“Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War” Trial


Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War

The trench journals and unit magazines of the First World War are a unique source of information on the common serviceman and woman’s experience of the war. These magazines were written by and for every type of unit from every combatant nation. As such they contain the hitherto unheard voices of hundreds of thousands of men and women writing from every facet of the conflict.

They were written and illustrated by service personnel from a huge variety of units: the infantry, artillery, air force, naval, supply and transport units, military hospitals and training depots of all combatant nations including America, Britain, Germany, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand. Although the majority of journals that have survived originate from units based on the Western Front in France and Belgium, there are also magazines from units serving on the Eastern Front, in Gallipoli, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Britain and America.

Commonly referred to as providing a voice to the unit, they are filled with what mattered most to the unit that created it. As such they served to create a sense of esprit de corps and a means of raising the spirits of the unit through humorous stories, poems, jokes and parodies. They also served to document the unit’s circumstances and experiences and so accounts and memoirs of a more individual history of the war and the unit’s part in it feature prominently in many journals. As a means of offering an outlet for literary or creative expression, the trench journals were hugely important to their contributors. The magazines contain a vast and previously unrecognised corpus of war poetry written by a multitude of hitherto unknown poets which acts as a vital counterpoint to the more established authors who emerged from the War.

This collection contains over 1,500 trench journal titles sourced from leading archives around the world including those of the Imperial War Museums and The British Library.

The trial ends August 24, 2014

To share your comments and suggestions about this database please complete the database evaluation form or contact Electronic Resources via email @ eresources@ua.edu.

Trials are available on-campus only.

Introduction to the Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence-Based Practice Database


When: Thursday, July 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering Scholars’ Station
What: The JBI Database is a collection of publications from  Australia’s Joanna Briggs Institute, one of the leading providers of evidence-based information and tools for the healthcare industry. The database contains seven different publication types–Best Practice Information Sheets,  Consumer Information Sheets, Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Systematic Review Protocols, Systematic Reviews,  and Technical Reports.
Who: Diane Campagnes, Regional Manager for Wolters Kluwer Health, will demonstrate how to perform searches, techniques for managing the results, how to save your searches, export content and more. 
If you plan to attend please contact Mangala Krishnamurthy                        @ mkrishna@ua.edu by 5:00 p.m. July 9th.

“Churchill Archive” trial

Churchill archivesChurchill Archive

Browse the complete Archive using a catalogue prepared by the archivists at the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge.

With over 70,000 entries you can locate references to individual people, subjects or events at the touch of a button.

Trial ends September 12, 2014

To share your comments and suggestions about this database please complete the database evaluation form or contact Electronic Resources via email @ eresources@ua.edu.


IMF New & Noteworthy

headerIMF eLibrary–the home to over 14,000 IMF documents, reports, and publications, and IMF data.

1IMF eLibrary

In addition to IMF content, eLibrary also comes with a number of helpful features such as easy browsing, full-text searching capabilities, and citation and sharing tools, just to name a few.

New content is added to the eLibrary on an ongoing basis. However we recently rolled out an impressive set of new tools for subscribers. See this post for more information.

2Visit us at the American Library Association Conference

IMF Publications will be exhibiting at the annual ALA conference in Las Vegas, June 26 to July 1. Stop by Booth 1526 to learn more about IMF eLibrary and new IMF publications.  You can also enter a drawing for an Amazon gift card. For a complimentary guest pass to the exhibit hall click here.

3Select IMF publications are available for free preview in the eLibrary. No subscription is necessary to browse these titles, just click here.

Mango Languages Webinar

Mango 101: Reaching Your Campus Community
Join us for a free webinar to learn best practices and helpful tips to successfully boost use and promote
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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IMF eLibrary Additions


We are pleased to announce some recent additions to the already impressive set of tools available to IMF eLibrary subscribers:


  • Annotations – users with personalized accounts can now easily annotate passages of text from IMF publications and share them with other users of the IMF eLibrary.  We envisage this tool facilitating discussion and stimulating debate on the fascinating research the IMF produces on topics such as financial crises, macroprudential policy, and inequality.
  • Microsites – the volume of content in the IMF eLibrary is vast!  To assist our users in pinpointing the most relevant information more quickly, we have put together a selection of subject and country-based microsites.  Simply click on the “Subject” and “Country” links at the top of the IMF eLibrary homepage to access curated content including publications, data, and video.
  • Suggested links – the next time you perform a search in the IMF eLibrary you may find a new feature called “Suggested links” appearing at the top of your search results.  We have made some improvements to search so the most relevant results appear first.
  • Single Sign On” (SSO) – this feature seamlessly enables navigation between IMF publications, data, and AREAER.  SSO makes it easier to create your own personalized space within the IMF eLibrary for saving searches, capturing content for use in custom book creation, and accessing the additional tools which personalization unlocks.

In the next two months we will be rolling out plenty more useful features including updated tutorial videos, improved metadata with additional country and topic information, Crossref-linked citations, related search results, and search results from other publishers such as the ILO and ADB.