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New Library Databases

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments

The Library is excited to announce that we have added the following databases to our collections:

Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930  
Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930 presents the investigations made during the massive immigration wave at the turn of the 20th century. The files cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930; and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.

Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 2
This Black Freedom module is highlighted by the records of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Africa-related papers of Claude Barnett, and the Robert F. Williams Papers. SNCC, formed by student activists in 1960 after the explosion of the sit-in movement, was one of the three most important civil rights organizations of the 1960s, alongside SCLC and the NAACP. CORE was formed in 1941 and organized the pioneering Journey of Reconciliation in the 1940s and the Freedom Rides in the early 1960s; both events are documented in the CORE records in this module. With the addition of SNCC and CORE records, History Vault now includes SNCC, SCLC, CORE, and NAACP records. Rounding out this module are the papers of Chicago Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell, the Chicago chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, and records pertaining to the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The Library added Part 1 of the Black Freedom Struggle database last summer.

NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns
Major campaigns for equal access to education, voting, employment, housing and the military are covered in this module. The education files in this second module document the NAACP’s systematic assault on segregated education that culminated in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Files from 1955–1965 focus on the NAACP’s efforts to implement the Brown decision as well as to combat de facto segregation outside of the South. Voting rights was one of the NAACP’s earliest major campaigns. The voting rights document in extensive detail the NAACP’s campaign against the white primary, discriminatory registration practices, the grandfather clause, and the triumphs of the 1957 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This database will add to the primary source coverage provided by another library database, NAACP Papers: Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches, and National Staff Files.

Digital National Security Archive: Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency
A collection of leaked and declassified records documenting U.S. and allied electronic surveillance policies, relationships, and activities. It serves as an addition to several National Security Archive documents sets – including those on U.S. Intelligence and the National Security Agency. The records provide information on the limitations imposed on electronic surveillance activities, organizations, legal authorities, collection activities, and liaison relationships. This collection is part of the Digital National Security Archive, which provides access to declassified government documents.

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online (Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur)
From Europe to America to the Middle East, North Africa and other non-European Jewish settlement areas the Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur covers the recent history of the Jews from 1750 until the 1950s. About 800 keywords present the current state of international research and depict a complex portrait of Jewish life – illustrated by many maps and images. About 40 key articles convey central themes on concepts like autonomy, exile, emancipation, literature, liturgy, music or the science of Judaism.

MGG Online
The authoritative German-language music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart is now available as a searchable database, including the complete content of the second edition, published from 1994 to 2008, plus continuous updates, revisions, and additions. Database features advanced search and browse capabilities. Includes more than 19,000 articles offering comprehensive coverage of all fields of music studies. Features automatic translation from German to over 100 languages via integration with Google Translate. Cross-references and links to related content in RILM abstracts of music literature. Save and share annotations and notes. Mobile and tablet device compatible.

Global Financial Data (GFD)
Global Financial Data is a collection of financial and economic data provided in ASCII or Excel format. Data includes: long-term historical indices on stock markets; Total Return data on stocks, bonds, and bills; interest rates; exchange rates; inflation rates; bond indices; commodity indices and prices; consumer price indices; gross domestic product; individual stocks; sector indices; treasury bill yields; wholesale price indices; and unemployment rates covering over 200 countries.
Please note: You will need to register for a GFD account in order to use the database.

Latin American Newspapers
Searchable collection of over 280 historical Latin American newspapers, 1805-1922, offering unprecedented coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped this vital region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and a dozen other countries. These resources provide a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures.

African Newspapers (1800-1922)
This collection contains more than 60 searchable African newspapers published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English and foreign-language titles from Angola, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “From repercussions of the Atlantic slave trade, life under colonial rule and the results of the Berlin Conference to the emergence of Black journalism, the Zulu Wars and the rejection of Western imperialism, these newspapers provide a wide range of viewpoints on diverse cultures.”

Jacoby Online
Jacoby Online is one of the most authoritative resources for the study of ancient Greek historians. It includes:

  • Brill’s New Jacoby
  • Brill’s New Jacoby, Second Edition
  • Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker: Parts I-III
  • Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Part IV: Biography and Antiquarian Literature
  • Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Part V: Geography

Jacoby Online is updated twice a year.

  • Full text search for Greek and English
  • Extensive indexes and keywords
  • En face English translations of Greek fragments and testimonies

The Library has also upgraded our Business Source Premier subscription to Business Source Ultimate which provides full text and indexing in thousands of journals in business, international business, management, economics, banking, finance, accounting and more.

Links to these databases can be found in OneSearch, in Brandeis Scholar, and on relevant Library Research Guides. We hope that you’ll explore these amazing resources. As always, feel free to ask us questions about how to get the most out of these library resources!


