What’s New

New databases have been added to the Databases page on the UA       Libraries website this summer. Here’s a sampling. Check them out!


Krokodil Digital Archive

Krokodil was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. Founded in 1922, it was first published as a supplement for Rabochaia gazeta.

Published continuously until 2008, Krokodil was at one time the most popular newspaper for humorous stories and satire, with a         circulation reaching 6.5 million copies. Krokodil lampooned religion, alcoholism, foreign political figures and events. It ridiculed                  bureaucracy and excessive centralized control. The caricatures found in Krokodil can be studied as a gauge of the ‘correct party line’ of the time. During the height of the Cold War, cartoons criticizing Uncle Sam, Pentagon, Western colonialism and German militarism were common in the pages of Krokodil.

Krokodil №1        Krokodil №42-43      Krokodil №45     Krokodil №48

MusicalTheaterMusical Theater Songs enables users to search for songs suitable for voice and character types, as well as by composer, lyricist, song and show title, as well as tempo, mood, key, and voice range. Drawing from over 150 years of musical theater repertoire, users can find songs for auditions, performances, or for study. The interface links user title lists to various sites for users to buy, rent, trade or         download the sheet music and recordings (where available).                Additionally, the database provides a link to Worldcat so that users can have the information to obtain scores/recordings/sheet music when available directly through the University of Alabama Libraries.

logo_smallFlipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that provides a platform for users to read popular magazines on a computer or mobile device. Features include downloading for offline use, the ability to organize        magazines by date or title, searching for titles by keyword, and browsing by category, latest issues and via table of contents and page thumbnails.
NOTE: The Flipster app requires iOS 7 or higher, and Android 4.2 or higher.










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We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961

A civil rights group’s mission – and the FBI’s coverage of it – provide a perspective into American politics and society.


To test President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to civil rights, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) proposed a Journey of Reconciliation. The “Freedom Ride” had an interracial group boarding buses        destined for the South. At rest stops, whites would go into blacks-only areas and vice versa. “I think all of us were prepared for as much violence as could be thrown at us,” said CORE director James Farmer. “We were prepared for the possibility of death.”

Integration of Alabama Schools and the U.S. Military, 1963

The dramatic confrontation between the governor of Alabama and the president of the United States in June 1963 resulted in the             federalization of the entire Alabama National Guard. The imposition integrationALof federal law allowed two black students        admission into the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. This archive details Operation Oak Tree, the codename for the Army’s plans to          intervene in Alabama in the event of civil             disturbances related to school integration in May 1963. Operation Palm Tree extended the operation over a wider area. The documents in this collection are sourced from the Records of the Department of the Army, in the custody of the National Archives of the United States.


Oliveira LimaThis collection of pamphlets from the personal library of Brazilian diplomat, historian, and journalist Manoel de Oliveira Lima covers a wide range of topics: colonialism, the Brazilian independence period, slavery and abolition, the Catholic Church, indigenous peoples,         immigration, ecology, agriculture, economic development, medicine and public health, international relations, and Brazilian and              Portuguese literature. The works are primarily in Portuguese.

Several vertical shots merged into a huge, ultra sharp panorama. Sugar Loaf mountain, Botafogo beach and Guanabara bay. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Ad$pender is a tool that allows you to view a top-level
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It monitors advertising expenditures and
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media and allows you to break down information by
category, parent, company, subsidiary and brand.

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Elsevier Scheduled Maintenance


Scheduled Service interruption for                            Elsevier Research Platforms,
Research Intelligence and R&D Solutions on August 1


On Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms will be                unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 6:oo P.M. EDT.

The platforms and solutions involved are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including      Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will be displaying a warning to users of this scheduled downtime, and during downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

Now available on the databases page

Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online is a comprehensive online reference resource which covers the fundamentals and applications of statistics in all fields where it is widely used.

Wiley StatsRef is aimed at advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, teachers of statistics, and for experienced researchers entering a new part of the field for the first time.

