Databases

AccessUN
Coverage:1945 to the present

Index to United Nations documents including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also includes full-text for several thousand UN documents.

If the full text is not found online, you can find it on microfiche in the Readex United Nations Collection, or check the library catalogue, to see if the library owns a print copy of the item.

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Aluka: Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa

This primary sources database provides over 180,000 pages of documents and images focusing on the liberation struggles in southern Africa, with an initial concentration on Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.  Contents include periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.  

Note:  The Library has subscribed to Struggles for Freedom, but not the African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes collection.

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America, History and Life
Coverage:1964 to the present

Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present; 450,000+ citations and abstracts from over 2000 journals; also includes book and media reviews and dissertations.

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ASSIA - Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Coverage:1987 to present

An indexing and abstracting tool covering social science and health information; over 312,000 references to articles from 650 journals in 16 different countries, including the UK and US. Coverage includes health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

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Bibliography of Native North Americans
Coverage:16th century to present

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. Bibliography of Native North Americans will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the contributions, struggles, and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.

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British Humanities Index
Coverage:1962 to present

Indexes and abstracts over 370 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Major areas of coverage include: architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, cinema, current affairs, education, economics, environment, foreign affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion and theatre.

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Business Market Research Collection
Coverage:1984 to the present

The Business Market Research Collection database contains company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from the following sources:

  • Hoover's Company Profiles - covering 40,000 global public and non-public companies including financials, competitors, officers, and more
  • OxResearch - succinct articles covering regional economic and political developments of significance from a network of 1,000 faculty members at Oxford, other leading universities, and think-tanks
  • US and Worldwide Industry & Market Reports from Barnes Reports - covering global industries in depth
  • Snapshots - market research overviews on 40+ industries and 40 countries
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Business Monitor International (via Business Premium Collection)
Coverage:2007 to current, but varies by title and by database
Note:

As of September 30, 2014, the Library no longer subscribes to the Business Monitor International database. Many of the country and industry reports produced by Business Monitor International, however, are accessible through several library databases, including: 

  • Business Premium Collectionselect Browse > Industry and Market Research Business Monitor International (BMI) Industry Reports [NOTE: Click Business Monitor International link above for direct access to BMI reports via the Business Premium Collection
  • Business Source Complete (Business Searching Interface): select Publications > Publisher tab > look up Business Monitor International 
  • LexisNexis Academic: go to the Source Directory and select Find > search for Business Monitor International and/or BMI
  • Thomson ONE: go to Screening & Analysis module > select Research > go to Contributor section on the Advanced Research screen and search for Business Monitor 

Provides country risk; industry analysis and forecasts; and company information. Contains political, economic and business overviews and forecasts for over 180 countries located in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. Also covers the following 21 industries in many of these countries.

  • Autos
  • Commercial Banking
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Defence & Security
  • Food & Drink
  • Freight Transport
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Metals
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Shipping
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Water
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Business Premium Collection (formerly ProQuest Business Collection)
Coverage:1850s to the present; varies by database

ProQuest's Premium Business Collection consists of the following suite of databases: 

The collection contains thousands of full-text scholarly journals, dissertations, conference proceedings, working papers, newspapers, trade publications, industry reports, and books. Popular titles includes the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Economist. Strong U.S. and international coverage in business and the social sciences.

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CAIRN - French-Language Ejournals
Coverage:From 2001 to present

Provides over 200 fulltext French-language journals in the disciplines of economics, law, history and geography, literature and linguistics, psychology, education, political science, sociology, and sport.

"Retrouvez sur ce site 44 697 articles parus depuis 2001 dans 161 revues de recherche et de débat. Les archives sont en accès gratuit, ainsi que les résumés, sommaires et plans d'articles, et le texte intégral de certains articles récents."

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Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to the world-wide dissemination of knowledge across a wide range of subject areas, and currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals. As well as those journals owned by the Press itself, they publish on behalf of over 100 learned and professional societies.

