers the development, enactment, and impact of the rule of law in Eastern Europe. Per the agreement with the publisher, there is a 2 volume delay.

Wisconsin Blue Books (UW Digital Collections)

The Wisconsin Blue Book is a comprehensive almanac of Wisconsin State Government. It includes biographies of people in state government, information on the various agencies of the state, and a great deal of statistical information. Recent years have included a feature article dealing with an aspect of state government. (Updated biennially) For more recent years see the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau’s website for their State of Wisconsin Blue Book collection (2005/06 to the present).