Socialism on Film : The Cold War and International Propaganda

Catalogue record, available from: Socialism on Film.

Look behind the iron curtain with this collection of films from the communist world.
University of Melbourne now have access to all 3 modules of this database:

  • Module I: Wars & Revolutions
  • Module II: Newsreels & Cinemagazines
  • Module III: Culture & Society [New for 2019]

Sourced from the British Film Institute (BFI), Socialism on Film documents the communist world, from the Russian Revolution to the end of the Cold War. This unique collection of documentary films, features and newsreels reveals all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, as seen by filmmakers from the USSR, Vietnam, Cuba, China, East Germany, Eastern Europe and more.

Providing a counterpoint to Western perceptions of communist states and their actions, the films illuminate how socialist countries saw themselves and the world around them during the major political and social events of the twentieth century. The footage was originally sourced from communist states, then versioned into English language for private distribution in Britain and the West.

This is the largest film collection of its kind to survive in Western Europe. The films have been conserved, digitised from the original 16mm and 35mm reels, and are fully transcribed and searchable.

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DynaMed Plus

DynaMed Plus is a clinical information resource designed to decrease the time to find answers to clinical queries. Content is updated every day to ensure access to the most current evidence. DynaMed Plus was launched in 2014. The product utilizes a semantically-enriched search design to facilitate easy and immediate results. DynaMed Plus content covers 23 medical specialties including paediatrics, primary care, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology and infectious diseases. Access is available inside and outside of institutional networks 24×7 for all University of Melbourne users.

DynaMed Plus search algorithm is based on concept-based searching and includes :
• intelligent auto-suggest
• direct-to-section search results
• exact match summary display
• quick access to relevant images and calculators
• an easy-to-scan format, making it easy to find the information you need.
Editors monitor the content of medical journals daily, evaluating each article for clinical relevance and scientific validity. New evidence is added multiple times each day.

The levels of evidence and guidelines behind each recommendation can easily be seen. The product contains more than 4,700 medical graphics and images to help answer clinical questions. Micromedex standard drug information is presented in concise, sourced and referenced blocks of information.

The DynaMed Plus mobile app provides enhanced search, intuitive design, seamless updates and easy navigation. It is possible to access content offline, bookmark favourite topics, write and save notes and email topics. Instructions for downloading the mobile app are here
A promotional video is available for more details.

Please Note: access to DynaMed is a TRIAL and will be reviewed over the next couple of years.
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Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (Trial)

Trial ends 23rd April 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online.

This online reference work reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a voluminous resource for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched, with an advance search for each individual dictionary enabling the user to perform more complex research queries. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Archive (Trial)

Trial ends 15th April 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive.

This collection of documents offers insights into the performance practice in the particular space of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. It details the way in which the theatre was constructed as a place of radical experiment. It documents over 200 performances through prompt books, wardrobe notes, programmes, publicity material, annual reports, show reports, photographs and architectural plans.

Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

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The Digital Concert Hall – Berliner Philharmoniker (Trial)

Trial ends 31st March 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: The Digital Concert Hall – Berliner Philharmoniker.

This unique resource offers:
• 1,700 works performed by the who’s who of classical music
• 45 live broadcasts per season
• Historic recordings
• 270 artist interviews
• Program introductions
• Documentaries and fi lms
• Selected concerts available in 4K/HDR
New and improved features:
• MARC-records
• IP authentication
• Choice between personal user accounts and direct access
• Possibility to compile personalized playlists
• Weekly information about new concerts
• Access via all supported devices

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Study on Dream of the Red Mansions (Trial)

红楼梦研究 (Hong lou meng yan jiu)

Trial ends 31st March 2019.
Incorporates “Study on Dream of the Red Chamber”.
Catalogue record, available from: Dream of Red Mansions.

Please note: this trial access allows up to 30 concurrent users.
The study of the book “Dream of the Red Chamber” is looked at in the context of 24 subject areas, including Chinese legislation, judicial, political, ethnic, social and other aspects of social science research.

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Met Opera on Demand: Student Access (Trial)

Trial ends 31st March 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.

Met Opera on Demand: Student Access offers users instant access to more than 600 full-length Met performances, including stunning HD videos from the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1935. The site and its content are fully accessible on most mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) directly through the website as well. All videos include English subtitles, and recent HD videos include subtitles in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and/or Swedish. New titles are added every month, with most of the Met’s Live in HD programs coming online a few months after their live transmission date. Every opera includes an English synopsis, with synopses in multiple languages available for many operas.

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Trial ends 31st March 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: is a unique service producing and broadcasting over 100 live concerts each year and 1,300 programs, in collaboration with the greatest orchestras and concert halls in the world. The programs are available on demand and include concerts, archives, operas, ballets, documentaries, master-classes, educational films and artist profiles.

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

Trial ends 31st March 2019.
Catalogue record, available from: Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820.

Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820–a supplement to Women and Social Movements, International–explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices.
Seen through women’s eyes, the history of modern empires opens dramatic new perspectives on global patterns that have shaped our world. Women’s voices can be found at all levels of imperial history. As the agents of empire, women were active as missionaries, educators, healthcare professionals, and women’s rights advocates. As the opponents of empire, women were active in nationalist and resistance and reform movements and as conservators of culture.

With a clear focus on bringing the voices of the colonized to the forefront, this archive and database 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.

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Cochrane Interactive Learning


The Cochrane Interactive Learning is a new!

Cochrane Interactive Learning is:

  1. An online introductory training course on how to undertake a systematic review of interventions
  2. Comprises more than ten hours of self-directed learning on searching, risk of bias, meta-analysis, GRADE and the complete systematic review process
  3. Developed by experts in systematic review methods
  4. Designed for learners undertaking a systematic review for the first time, as well as experienced review authors, along with other users and researchers
  5. Undertaken in steps to build on systematic review knowledge
  6. Modules that include assessment and a certificate available on completion of each module
  7. Restricted  – we are unable to integrate the content in our Learning Management Systems

There are nine course modules

  1. Introduction to conducting systematic reviews
  2. Writing the review protocol
  3. Searching for studies
  4. Selecting studies and collecting data
  5. Introduction to study quality and risk of bias
  6. Analysing the data
  7. Interpreting the findings
  8. Reporting the review
  9. Introduction to health economics

Module 10: Network and meta-analysis is coming soon

Cochrane Interactive Learning is available from the Library’s catalogue:

Please refer to access instructions for University of Melbourne staff and students

We would welcome your feedback via on this resource to help us determine if it is worthwhile continuing this subscription 2020 onwards.

On behalf of your Scholarly Services librarians, February 2019.

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