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Canada's Information Resource Centre
Coverage:Current

Canada's Information Resource Centre integrates the content of 7 directories into a single online Canadian resource. Provides access to over 100,000 Canadian organizations, contacts, facts and figures.  The database includes the following titles: 

  • Associations Canada
  • Canadian Almanac & Directory
  • Canadian Environmental Resource Guide
  • Financial Services Canada
  • Governments Canada
  • Major Canadian Cities Compared and Ranked
  • Career & Employment Canada 

 

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Canadian Census Analyser
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The Canadian Census Analyser is restricted to DLI sites which subscribe to CANSIM

The Canadian Census Analyser provides access to Canadian Census Data (both short and long form). It includes access to:

  • 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981 Enumeration Area level Profile Tables
  • 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1971 and 1961 Census Tract level Profile Tables
  • 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Provincial and Federal District Profile Tables
  • 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976 and 1971 individual, households, families microdata files through Berkeley's Survey Documentation & Analysis Interface (SDA)
  • 2006, 2001 and 1996 Postal code conversion data

You can tailor your output by selecting which data categories you are interested in, from the full list of categories. Output formats include html, text, spreadsheet, SAS and SPSS.

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Canadian Public Policy Collection Scholars Portal

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The organizations included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. Their publications are vital to the understanding of developing issues in every arena of Canadian public life.

In many cases, titles are also freely available on the Internet.

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Canadian Research Index
Coverage:1982 to the present

Includes publications produced by Canadian governments (federal, provincial, territorial & municipal), government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. Index to Microlog microfiche collection.  Contains over 200,000 records, including some from Statistics Canada and Canadian theses & dissertations.

 

NOTE: To view the fullt--text of an item included in the Canadian Research Index, take note of the Microlog number included in the record(s)(e.g., Microlog 104-05853). The item(s) will be located in the Microlog microfiche collection housed in MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor)(CA7MC-M31). Earlier coverage available under previous titles: ProFile Index (1973-78) Urban Canada (1977-78) and Publicat Index (1977-78).

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CBCA Reference and Current Events
Coverage:varies by title

Provides access to a wide range of Canadian periodicals, from academic titles to special interest publications to general magazines. The academic titles include the most prominent journals from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Other magazines focus on opinion, public policy, children/youth, lifestyles, arts and culture, health, regional concerns, etc.

Current events content includes Canadian newspapers, newswires, transcripts and magazines. Covers politics, business, the arts, sports, and any other kind of news, whether happening in Canada or abroad. Newspapers, newswires, newsmagazines, as well as television and radio transcripts are indexed. Full-text is available for selected titles. Provides indexing for the following Canadian newspapers:

  • Calgary Herald: Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
  • Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia): Jan. 2, 1982 to current
  • Gazette (Montreal): Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 30, 2001
  • Globe and Mail: Jan. 1, 1982 to current
  • National Post: Oct. 27, 1998 to current
  • Sunday Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia): April 26, 1998 to Dec. 30, 2001
  • Toronto Star: Jan. 1, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
  • Vancouver Sun: Jan. 2, 1982 to Dec. 31, 2001
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CIAO - Columbia International Affairs Online
Coverage:1991 to the present

A full-text database containing working papers, journals, books, policy briefs and case studies related to international affairs.

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CPI.Q - Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly
Coverage:1980 to the present; selected full text 1983 to present.

Covers about 17 million articles from over 1,500 Canadian journals, magazines and newspapers (English and French). Full-text availability for about 800 periodicals from 1983 to the present, and of selected sections of the Globe and Mail newspaper (Toronto) from 1985 to the present. Covers a broad range of subjects including current events, health, technology, the arts, history, literature, culture and business; emphasis on mainstream and academic titles available in Canadian libraries.

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Economist Intelligence Unit
Economist Intelligence Unit (Alternate Interface)
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Links to both EIU interfaces should now allow you to limit  your search results to McMaster's subscribed EIU content. When you generate a search results list, select "Your subscription" in the Refine search menu on the left.

EIU provides access to a wealth of current economic data and commentary on countries around the world. EIU is particularly useful for tracking operating conditions, commercial laws and business regulations.

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Eighteenth Century Journals, I-IV (Adam Matthew Digital)
Coverage:c1680 - 1816

Brings together rare journals printed between c1680 and 1816, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: the writings of Sir Isaac Newton; the French Revolution; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and coffee house gossip and discussion.

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EIU ViewsWire via EIU
Coverage:2004 to the present

EIU ViewsWire covers the critical aspects of global business, including business regulations; economic developments; financial markets; foreign investment; industrial trends; labor conditions; political changes; and trade policies in 201 countries. It delivers three types of business intelligence:

  • Country alerts offering briefings on key market developments around the world
  • Country views for timely assessments and forecasts of changing market country updates, consensus currency, interest and equity forecasts, country forecast and risk summaries
  • Country background covering facts and figures on local market and regulatory environments, including country fact sheets, economic indicators, trade, tax and foreign exchange regulations, and weekly interest rates.

