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Now available at Duke:

Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions 1835-1910
Contact person:  Andrew Keck

From the Library of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia. This database, comprised mainly of first-person accounts,  “supports research in religious studies, African studies, women’s studies, international affairs and anthropology. Letters that served as reports from the field describe the indigenous peoples and cultures, tribal factionalism, cultural differences and mores, and the many problems and achievements of the work.”  (Quote source and more information.)

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

Contact person:  Danette Pachtner
Available in streaming audio! This database of over 300 plays  “…will be used for research and instruction well beyond literature, as the works are chosen not only for their literary significance, but also for their ability to challenge presumptions and examine complicated moral and ethical questions. Critical essays written by known figures in medicine, academia, politics, and other fields will draw connections from the plays to issues and hot topics in the humanities, social sciences, theatre, hard sciences, law, medicine, and virtually every other field of study.”  Important titles in the collection include “Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder,   performed by Stacy Keach, Jobeth Williams, and Kelsey Grammer and The Cherry Orchard , Anton Chekhov’s timeless story of an aristocratic Russian family’s  fading fortunes and struggle to maintain their status in a changing world, starring Marsha Mason, Charles Durning and Jennifer Tilly.” (Quote source and more information.)

Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe 1940-1945
Contact person:  Heidi Madden, Ph.D.

“The collection offers more than 22,000 records in nearly 1,000 files selected by Dr Michael Stenton, University of Cambridge. There are also newly commissioned thematic essays by leading scholars in the field with links directly to relevant documents, a World War II Chronology, a picture gallery of SOE plans and equipment and clips from the SOE film, Now it can be told (1946).”

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image courtesy of Gale

In addition to those primary source documents, this collection also offers “fully text-searchable images of the British Foreign Office information files gathered from across German-occupied territories following the collapse of the peacetime diplomacy.”  Here is a link to the introductory essay for this Database.    (Quote source and more information.) 

Le Grand Robert de la Langue Francaise

Contact person:  Heidi Madden, Ph.D.

The electronic version of the Grand Robert de la Langue Française includes all 6 volumes of the most current edition.

Theatre in Video

Contact person:  Danette Pachtner

Theatre in Video
Image source: Alexander St. Press

“For the first time, students, instructors, and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues, and staging examples and then include those online links in their papers and course reserves.  Class assignments and published papers will take on a whole new dimension… Both Broadway and off-Broadway productions are represented in each decade…  The writers and actors will also span a wide range of periods and nationalities. .. Some of the authors represented include Sean O’Casey, Jean Cocteau, Ntozake Shange, Tennessee Williams, Wendy Wasserstein.. The performers include Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Faye Dunaway, William Hurt, Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins… Ben Kingsley, Juliet Stevenson, Zoe Wanamaker, and Prunella Scales, to name just a few.” (Quote source and more information.) 

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900

Contact person:  Sara Seten Berghausen

“Wellesley then, is an index to the authorship of articles, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym. Citations of evidence are provided to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocational details. 45 important monthly and quarterly titles are included, covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. ”

Among the titles indexed are:  British and Foreign Review,  British Quarterly Review,  Dark Blue,  Dublin Review,  Dublin University Magazine,  Foreign Quarterly Review,  Foreign Review, Modern Review,  Monthly Chronicle,  Nineteenth Century,  North British Review and Oxford and Cambridge Magazine.   (Quote source and complete list of titles indexed.)

World Scholar:  Latin America & the Caribbean
Contact person:  Holly Ackerman
Subject Categories:  Area Studies and Cultures – Latin American/Caribbbean

Primary and secondary materials – plus video!  “Covering Latin America culture and society from the 15th century to the present day…The first release of Gale World Scholar delves into one of the most studied areas in the world, Latin America and the Caribbean. Curated by an advisory board of experts in Latin American studies,  the collection is designed to enrich research and  student assignments. .. populated by interactive tools and rich multimedia including BBC News and the New York Times video collection.” (Quote source and more information.)

E-Journals available at Duke through Project MUSE & now online:

Ploughshares, a journal of new writing, is guest-edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles.  This journal is available, from 1990 to the most current issue,  across a variety of databases accessible to Duke community members.

American Catholic Studies is a double-blind refereed journal that publishes high quality studies and book reviews for academics, opinion leaders, and informed general readers in the fields of U.S. Roman Catholic history, sociology, theology, architecture, art, cinema, music, popular movements, and related areas. Available from Spring 2011 issue.

Change Over Time is a new, semiannual journal focused on publishing original, peer-reviewed research papers and review articles on the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment.

Labour/Le Travail is the official, semi-annual publication of the Canadian Committee on Labour History. Since it began publishing in 1976, it has carried many important articles in the field of working-class history, industrial sociology, labour economics, and labour relations. Although primarily interested in a historical perspective on Canadian workers, the journal is interdisciplinary in scope.

East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (EASTS) aims to bring together East Asian and Western scholars from the fields of science, technology, and society (STS). Examining issues such as human embryonic stem-cell research, family and reproductive technologies, and the globalization of Chinese medicine, the journal publishes research on how society and culture in East Asia interact with science, technology, and medicine.

Electronic resources such as e-journals and databases are generally accessible only to Duke community members  such as faculty, staff and students.