Food Studies online gives access to works that explain how food shapes and defines people’s lives with the help of educated philosophers, historians, scientists, sociologists, artists, anthropologists, activists, physicists, psychologists, chefs, and other researchers.  There is a wide variety of texts such as cookbooks, recipes, posters, videos of documentaries, and interviews to be explored.

Featured Content Includes:

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20th Century Ephemera Collection:

  • Food Labels
  • Food Advertisements
  • Recipe Books (Jell-O, Quaker Oats, Kellogg, and more)

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Archival Photographs:

  • Historical farming pictures
  • Women farmers during wartime
  • Worldwide farming practices

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Discovery Menu Collection:

  • Access to menus from New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library
  • Over 23,000 online menus available

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Listen to jazz from all over the world with Naxos Music Library Jazz. Choose from any of the  32,000 plus artists’ recordings available and check back weekly for new           albums.



Gain insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language        Chinese historical newspapers in ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers Chinese Newspapers Collection. Included are critical perspectives on the ending of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer       Rebellion and the events leading up to the1911 Xinhai Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China. In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable          access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history.

This unique collection is cross-searchable with all ProQuest                historical and current newspapers, as well as with other resources  the libraries subscribe to from ProQuest .


Curriculum Focus:

  • Anthropology
  • Asian/Chinese/Japan Studies
  • Colonial Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Titles included are:

  • North China Herald (1850-1941)
  • Canton Times (1919-1920)
  • China Critic (1939-1946)
  • The China Press (1925-1938)
  • China Weekly Review (1917-1953)
  • Chinese Recorder (1868-1940)
  • Chinese Repository (1832-1851)
  • Peking Daily News (1914-1917)
  • Peking Gazette (1915-1917)
  • Peking Leader (1918-1919
  • Shanghai Gazette (1919-1921)
  • Shanghai Times (1914-1921)


Upcoming enhancements to ProQuest


ProQuest is enhancing numerous products that touch the research lifecycle—from point of funding through discovery, accessibility and management—empowering users to reach new levels of research productivity and enabling libraries to more effectively showcase their assets.

The product upgrades webpage contains the up-to-date, detailed      information that you need on the upcoming enhancements to these research essentials.

From there you can:

  • Identify upgrades to the products and services your library uses
  • Learn about ProQuest’s recommended preparations to ensure smooth transitions
  • Ask questions and get answers from the experts

See what’s coming up with ProQuest and stay ahead of the game!

Scopus and IE8


Based on Microsoft’s announcement to only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as of October 1, 2015.

Scopus strongly encourages their customers and users to also follow the directive by updating to more recent versions of IE or by using other supported browsers.

By removing IE8 from the support list, they will be able to provide the following future enhancements:

  • Remove current IE8 security issues
  • Enhance existing security measures across all browsers
  • Add support for new browser technologies
  • Add responsive design to aid use of Scopus across devices
  • Improve accessibility to better enable access to people with          diverse abilities


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.

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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.

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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:

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    • eLibrary (all editions)
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    • ProQuest Obituaries
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  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
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