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JMU Libraries regularly trials new electronic resources.  If you'd like to recommend a database for us to purchase, please contact your library liaison or fill out this form.

Database Request Trials




ASTM SEDL - Digital Library

(expired 12/31/13)

Liaison Requested

The ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library is a collection of industry-leading standards and technical engineering information.  Includes information in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering.

JoVE Science Education Collection (JoVE)

(expired 12/31/13)

Liaison Requested

JoVE, or Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.  This collection exhibits how to use standard pieces of laboratory equipment, how to perform basic laboratory functions, and each video is paired with additional video resources for patrons to view practical applications of the technique and other complementary skills.

Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine Archive (Gale)

(expired 12/17/13)

Vendor Offered

The full archive of Air & Space and Smithsonian Magazine, this collection focuses on themes in the American Experience, World Cultures, a Biodiverse Planet, and Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe.

Business Insights: Global (Gale)

(expired 12/16/13)

Vendor Offered

Business Insights: Global provides access to case studies, full-text articles, datasets, and reference tools related to international business.  Find industry research reports, company histories, economic indicators, and more!

World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean (Gale)

(expired 12/16/13)

Vendor Offered

A regional studies resource that combines primary source documents with current academic journal articles and news feeds covering the region.  Also includes reference articles, maps, statistics, audio, and video related to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Note: some articles are not in English.

Bates Assessment Videos

(expired 12/15/13)

Liaison Requested

Login Instructions:  Select the Sign In link in the upper right corner and login using the following credentials: 

User Name:  |  password:  jmu2013

Bates Visual Guide is a collection of videos that provide examination techniques used by healthcare professionals. The resource contains over eight hours of video content.

The Early Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press)

(expired 12/8/13)

Liaison Requested

Compiled by the First Federal Congress Project and published in 20 volumes by the Johns Hopkins University Press, this resource contains primary material documenting the actions, debates, and thoughts of the First Federal Congress (1789 - 1791).  The Early Republic is currently comprised of 20,000 annotated pages and 250 images.

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 (Readex)

(expired 12/6/13)

Liaison Requested

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience.  This collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.  Primary sources for diverse disciplines as cultural, literary, and social history and ethnic studies are included.  Users can compare and contrast African American views on practically every major theme of the American past.

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995 (Readex)

(expired 12/6/13)

Liaison Requested

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995, features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans.  Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations bulletins, annual reports and other genres.  Information featured includes news, commentary, advertisements, literature, drawings, and photographs.

Poetry and Short Story Reference Center (EBSCO)

(expired 12/4/13)

Liaison Requested

This database contains selected works of major and minor American and English poets, along with international poetry with representation from each continent (accompanied by English translations, when available).  Also included are plays and speeches, short stories and classic books, biographies, critical analyses, contextual essays and explications for important works, essays on poetic forms, terms, techniques and movements, multimedia / audio & video of poets reading their works, and interviews from reputable sources like the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Foundation and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.  Supplemental teaching and learning guides featuring specific lesson plans and tips for assignments specifically crafted for this database, along with lesson plans/labs from The Poetry Foundation, are also included.


(expired 11/30/13)

Liaison Requested

5 Concurrent Users

Note: Users can choose to create an account or use the "Sign in as a Guest" option beneath the login box. Guest users will not be able to save any work; account creators will not be able to access saved information after the trial expires.

SimplyMap is a web-based mapping applciation that allows users to create thematic maps and reports using dempgraphic, business, and marketing data.

BrowZine (Third Iron) - For use on iPad and Android tablets!

(expired 11/30/13)

Liaison Requested

Set-up instructions:

From your iPad or Android device, please download BrowZine from the App Store and install it.  When you open BrowZine for the first time, you will see a list of schools -- please select "James Madison University".  Then, just select the subject areas and start browsing! (*Note:  Must be within campus IP range or have VPN access turned on when out of range.)

BrowZine combines individual articles from databases to create complete journals, arranges them in a newsstand, and then delivers these journals to patrons in an easy to use format optimized for iPad or Android tablet computers.  Users can then browse journals by subject, discover new titles, and easily read articles.  For more information, please click here.

The Women's Wear Daily Archive (ProQuest)

(expired 11/24/13)

Liaison Requested

The Women's Wear Daily Archive provides a record of how the fashion industry and trends developed over the twentieth century and provides research material not only for fashion and design students, but also for students of business, retail, marketing, merchandising, cultural and gender studies, and social history.  This resource contains the full run of past print issues and supplements and allows users to explore trends and influences on the fashion and beauty industry through the years.  Every page of every issue since 1910 is included, scanned from cover to cover, including all advertisements and images, in high resolution and full color, and presented in page-image format with searchable text.

World Newspaper Archives:  Latin America (Readex)

Series 1, 1805-1922 & Series 2, 1822-1922

(expired 11/22/13)

Liaison Requested

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 (1805-1922) and Series 2 (1822-1922), offer unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and a dozen other countries, these resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures.  Together, both series of Latin American Newspapers chronicles the evolution of Latin America over two centuries through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative information, letters, poetry, advertisements, obituaries, and other items.

