Scientific American and National Geographic Archives Now Online

sciamericanThe Bowdoin community now can access the back issues of Scientific American from 1948-1992 and National Geographic from 1888-1994 online. Talk about fun! Read Robert E. Peary’s 1889 address to the National Geographic Society about his adventures in…Nicaragua! (and that other place he’s famous for) or Edward O. Wilson’s 1972 article Animal Communication in Scientific American.

Note that National Geographic does not allow downloading of articles, but you may print. And when you search Scientific American, you will get citations to earlier issues than are available online–you can find those issues at the Hatch Science Library. natgeo

Happy explorations!
Your friends at the Library

New JSTOR Ecology & Botany Collection

botanyWith summer here on campus comes a new journal backfile collection from JSTOR for researching all (well, most)  green (and other colored) living things:  the Ecology and Botany Collection!  From the 1914 issue of the American Journal of Botany to the 1952 issue of Systematic Zoology, there is a nest of back issues for your research needs.

Expanded Science/Social Science Content Available

There’s new content in the following science/social sciences databases (interdisciplinary humanities as well), so you will want to run your regular searches, and new ones, through these old favorites again:

science direct Science Direct– we now have access to almost double the amount of journals– over 2000 of ‘em!


ACM Digital Archive (that would be the Association for Computing ACMMachinery)–we now have access to the complete digital archive, which includes proceedings from both the ACM and the IEEE.


acsACS Complete package (American Chemical Society)– access to all 45 of their journals


SpringerLink–access to almost all of the springerlinkebooks and journals published by Springer, and that’s a lot! We now have a link to the SpringerLink database as a whole so you can search across all content at once.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

EIMAResearch the history of the music, film, theater, tv, and radio industries through the Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive.  EIMA is an archival collection of 20th-century US and UK magazines covering the broad spectrum of the entertainment industry and media including film, television, popular music, radio, and theatre. The magazines are included cover-to-cover, from first issue to the year 2000, and the scope encompasses weekly and monthly mass-market trade and consumer titles.  Note that content is still being added to this database, so some issues are not available as of this posting.

New Database: JapanKnowledge +NRK

japanknowledgeJapanKnowledge is a portal to Japanese encyclopedias, dictionaries and databases, searchable both in Japanese and English. And you can like the database on Facebook!

Contents include Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, a largest Japanese language dictionary, Rekishi Chimei Taikei, a large historical & geographical dictionary that consists of 51 volumes, contains 200,000 entries, and updated from printed version (1979-2005), Kôdansha Encyclopedia of Japan, the largest encyclopedia in English about Japan, Nihon Dai Hyakka Zensho, one of the largest encyclopedia in Japanese (31 volumes), Jitsû, one of the best dictionaries about history and culture of Kanji, Imidas and Gendai Yôgo no Kiso Chishiki, dictionaries of current words, e-book of Tôyô Bunko series, e-journal of Shûkan ekonomisuto and etc.

Women and Social Movements International Digital Archive

Wanna be starting something?  Find out what activist women around the world Madrehave been starting since 1840 by exploring this new digital archive of conference proceedings, reports of international women’s organizations, publications and web pages of women’s non-governmental organizations, and letters, diaries, and memoirs.   Research organizations such as the  Associated Country Women of the World, founded in 1933 or The International Alliance of Women, founded in 1904, or search by country, region or activist.

And if you are wondering what American women activists have been up to, see Women and Social Movements in the United States.

New database: Rock’s Backpages

We know, it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but we like this new database: Rock’s Backpages–a database of music journalism.

Boomers (and sons and daughters of Boomers) will love reading reviews of albums, and reading–and listening to–interviews with their favorite artists. (Listen to Levon Helm talking about his roots–the voice!)

Read the 1969 Rolling Stone profile of Joni Mitchell, the coverage of the 1968 arrival of the Queen of Soul (that would be Aretha) in London, or about “THE MOST exciting new band to break from the States this year” (1973, Steely Dan).  Search for your favorite artists and learn about the world and culture they lived and performed in.  Here’s what happened on September 4, years ago:

Sep 04 1952
Precocious eight-year-old Gladys Knight forms her first singing group, after putting on an impromptu show at her brother Bubba’s tenth birthday party. (1952)

Sep 04 1963
An article in today’s edition of Variety, the US entertainment trade magazine, hails fast-rising star Bob Dylan as ?a folknik hero?. (1963)

Sep 04 1965
Help! by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Billboard US singles chart, for the first of three weeks. (1965)

Sep 04 1970
Led Zeppelin play at The Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1970)

Sep 04 1970
The Rolling Stones release a new album Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out! ? The Rolling Stones In Concert, on Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the USA. (1970)