Search or browse the content by information channel, country or date.

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Factiva
Note:

Factiva will automatically timeout after 20 minutes of browser inactivity. This default is set by the database provider and cannot be changed. To prevent unintentional logouts, make sure you click somewhere in the browser to keep your session active or save/email document(s) to read off-line.

To disconnect from Factiva, click the gear icon (i.e., the Setting/Tools/Support menu) in the upper right corner and select LOGOUT. This will allow another user to access the database immediately. 

A multi-disciplinary database that provides access to current and archived news and business information worldwide. The database contains content from more than 31,000 sources from 200 countries in 26 languages. It includes:

  • more than 2,500 newspapers, with same-day and archival coverage (e.g., Financial Times [current month embargoed], Globe and Mail, Hamilton Spectator, New York Times, Wall Street Journal )
  • more than 1,000 newswires, including more than 400 that update continuously (e.g., The Associated Press, PR Newswire)
  • television and radio transcripts along with audio and video coverage (e.g., BBC, CNN, NPR)
  • Web and blog content from thousands of business and news sites worldwide
  • more than 5,000 business and industry publications (e.g., Economist, Far Eastern Economic Review, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek)
  • over 40,000 company profiles for publicly traded companies wordwide
  • photographs from Reuters and other image sources
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First Resort (Lancaster House)
Coverage:1990s to the present
Note:

The FirstResort interface changed in September 2017.
The Library does not subscribe to the Collective Agreements in Canada module in FirstResort.

First Resort is Lancaster House's database for Canadian labour, employment, and human rights law. McMaster's Library subscription consists of the resources noted below. Search all content at once or browse specific content by selecting an item listed under the Explore First Resort heading (on the left). 

  • e-Alert Databases, 1997 to current
    Contains articles that summarize and analyse key labour and employment law decisions across Canada. The articles are organized into twenty databases (or titles), each of which covers a different area of labour and employment law. Search or browse articles and obtain access to full-text decisions.
    • Collective Bargaining
    • College and University Employment Law
    • Disability & Accommodation
    • Discharge & Discipline
    • Education Employment Law
    • Employment Standards Law
    • Federal Labour & Employment Law
    • Firefighters/Fire Services Employment Law
    • Gender, Equity and Work-Life Balance
    • Health & Safety/Workers' Compensation Law
    • Health Care Employment Law
    • Human Rights and Workplace Privacy
    • Labour Arbitration
    • Labour Board Law
    • Labour Law
    • Municipal Employment Law
    • Pension & Benefit Law
    • Police Employment Law
    • Public Service & Crown Agency Employment Law
    • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law
       
  • Headlines, 2003 to the present 
    Lancaster House Headlines cover the latest, most significant developments in labour and employment law. Concise summaries include links to full-text decisions.  
     
  • Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration Online, 2nd edition
    Includes authoritative commentary on over 2,300 arbitration awards, court judgments and tribunal decisions, with links to case summaries and analysis, as well as full texts of decisions.
     
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law eText
    Provides access to Lancaster's collection of wrongful dismissal and employment law-related eAlerts, databases and cases, supplemented by up-to-date commentary and analysis of the law. Structured in textbook format and organized by subject matter and issue.
     
  • Supreme Court Decisions,1999 to the present
    Provides updates on labour and employment law cases that are pending before, or decided by, the Supreme Court of Canada.
     
  • Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, 1993 to the present
    Provides in-depth analysis of key issues in labour and employment law. It also provides timely commentary on major legislative and case law developments.
     
  • Labour Arbritration Yearbook, [1991-2012/13]
    Each volume of the Yearbook contains articles that reflect the diverse viewpoints in the labour arbitration community. Includes contributions by leading arbitrators and by advocates for unions and management.
     
  • Directory of Arbitrators
    A listing of over 350 qualified arbitrators in Canada. Entries for each arbitrator can include qualifications, background, case experience, contact information and availability. Browse a complete A-Z listing of all arbitrators, or search by last name or jurisdiction.
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Foreign Relations of the United States (Incomplete run, 1863 - 1958)

The official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.

 

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GPO Monthly Catalog
Coverage:1976 to the present

The U.S. GPO (Government Printing Office) Monthly Catalog of Publications consists of references to 455,000+ publications that deal with all subjects of interest to the U.S. government. Covers all types of U.S. government publications, including: Congressional reports, hearings, debates and records.

