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Russian news coverage in translation now available via FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: February 27, 2009
  • Filed Under: History

Readex just released part 7 (Soviet Union and Central Eurasia) of the Foreign Broadcast Information Services Daily Reports, 1974-1996. Villanova faculty and students now have online access to 3,693 daily news reports from the Soviet Union, Russia, and Central Eurasia which consist of a total of 734,171 Russian newspaper and broadcast items in English translation. Below are two interesting TASS news reports released two days after the Chernobyl disaster. FBIS Daily Reports make Soviet news coverage accessible to non-Russian speakers.



Also recently released were 4,014 daily news reports from Eastern Europe comprising 603,680 articles.

Daily news report from Western Europe will be released this summer. The link to the Daily Reports of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service can be found on the Library’s Databases by Title list.


Magnum Photos Added to ARTstor

  • Posted by: Jutta Seibert
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2009
  • Filed Under: Art History, History

ARTstor has added 73,000 photographs from Magnum Photos, with another 7,000 to be added later. This new collection will provide access to high quality photographs taken from the late 1930s on, “covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics, news events, disasters and conflict …” and reflecting the interests of the individual photographers as well as recording defining moments of contemporary history. These images can be used in a variety of disciplines: the arts, humanities, social sciences and others.
Magnum Photos was founded as a cooperative in 1947 by four photographers, among whom were Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, and Magnum still exists today, now owned by 80 photographers. Magnum photographers covered events such as the Spanish Civil War and World War II; they photographed in African, India, the Far East, behind the Iron Curtain, and in the United States.

For more information click here.


ICPSR Webinar: Analyze Data Online on Demand – an Introduction to SDA!

Time: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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SDA is an online (Web-based) data analysis tool developed at UC Berkeley and offered on select studies by ICPSR. The webinar will introduce you to the tool, show you how to locate studies that have this option, and demonstrate how to use it.
For more information on SDA click here.
To register for the webinar click here.

ICPSR data sets with SDA data analysis capabilities include:
Juvenile Court Statistics
Annual Survey of Jails: Jurisdiction-Level Data
National Election Studies
American Time Use Survey
Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1989
For a complete list of all 486 data sets click here.


The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (trial until 3/5/2009)

Gerritsen journal title page The Library is currently running a trial of The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H Jacobs. The trial will last until March 5, 2009. Log-in with your Villanova user id and password and enter welcome on the Proquest log-in screen. Please take a look and let us know what you think.

The Gerritsen Collection is currently housed in the Spencer Library at the University of Kansas and was until recently only in microfilm available to the wider public. The collection consists of more than 4,700 books, pamphlets and periodicals. The materials span four centuries, from 1543 to 1945 and 15 languages.

In the late 1800’s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world. For a more detailed description, see “The Gerritsen Collection.” by Janet Sharistanian et al. in Feminist Studies, vol. 3, no. 3/4 (spring-summer 1976), pp. 200-206.



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