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Digital National Security Archive

The Middlebury College Libraries now have access to the Digital National Security Archive (DNSA), a database containing over 500,000 pages of declassified documents gathered through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The DNSA contains a range of policy documents including presidential memos, meeting notes, briefing papers, White House communications, email, letters, and other secret material detailing U.S.foreign and military policy since 1945. The original documents have been digitized and indexed to allow item and page-level searching.

Memorandum to John F. Kenndy, July 21, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library. National Security File. Box 318.


Afghan rebel operating a Soviet-designed anti-aircraft gun, either supplied by the CIA or captured from Soviet or Afghan government forces. Photograph by James Rupert, copyright James Rupert and National Security Archive.

Among the collections available through the DNSA are the The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998, and Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973–1990. Other collections are listed here.

Database Trials: Music and Periodicals Databases

The Library currently has access to Naxos, DRAM, and UlrichsWeb on a trial basis:

Naxos Music Library (trial access through 4/29/11)
Comprehensive collection of classical music which offers the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues as well as Jazz and World music, educational products and a growing range of historical recordings featuring the biggest performers in the history of classical music.

DRAM (trial access through 4/22/11)
Scholarly music resource which includes CD quality audio, liner notes and essays from Composers Recordings Inc./CRI, New World, and other labels, focused on contemporary American and international art music.

Ulrich’s Web (trial access through 3/30/11)
“Information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.”

Access for these databases is available from the New & Trial Databases page (go/trials).

Scopus trial back and extended through end of December

If you had trouble accessing Scopus in the last few days, try it now! Our trial access has been restored, and the trial has been extended through the end of December.  (Scopus is a large abstract and citation database comparable to Web of Science.  Please send feedback about Scopus to Terry Simpkins or Carrie Macfarlane.)