18th Century Journals: A Portal to Newspapers and Periodicals, c1685-1835 (Adam Matthew Digital)

(expired 11/14/13)

Liaison Requested

*Please note that download options are not available during this trial.

This collection contains rare journals printed between c1685 and 1835 regarding eighteenth-century social, political, and literary life.  Topics covered include the following:

colonial life, provincial and rural affairs, the French and American revolutions, reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe, political debates, and London coffee house gossip and discussion.  For more information, please click here.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, 1947-1980 (Adam Matthew Digital)

(expired 11/14/13)

Liaison Requested

*Please note that download options are not available during this trial.

This resource includes the British Government's files on the countries of South Asia from shortly before Indian partition and independence up until 1980.  The files in this

collection cover events from this time period from the standpoint of British officialdom.  In addition to high politics, the papers in these files cover such issues as economic and industrial development, trade, migration, visits to South Asia by British politicians and by South Asian politicians to Britain and elsewhere, education, administrative reorganization, conflict over language, aid, political parties, agriculture and irrigation, and television and the press.

Global Commodities (Adam Matthew Digital)

(expired 11/14/13)

Liaison Requested

*Please note that download options are not available during this trial.

Global Commodities discusses the way in which these resources have transformed the world over time.  This resource focuses on 15 significant commodities whose stories are often intertwined including the following:  chocolate, coffee, cotton, fur, oil, opium, porcelain, silver & gold, spices, sugar, tea, timber, tobacco, wheat, and wine & spirits.

India, Raj, & Empire (Adam Matthew Digital)

(expired 11/14/13)

Liaison Requested

India has played a crucial role in global trading networks for centuries and was central to the story of Empire and, more recently, it has emerged as a vibrant democracy and a major economic power.  This collection, which is documented through The National Library of Scotland, contains history from the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 to the granting of independence for India and Pakistan in 1947.  Sources within this collection are extremely varied and range from the papers of key East India Company representatives and colonial officials to records of daily life in Agra, Bombay, Lahore, and Madras.  Original Indian manuscripts containing histories and literary works, as well as accounts of wars, discussions of Indian Nationalism and papers of tea and coffee planters are also included.

The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers (EBSCO)

(expired 11/12/13)

Liaison Requested

The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers presents thematic content focusing on the evolution of Hispanic civil rights, religious thought, and the growing presence of women writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries.  This collection includes hundreds of rare books by Latino-Hispanic Americans, over 3,000 issues of rare historical newspapers and periodicals, over 75,000 pages of content, over 250,000 pages of personal and organizational manuscript content, and content written in both Spanish(80%) and English(20%).  Content is indexed and searchable in Spanish and English.  For more information, please click here.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers (ProQuest)

(expired 10/26/13)

Liaison Requested

These historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society, and events of the time.

Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003):  Had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975):  A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago. 

Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991):  Was founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund. 

Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005):  The oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993):  This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s.  The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.

Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003):  Was the only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time.

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001):  The oldest continuously published black newspaper, is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.

The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988):  The most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.


(expires 10/18/13)

Liaison Requested

F1000Prime is a resource that identifies and recommends important articles in biology and medical research publications.  The included articles have been selected by a peer-nominated global 'Faculty' of the world's leading scientists and clinicians who then rate them and explain their importance.  From the numerical ratings awarded to these articles, a unique system for quantifying the importance of individual articles has been created.  A fully searchable database containing more than 100,000 records is available and the faculty members and article recommendations are organized into over 40 Faculties (subjects), which are further subdivided into over 300 Sections.

Oxford Handbooks Online

(expires 10/5/13)

Vendor Offered

The Oxford Handbooks Online series brings together the world's leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.  Articles review the key issues, reveal original arguments and concepts, and set the agenda for new research. The books have become one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing.  The following 14 subject areas are included:  Archaeology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.


Global Plants (JSTOR)

(expired 7/1/13)

Vendor Offered

Global Plants is a community-contributed database where worldwide herbaria can share their plant type specimens, experts can determine and update naming structures, students can discover and learn about plants in context, and a record of plant life can be preserved for future generations.  Containing the contributed collections of more than 270 herbaria from around the globe, the Global Plants database holds nearly two million high-resolution type specimens that have been hand-selected and meticulously digitized by partner herbaria with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Researchers and students can also access reference works and primary sources—such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs—contributed by partners.

National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale)

(expired 6/7/13)

Liaison Requested

National Geographic Virtual Library is a cross-searchable platform that comes with standard library features and functionality common to many Gale resources.  Searchable through the 100+ years of National Geographic publications, National Geographic Virtual Library provides students and researchers of all ages a graphical, easy-to-use method of accessing the wealth of material from National Geographic magazine, along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.


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