Database Trials at JMU Libraries

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.

Current Trials

The following databases are being considered for JMU Libraries' online collections.

Disability in the Modern World
(expires 11/26/16)
Liaison Requested
According to the World Bank, one person in seven experiences disability, yet the story of this community and its contributions is largely absent from the scholarly record. Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement is an online collection that fills the gap, with a set of resources in a wide range of disciplines from media studies to philosophy. At completion, Disability in the Modern World will include 150,000 pages of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video.

Global Road Warrior
(expires 11/22/16)
Vendor Offered
Global Road Warrior is the most comprehensive country cultural database on the market today. Featuring in-depth information on 175 countries, Global Road Warrior will give your students a level of insight into each country that cannot be found anywhere else. Categories include: Culture & Society, the Business Experience, Negotiating, Women in Culture, Women in Business, Greetings & Courtesies, Language Video Dictionary, Music, and Education.

American History, 1492-1945
(expires 10/17/16)
Liaison Requested
American History, 1492-1945 provides access to a unique collection documents American History from the earliest settlers to the mid-twentieth century. It is sourced from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the finest archives available for the study of American History.

History of Mass Tourism
(expires 10/17/16)
Liaison Requested
The history of Mass Tourism presents a multi-national journey through well-known, little-known and far-flung destinations unlocked for the average traveller between 1850 and the 1980s. Guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs and personal travel journals provide unique insight into the expansion, accessibility and affordability of tourism for the masses and the evolution of some of the most successful travel agencies in the world.

Global Commodities
(expires 10/17/16)
Liaison Requested
Global Commodities brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices.

Visual History Archive (USC Shoah Foundation)
(expires 10/12/16)
Liaison Requested
Note: Login required - Username: jmulet | password: JMUlet2016

The USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive allows users to search through and view more than 53,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the Visual History Archive has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide that coincided with World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1996.

Music Magazine Archive: Rock
(expires 10/9/16)
Vendor Offered
Music Magazine Archive is a new product by NA Publishing. Currently in production, the Rock collection will contain 12 digitized rock and roll magazines spanning 1967 to present. This collection is built in parternship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives and the Bowling Green State University Music Library & Sound Recording Archives.

Oxford Classical Dictionary
(expires 9/30/16)
Liaison Requested
Reference resource on all things Greco-Roman. Topics range from ancient economy, material culture, myth & religion, to Jewish studies and sciences and technology. Also includes interactive maps and digital media content.


SAGE Research Methods Video (beta)
(expired 8/31/16)
Vendor Offered
Contains streaming video tutorials, case study videos, expert interviews, documentaries, and more covering the entire research methods and statistics curriculum. This product is in beta and only contains roughly half of the material anticipated to be available in the finished product.

Shakespeare in Performance: Prompt Books from the Folger Shakespeare Library
(expired 8/30/16)
Liaison Requested
Contains prompt books detailing how Shakespeare's plays were interpreted, staged, and performed. Click here for a full scope statement.
Note: pdf downloads are disabled during trials.

John Cleese Business Bundle
(expired 8/19/16)
Liaison Requested
Streaming collection of 29 training videos covering workplace topics such as budgeting, finance, meetings, managing people, and more.

APA Style Central
(expired 8/10/16)
VIVA Sponsored
Contains APA style guides, tutorials, research tools, reference templates, publication assistance, and more. Materials are organized in the following categories: learn, research, write, publish.

American Consumer Culture: Market Research & American Business, 1935-1965
(expired 7/13/16)
Liaison Requested
Access the complete market research reports of Ernest Dichter, the era's foremost consumer analyst, market research pioneer, and widely-recognized "father" of Motivational Research. Full scope notes available here.

World's Fairs: a Global History of Expositions
(expired 7/13/16)
Liaison Requested
Contains official records, monographs, publicity, artwork, artifacts, and more to showcase the phenomenon of world's fairs and expos from 1851 to 1967 and beyond. Full scope notes available here.

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