  • Comprises over 6,000 articles from across the breadth of Wiley’s extensive reference resources in statistics – equivalent to over 30 volumes in print
  • Over 30,000 new cross-references and related article links added to greatly enhance the user experience by providing easy access to increased context and background
  • Browse by article or topic
  • Fully searchable
  • Regularly updated with new and revised content
  • New bespoke taxonomy created for a more intuitive and efficient user experience
  • The new structure and article enhancements create a genuinely stand alone, self-contained work covering all aspects of the             subject in a single product

Articles in Wiley StatsRef have been carefully selected from the          following eight products in Wiley’s existing online reference work portfolio, with thousands of new cross-references and links to            related articles added to hugely enhance discoverability and ease of navigation:

  • Encyclopedia of Actuarial Science
  • Encyclopedia of Biostatistics
  • Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials
  • Encyclopedia of Environmetrics
  • Encyclopedia of Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment
  • Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences
  • Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science
  • Encyclopedia of Statistics in Quality and Reliability

ProQuest Maintenance


On Saturday, August 8, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems            infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall                  reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for 8 hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage                explaining the scheduled maintenance:

  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
    • CultureGrams
    • eLibrary (all editions)
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Obituaries
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • SIRS (all editions)
  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
  • Reference management/Research support tools
    • RefWorks
    • COS Funding Opportunities
    • COS Scholar Universe
  • Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
    • Books in Print®
    • LibraryThing for Libraries™
    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™
    • Resources for College Libraries
  • Bowker
    • TitlePage
    • SAN (Standard Address Number)

Wiley Online Introduces New Security Measure

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Wiley has introduced a new security feature for access to articles through Wiley Online Library. This is in order to prevent systematic downloads of content and also to thwart hackers from creating other security risks for both library and vendor.

You may have encountered CAPTCHA challenge (see graphic below) after completing a poll, leaving a blog comment, or purchasing tickets from a website. This is a speed bump to deter bot traffic, by creating tests only humans can pass. If you are interested in additional             information regarding CAPTCHA, feel free to visit their website at www.captcha.net.

Wiley’s new practice will require a user downloading more than twenty-five articles in an active user session to complete a CAPTCHA challenge, like this one:


Once the user enters the CAPTCHA information, the download          request completes and the user is cleared to continue downloading in increments of twenty-five, up to one hundred in a twenty-four hour period.

Again, the only patrons affected will be those who try to access more than twenty five articles per session. Upon successful completion of the CAPTCHA test, they will be granted all the access to the content they wish.

EBSCO eBooks


EBSCO Makes Reading an eBook Easier!

EBSCO’s updated online eBook viewer supports reading on desktop or laptop computers and tablet devices. Our reader is browser-based, so there’s no need to download special software or hardware; users simply search, click and immediately start reading.


Key Features:

  • Access anytime, anywhere – available for iOS and Android devices
  • Support for scrolling through the entire eBook to find relevant         information
  • Updated handling to display PDF content without plug-ins or         adjustments to browser settings
  • Support for researchers’ needs with cite, note, export and               dictionary tools
  • Print, email, and save tools enable patrons to take chapters or pages directly from the viewer
  • Quickly download the entire eBook for further reading offline
  • A growing number of titles available in both PDF and EPUB             formats, providing choices for users

The new viewer will be available in the next few months and all         EBSCO eBooks customers will receive the updated viewer when it is released.

Visit www.ebscoebooks.com for more information.

Gale June Webinars


Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

View the calendar and register for a free webinar      today!

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Artemis Literary Sources

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June 2, 2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m. (ET)
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Biography in Context

Discover how Biography in Context can enhance assignments (and improve outcomes) through multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that shaped their lives.
June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
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Business Insights: Essentials

This sophisticated resource combines authoritative information and statistical data with analytical tools to expand academic theories into real-world applications. See how the improved, intuitive interface and powerful technology will revolutionize business research.
June 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Customizing Your Gale Virtual Reference Library Collection

Attract more attention to GVRL titles tied to curriculum
and engage students and researchers with the resources they need. The Subcollections Manager lets you easily build a customized library of eBooks to link on your library or course website.
June 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
June 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


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Gale Admin Tool

More easily manage your online resources by
customizing product preferences, setting up third-party links, configuring and managing custom database and eBook collections, and viewing usage reports.
June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
June 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Gale Usage Website

Step-by-step instructions show you the path to fast, flexible access to usage statistics. See how to create customized reports for future use, discover ways to produce and manage immediate reports, or schedule
your reports to be sent on a recurring basis.
June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
June 22, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database”! See
what made GVRL the readers’ choice: more than
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June 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
June 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way to develop critical-thinking skills.
June 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)


PowerSearch & InfoTrac                      Collections

Boost usage with Gale’s proprietary InterLink
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June 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)