TRIAL: Coptic Gnostic library online

Trial available 11/27/12 thru 12/28/12

The Coptic Gnostic Library Online continues where the Dead Sea Scrolls left off. Our main sources of information for the Gnostic religion are the so-called Nag Hammadi codices, written in Coptic.

In order to view the contents, we highly recommend installing the Unicode font Antinoou.

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TRIAL: Companions in classical studies online I

Trial available 11/27/2012 thru 12/28/2012

This first online collection of Brill’s acclaimed series of Companions in Classical Studies presents the best in current scholarship in a variety of subjects. These 25 volumes, ranging from Homer to Ovid and from Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century BC to Flavian Rome, will be of use to scholars and students alike excellent starting points for teaching as well as research

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TRIAL: Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange

Trial available Nov. 1-30, 2012.

This resource brings together manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history. The commodities featured in this resource have been transported, exchanged and consumed around the world for hundreds of years. They helped transform societies, global trading operations, habits of consumption and social practices.

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New Resource: Greensboro Massacre: 1979

On November 3, 1979 a rally and march of black industrial workers and Communists was planned in Greensboro, North Carolina against the Ku Klux Klan. The “Death to the Klan March” was to begin in a predominantly black housing project called Morningside Homes. Communist organizers publicly challenged the Klan to present themselves and “face the wrath of the people”. During the rally, a caravan of cars containing Klansmen and members of the American Nazi Party drove by the housing projects where the Communists and other anti-Klan activists were congregating. What then occurred is in dispute, from rock-throwing and taunts on both sides to the sound of gunfire and deaths of five protest marchers. This collection of FBI, local and state police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, shed new light on the motivations of the Communist organizers, the shootings, subsequent investigations, and efforts to heal the Greensboro community.


Oxford e-book pricing

Oxford has recently changed some of its pricing for e-books offered by aggregators.  In some cases, you will now see Oxford titles offered through EBL costing up to 4 times the price of single-user options in ebrary or EbscoHost, because EBL gives limited multi-user access through its Non-linear Lending option.  Now that we can get limited multi-user access for ebrary titles through the Extended Access program (see previous post), buying an ebrary SUPO title may be a better option in these cases than EBL.

Multi-user access for ebrary SUPO titles

ebrary now offers an “Extended Access” option for its single user (SUPO) titles.  When a title is in use and a second user tries to access it, instead of being turned away the user will be given 24-hour access via a short-term loan (STL).  If this situation happens 3 times, an additional SUPO copy will be purchased automatically.  For now, “Extended Access” is being financed by a central fund in the Seattle Main budget.