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Medieval Travel Writing

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Presents manuscripts of some of the most important works of European travel writing from the later medieval period.

The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia. The collection also includes a number of important accounts of travels to or through the Holy Land although in this it makes no claims to full or even broad coverage: a separate collection, covering crusading and pilgrimage narratives, would be required for that.

It features a number of medieval maps such as the famous ‘Beatus’ and ‘Psalter’ maps, individual manuscript illuminations, and some modern translations of key travel texts.

A good number of manuscript images are provided in full colour. The original documents are in a range of languages including French, Latin, German, Spanish, Dutch and English. Translations will be an important feature of the project and the full text search capability will be especially useful for undergraduates. Supporting the manuscripts are relevant secondary texts, maps of journeys, bibliographies and glossaries.

(From the website)

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Includes images: maps and illuminations.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

Coverage: 
13th to the 16th centuries
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

See more information on using this database for teaching, including linking and copyright.

Mass Observation Online

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Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass-Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The documents are from the Special Collections Library, University of Sussex.

Mass Observation Online offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.  The material covers:

  • The end of the ‘Hungry Thirties’ when the impact of the Depression was still being felt;
  • The onset of war, the Blitz and war on the home front;
  • The post war world, with the rise of consumerism and television.

The archive has always been immensely popular with students because it offers immediate and engaging evidence of major trends such as the increasing role of women in work, the birth of the welfare state, anti-Semitism and anti-communism, the growth of secularism and the increasing importance of radio, television and cinema in people’s lives.  Through interviews, overheard conversations, directive responses and diary entries it offers brilliant cameos describing life in the jazz halls, what people thought of the movies they saw, how people survived the random terror of the Blitz, and where they lived and worked.

Additional features include interactive maps, a bibliography, a chronology, and a collection of photographs by Humphrey Spender.

(From the website)

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Includes images, maps, photographs.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (Available until 2019).

Coverage: 
1937-1972
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N/A
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Literature Resource Centre

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The Literature Resource Center is a complete literature reference database designed for both the undergraduate and graduate student. Find biographical, bibliographical, and critical content on literary figures from all time periods.

Includes three hallmark author databases:

  • Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 130,000 writers;
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC since vol. 95 of the print series and complete profiles of 266 most studied authors from editions prior to vol. 95; and
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 13,000 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.

 

Includes full text journals as well as reference materials.

Searchable simultaneously with the MLA International Bibliography. See the information page on Artemis Literary Sources for more information on searching and limiting.

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A mobile app for all Gale databases is available.

Citations in MLA style are provided at the bottom of each document.

Coverage: 
Contemporary Literary Criticism is covered only since vol. 95.
Update Frequency: 
Irregular.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

At the bottom of a full record, find a link that says, "Document URL". This will link you back to this item.

To ensure off-campus access, be sure the proxy address is included. You should see "lib.trentu.ca" embedded in the url.

If not, add the proxy prefix to the front of the url:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

It would then look like:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CN2812731999&v=2.1&u=ocul_thomas&it=r&p=LitRG&sw=w&asid=7de0906588dfeee5d314f0cfb836ff91

JSTOR

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The JSTOR archive is a searchable database of full-text research journals in a variety of academic disciplines. All articles are full text. Individual journals can be browsed or searched. A search of the entire database can be performed.

See the number of associated journals for each subject covered on the Search screen (click "Browse by subject").

The Trent Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Arts & Sciences Complement, and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences / Health and General Sciences combined) collections. This includes over 1100 journals. These journals include complete backruns, from the first volume to 3-10 years ago (no current volumes). 

Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR. The majority of journals in the archive have moving walls of between 3 and 5 years, but publishers may elect walls anywhere from zero to 10 years.

New in 2013!  JSTOR also hosts a "Current Scholarship Program", providing current collections of journals.  Trent subscribes to many individual titles, as well as the University of Chicago Press package of 41 titles.

JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization, began in 1994 as a pilot project by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help libraries meet the space and budgetary challenges posed by the growing volume of scholarly research.

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JSTOR does not need to be searched directly to find articles available within it. When you search another major index (such as Historical Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts) and it identifies a citation to a journal that is available through JSTOR, the Getit_sm_trans service will connect us to the article in JSTOR.

Available through a CRKN agreement (renewed for 2014-17).

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Varies by journal. Begins with volume 1 of each journal and often has a "moving wall" that determines which recent volumes are available.
Update Frequency: 
Ongoing.

CPI.Q

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CPI.Q contains a wealth of Canadian and international periodicals — including Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail; Maclean's weekly magazine; Canadian News Facts; and encyclopedic reference materials, such as the Canadian Parliamentary Guide and Canadian Newsmakers.

Designed to meet the needs of researchers at all levels, it yields a variety of relevant periodical articles, biographies, company profiles, historical documents, science and technology essays, and much more.

Turn to CPI.Q for:

  • Indexing of nearly 700 Canadian periodicals (English and French) with full-text articles from 240 Canadian periodicals
  • A bilingual interface (English and French)
  • Current periodical articles integrated with Canadian biographies, company profiles, historical information and many other types of information
  • Coverage of a broad range of subjects related to Canada
  • Indexing from 1988 to present
  • Full-text articles from 1995 to present

(from the website - edited)

Note that the CPI.Q database includes many popular journal and magazine titles and is not restricted to scholarly journals.

