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An Array of New Licensed Resources

By Ellen Meltzer, CDL Information Services Manager

UC campuses now have access to these electronic resources as part of CDL consortial licenses.  (Some campuses may have already had access to these titles through previous local campus subscriptions):

Alloy Phase Diagram Center Online  (Tier 2 license for Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced and San Diego; access via ASM International, the Materials Information Society)
The ASM Alloy Phase Diagrams Center allows subscribers to explore, search and view more than 11,000 binary and ternary phase diagrams and associated phase data for more than 2400 systems from their Web browsers. The first release contains 8,000 binary phase diagrams and 2,000 ternary phase diagrams. After two updates, the collection will be comprised of 10,000 binary and 20,000 ternary diagrams.  The first update will occur in September and include close to 18,000 ternary diagrams.

The online resource will supersede ASM’s print and CD collections.  The information was compiled by Dr. Pierre Villars, an expert in the field of phase diagrams and author of numerous ASM publications on the APD subject.

Empire Online  (Systemwide access via Adam Matthew Digital)
A collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies from 1492 – 2007 sourced from libraries and archives around the world.  This project has been developed to encourage undergraduate work with rare primary documents. By using images of the texts rather than transcriptions, Empire Online enables students to connect with the past with greater immediacy. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The essays relate directly to the source material covered by the online publication with 30-50 hypertext links per essay to documentary evidence.

Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān  (Systemwide access, minus UCSF, via Brill Academic Publishers on the Semantico Platform)
Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān (EQ) combines alphabetically-arranged articles about the contents of the Qur’ān. It is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies. With nearly 1,000 entries in 5 volumes, the EQ is the first comprehensive, multi-volume reference work on the Qur’ān to appear in a Western language.

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures  (Systemwide access, minus UCSF, via Brill Academic Publishers on the Semantico Platform)
The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project. It brings together upwards of 1,000 scholars to write critical essays on women, Muslim and non-Muslim and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present. EWIC hopes both to offer the state of the art in the broad sweep of topics to inform the general audience and to take on cutting-edge issues to stimulate new research in new terrains.

Everyday Life and Women in America  (Systemwide access via Adam Matthew Digital)
This digital collection is a resource for the study of American social, cultural, and popular history, providing access to rare primary source material from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History, Duke University and The New York Public Library. It comprises thousands of fully searchable images (alongside transcriptions) of monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsides addressing 19th and early 20th century political, social and gender issues, religion, race, education, employment, marriage, sexuality, home and family life, health, and pastimes. The collection is especially rich in conduct of life and domestic management literature, offering vivid insights into the daily lives of women and men, as well as emphasizing contrasts in regional, urban and rural cultures.

Latin American Data Base  (Systemwide access via Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico)
LADB is a news and educational service on Latin America.  LADB produces three weekly news bulletins about Mexico (SourceMex), Central America and the Caribbean including Cuba (NotiCen), and South America (NotiSur) and maintains an online searchable database of over 24,000 articles from back issues of LADB publications) as well as Latin American journals.  LADB also offers free lesson plans about Latin America designed for secondary school teachers, and a teaching materials and resources database.

Play Index  (Systemwide Access via WilsonWeb)
Citations to 31,000 plays from 1949 – present.  Includes monologues, plot summaries, cast sizes, male and female roles, etc. Search for plays by title; author; subject (culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); genre (comedy, melodrama, musical); cast type; and more.

Rand California  (Systemwide Access via Rand California)
Rand California, sponsored by the think-tank, RAND, is a subscription-based service on California and U.S. public policy with an emphasis on statistics.