University Libraries Offer New Electronic Resources for History

Posted: April 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason University Libraries’ roster of electronic databases is ever-expanding to meet user needs, and now includes several new electronic subscription resources related to history that offer important new avenues for researchers.

Women and Social Movements in the U.S. includes primary documents, images, scholarly essays, and bibliographies documenting American women’s reform efforts. Also available is Oral History Online, which offers indexing and searching of oral history collections of more than 6,000 figures from all walks of life. Another new resource, Historic Documents by Congressional Quarterly Inc., provides full-text primary sources covering each year’s most significant events dating back to 1972. Among the full-text sources included are presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions.

For those seeking to read an electronic book at their desktop computer, several history e-book databases are available. The History E-Book Project from the American Council of Learned Societies contains the full text of more than 800 academic titles in the field of history. Gutenberg E-Books, a collaboration between the American Historical Society and Columbia University Press, offers full-text scholarly books on such topics as European history, military history, and the history of gender. Researchers in American history and government will find that the database Congressional LexisNexis includes a digitized version of the Serial Set and American State Papers, including maps and congressional documents.

These licensed electronic databases are available to Mason faculty, students, and staff and may be explored on the Libraries’ homepage. In addition, the staffs at any of the individual libraries on the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Campuses can provide assistance with research.

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