Coverage: 
1988 - present ; full-text coverage 1995 - present
Update Frequency: 
Daily
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At the bottom of each full text article find a box that provides a source citation (in MLA format) and a URL.  The URL is a durable link which will connect you back to the article.

  • If you connected to the database by signing in to the proxy server, the proxy is included in the URL. 
  • If "trentu.ca" does NOT appear in your link, add the proxy prefix to allow off-campus access to the Trent community.  (See how.)

If the article is not full text, the durable link will only bring you back to the citation.  Find the full text and use the durable link for that site.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980

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Unique manuscript material relating to the activities and observations of British and American diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists in China from 1793 to 1980, together with rare periodicals, colour paintings, maps, photographs and drawings. Sources are from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library, London.

This project provides a wide variety of original source material detailing China’s interaction with the West from Macartney’s first Embassy to China in 1793, through to the Nixon/Heath visits to China in 1972-74. It provides multiple perspectives – from politicians, diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists, and documents many of the key events that happened in this period, including:

  • the 1793 Macartney Embassy
  • the 1816 Amherst Embassy
  • the founding of Singapore
  • the Opium Wars
  • the opening of Hong Kong
  • the Taiping Rebellion
  • Missions in China, 1869-1970
  • the Japanese seizure of Taiwan
  • the 'opening of Korea'
  • the Sino-French and territorial struggles with Germany, Britain, America and Japan
  • the Boxer War
  • the Russo-Japanese war
  • the 1911 Revolution
  • the Republican and Nationalist governments of Sun Yatsen and Jiang
  • the Warlord period
  • the Sino-Japanese war
  • the Rape of Nanjing
  • the Communist Revolution led by Mao
  • the Korean War
  • the Great Leap Forward
  • the 1972 Nixon visit to China
  • Rolls-Royce's negotiations regarding the delivery of jet engines to China, 1973-1975
  • the Douglas-Home and Heath visits to China, 1973-74

There are key documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service, from Robert Hart to Frederick Maze; significant sources describing the lives of missionaries in China; papers of key individuals such as Thomas Stamford Raffles, Lord Aberdeen and Rewi Alley; and extensive, fully searchable runs of the Chinese Recorder, 1867-1941, and Light and Life, 1935-1970.

In addition, this project offers over 400 colour paintings, maps and drawings by English and Chinese artists, as well as countless photographs, sketches and ephemeral items, depicting Chinese people, places, customs and events, which provide a striking visual accompaniment to the documentary images.

(From the website)

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Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (June 1, 2008 - May 31, 2011).

Coverage: 
1793-1980
Update Frequency: 
N/A
Stable URL: 

Each page of a document has its own address.  The URL in the address bar of your browser should work as a permanent link. 

Canadian Publishers Collection

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A collection of about 10,000 e-books from Canadian publishers.  These books are available through the ebrary platform and Scholars Portal Books.  They're also listed in TOPCAT, with a link to it on the ebrary site.

Coverage: 
Mostly books published since 2000.
Update Frequency: 
N/A
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In ebrary, click on "Share link to book".  In Scholars Portal Books, click on "Permalink".  These links should be stable URLs.

See how to ensure off-campus access to the Trent community.

Cambridge Journals

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Over 200 scholarly e-journals from Cambridge University Press, covering all subjects.  They can be browsed by title or subject, or searched as a group.

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Trent subscribes to these journals through the CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network).

These journals are also included in Scholars Portal Journals.  They are listed in TOPCAT.

Coverage: 
1986 - Current
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Monthly
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A DOI is provided for each article.

  • Example: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021932014000108

Include the Trent proxy prefix to ensure off-campus access to the Trent community.

Cairn

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374 French-language journals from 40 publishers, mostly European.  Subjects cover Literature & Language, Education, Philosophy, Culture, History. English translations are often available.

Coverage: 
Varies by title.
Update Frequency: 
As new issues are available.
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A DOI works for Cairn items.

There is also a URL provided at the bottom of each article.

Artemis Literary Sources

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Artemis is Gale's search engine for the MLA International Bilbiography (MLA) and Literature Resource Center (LRC) databases. 

  • MLA is an extensive database of journal article citations from over 4,000 journals. 
  • LRC is smaller database of full-text reference books and articles.

Search both databases simultaneously. 

  • Search by person (by or about), name of work, keyword.
  • Limit results by content type, document type, publication title.

Added features in Artemis: (Watch a 2:20-min video on how these work.)

  • Term frequency: a diagram of how often your terms appear in works over time.
  • Term clusters: a diagram of where your search terms appear.

MLA International Bibliography indexes books, articles and dissertations published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics, providing coverage from 1926 to the present. It includes the MLA Thesaurus and the MLA Directory of Periodicals, which lists detailed information on over 5,500 journals, including over 4,400 indexed in the Bibliography

Literature Resource Center provides up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

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MLA does NOT include full-text articles, but you can link to full text available in our other e-journal packages using links to Get It! Trent.

The Artemis interface was introduced in February 2014, eliminating the previous Gale interface.

Coverage: 
MLA covers 1926 - current.
Update Frequency: 
MLA is updated 10 times per year. LRC is sporadic.
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Note the MLA database does NOT provide the full text of the article, only the citation.  To find a link to the article, first find the article and then look for a permanent link on the page where you find it.

For documents which are full text, click on "Citation Tools".  A box opens, providing a full citation to be used when citing the item (choose from APA or MLA), and a durable URL. 

Here's a screen capture:

There's also a durable URL and full citation provided at the bottom of the page.

 

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