Library Database News: Historical Databases

Nineteenth Century Collection OnlineThe library has access to several collections of historical newspapers and archival collections that could be just the thing for your summer research needs!

17th & 18th Century Burney Collection of Newspapers, which we have long had on microfilm, is now available online — very exciting. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers expands our coverage of news from that era. Click here for a list of newspapers included in the collection.

And NCCO, Nineteenth Century Collections Online, follows in the footsteps of ECCO, with 3 collections released for your research: European Literature 1790-1840: the Corvey Collection; British Politics and Society; and Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange.

Happy researching!

Printmaking I Students Display their Works

Artist's book printed with copper etchings and letterpress by Lindsey Horowitz, '12

Artist's book printed with copper etchings and letterpress by Lindsey Horowitz, '12

Main Floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
May 9 – May 29, 2012

Eighteen printmaking students are exhibiting their handmade artists’ books on the first floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library from May 9 – 28, 2012.  The books contain original etchings, linocuts, and text within stitched, accordion fold, and flag-bound structures. They feature invented narratives, embellished how-to manuals, an elegant monster bestiary, and a multitude of other original creations.  They are the capstone projects of Carrie Scanga’s Printmaking I class, made in collaboration with the renowned Portland book artist, Rebecca Goodale.  The books were inspired by artists’ books from the Library’s Special Collections.  Also featured in the exhibition are artists’ books by Lindsey Horowitz ‘12, an English major and printmaking teaching assistant.

Streaming Video Available!

Looking for a film clip to enhance a presentation?

Check out Films on Demand, a streaming video database of nonfiction films from the BBC, Nova, Frontline, Scientific American, History Channel, and many more high-quality producers. When viewing a video, click on “Embed this Video” for a link to insert into your presentation.

For more music and dance videos, see also Naxos Video Library.

Please see Linking to Online Videos for further help with embedding into your project.

Yale’s Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

The long-renowned collections of archaeological and cross-cultural studies known as the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) have now been digitized (eHRAF). The Library has access to both the archaeological and cross-cultural databases, eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures.

Find out why the Abkhasians live so long or how moms rule in the Zuni tribe. And who really had the first tattoo?

Caveat: It’s a bit clunky to use, but you are richly rewarded for your efforts!

E-Resources for Researching Women’s History


National Service Women’s Land Army.
H.G. Gawthorn [S.l. : s.n., 1917]
Library of Congress Prints
and Photographs Division
  • Gender Studies
    GSD covers the full spectrum of gender scholarship and includes several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations, websites and other sources.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States
    Revolves around projects that interpret and present documents on the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Includes a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of U.S. Women’s History, teaching tools with lesson ideas, and quarterly news from the archives about U.S. Women’s History.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Comprehensive index to journals, books and proceedings in sociology, including women and family issues.
  • Women Writers Online
    The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. Their goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader.

Polling and Survey Sources

  • Gallup Brain
    Dates of Coverage: 1935 – Present
    Searchable database of the thousands of Gallup Polls conducted from 1935 to today. Users can search questions, results, specific surveys, and associated articles. Also houses Gallup Poll and Gallup Management Journal articles that feature in-depth public opinion and management data analyses.
  • Polling the Nations
    Dates of Coverage: 1986 – Present
    Polling the Nations is a compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries from 1986 to the present time. The pollsters included in the database are: US polling organizations (e.g., Harris International, The Pew Center); universities (e.g., Rice University, University of Maryland); newspapers (e.g., New York Times, Los Angeles Times); Television news organizations (e.g., CBS, NBS, Fox, CNN); international polling organizations (e.g., Eurobarometer; special interest groups (e.g., Boy Scouts, AFL-CIO)
  • Roper Center Public Opinion Archives
    Dates of Coverage: 1935 – Present
    The Roper Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. These datasets are listed in the Catalog of Holdings. Online access to many datasets are provided through the Roper Express service. US nationwide public opinion polls since 1935 are available through the iPoll service. A full-text retrieval system, the iPOLL online database is organized at the question-level.

Black History Month E-Resources

The Library has access to a fabulous array of electronic primary and secondary resources for research on Black history. Here are some of our more recent additions:

Social Explorer Database Has 2010 Census Data

Social Explorer

Bowdoin now has unlimited user access to Oxford University Press’s Social Explorer (we previously had a maximum of 3 simultaneous users). And they have begun adding the 2010 Census data and more. Here’s their press release:

Social Explorer is bringing in the New Year with new data, including 2010 Census Data, making Social Explorer the current and authoritative resource for all US demographic needs.

New Data

Social Explorer, an online research tool containing quick and easy access to demographic information from 1790 to the present, updated on a rolling basis, now includes the below data.

  • 2010 Census Data – all Summary File 1 data is now available in Social Explorer. This means that users have data for all US states and territories, for all summary levels and all variables. Data from the Census includes information such as age, sex, and race.
  • 2010, 2008-2010, and 2006-2010 American Community Survey Data – all new releases of the American Community Survey (ACS) conform to the 2010 Census boundaries and estimates and offer data down to the block group level. The ACS is the replacement of the Census long form, offering data on education, income, immigrations, ethnicity, language disability, home heating fuel, health care coverage, and more.
  • Redistricting Data from the 2010 Census – you can explore the PL-94 census file through our maps and reports. Social Explorer’s customized reports present an extract of these 2010 data along with the 2000 figures to give users a side-by-side comparison of change.