New Databases at WU Libraries

The WU Libraries have purchased two new full-text databases from Gale: American Fiction, 1774-1920 and  Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library. Both databases offer multiple search, download, and print options.

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American Fiction, 1774-1920 encompasses prose fiction written by Americans from colonial times to the early twentieth century. Titles to the year 1900 include nearly all of the works found in Lyle H. Wright’s three-volume American Fiction: A Contribution Toward a Bibliography, which is widely considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult prose fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection includes novels, short stories, fictitious biographies, allegories, and tract-like tales typifying the development of American literature in a changing culture. Titles published between 1901 and 1920, sourced from the Library of Congress Shelf List of American Adult Fiction, will be released to the collection by July 2016. The period 1911-1920 is built on the Geoffrey D. Smith bibliography, which is sourced from the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction at The Ohio State University Libraries. When completed, the archive will consist of about 17,750 titles, or 4.7 million fully searchable pages. For more information, watch this introductory video.

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Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library (1475-1900) is the first full-text searchable digital library of early printed books in Arabic script. Covering religious literature, law, science, mathematics, astrology, alchemy, medicine, geography, travel, history, chronicles, and literature, and including European translations of Arabic works and Arabic translations of European books, it exemplifies the long exchange of ideas and learning between Europe and the Arabic-speaking world. For more information on the database, check out this introductory video.

Questions about the new databases can be answered by Brian Vetruba (bvetruba@wustl.edu ; 5-4824; IM/chat ; Olin, rm. 124).

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