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Congratulations to the Library Research Award Winners, Xinyu (Annie) Li and Saren McAllister!

June 20th, 2017 · No Comments

From working with students throughout the year, Brandeis librarians see many students completing impressive research papers and projects. To recognize undergraduate students who apply exemplary library research skills, the Library has started a Library Research Award and selected two award winners from an outstanding pool of student submissions. Congratulations to this year’s winners, Saren McAllister and Annie Li! Descriptions of their research are provided below:

Saren McAllister, “Visual Discourses of Colonialism, Interracial Sex, Resistance, and Nation-Building in Mexico, 1711-1810”
Saren completed this research in AAAS 135: Race, Sex, and Colonialism, taught by Carina Ray. In her recommendation, Carina described Saren’s paper as “eloquent and meticulously researched.”

Saren McAllister

Saren described working with three different librarians (noting each librarian by name!) and concluded: “The final product of this research project is one of my favorite papers I have written at Brandeis, and I learned a lot throughout the process. This project taught me that research papers can be really enjoyable if the process of researching and writing starts early. Not only was starting early on this project advantageous in completing the paper on time, I also realized that starting early gave me more time to really explore my interests. Because I had so much freedom throughout this process, I found the process more enjoyable overall than any other research paper I had done. Choosing my own research and guiding myself was really rewarding, and I felt more invested in the product of my work. I also had a tremendous amount of institutional support throughout the process which helped the process feel less overwhelming. I used to be scared of reading and writing history, but Professor Ray and the multiple employees at the library who assisted me for this project made me feel more confident engaging with history. Until I did this paper, I was not aware of all the systems in place to support undergraduate students doing research. In the future, I will be more willing to access all the resources available to me. I also found a strategy for researching and writing that works really well for me that I can implement in the future.”

Xinyu (Annie) Li, “The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitration: An Introduction of PCA Ruling in a Historical and Political Context”
Annie completed her research for her senior thesis in International and Global Studies. She was supervised by Richard Gaskins, Heyward Parker James, and Xing Hang. In recommending Annie for the award, Heyward wrote “Annie’s thesis is the most thorough analysis of this issue that I have encountered anywhere thus far. Although I am familiar with this issue through press coverage, this is the first time I have seen the issue covered in this kind of depth. Annie based her research on primary sources throughout. She presented her findings in a balanced manner. Although her perspective on this issue is different than my own, I greatly respect her work. I am extremely impressed by the quality of her research. I recommend her for this honor with enthusiasm and without hesitation.”

Xinyu (Annie) Li

Annie used over eighty different sources, including a wide range of primary and secondary sources. In her research process essay, Annie wrote, “I relied extensively on Brandeis Library’s resources throughout my project. I used the library catalog to borrow academic works on the South China Sea and Southeast Asian histories. These books included but not limited to Bill Hayton’s The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia, Ji-Young Lee’s China’s Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination, and Kathlene Baldanza’s Ming China and Vietnam: Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia. I located numerous journal articles and online resources from JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, Ebrary e-book and WorldCat. I borrowed 7 books from Interlibrary Loan service for this project, and these books became a great addition to my project.”

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Summer Construction Update

May 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment

Summer construction projects in and around the Library will limit access to certain areas and collections. Regular updates will be sent to keep everyone on campus informed of service interruptions. Currently:

  • Plaza construction has meant the closing of the main Goldfarb and Farber entrances for the duration of the summer. Visitors may enter through the doors opposite Usdan. This work will also involve loud demolition and drilling work, which will be audible throughout the building, until approximately mid-late June.
  • From now until approximately June 9th, Farber Level 3 will be closed to all visitors, due to HVAC updates. However, the Getz Multimedia Lab will remain open during construction.
  • Visitors may speak with the Information & Borrowing desk for assistance with collections made inaccessible by the construction. Such requests may take longer to process, so your patience is appreciated.
We appreciate your patience as we make these much-needed improvements to the building.  Watch this space for updates!

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Librarian Alex Willett receives the Audre Lorde Leadership Award

April 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Librarian Alex Willett receives the Audre Lorde Leadership Award

Alex Willett, Academic Outreach Librarian for GIS and the Social Sciences, received the Audre Lorde Leadership Award at Lavender Graduation on April 20, 2017. This award from the Brandeis University Gender and Sexuality Center recognizes Alex’s “sustained responsibility in addressing the needs of sexually minoritized and gender non-conforming people.”

Many thanks to Alex for their dedication and the wonderful work they do at Brandeis!

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Library Hours March 14

March 13th, 2017 · Comments Off on Library Hours March 14

Due to inclement weather, the Goldfarb Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 14.

The Farber Library will be open for study hall from 8:30AM – 2:00AM.

Questions? Please email


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