a. Readers’ Guide Retrospective: 1890 – 1982

Reader’s Guide Retrospective [http://uclibs.org/PID/21386] is now available to all ten UC campuses, (including UC Merced).  UC campuses will have unlimited access to the database via H.W. Wilson’s web site.

The Reader’s Guide Retrospective database is a priority resource for UC campus subject selectors and the Joint Steering Committee recommended it for systemwide access. CDL negotiated a one-time purchase with a small annual maintenance fee to be shared by 8 UC campuses, beginning in 2003.  San Francisco is included for free.

The Reader’s Guide Retrospective database is currently complete back to 1963 and will include files back to 1890 upon the completion in 2002.

From the wreck of the Titanic to Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon; from the Charleston craze to the Sharon Tate murders; from Pearl Harbor to the Bay of Pigs–here’s a record of an entire century of popular magazine coverage, and a reflection of America’s evolving attitudes and culture.

Readers’ Guide Retrospective provides searchable access to more than 100 years of citations from 512 leading U.S. magazines–valuable reference for students, journalists, educators, historians, social scientists, writers, business researchers and others.

  • Search the equivalent of 44 printed Readers’ Guide cumulations (including 19th Century Readers’ Guide 1890 -1899).
  • Search by author, title, subject, keyword, journal, or year!
  • Updated, uniform subject headings allow searching by familiar, contemporary terms. Original subject headings are also featured, for historians, sociologists, linguists, writers, and others interested in the way issues of the day were framed.
  • Saves the effort of shelving and maintaining back volumes! Entries link to page images from original Readers’ Guide volumes, allowing users access to “see” and “see also” references and the complete hierarchy of subject headings and subheadings.
  • Seamlessly combines with contemporary research databases. Search Readers’ Guide Retrospective simultaneously with other Readers’ Guide databases on WilsonWeb, or with any other WilsonWeb database.
  • Helps with acquiring actual articles! Order actual articles through links to the Infotrieve online document delivery service or through your interlibrary loan service. Even finding articles on your shelves is easy–with periodicals holdings messages linked to your OPAC.

Available exclusively on WilsonWeb.

  • Two-part release: Coverage 1969 through 1982 available August 2001. (675,000 entries.); Complete database – 1890 through 1982 – available Fall 2002. (More than 2,500,000 entries.)
  • One-time subscription fee, plus a nominal yearly WilsonWeb users fee
  • Available as an annual subscription with your Readers’ Guide or OmniFile subscription
  • Special discount to current subscribers to the following databases: Readers’Guide Full Text, Mega Edition; Readers’ Guide Full Text, Select Edition; OmniFile Full Text, Mega Edition; OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition.

b. Six NISC Databases

The CDL has licensed six databases from the National Information Systems Corporation (NISC), beginning on May 1, 2002. They are: African Studies, Black Studies Database (1948-1986), Family & Society Studies Worldwide, Sexual Diversity Studies (formerly Gay & Lesbian Abstracts), Women’s Resources International, and the Left Index. Six UC campuses subscribed to all six databases: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.

These NISC databases have been a high priority for several years for a number of bibliographer groups surveyed by Joint Steering Committee, and in 2001 the JSC recommended that the CDL negotiate a license for access.

The major factor that had been holding up licensing was NISC’s inability to allow shared ports.  NISC has since solved the technical issues and is now reviewing licenses with their various providers to develop pricing.  As an interim solution, the campuses have licensed 5 concurrent users per campus.

JSC recommended that the campuses fund the subscription, but that the CDL contribute an amount sufficient to enable all campuses to pay the same amount or less than what they would have paid if they subscribed on their own.

African Studies: http://uclibs.org/PID/16676
African Studies is a combination of 17 databases from three continents providing access to multi-disciplinary information on Africa.  It contains over 634,000 indexed references, many with abstracts. Records are derived from books, periodical articles, pamphlets, maps and music recordings.  Topics include politics, history, economics, business, mining, development, social issues, anthropology, literature, language, law, music and much more.

Sexual Diversity Studies: http://uclibs.org/PID/16678
Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS) offers a review of scholarly as well as popular print, electronic, and Internet publications of the GLBT press. Most topics of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities are covered in depth.  Of paramount importance is the coverage of history, culture, social issues, interests, and concerns of the GLBT community.  SDS primarily indexes publications addressing the social, legal, economic, political, cultural, historical, literary, and health concerns of the GLBT community. SDS indexes a variety of materials including non-fiction, reviews, and essays-excluding only fiction and erotica.  Nearly 600 sources include: journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, dissertations, studies, important websites & web documents, and multi-media publications. Over 1,600 periodical sources are represented and include ISSNs.

Women’s Resources International: http://uclibs.org/PID/16677
Women’s Resources International (WRI) covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research.  WRI supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education.  Nearly 800 sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites & web documents, and grey literature. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented and include ISSNs.

Black Studies Database: http://uclibs.org/PID/16679
Includes more than 170,000 citations drawn from significant and influential journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets and reports relevant to the Black experience from 1948-1986.  It covers events critical to the study of Black life and culture outside of Africa including notable figures in Black history, culture, and sports; the Civil Rights Movement, the growth of the NAACP and the National Urban League; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; jazz and soul music; and much more.

Family & Society Studies Worldwide: http://uclibs.org/PID/16680
Family & Society Studies Worldwide (FSSW) contains all the citations of the discontinued print version, Inventory of Marriage & Family Literature, plus abstracts which were never available in print. In addition, it includes The Australian Family & Society Abstracts, commonly known as FAMILY, is produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.  Family & Society Studies Worldwide covers popular issues as well as meeting the requirements of professionals in all fields of social work, social science and family practice.  Publications indexed in the database are drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history, and social work.  Source documents include related websites, internet documents, professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, selected popular literature, government reports, discussion and working papers, unpublished material such as poster sessions, statistical documents, theses & dissertations and other sources, many of which are indexed exclusively in FSSW.

Left Index: http://uclibs.org/PID/20838
The Left Index serves as a guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia.  A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas.  Other topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization.  Historically significant early Left publications such as The People (est. NY 1891), and The Class Struggle (1931-1937) along with classic texts by Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels and others, written in the formative years of the Left, also are covered.  Many of the 260 sources indexed are unique; you won’t find them indexed in API, the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature or the Social Sciences Citation Index.
Note: Alternative Press Index is no longer available from NISC.  The Left Index was included in its place.

c. Scientific American Archive Online (Anna Gold, UCSD)

The UC Science & Engineering Librarians represented by Anna Gold of UC San Diego, worked with Dave Fisher of UCSD’s Acquisitions Department to complete a Tier 2 negotiation with Macmillan for online access to Scientific American.  All UC campuses participated in the acquisition.  Beginning May 6, 2002 all UC users will have access to PDF versions of the complete editorial pages of the magazine published since January 1993.

The direct URL for the archive is: http://www.sciamarchive.org/.