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Colonial State Papers Online – now available

New: Artemis Primary Sources for Text Analysis

Artemis is the Greco-Roman goddess of the hunt. Artemis isn’t a digital collection; it’s an interface, a platform, a tool that allows researchers to hunt, to do more sophisticated analysis collectively of all the Gale digital primary source collections. These would be collections such as The Making of the Modern World (MoMW) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).

The hunt of Artemis translates into full text searching of more texts, some of which you might not have known about, or thought to search, leading to unexpected and intriguing results that suggest new avenues of inquiry.

It also translates into an easy way to experiment with new approaches and methodologies for working with large corpora. Artemis makes it easy for users with limited technical know-how to explore the basics of visualization, text-mining, term clusters, topic modeling, collaborative annotation. In other words, it’s a gateway into the digital humanities.





If you find these approaches to be fruitful and exciting, and your research outgrows this platform and corpora, please get in touch with me, vac11 at, and I will try to facilitate the next level.

Gale’s “The Making of the Modern World” now available!

Produced by Gale, The making of the modern world (also known as MoMW)  provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from 1450-1914, and pre-1906 serials. It’s scope is international; it’s strength is economics.

It focuses on economics of the past interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. It’s based on Gale’s microfilm collection: Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature which combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections–the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration–along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.

The collection is two parts. Cornell has access to both “the Making of the modern world. Part I, The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850” and “The Making of the modern world, part II: 1851-1914.”

Topical strengths of these collections:

Agriculture, Banking, Capitalism, China, Colonies, Commerce, Depression and Recoveries, Empire, Finance, Mughal, Empire, Ottoman, Free Trade, Theory and Practice, Imperialism, India, Industrialization, International Labour Organization, International Trade Agreements, Japan, Mercantilism, Mining, Money and Monetary Policy, Navigation acts/acts of trade, Politics, Population, Emigration and Immigration, Slavery and the African Slavery Trade, Staples and the Staple Theory, United Kingom, United States, Wars, Wheat and other Grains, Social conditions, Socialism, Trades and manufactures, Transport, etc.


Trial to Brill’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus Online

Announcing a trial to Brill’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus Online:

You should be able to access this off campus. Let me know if you have problems.

Please let me know what you think about this resource.  We do already have this dictionary in print (and on CD Rom, available for short-term special check out):


Trial ends December 17.  Feedback welcome: vac11 at

Two trials to University of Virginia Rotunda Digital Collections

The Papers of John Marshall
John Marshall was the longest-serving chief justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and arguably the most influential. Under his direction, the judicial branch achieved equality with the other branches of government and constitutionality was established as the crucial element in court decisions. This digital edition of Marshall’s papers includes the complete contents of the print edition and presents them in a fully searchable online environment. For students and scholars of law and history, this is the most powerful and accessible way to study the legacy of the “Great Chief Justice.”


People of the Founding Era: A Prosopographical Approach (BETA VERSION)
PFE is a scholarly reference work that provides biographical information on over 25,000 people born between 1713 (the end of Queen Anne’s War) and 1815 (the end of the Napoleonic War), drawn from the digitized papers of the Founding Fathers and other documentary editions of the Founding Era. It has two components. First, it provides fully searchable biographical statements that vary greatly in scope and extent. Second, it provides identically structured data for each person allowing for group, or prosopographical, study. The editors invite users to contribute information on new people records as well as corrections and new information on people already in the system.

Trials end around December 15, 2015.  Feedback welcome:  vac11 at

Global Commodities Energy Data Visualization Tool from Adam Matthew –trial

Free 30 day access to the Global Commodities energy data visualization tool.

From 15th September to 15th October 2014, Adam Matthew is granting free access to the BP Global Energy data visualization tool from Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange.

The tool utilizes the latest Statistical Review of World Energy data to allow users to identify major energy developments over the past 27 years. The globe transitions to flat inset maps with bar graphs for a more detailed view and allows users to map an extensive variety of energy production and consumption data over several decades. The visualisation covers oil, gas, coal and renewables.

Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange provides a vast range of visual, manuscript and printed materials sourced from over twenty key libraries and more than a dozen companies and trade organisations around the world.

Four digital collections trials from Adam Matthew

The following collections are available:

  • American Consumer Culture, 1935-1965 (new)
  • American Indian Histories and Cultures
  • The First World War Portal (part 3: Visual Perspectives and Narratives is new)
  • Global Commodities


The resources will be available at the following URL for the next four weeks (ending on the 13/10/2014):


Please feel free to share these details with Cornell students and colleagues.

You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’ link, which is located on the homepage and throughout the website at (Please ensure that you select the ‘Access Via IP’ option).

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

*Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

Welcome new library home page

As of  July 1 the new Cornell Library website went live.

This new website is going to be much better. It has a responsive design for ease of use on mobile devices, a new catalog, and a new single search interface with combined search results page. (It’s been publicly available on the beta site at since January.) Making the change now, gives us time over the slower summer months to respond to feedback and make adjustments before the fall semester begins.

This transition will include the following changes to existing systems:

  • The new catalog is an easy to use, powerful catalog (using open source software called Blacklight which is very sophisticated and customizable) and we think you will like it a lot. It draws its information from the Classic Catalog (still the “real” catalog) and other library systems.
  • The familiar and powerful Classic Catalog will remain as a link off the new [Blacklight] Catalog main page as we continue to work to include all functionality of the Classic Catalog into the new system.
  • The current catalog so prominently featured on the library home page (WorldCat Local) will still be available for easy requesting of non-Cornell items and will be more integrated into the system as a secondary search under a Libraries Worldwide link.  This link will show up in the single search box results screen as well as in the new [Blacklight] catalog.

And later this summer, the following changes will be implemented:

  • “Database Names” is being rebuilt, but will maintain the same structure and functionality, with the added benefit of being able to highlight the top databases in each subject category. You may find that the new catalog does an excellent job at getting you into your favorite databases quickly and easily.
  • “E-journals” will also transition, but will maintain the same searching functionality, and add more browsing options.

Please feel free to contact me, or the Library Discovery & Access Implementation Team directly at with any concerns you may have, including feedback about any potential loss in functionality you anticipate.

30 day trial: Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

Gale’s Nineteenth Century Collections Online is a rich digital collection of primary source material. Rare primary sources, curated by an international team of experts, provide access to important works sourced from leading libraries worldwide. Users will find millions of full-text, fully searchable pages.

The trial runs roughly March 18-April 18, 2014.

Access via:


This group of 12 primary source databases includes the following collections:

1:  British Politics and Society

2:  Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange

3:  British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture

4:  CORVEY Collection of European Literature:  1790-1840

5:  Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, PART I

6:  Photography— the World through the Lens

7:  Women: Transnational Networks

8:  Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, Conquest

9:  Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, PART II

10:  Children’s Literature and Childhood

11:  Mapping the World

12:  Religion and the Periodical: Point of View and Perspective

Please send any comments to Virginia Cole, history librarian (vac11).

New at Cornell: Black Abolitionist Papers


Black Abolitionist Papers is now available at Cornell.

This digital collection consists of primary sources. It presents the international impact of African American activism against slavery, in the writings and publications of the activists themselves. Covering the period 1830-1865, the approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

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