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News and events from WKU Libraries

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Early Journal Content on JSTOR Now Available

Exciting news from JSTOR!

JSTOR materials published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere are now freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.

You can access the new content through WKU’s JSTOR link on the Database page or directly  If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your NetID and password. In the future, you can access the new early materials from anywhere in the world directly through this link.

Want to Meet Alexander Hamilton?

Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull

Well, sorry, he’s still dead. But now you can view over 12,500 of his documents and get to know him that way through the “Papers of Alexander Hamilton“. This is thanks to a digital archive newly published by Alexander Street Press.

You can access the database directly through this link if you’re on campus or through our WKU Libraries homepage by going to Databases -> American Founding Era -> Papers of Alexander Hamilton.

If you are off campus, you will be asked to log in using your NetID and Password.


Biographies, Biographies, Biographies!

WKU Libraries now subscribes to Biography Reference Bank online!

Biography Reference Bank contains biographies or obituaries for over 660,000 individuals, along with over 35,000 images. Many of the biographies are enhanced with feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, obituaries, and biographical content from other Wilson databases. Biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, date of birth, date of death, and keyword. The database contains selected full text of the articles from more than 100 reference books, plus the full text of the following titles published by H. W. Wilson:

· American Reformers

· Composers series

· Current Biography

· Greek and Latin Authors Series

· Junior Authors & Illustrators

· Nobel Prize Winners

· World Artists

· World Author Series

· World Film Directors

· World Musicians

Biography Reference Bank also contains the complete Biography Index, which indexes biographies published in books, magazines, and journals. Abstracts and full text are included if available. You can access Biography Reference Bank from our Database Page or directly here: Biography Reference Bank.


WKU Libraries now offers patron access to BioOne, an online database of bioresearch resources:

BioOne provides a unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.  Complementing this content is an agile new platform launched in January 2009 that allows for easy navigation to content both within and outside the BioOne aggregation, as well as researcher-designed toolbars with valuable title, article, and reference-linking tools. ~BioOne

BioOne can be accessed on campus through this direct link or off campus from our Databases Page.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

WKU alum William Drost has generously donated to WKU Libraries perpetual use of the databases of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Users can search the following subcollections:

  AAPG Bulletin
  AAPG Special Volumes
  Canada Group
  Eastern USA
  Gulf Coast Group (USA)
  Journal of Petroleum Geology
  Journal of Sedimentary Research
  Midcontinent Group (USA)
  Pacific & Asia Group
  Rocky Mountain Group (USA)
  Search and Discovery
  South & Central America
  Southwestern Group (USA)
  The Society for Organic Petrology
  West Coast Group (USA)

The collection can be accessed directly or through our databases page. If off campus, be sure to log in through our databases page.

Thank you, William Drost, for making this resource available to the WKU community.

American Founding Era Collection

WKU Libraries is happy to announce the acquisition of the new online resource the American Founding Era Collection. This collection features thousands of digital primary documents about key figures in America’s beginnings. The collection includes:

The collection can be accessed on campus directly from here, or off campus by logging into our proxy server from our databases page.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database Trial

Starting 9/1/10 and ending 10/2/10, WKU Libraries will have a trial subscription to Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database:

CLCD is an ever growing online database with over 400,000 reviews, MARC records and related information about children’s literature. CLCD contains reviews supplied by over 38 quality review media including:

  • The ALAN Review
  • BookList
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • VOYA

You can access CLCD at their homepage or through their search engine.

Selden Society Publications

Through our new HeinOnline digital collection, patrons of WKU Libraries now have access to the Selden Society Publications.  Founded in 1887, the Selden Society is one of the premier publishers of research on early English law. The collection also includes publications from the Ames Foundation, a leading provider of early English historical legal documents. Many of the resources found in the Selden Society Publications cannot be found anywhere in print.

From on campus, you can follow the links above or connect through our database page. Go to the HeinOnline collection, then click on the Selden Society Publications link. To access this resource from off campus, don’t forget to log into our proxy server.

American History in Video

WKU Libraries is proud to announce the acquisition of a new online resource: American History in Video.

American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. This release now provides 4,163 titles, with videos from new partner Media Rich Learning, and much more, equaling approximately 1,027 hours.

American History in Video has just been named a Library Journal 2009 Best Reference, in addition to being named earlier as Booklist Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources 2009 winner. The collection received a starred review in the November 15, 2009, issue of Booklist, which called it “highly recommended for any library that serves students of American history.” Library Journal also gave the collection a rave review in the August 15, 2009, issue, calling it a full 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 with a rating of “resoundingly recommended.”

WKU students, faculty and staff can access the resource directly from on campus, or by first logging into our proxy server when off campus.

Education Index Retrospective

Check out another of WKU Libraries’ new resources, Education Index Retrospective.

Education Index Retrospective provides a vast record of important education literature in a format easily searchable, with indexing of more than 800 periodicals and yearbooks. Find information on societal trends affecting education, for example segregation, multiculturalism, feminism, economic developments, and more.

  • Accurate, detailed, cover-to-cover indexing of over 800 periodicals, many of them peer-reviewed.

  • Includes the full text of Wilson Library Bulletin from 1914 to 1983, including PDF page images.

  • Cites some 850,000 articles, including book reviews.

WKU patrons can access the Education Index Retrospective and thousands of other electronic resources via our Database Page.