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   Volume II, Issue 3
February 2006   

Spotlight on library databases: The London Times, CQ Researcher and Scopus

“The Times (London)”: Falvey Memorial Library has recently acquired access to The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985. The entire text of 200 years of the London newspaper (one million pages with more than eight million articles) is fully searchable. In addition to coverage of world events, you can view the advertisements, editorials, reviews, obituaries and even crossword puzzles (there are 16,000).

To give you an idea of the scope of history covered by The Times Digital Archive, you can find the Revolutionary Tribunal Interrogatory of Marie Antoinette, accounts of Benjamin Franklin’s death, reviews of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion," articles on the German bombing of Coventry and a record of the coronation of Elizabeth II.

The Times Digital Archives does NOT include the Sunday Times.

To search The Times Digital Archives go to the library home page to Databases by Title or to Resources By Subject, then select English or History.

Our license is for one user, so please try again if you get an “exceed user” message. We will increase our user license if usage statistics record many users being turned away.

“CQ Researcher” : Do you need brief but comprehensive information about important topics facing our country and the world, such as identity theft, avian flu threat, immigration reform or climate change? The database, CQ Researcher, can provide you with the needed information. 

CQ Researcher presents in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, with regular reports on topics in health, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the U.S. economy. Each CQ Researcher report has a common structure: overview, background, current situation, pro/con section, special focus, chronology, bibliography, contacts and possible next steps. 

A good example is the recent report on climate change, which includes charts and graphs showing that the United States produces 20.8% of world greenhouse gas emissions with 6.6 tons of carbon emissions per capita. The pro/con section includes statements for and against Congress placing caps on greenhouse gas emissions. With new technology including satellite data and better computer models, there is more scientific data about global warming, but the report includes both sides of the debate about whether these changes will be dangerous to humans and the planet. 

“Scopus” is one of the largest scientific abstract and citation databases covering over 15 thousand peer-reviewed journals in the physical and life sciences, as well as engineering, social sciences, and business and economics back to 1966. Since 1996, a list of each article’s references are included. A “basic search” allows you to combine concepts and to limit by broad category (such as engineering), dates and document type. In addition, you can narrow your list further by searching within the results. The results display includes a “cited by” number which links to the records in which the article appears as a reference. On the library home page Scopus is listed under Databases by Title and on Resources by Subject pages such as Chemistry, Biology and Engineering. 

Contributed by Louise Green and Jacqueline Mirabile.