History

OED Online

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.

(from the website - see more)

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Ongoing. This is the 2nd edition.

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
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Irregularly

National Film Board Online Screening Room

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For over 70 years the National Film Board of Canada has been creating documentaries, films and animations. Now they are providing streaming video access to almost 3,000 films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection via their website.

Some films are public, but others require a subscription; use the link from our library homepages for access to all the content we pay for.  Or, search TOPCAT to find the videos we have access to.

Trent also subscribes to CAMPUS, the media tool for educators. This includes more than 500 top educational films, educational resources like teaching guides and tools that allow you to create your own clips and playlists.

Access to CAMPUS features requires a personal account. Create your own account:

  • Go to nfb.ca/education and create a profile (or login to your existing profile, if you have one already) by clicking on sign in.
  • On the next page, for "Find your school" search for Trent University, select it, and click "Continue".
  • Click on the link to "Education".
  • From now on, you can log in to your account any time you wish and view NFB titles under our campus license.
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See the Mobile Access information for NFB.

Most of the videos available on this site can be found by searching TOPCAT, which provides a link to the video.

Trent has purchased the performance rights to access these video resources for classroom use.

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Varies.
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Irregular.
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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.

NFB Online Screening Room provides a unique url for each video, which you can copy from the "address" bar and use later.

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.

Libris Canadiana

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The Libris database provides word, title, author and subject access to material published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine.

For students, researchers and the general public, the database is nothing less than a window into the social and cultural life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Libris is growing, and currently contains some 250,000 citations, with annotations (and for Maclean's Magazine, comprehensive abstracts).

(from the website)

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Since the online versions of these periodicals are not available for these time periods, look for them on microfilm or in print, using TOPCAT. Use this index to determine when the articles were published.

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Varies by title: Annotated Index to The Canadian Bookman Annotated Index to The Canadian Magazine, 1893-1910 Index to Maclean's Magazine, 1905-1976 Annotated Index to Massey's Magazine, 1896-1897 Index to The Monetary Times of Canada, 1867-1929 Index to Saturday Night, 1887-1945 Annotated Index to The University Magazine, 1901-1920 Annotated Index to Everywoman's World, 1914-1923
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Irregular/Yearly.
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There is no full text in this database.

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

Chicago Manual of Style Online

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The complete style manual, along with a Q&A section and a Quick Guide. This is the ultimate source on the footnoting method of documentation and should be consulted for any difficult or complex situations.

Use the tabs at the top to select the browse the full Manual, Q&A, or Tools (for authors).

For documentation:

  • Click "CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE" at the top.
  • Under "Part Three: Documentation", click "Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography".
  • Under 14.14, see "Notes and bibliography - an overview".
  • Under 14.18. see examples.
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Includes the full contents of the 15th and 16th editions.
Update Frequency: 
When new editions are released.
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The URL in the address bar of your browser should work as a permanent link to a section of the guide. 

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