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Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3). The OED is currently being revised, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition by the year 2010. Draft material from the revision programme will also be published online, representing the latest progress towards the new edition. Results from searches of the Dictionary text are therefore presented in two sets, one consisting of Second Edition results (including results from the Additions volumes) and the other consisting of New (Third) Edition results. Occasionally, new material is presented for an entry that has not yet been fully revised. This can be in the form of a new meaning of an existing word, a new compound or phrase involving an existing word, and so on. In such cases, the new material appears as a partial entry in the New Edition, introduced by the sentence

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PAIS International
Coverage:PAIS Archive: 1915-1976; PAIS: 1972 to present

An index to the literature of public affairs, covering topical public and social issues and the making and evaluating of public policy. Contains references to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Now includes access to PAIS Archive, a retrospective database which provides a historical perspective on many of the 20th century's public and social policies. Contains more than 850,000 references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics, covering the years 1915-1976.

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Papers Past

Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over 300,000 pages from 20 publications. Papers Past has been created as part of the digital collections of the National Library of New Zealand. The aim of these collections is to present more of New Zealand's heritage online. Click on Maori in the navigation bar on any page of Papers Past to browse the site in Maori.

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PapersFirst
Coverage:1993 to the present

An index to papers presented at worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses, and symposia received at the British Library Document Supply Centre.

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Periodicals Archive Online: PAO, Collections 1-6
Coverage:v. 1 to 1995, for most titles

Periodicals Archive Online is a major online periodical archive that makes the backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically.  Currently, PAO contains over 500 journals from their first issue up to 1995, representing over 1.9 million articles.  McMaster's subscription includes PAO collections 1-6.

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ProceedingsFirst
Coverage:1993 to the present

An index of conference publications from worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses, and symposia. Provides an overview of the event's activities by listing the papers presented.

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Project MUSE
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McMaster has access to all journals in the Project MUSE Premier collection.

A collection of over 380 fulltext scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Individual journal titles are accessible through the e-journal A-Z and the library catalogue.

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ProQuest Databases
Coverage:Varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 30 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects.

For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly websites and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text. 

The following databases are included on the ProQuest platform:

  • ABI/INFORM Collection (Dateline, Global, Trade & Industry)
  • Accounting, Tax & Banking Collection
  • Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • Asian & European Business Collection
  • BHI: British Humanities Index (or Humanities Index)
  • Business Market Research Collection
  • Business Premium Collection
  • Canadian Research Index
  • CBCA Reference and Current Events
  • Dissertations & Theses @ McMaster University
  • Entrepreneurship Database
  • ERIC
  • Humanities Index
  • Index Islamicus
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • J.P. Morgan Research
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Nursing & Allied Health Database
  • PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) Index
  • Periodicals Archive Online‎ 
  • Philosopher's Index
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress‎
  • Political Science Database 
  • ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: Recent (New York Times; Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (A & I; UK & Ireland)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Globe & Mail; New York Times; Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Sociology Database
  • Women's Magazine Archive
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
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ProQuest Digital Microfilm
Coverage:2010 to 3 months ago, but varies by title
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It can take up to 3 months for the most recent issues of a newspaper  to become available in this format.

Browse full-image issues of the following newspapers:

  • Montreal Gazette, January 1, 2011 to 3 months ago
  • National Post, January 1, 2011 to 3 months ago
  • Toronto Star, January 1, 2010 to 3 months ago
  • Vancouver Sun, January 1, 2011 to 3 months ago

Once connected, select the desired newspaper title, then choose the year, month, day and page from the drop down lists to view a page of a specific issue. Keyword searching is not supported. To search within and across these (and other) newspaper titles, try news databases like Factiva  LexisNexis, and ProQuest News and Newspapers.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
Coverage:1639 to the present

Indexes over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses completed at accredited North American and selected European colleges and universities. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350 word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150 word abstracts. Includes full-text access to many McMaster theses (send an email to request one). For other institutions, 24 page previews are available. In most cases, this will be graduate works published since 1997.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland original interface
Coverage:1716 to the present

A comprehensive listing, with abstracts, of doctorate and masters theses accepted by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. 

 

 

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ProQuest News & Newspapers
Coverage:1840s to current, but date varies by publication; most recent issues are not included

Simultaneously search the following four newspapers:

  • The Globe and Mail, 1844 to 4 years ago
  • The New York Times, 1851 to 3 months ago
  • The Wall Street Journal, 1889 to 3 months ago 
  • The Washington Post, 1877 to 3 months ago
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SAGE Research Methods (SRMO)

Contains information on the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences, pulled from over 750 handbooks, encyclopedias, and journal articles. Supports researchers in every step of a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings.

