SAGE Research Methods Datasets (Trial)

Catalogue record, available from: SAGE Research Methods Datasets (Trial).
TRIAL ENDS 31 March 2020

Master data analysis with hands-on practice

Sometimes the best way of learning a new technique is through doing. SAGE Research Methods Datasets provide that opportunity for users looking to master quantitative or qualitative data analysis. Each title provides sample data that has been optimized for demonstrating a method, accompanied by a how-to guide that explains the method at hand and walks users through the analysis using the data provided. Quantitative examples also include software guides for statistical analysis using SPSS, R, Stata, or Python. After some hands-on practice, users will be more confident when they go on to analyze their own data. Several examples cover how to manage imperfect data, including missing data, rescaling variables, and other common data cleaning scenarios.

Content and Features

  • Hundreds of teaching datasets to practice qualitative and quantitative analytical methods
  • Datasets can be downloaded in a range of file formats and cited
  • Datasets support a range of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and stem from research in Business, Education, Health, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Each dataset includes a description of the data, a how-to guide for applying the method in question, additional methods that can be applied to the set, static visualizations, and codebooks where necessary
  • Fully integrated on the SAGE Research Methods platform

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Eight Centuries (formerly 19th Century Masterfile)

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Catalogue record, available from: Eight Centuries.

In January 2020 this resource has changed its name to “Eight Centuries”. All the content available under the title “19th Century Masterfile” is continued under “Eight Centuries”. The new name reflects the ever-widening scope of this product: ‘8C’ contains material dating from the 12th to 20th centuries. Additionally, new source material has been added to the already-extensive database, and streamlined the interface to make finding sources easier, faster, and more intuitive.

19th Century Masterfile was originally launched in 1999 as “Poole’s Plus,” but has now grown to include over seventy contemporary indexes to English-language publishing prior to 1930. This combination of indexes covers periodicals, newspapers, books, patents, image archives, US and UK government documents, and more. It offers ‘omni-disciplinary’ coverage of materials in the humanities and social sciences, engineering, history of science, law, economics, religion, psychology, visual arts, music, and the physical sciences.

Here is a list of some of the main titles available via this resource:

  • A.L.A. Index to General Literature, 1893-1910
  • A.L.A. Portrait Index, 1732-1905
  • American Fiction, 1851-1875
  • Annual Library Index, 1892-1910
  • Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1800-1900
  • Century of Loan Exhibitions, 1813-1912
  • Cobbett’s Parliamentary Debates, 1066-1803
  • Descriptive Index of Current Engineering Literature, 1884-1891
  • Engineering Index, 1892-1909
  • Index to Legal Periodical Literature, 1786-1937
  • Index to Legal Periodicals, 1908-1929
  • Index to Periodicals, 1890-1902
  • International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, 1901-1914
  • Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906
  • Psychological Index, 1894-1905
  • Royal Academy of Arts : a complete dictionary of contributors and their work, 1769-1904
  • Society of Artists of Great Britain, 1760-1791, the Free Society of Artists, 1761-1783 : a complete dictionary of contributors and their work

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Qur’ānic Studies Online

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Qur’ānic Studies Online (including Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online and Dictionary of Qurʾānic Usage, and Qurʾān Concordance)
Qur’ānic Studies Online gives access to four resources:
1) Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online, an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies
2) Qurʾān Concordance, a unique finding aid which allows users to identify and localize text fragments of the Qurʾān
3) Dictionary of Qurʾānic Usage, a contextualised Arabic-English dictionary of Qur’ānic usage, compiled in accordance with modern lexicographical methods by scholars who have a lifelong immersion in Qur’ānic Studies
4) Early Western Korans Online, a collection of 62 korans printed in Arabic type in several Western European cities between 1537 and 1857. Please note that this title must be accessed via a separate link available under “Access Information” on the catalogue record.

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Shakespeare in Performance

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Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.  In a mixture of handwritten manuscripts and printed typescripts, often interspersed with personal notes, sketches, and cues for lighting and music, this resource takes users behind the scenes to shine a light on how the Bard’s timeless works have been interpreted by theatre companies, actors and directors across the centuries.

The resource also contains carefully curated case studies built around 17 selected performances, using important supporting material such as photographs, costume designs and music scores to highlight key aspects of each production.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Archive

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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.

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Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection (TRIAL)

Trial ends 1st January 2020
Catalogue record, available from: Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection (TRIAL).
Rare newspapers from the self-proclaimed republics

The Donetsk and Luhansk Newspaper Collection incorporates 10 rare newspapers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk (Lugansk, in local spelling) regions of Ukraine. Both the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic were established as independent state entities after local referendums organized by the separatist leaders were conducted in May 2014. Following their declaration of independence from Ukraine, the pro-Russian insurgents took over the media, both independent and formerly government-run, thereby influencing the information flow to and from territories under their control. These new governments and their backers also created new media outlets, with limited circulation, but with a much tighter agenda reflecting the war-time mood.

