Through mid-August, our Middlebury and Monterey campuses have trial access to this database from Al-Manhal, the only provider of full-text searchable databases of scholarly and scientific publications from the Arab and Islamic world. Al-Manhal’s over 13,000 e-books and 300 peer-reviewed journals can be searched through the user-friendly platform linked above. The full-text content is also fully indexed in Summon. (Allow a few days after this post for all Al-Manhal content to be find-able in Summon by Middlebury and MIIS users.)
Cambridge Companions are lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. All are collections of specially commissioned essays, shaped and introduced to appeal to student readers. Current faculty, staff, and students have trial access to all 588 of the Cambridge Companions through mid-March.
Students, staff, and faculty at Middlebury have trial access to the online database version of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. Everything from the most recent edition is all right here, accessible from anywhere on campus (or off-campus for current faculty, staff, and students).
Following up on successful trials, the library has subscribed to three new resources:
- Ancestry, Library Edition – we got very positive feedback on this trial and we are pleased to enable faculty, students, and staff to use this fascinating resource for classes and scholarly and personal research.
- Human Rights Studies Online – both the Monterey and Middlebury campuses now have access to this archive of documents, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010.
- BrowZine – Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey can get easy browsability and convenient access to most of our subscribed journals on mobile devices or through a web browser. Since our trial, the web version now has the capability to provide your own personal “bookshelf” of your favorite journals.
For the next 30 days, students, faculty, and staff of Middlebury College have free access to the Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980. These are archival documents from the British Foreign Office that deal with China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan from between 1919 through 1980. Our trial includes these parts of the archive:
- 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International
- 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis
- 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory
- 1949-1956: The Communist revolution
- 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward
- 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution
Open Access at a crossroads: “Make no mistake, OA is here to stay, and there is no crisis of confidence, at least as far as the continuing growth in access to the research literature. But the repercussions of the business models and methodologies chosen for OA are beginning to be recognized. …”