Includes

  • Fulltext e-books
  • Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries
  • “Little Green Books” (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)
  • “Little Blue Books” (Qualitative Methods in Social Science)
  • short videos
  • Methods Map - a visualization tool showing the relationships between methods

 

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Statista

Statista includes over 1,500,000 statistics on over 80,000 topics from more than 18,000 sources. It also contains market forecasts, dossiers, industry reports, infographics, digital market outlooks and consumer market outlooks. Statistics can be downloaded directly in PNG, PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint formats.

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Study in the Commonwealth
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Access requires registration. All current faculty, staff and students of McMaster are eligible for ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities) member access. To register for a password, click on the Are you an ACU member and do not have a password? link at the bottom left of the page. You will be brought to a Create Password screen where you must enter your McMaster email address. A password will be emailed to you.

Study in the Commonwealth database lets you find out:
• what you can study, at what levels, and at which universities in the Commonwealth
• whether you are eligible for any of the awards, scholarships or fellowships which are administered or offered by the ACU (Association of Commonwealth Universities)
• what it's like to study in different parts of the Commonwealth

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Times (London) Digital Archive, Sunday Times, TLS Times, 1785-2012
Times (London) Digital Archive, Sunday Times, TLS Sunday Times, 1822-2006
Times (London) Digital Archive, Sunday Times, TLS TLS, 1902-2013
Coverage:1785 to 2013
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Maximum concurrent users: 2

Provides full page and article images with searchable full text of cover-to cover issues of the Times of London including illustrations, birth notices, obituaries, classifieds, editorials, book reviews, and more.

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Toronto Star
Coverage:January 1, 2010 to current

Browse issues (images) of the Toronto Star from January 1, 2010 to the present.

Other full text access to the Toronto Star:

  • Toronto Star (plain-text) via Factiva: January 1, 1986 to present
  • Toronto Star (plain-text) via LexisNexis: September 3, 1985 to present
  • Toronto Star (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; 1841 to present
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U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Contains information about almost 2 million physical features and populated places in the United States. The database is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographical Names. A search will retu feature type, elevation, estimated population, county and latitude/longitude. Can delimit search by feature type, population range, elevation or map name. Can display location on a national map, and also identify the local watershed. Includes links to other name sources for foreign (non-US) countries and Antarctica.

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Vancouver Sun
Coverage:January 1, 2011 to current

Browse issues (images) of the Vancouver Sun from January 1, 2011 to the present.

Other full text access to the Vancouver Sun:

  • Vancouver Sun (plain-text) via Factiva: December 1, 2001 to present
  • Vancouver Sun (plain-text) via LexisNexis: July 2, 1991 to present
  • Vancourver Sun (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; February 12, 1912 to present
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Wall Street Journal (ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: Recent) January 1, 2008 to 3 months ago
Wall Street Journal (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) July 8, 1889 to 17 years ago
Coverage:1889 to 3 months ago

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
 

Other Library subscriptions with full text access to the Wall Street Journal:

  • Wall Street Journal (plain-text) via Factiva: June 13, 1979 to the present
  • Wall Street Journal (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; January 4, 1960 to the present 
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Washington Post (ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: Recent) January 1, 2008 to 3 months ago
Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) December 6, 1877 to 17 years ago
Coverage:1877 to 3 months ago

Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Other Library subscriptions with full text access to the Washington Post:

  • Washington Post (plain-text) via LexisNexis: January 1, 1977 to the present
  • Washington Post (plain-text) via Factiva: January 1, 1984 to the present
  • Washington Post (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; 1969 to the present
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
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The number of concurrent accesses is limited.

America's premier lexicographical work, the 1993 edition is published here in electronic form for the first time. A dictionary of the English language containing 450,000 vocabulary entries.

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Who's Who in International Development

A comprehensive directory of Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) members - non-profit organizations working in Canada and overseas to end global poverty.

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World Newspaper Archive
Coverage:1800 to 1922; varies by title

Provides three collections of nineteenth and early twentieth-century  newspapers from Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.  This primary sources collection facilitates the study of regional history, including colonialization.

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WorldCat (McMaster only)
WorldCat Open WorldCat

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalogue, merging the holdings of over 72,000 institutions worldwide. The database includes books, journals, maps, recordings, films, scores, and other materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. McMaster's holdings will be listed first. Items not in our library can be requested via RACER (interlibrary loans).

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WorldImages

The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage, and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into more than 800 portfolios which are then organized into subject groupings. A Flash player plug-in allows you to view many of the images in large size and high resolution.

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