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New Resources Available via the CDL Directory

a. Contemporary Women’s Issues (CWI)


This English-language resource, produced by Responsive Database Services, Inc., provides full-text access to global information on women.  Journals, newsletters, and research reports from non-profit groups, government, and international agencies are easily accessed through CWI.  Information on women in over 190 countries is compiled in a single collection of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, health, education, business administration, and political science.

Contemporary Women’s Issues focuses on timely and relevant topics and issues such as Development, Human Rights, The Workplace, Violence & Exploitation, Education, Politics, Family Life, Pay equity, Legal Status, Lesbian Concerns, Health, Gender equity, and Reproductive Rights.

b. Poole’s Plus: The Digital Index of the Nineteenth Century


Poole’s Plus is the enhanced Web edition of William Frederick Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, which indexes books, newspapers, periodicals, and government documents on the 19th Century.  Eventually, the scope of the coverage will include data from the early 17th through early 20th Century.

This resource contains, for the most part, subject indices. However, Paratext is adding important bibliographic data (e.g., the inclusion of date and full title information), as well as “converting” the index data into MARC-like form.  Poole’s Plus uses a relevancy-ranking search engine to retrieve and display the results of search requests.  There are five databases within Poole’s Plus:

Series I: Multi-Title Periodical Indices: Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906) includes

  • Index to Periodicals (1890-1902)(Ed.William T. Stead)
  • Cumulative Index to a Selected List of Periodicals.(1896-1903)
  • Nineteenth Century Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899)
  • Index Medicus (1879-1927)
  • Galloupe’s General Index to Engineering Periodicals (1888-1893)

Series II: Books: 19th-Century Books File includes

  • ALA Index to General Literature, Second Edition (1905)
  • ALA Index to General Literature Supplement (1900-1910)
  • ALA Portrait Index (1906)
  • Cotgreave’s A content-subject index to general and periodical literature (1900)
  • An Index to Current Literature containing a reference to author and subject of every book in the English language and to articles in literature, science and art in serial publications (1859, 1860, 1861)

Series III: Newspapers includes

  • New York Times Index (1851-1912)
  • Palmer’s Index to the Times of London (1790-1900)
  • New York Herald Tribune Index 1835-1918
  • Daily tribune index (1875-1906)
  • Maryland Gazette (1727-1839)

Series IV: Individual Title Periodical Indices includes

  • Nature (1865-1880)
  • Library Journal (1876-1897)
  • Journal of the Franklin Institute (1826-1925)
  • Harper’s Magazine (1850-1892)
  • Westminster Review (1824-1836; 1835-1840)

Series V: Government Documents includes

  • Comprehensive index to the publications of the U.S. government (1881-1893)
  • Descriptive catalogue of the government publications of the U. S. (1774-1881)
  • Tables of and annotated index to the Congressional Series of US documents
  • Subject matter index of patents for inventions issued by the U.S. Patent Office (1790-1873)