Primary Documents

Theatre

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Theatre from Alexander Street Press features performances of works by American, European, Asian, and other worldwide dramatists from the past several centuries. In addition to performances, Theatre also features dozens of documentaries and interviews about theatre, discussing the history of theatre, acting methods, pioneering dramatists and actors, and much more..

(Source: Theatre website)

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Available through a CRKN agreement (August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2017).

Previously called "Theatre in Video" - changed in 2014.

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Varies.
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Ongoing.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007

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This project provides access to many thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images.  Most are reproduced as high quality greyscale images, but there are also a significant number of colour images.  All printed items are full text searchable and manuscripts have document level indexing.  All documents have distinct URLs and can be embedded in course notes and reading lists or downloaded as PDFs.

This extraordinary resource on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition brings together original manuscript and rare printed material from dozens of libraries and archives across the Atlantic world.

(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).

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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.

See information on linking and copyright.

ProQuest

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The ProQuest search has replaced the former Scholars Portal Search, and most databases are available through ProQuest now. Trent currently subscribes to:

  • BioOne
  • CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs)
  • ERIC (Education Resources)
  • GenderWatch
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Globe & Mail 1844-2011
  • Philosopher's Index
  • PILOTS (traumatic stres)
    • Proquest Dissertations and Theses
      • ProQuest Education Journals
      • ProQuest Nursing Journals
      • ProQuest Sociology
      • PsycARTICLES
      • PsycINFO
      • Social Services Abstracts
      • Sociological Abstracts

      You can select specific databases to search and see descriptions of each, using the blue bar at the top of the screen: click "Change".

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      Where there are no direct links to full text, use to locate full-text availability.

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      Varies depending on the database.
      Update Frequency: 
      Varies by database.
      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.

      When you have full record for an item, look for "Document URL" at the bottom. Check to see if the the proxy prefix is included. Copy this link for a stable url. See the image below:

      Some ProQuest databases use the doi system to create a stable link.

      To link to a particular article via doi, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

      Example:
      DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013
      Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013

      To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
      http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

      Since this database also contains links to Get it Trent! you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

      Primary Sources of the Women's Movement

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      In December 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to chair the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, a bipartisan organization whose goal was to examine discrimination against women in the United States and to study and make recommendations on policies designed to enable women to fulfill their potential in American life. When the President’s Commission disbanded in 1963, it issued a series of final reports documenting, among other topics, labor policies and practices relating to women, educational opportunities available to women, the legal status of women in American law, and services available to women in the realms of training, counseling, and child care. In addition, the commission recommended that states and localities establish their own commissions on the status of women to continue research and advocacy to promote the equality of women in all aspects of American social and political life. Today, there are approximately 270 state and local women’s commissions around the United States.

      These federal, state, and local commissions have produced a wealth of primary materials documenting conditions in the lives of American women over the second half of the twentieth century. Reports and publications issued by these commissions provide information at a level of depth that is not common amongst other primary materials available for this time period. However, these publications have not been widely accessible, and never before have they been made searchable. Our goal with Primary Sources of the Women's Movement, 1960 to present is to compile in one place, for the first time, the complete text of every report on the status of women issued by these bodies during this time period. When complete, it will provide 75,000 pages of materials documenting women’s issues over more than four decades in all fifty states.

      Includes the full text of 312 reports and publications issued by commissions in more than thirty states.

      (from the website)

      This is an Alexander Street database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. It can be browsed by author, by source, by subject, and by date. It also contains a powerful search engine.

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      This database has been combined with Women and Social Movements in the United States. It includes the full text of the documents included.

      Coverage: 
      1600 - present
      Update Frequency: 
      Irregularly

      OurOntario.ca

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      OurOntario.ca is an online resource discovery tool - a portal to Ontario's digital collections - one place for users to discover, search, navigate and interact with digital content about and from Ontario. Text, audio, video and image digital materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture, of interest to researchers, students, genealogists, educators, information professionals and the general populace that has until now only been available locally is globally accessible and discoverable via the OurOntario.ca portal.

      You can search thousands of digital resources available from a range of diverse cultural organizations without actually needing to know where the digital content is located. Search results link you to the digital collections residing on the participating contributor's website.

      Scope of OurOntario.ca Collections

      • The digital resources available through the OurOntario.ca portal includes material about Ontario, or digital resources in the custody of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, and from private collections in Ontario.
      • The subject matter of the digital resources accessible via OurOntario.ca is inclusive of all facets of Ontario life and culture, history, government, business and scientific heritage. OurOntario.ca also points to Ontario content from collections in other parts of the country.
      • Digital resources available on OurOntario.ca are in the public domain, or comply with Canadian copyright regulations.
      • Ownership of the digital resources available through or hosted by OurOntario.ca remains with the originating site or contributing institution.

      For more information go to About Us.

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      This online resource is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture, as part of Knowledge Ontario.

      North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial - 1950

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      North American Women's Letters and Diaries  includes the immediate experiences of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters.   Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. (from the website)

      This is an Alexander Street database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. It can be browsed by author, by source, by year, by personal event, and by historical event. It also contains a powerful search engine.

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      This database includes the full text of the documents included.

      Coverage: 
      1600's to 1950
      Update Frequency: 
      Irregularly

      North American Indian Thought and Culture

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      Contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. The database represents the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America.

      The database is dedicated to telling the life stories of both the well-known historical figures such as Pocahontas and Sitting Bull, and also the lesser-known men and women whose day-to-day experiences give an equally valuable portrayal of Indian culture.

      The collection is comprised of material that covers the entire history of North America; from 17th century accounts of the first encounters involving Indians and European colonists to the stories of aboriginals living in a 21st century world. Every stage of life is represented—birth, adolescence, adulthood, and death. Future releases will contain a comprehensive index of the entire Doris Duke Indian Oral History project that is held at the seven repository universities across the United States. For the first time, researchers will be able search the subject matter discussed in those oral histories as well as cross-reference it with other materials in the database.

      The collection presents the entire spectrum of native peoples' experiences from their own point of view. Firsthand accounts reveal how Indians lived, thought, and fought to protect their interests; how the tribes interacted with each other and the white invaders; how they reacted to the constantly changing and challenging situations they faced; and how they struggled to maintain their cultures while living in a society that often expects them to abandon it for acculturation. Many of the biographies are about Indians pursuing their everyday lives and reflecting on what was happening to them. These accounts offer a direct window on Indian attitudes toward the earliest European settlers and the resultant transformations that took place, first as trade was established and later as displacement forced tribes into unfamiliar territories.

      (from the website)

      This is an Alexander Street database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. You can browse or search for people, events, encounters, authors, flora, fauna, places, and years. Link to the full text or image.

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      This database includes the images and full text of the documents included.

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      from the 17th century to the present
      Update Frequency: 
      Irregularly

      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
      Update Frequency: 
      N/A
      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.

      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. 

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