January, 1999 . The electronic newsletter of the University Library, University of South Alabama, published irregularly as a service to the University Community.

Two New Databases!

The University Library is extremely pleased to announce the addition of two new electronic periodical indexes: America:History and Life and Historical Abstracts.These databases will make searching for journal articles in history much easier, but both indexes are so extensive as to be very valuable for other fields: multicultural studies, interdisciplinary studies, popular culture, sociology, psychology, women/gender studies, religion, anthropology, political science, genealogy and the history of science, economics, business, education, music, art and law. They are available from any computer on campus within the usouthal.edu domain and are accessed through the Electronic Indexes red button on the library homepage: http://library.southalabama.edu.

The following info was taken from the homepages of ABC-Clio, the publisher.

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts is your complete reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database is packed with annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen SquareÑover half a million entries in all. Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts has long been recognized as the leading bibliography for historical study in the world. Currently over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered in the database, making this a historical periodical database unmatched in breadth. In addition to including the key historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history. An advisory board of respected historians and librarians assists with the overall selection of the journals covered. Editors carefully review each journal issue included in the database and identify the articles of greatest interest to historians. These articles are then abstracted by an experienced group of abstracters, most of whom are historians and librarians who are experts in the content of the journals they cover. All abstracts are written in English and are carefully edited for clarity and precision. Article citations carry abstracts of 75-120 words or, particularly for peripheral journals, annotations of one or two sentences. In addition to articles, each year Historical Abstracts includes approximately 3,000 citations to useful historical books as reviewed by the most prestigious journals in the field and citations to abstracts of dissertations completed worldwide of particular interest for historical research. As each entry in the database is assigned appropriate indexing terms based on standard authorities, users are able to quickly find exactly the sources they require. Every year over 20,000 new citations are added to the Historical Abstracts database, so your researchers can keep up with the historical literature from around the world.

Roger W. Davis, Managing Editor

America: History and Life

America: History and Life is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises almost 400,000 bibliographic entries, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of US and Canadian history. Whether your users are searching for information about the Sioux Indian Ghost Dance or labor movements in Canada, America: History and Life is a bibliography that can help them select the most important sources to consult. This extensive database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide. In addition to covering all key English-language historical journals, America: History and Life coverage includes selected historical journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities. Over 90% of the articles included are published in English-language journals. The articles are abstracted by an experienced group of abstracters, most of whom are historians and librarians who are experts in the content of the journals they cover. All abstracts are written in English and are carefully edited for clarity and precision. In addition to articles, each year America: History and Life includes approximately 6,000 citations of book and media reviews from a selection of over one hundred key journals in US and Canadian history and related fields. The database also includes citations to abstracts of dissertations published in these areas. Each entry in the database is assigned appropriate indexing terms based on standard authorities, enabling users to find exactly the sources they require. Every year approximately 18,000 new entries are added to the America: History and Life database, so your researchers can keep up with the historical literature from the United States, Canada, and throughout the world.

Angela Sturgeon, Managing Editor

 

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