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A New Year Brings New Databases

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The Library is pleased to announce that it has added several new databases to kick off the spring semester!

Border and Migration Studies Online

Border and Migration Studies brings together resources that explore significant border areas around the world, and related themes such as transnational migration, human trafficking, and border enforcement.  The collection includes a mixture of previously published and original material, including monographs, archival documents, and videos. Access to this database is made possible through the generous financial support of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Library in Doha, Qatar.

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online

(Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Brill)

This reference resource covers the history of Jewish life from 1750, including articles on Jewish liturgy, music, exile, history, and more. The encyclopedia's original 8-volume print publication was described as an "epochal event" by one reviewer. (Articles are in German.)

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East: Module II: 1975-1978

Georgetown patrons have early access to Module II of Adam Matthew’s Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, ahead of its official release in 2017. This collection of declassified diplomatic correspondence and intelligence reports from the British Government complements our existing access to Module I (1971-1974).

The new release provides a detailed look into British policy-making during the events of the mid-1970s, including Anwar Sadat’s surprise visit to Israel in November 1977, the Camp David Accords of September 1978, and the beginning of the Iranian revolution in November 1978. The same interface searches both Module I and Module II. Module III will be released in coming years and extend the collection to 1981. Access to this database is made possible through the generous financial support of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Library in Doha, Qatar.

Independent Voices

Almost 500 (and growing) underground newspapers and alternative magazines from the 1960s through the 1980s. The collection includes feminist periodicals, LGBT publications, military/GI newsletters, small-press literary magazines, and alternative campus/community newspapers. The costs of the collection are borne by participating libraries (including Georgetown), with the goal of making the collection entirely open access in 2019.

DC residents might especially appreciate browsing the issues of the Quicksilver Times, an antiwar underground newspaper published in DC. The October 19, 1970 issue carries an advertisement for the Grateful Dead concert in McDonough Gym.

Japan Times Archives

“It is a remarkable and deplorable fact that, after forty years of mutual association, His [Japanese] Majesty’s subjects and the foreign residents remain to this day virtually strangers to each other.” With this editorial in March 1897, the Japan Times began publishing Japan’s first English-language newspaper. Its goal was to inform Japanese readers about world affairs, while at the same time providing Western readers a trustworthy window into Japanese culture and society.

Recently the Library subscribed to the full archives of the Japan Times. Fully searchable from the end of the 19th century up to the previous year, the Japan Times Archives offer Georgetown researchers a rich primary source of Japanese news in English, both on events in Japan and a Japanese perspective on world affairs in the 20th century.

We were pleased to discover an article on the libraries of America (from March 26, 1912), which devotes significant coverage to Georgetown. As the nation’s oldest ecclesiastical library, the Library was described as having “more than 100,000 volumes,” including “three manuscripts antedating the Fifteenth Century.” Readers were also told that Georgetown was “now under liberal management and aims to supplement the Library of Congress along certain lines.”

We’d love to hear your feedback about these new resources! Comments may be sent to eresources@georgetown.edu.