Monday, September 26, 2011

TRIAL: American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections

We have a trial of the four currently-available American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections on the EBSCOhost platform until 26th October 2011 .

To access these databases use the links below (which will prompt you for EZproxy login off-campus):

Series 1 (1691-1820)

Series 2 (1821-1837)

Series 3 (1838-1852)

Series 4 (1853-1865).

or search all 4 series combined.

To browse the titles included in these collections, click on the Publications link at the top of the EBSCO screens.

These collections are also temporarily included in DISCOVER: Humanities (but not in DISCOVER: all subjects).

After trying these databases please leave your comments below specifying which collection(s) you are referring to. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.


Angel O'Donnell (History) said...

The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collections is a fantastic addition to an under resourced aspect of American history. For my own research the sources in this database have allowed me to locate a number of previously unavailable but vital magazines, as well as a number of intriguing works unknown to me. The database as a whole works well in conjunction with other Discover databases like the Evans collection and early American Newspapers. The comprehensive list is brilliantly indexed and navigable, though opening PDF documents is at times unintuitive. The periodicals provided by this new digital repository further augment Liverpool's excellent track record for electronic accessibility.

Anne Mearns (History) said...

This collection is extremely useful and would be an invaluable addition to the University's current selection of electronic resources. I have been using Series 1(1691-1820), which hasproved eminently relevant and useful to my research around Mary II, and Queen Anne and her consort, George of Denmark. Not only does this resource contain sources that I have not previously been able to access, it is also easy to search and navigate.
I hope that this trial will lead to the university being able to offer this resource on a permanent basis.

Dr Mark Towsey (coordinator of PGR, History) said...

This would make an extremely important addition to our current strengths in digital newspapers and periodicals from the c18 onwards. The collection would make a fantastic resource for our undergraduate dissertation students, and would also be another great selling point for attracting postgraduate research students to Liverpool. With a growing number of colleagues in History, SOCLAS, English and other disciplines interested in texts, the history of periodical literature, and the history of reading, it would also help to open up huge opportunities for collaborative undergraduate teaching. Finally, it relates directly to one of the major themes being developed by the History Department's new 'Reading, Texts and Archives research cluster'. Securing access to this vital resource on a permanent basis should be made an absolute priority.

Stephen Kenny (Lecturer, 19th and 20th century North American History) said...

This collection provides a wealth of material of value to researchers at all levels. Especially for undergraduate and postgraduate researchers in North American social and cultural history, the periodicals in the collection offer tremendous opportunities to develop independent research projects on a massive range of topics (for example, abolitionism, temperance, immigration, medicine, science, religion, slavery, literary culture, and many many more possibilities too numerous to list).
Securing permanent access to this key collection would significantly enhance Liverpool's resources for the study of American History, Literature and Culture, placing the institution firmly at the forefront of digital history research in the UK and offering further incentives to study here for UGs, PGTs, and PGRs.