South Asia Archive on Trial

The South Asia Archive, produced by Taylor and Francis, is sourced from the South Asia Research Foundation and includes journals, reports, books, legislation and Indian film booklets. The content covers many subjects:

  • Administration, Development, Industry, Economics and Law
  • Art and Art History
  • Civilization Studies, Religion, Philosophy and History
  • Culture, Society, Cinema and Media Studies
  • Education
  • Indology, Ancient History, Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Literature, Language and Linguistics
  • Politics, Government and Public Policy
  • Science, Technology, Agriculture and Environment
  • Urban Planning, Medicine and Health

The trial goes through October 24th, 2014. Purchase price is $78,000. Please give us your feedback.(UMass NetID login required for UMass App)

New African American Music Reference

African American Music Reference from Alexander Street Press includes book chapters, essays, images and liner notes covering traditional African American blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel and more. You can browse or search by musical genre, material type (biography, interview, artwork, etc.), people, subject, insturments and much more.

If you have questions about using this resource, Ask Us!

Berg Fashion Library Now Available

Berg Fashion Library collects images and encyclopedic coverage of dress and fashion. You can browse by time period back to the 17th century, or place. You can search books and journals by author, title, publication date, etc. and images by object type, date and designer or manufacturer. The Library also includes several lesson plans.

If you’d like help using Berg Fashion Library, ask us!

Accessible Archives Collections on Trial

The Accessible Archives platform offers digitized American historical newspapers, county histories, books and a geneology catalog organized into collections by geography, theme (e.g. Civil War, Woman Suffrage) and personal narrative (e.g. Harriet Tubman, Twelve Years a Slave). You can browse by collection and search by keyword with limits by publication type, source and date.

The trial continues through March 25th, 2014. The collections are available for a subscription cost of $3,829/year. Please share your feedback (UMass NetID required for UMass Apps) with us.

Explore ProQuest Historical Newspapers

The Libraries have purchased the digitized and searchable versions of the following newspapers on the ProQuest platform:

These newspapers from historically black communities provide primary source coverage of cultural, political, social, athletic and economic events of their time. You can search each individual newspaper or across newspapers by keyword, author, dateline, document type and more to retrieve scanned images of the newspaper pages.

If you have questions about these sources, contact Isabel Espinal, Afro-American Studies Liaison Librarian, at 413-545-6817. Isabel has created a short video guide to the newspapers.

Explore Social Sciences Abstracts

Social Sciences Abstracts is a good starting place to identify scholarly literature in the fields of criminal justice, economics, education, political science, sociology, cultural studies, and gender and sexuality studies. It provides indexing and abstracts for over 625 English language journals published in the United States since 1983. The UMass Amherst Libraries subscription to Social Sciences Abstracts is on the Ebscohost platform. Full-text from the article abstracts can be obtained through the UMLinks menu.

If you have questions about this resource, contact Steve McGinty, Social Sciences Research Services Librarian, at 413-545-1871 or Ask a Librarian.

Trial for Oxford Islamic Studies Online

The Libraries now have a trial for Oxford Islamic Studies Online, a database providing full-text of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, two interpretations of the Qur’an, a Concordance of the Qur’an, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World.

The trial will continue until September 27th, 2012. Please send comments or questions to Peter Stern, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies liaison librarian, at 413-545-3967.