Free Trial to Gale Databases in April and May

Gale Database Trials Available through May

Gale is offering free trials of many of its databases to Minitex libraries from now until May 29, 2009. Included in the trials are their newest databases: Global Issues in Context, Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, and Something About the Author Online. Global Issues in Context received a glowing review in School Library Journal; it's well worth a test browse/search.

The trials are all available here:


From March 1 through April 30, Gale is offering trials on two digital newspaper archives: Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers and The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985.

Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers features digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers as well as advanced searching capabilities. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement, and illustration.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985, allows researchers to search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements, and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

For access to the newspaper archives trials, as well as product summaries and title lists, click

Women’s History Month

March is women's history month. In honor of this month, the Library of Congress has devoted a web site to many digital resources on this topic. If you are interested in women's history, this site is full of primary resources. Link:

Primary resources: "original sources of information on which other research is based, including documents such as poems, diaries, court records, interviews …" – IONA Libraries

Consumer Health Book Display

I hope everybody is getting ready to have a fun and relaxing spring break. If you are looking for something to read over break why not check out an item from the consumer health collection?

This collection includes items written for you (not medical students or professionals) on various health-related topics. This includes topics like stress relief, addiction information and recovery, body image, relationships, eating disorders, yoga, women's health, etc. etc! We currently have a book display that highlights a few of the items we have on this topic.

You can also browse the collection by searching the library's catalog with the subject heading Consumer Health. This will show all the items we have purchased over the past year.

If you do not see a topic you want more information on, or have a specific suggestion, please email Kathleen ( We add to this collection throughout the year, and look forward to suggestions.

Have a good and safe break! 

Pacifica Radio Archives

Recently the library was sent a really cool donation from Pacifica Radio Archives. From the Vault to the Classroom, is a 9CD set (90 hours!) of "recorded speeches, collected interviews and covered events documenting the struggle for democracy in America." 

Disc 1: From the Vault: Civil Rights
Disc 2: From the Vault: United States History
Disc 3: From the Vault: 1968 – 40th Anniversary
Disc 4: From the Vault: Arts and Literature
Disc 5: From the Vault: Women's Studies
Disc 6: From the Vault: Environment
Disc 7: The Malcolm X Collection
Disc 8: Noam Chomsky Celebration
Disc 9: Studs Terkel: The Spoken Century

For details on the contents of each disc or about their other projects, search their web site:

This item is located with the audiobooks in the A/V/Reserver Room, call number: AUDIOBOOK 384.5443 P11