Slavery and Anti-Slavery : a Transnational Archive (Trial)

This trial will end 13 October 2017

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive consists of more than five million cross-searchable pages sourced from books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, legal documents, court records, monographs, manuscripts, and maps from many different countries. The primary source material is accompanied by research guides, subject outlines, and scholarly essays on the subject.  The archive also offers links to websites, biographies, chronology, bibliographies, and information on key collections, to give users background and context for further research.

The archive has four collections:  Part I: Debates over slavery and abolition — Part II: Slave trade in the Atlantic world — Part III: The institution of slavery — Part IV: The age of emancipation.


Electronic Enlightenment (Trial)

This trial will end 31 December 2017

Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century — reconstructing one of the world’s great historical “conversations”.

Eavesdrop on the private conversations and thoughts of a wide range of figures such as Voltaire and Rousseau, and also the lesser-known, from bankers to booksellers, merchants to mathematicians, and scholars to servants.  The correspondents discuss everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, vulcanology to classical archeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture.

Learn more about Electronic Enlightenment by taking a Guided Tour.


New Resources – August 2017

The following databases were recently added to the Library’s collection:

TRA Online – Tourism Research Australia’s online data package enables users to interrogate data from the International Visitor Survey (IVS) and National Visitor Survey (NVS).

Statista – A portal for market data, market research and market studies. The database contains statistics drawn from consumer survey results and industry studies.

MGG Online – The authoritative German-language music encyclopedia, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, is now available as an online database.

Kluwer IP Law – Navigate the increasingly global practice of IP law with specialized, local and cross-border information and tools.

Archives Unbound – Five additional collections from the Archives Unbound series


Kluwer IP Law (Trial)

This trial will end 5 July 2017

Kluwer IP Law enables you to navigate the increasingly global practice of IP law with specialized, local and cross-border information and tools.  It provides information on patent, design, trademark and copyright.  With ‘Smart Charts’, case law, news, and access to 100 books including the Manual for the handling of applications for patents, designs and trade marks throughout the world (the ‘Brown Book’), and Visser’s Annotated European Patent Convention.

The Library has two concurrent trials to this database – one to the full collection, the other to the ‘Brown Book’ alone.

Please note: A trial Username and Password are required to access this resource. Please post a comment below (using your unimelb email address) to request the username and password.


Climate Change and Law Collection (Trial)

This trial will end 5 July 2017

Climate Change and Law is a comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents contains original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” (non-peer reviewed) in English, centred on climate change and the law.

It includes materials for any discipline of law in which climate change is addressed, including corporate law, environmental law and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector, institutions, and/or individuals, worldwide.

The collection is edited by the Human Rights Internet (HRI) in Ottawa, Canada and is updated annually.



New eResources – June 2017

The Library has recently acquired the following databases:

TVNews – this database has returned to the Library’s collection.  TVNews indexes Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content in a compressed format. All individual stories from a particular broadcast are indexed with a detailed synopsis. TVNews is updated daily, with stories appearing on an evening news broadcast generally being available for access the next morning.

Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs – Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and feminist who, along with her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting information on women’s issues in the late 1800s.  By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, the Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages.

Cecil Papers  – The Cecil Papers is a major collection of early-modern historical documents from the reigns of Elizabethan I and James I/VI.  The documents were gathered by William Cecil (1521-98), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury.  Both men were Secretary of State to Elizabeth I and Robert Cecil also served her successor, James.


Routledge Performance Archive (Trial)

This trial will end 23 July 2017

The Routledge Performance Archive provides access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance.  The archive consists of a regularly updated collection of streamed video and audio footage with relevant critical commentary.

Included here are interviews with key figures in theatre history and contemporary practice; masterclasses with specialist actor trainers from around the world; unique footage direct from the legendary practitioners themselves; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions; and documentaries previously unavailable to global audiences. The video material spans more than fifty years of documented work direct from renowned practitioners and specialists, and ranges across the entire spectrum of theatre topics.

The fully searchable and cross-referenced content is updated and added to every three months. It includes unique material from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Video Archive of Performance Recordings, and specially commissioned essays by leading experts to accompany each video.

Take the Tour for further information on how the site works.


New Adam Matthew collections

The Library recently acquired two additional Adam Matthew collections:

Colonial America. Module II  Towards Revolution – This module focuses on the 1760s and 1770s and the social and political protest that led to the Declaration of Independence, including legal materials covering the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. It is also particularly rich in material relating to military affairs and Native Americans.

Socialism on Film.  Module I Wars and Revolutions – This archive documents the communist world from the Russian Revolution until the 1980s. The films deal largely with the Soviet Union, along with significant groupings of material on Vietnam, China, Korea, the German Democratic Republic and Eastern Europe, Britain, Spain, Latin America and Cuba.


Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 (Trial)

This trial will end 30 June 2017

Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820 explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices.

This collection is a supplement to Women and Social Movements, International, and includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.  A large, innovative section focuses on the voices of Native Women in North America.

The collection is organized around more than 35 document clusters, selected by experts in the field, each of whom has written a scholarly essay that provides context and interpretation for the documents in their cluster. Documents not in English are accompanied by an English abstract.

More information about this collection, including a full bibliography, is available here.


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