With sources primarily in Russian, this database allows analysts and researchers unprecedented access to articles and reports from these insurgent regions at the most important and critical junctures. Coverage includes the period of military hostilities between the unrecognized states and the government of Ukraine (2013-2015) and contain valuable research material for anyone studying the development of separatist movements in this part of the world.

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China Statistical Yearbooks – new updated version (TRIAL)


Catalogue record, available from: China Statistical Yearbooks – new updated version.
This trial is to the updated version (until Dec 2020). Access is still available to the older version, however data will no longer be updated in the old version from 2020
The updated version has a greater volume of resources (see table below), enhanced functionality, and new tools for data analysis.

CSYD contains all important statistical yearbooks published by Mainland China presses from 1949- . It includes various kinds of census and survey data, and statistical charts sources from over 25,000 volumes of important statistical yearbooks. The yearbooks are classified by industry, district and type. China statistical yearbooks also contains large number of progress indicators, and international data.


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Public Petitions to Parliament, 1833-1918

Catalogue record, available via: U.K. Parliamentary Papers.
Once on the landing page for this resource, select “Advanced Search” and Public Petitions to Parliament, 1833-1918 will appear to be selected for searching.

  • Every petition accepted by Parliament between 1833-1918
  • Analyze issues of importance to both UK populace and Parliament
  • Full integration to UK Parliamentary Papers for a full view of the issue

Petitioning was by far the most popular form of political participation, but it has long been overlooked by historians and social scientists preoccupied with elections and election rituals, campaigns to extend the right to vote, and the rise of national political parties. The utility to scholars of public petitions is not just limited to political historians studying the groundswell of public pressure for the expansion of the voting franchise.

This resource contains petitions on:
ecclesiastical issues, crime and criminals, colonies, taxation, education, and on every other issue of interest to the populace of Britain.
This project appeals to: social, cultural, and religious scholars of Britain. From religious scholars interested on Methodism and the Church of England, scientists concerned with pollution and pollution controls during the Industrial Revolution, and sociologists concerned with how these issues were influenced by and influenced the People.

Users will be able to analyze the social, geographical, religious, and gender compositions of these issues of importance to Britons and allow for detailed textual and rhetorical analysis of the petitions. It will allow researchers to exploit new sources on the formative role of petitions to Parliament during the nineteenth century (1833-1918), an unparalleled period of political modernization and democratization in Britain.

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South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) on JSTOR

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The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), a subset of the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP), creates and maintains a collection of open access materials for the study of South Asia. This major collaborative initiative is aimed at addressing the current scarcity of digital resources pertinent to South Asia studies and at making collections more widely accessible to researchers worldwide.
This archive includes nearly 350,000 page images!

Researchers can explore by language, with 13 languages represented, covering: Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

There are 4 collections within the archive to explore:

  • Caste and Social structure: Primary and secondary sources (monographs, pamphlets, periodicals) providing a broad range of perspectives for the study of caste and social structure.
  • Literature: Materials reflecting South Asia’s literary history, including creative works (fiction, poetry, drama), literary criticism, literary biographies and periodicals, and reference works devoted to literature (bibliographies, encyclopedias and dictionaries).
  • Social and Economic History: Primary and secondary sources reflecting the economic and social life and social structures of the region, including popular culture, periodicals and newspapers, gazetteers, government documents and official publications such as census reports, legislative and administrative reports, and statistical reports on trade.
  • Women and Gender: Primary and secondary materials (including monographs, pamphlets, and magazines) by, for and about women, and important issues related to their lives and roles in society, including on women’s education, health, and religion.

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Catalogue record, available from: Storybox.

Imagine the best stories being read aloud to you by our favourite storytellers – well that’s Story Box Library!
Storybox gets kids excited about reading, inspires their imaginations and lets them have fun with stories, improving their language and literacy skills along the way.
With an ever-growing library, suitable for preschool and primary aged children, it really is Storytime, Anytime!

Story time can be used to facilitate discussion in learning environments, to complement a story time or a read aloud

  • Story Box Library focuses solely on local stories and voices
  • Our library now consists of over 200 stories
  • Each story comes with tailored Classroom Notes and/or At Home Activities that are specifically created for the Australian curriculum, further connecting children to the themes of each story.
  • Our storytellers are chosen to ensure a broad range of voices, ages, gender and backgrounds to ensure diversity.
  • We regularly add new stories, currently 40-60 each year.


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