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New Databases

British Periodicals

ImageThe UCI Libraries is pleased to provide access to British Periodicals Collection 1. British Periodicals Collection I is a multidisciplinary database. It provides students and researchers with an exhaustive body of content, and consists of more than 160 journals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.

Emphasizing the resource's significance, Professor Virginia Jackson of the Department of English commented, "no way anyone in English can write a dissertation or book without it!" Furthermore, Professor Martin Harries of the Department of English stated, "I can already see that for me it is going to be an excellent resource. My current work treats the history of the film/theater divide, and there are some very interesting pieces from the first part of the 20th century that are going to be useful to me."

For more information, please contact Matt Roberts, Research Librarian for English, at mjrober2@uci.edu.

Black Studies in Video

ImageThe UCI Libraries has recently acquired online access to Black Studies in Video, a database of in-depth video footage such as streaming films, documentaries, interviews and archival footage recording the black experience. The collection contains over 900 titles (500+ hours) of film covering African American history, politics, culture, family life, gender relationships and social and economic issues. The time frame for available material ranges from 1960 to 2013.

Highlights of this database include the SNCC Legacy Video Collection (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), a series of fifty hours of formal addresses, panel discussions and programs. There are also documentaries on leading artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and performers, such as Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, Huey P. Newton, Frantz Fanon, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Eldridge Cleaver and August Wilson. Videos can be searched by keyword, discipline, people, historical event or content type.

Each video also include a synchronized, searchable transcript running along the right side of the video. Users can also create an account and save videos or clips to a playlist, which could then be annotated and shared with a class or group. Besides the videos, there are also teaching guides, field notes and filmmaker biographers. All videos are permitted for on-campus use or remote-access viewing.

Black Studies in Video is part of a growing collection of digitized African American Studies sources available through the UCI Libraries. Other recent purchases include modules from the NAACP Papers and Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, which consists of 37 collections from organizations and people involved in the Civil Rights movement.

For more information, please contact Emilee Matthews, Research Librarian for Visual Arts, Classics and African American Studies at emilee.mathews@uci.edu.


ImageThe success of YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other streaming video platforms has demonstrated that people want to watch videos online and they want to watch lots of them. Libraries have also been part of this trend and for many years now the UCI Libraries have been providing the campus with streaming video resources of a more scholarly nature such as Filmmakers Library Online and Ethnographic Video Online. Get ready for some change though with one of our more recent additions - Kanopy.

Kanopy is a massive resource currently providing access to over 26,000 movies, documentaries, indie and foreign films from a wide variety of large producers such as PBS, The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses and Kino Lorber, in addition to many smaller independent filmmakers. The films included in the collection are incredibly diverse and cover a wide variety of subjects such as Early Film, European and Baltic Studies, Performance Art, Race and Class Studies and many more. New titles are continually being added so make sure you look at the resource regularly using ANTPAC, Melvyl or directly in the resource itself.

For more information, please contact your Subject Librarian.