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Historical Abstracts
Coverage:1955 to the present

Indexes and abstracts over 500,000 journal articles, books and dissertations. Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Over 2,000 key historical journals from every major country, and selective coverage of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers and students of history.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain) New interface
Coverage:1801-

HCPP provides a vital historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world, providing detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries.  The database includes House of Commons parliamentary papers from 1803 onwards, Hansard (Commons and Lords), Diplomatic and Consular Reports (1887-1916), and more.

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IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences)
Coverage:1951 to the present

Covers social science and interdisciplinary research; includes nearly two million bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,700 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books included each year. Abstracts are provided for half of all current journal articles and full text availability is continually increasing.

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IMF (International Monetary Fund) Data
Coverage:Varies by dataset

The IMF provides open access to four key statistical databases -  International Financial Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BPS), Government Finance Statistics (GFS) and Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT) - plus a selection of other datasets and free reports.

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International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) Click on Enter databases
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Click on Enter databases

The IMB is a multidisciplinary indexing database covering Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for the entire period from AD 300 to 1500. It aims to provide a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften) published worldwide in over 35 different languages.

 

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International Political Science Abstracts
International Political Science Abstracts (Sage)

Abstracts of articles in the field of political science published in journals (and yearbooks) all over the world. The scope of the discipline is that of the major political science journals.

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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JSTOR
Coverage:Does not include the most recent 3-5 years for most titles
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McMaster does not have access to the Irish collection, Business III, or JSTOR's e-books.

JSTOR provides access to a digital archive of journals in the areas of Arts, Business, Economics, and Sciences. JSTOR includes the entire runs of these journals, from the very first issue to the volumes published a few years ago. With a small number of exceptions - the "Current Scholarship" titles - JSTOR is a backfile collection and excludes the most recent issues (as part of the terms of the agreement with the journal publishers).

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LexisNexis Academic
Coverage:Coverage by date varies by publication. Some sources date back as far as the 1970s, but the majority of sources are indexed from the early 1990's to the present.
Note:
  • The default Academic Search on the home page does not search all content in LexisNexis. It searches a selection of newspapers (U.S. & international), law reviews, company profiles and U.S. federal & state cases. For a more comprehensive and/or precise search, click Search by Subject or Topic (just above the Academic Search box) and select from the resulting menu of sources/categories (e.g., All News). Once a category has been selected from the menu, click Advanced Options (appearing below the search box) to refine your search by date, segment, publication, source type, etc. (e.g., All News (English)).
  • When entering search terms in LexisNexis, try using an ! exclamation mark to replace endings (one or more letters, unlimited) and an * asterisk to replace one letter (or none).

LexisNexis provides access to over 5,000 sources covering a wide range of subject areas. Select SEARCH BY SUBJECT OR TOPIC (near the Academic Search box) to search the following categories: 

  • NEWS: Over 350 full text newspapers, including the Financial Times (back to 1982), the New York Times (back to 1980), the Observer (back to 1990), the Times / Sunday Times (back to 1985), the Hamilton Spectator (back to Oct. 7, 1991), Canada NewsWire (back to 1992), the Globe & Mail (back to 1977) and the Toronto Star (back to 1985).
  • LEGAL (U.S.): Includes federal & state cases, statutes, regulations, patents and other legal materials from the United States. 
  • INTERNATIONAL LEGAL:  Includes legal materials from Canada, the European Union, and other countries. 
  • COMPANIES: Includes public & private U.S., Canadian and international company profiles and industry reports. 
  • PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS: Includes biographical, consumer and country information.  

Use the SOURCE DIRECTORY (top of screen) to find or browse for titles within LexisNexis by name, publication type and/or topic. Once a source is located, click on the i icon to view coverage details.

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LGBT Life with Fulltext

LGBT Life provides indexing and abstracts for more than 190 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-specific core periodicals, with fulltext for 120  of the most important and historically significant journals, magazines and regional newspapers. In addition, it contains more than 330 LGBT-specific core books and reference works, grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc. and a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing over 6,400 terms. Disciplines covered by LGBT Life include civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology and more.

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Libris Canadiana
Coverage:1867 to 1978, coverage varies by title
The Libris database provides word, title, author and subject access to material published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine.
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NBER Working Papers - National Bureau of Economic Research

Contains the full text of working papers from the National Bureau of Economics Research.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) - Parts I-IV

Nineteenth Century Collections Online provides full-text, fully searchable content from a wide range of primary sources. Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.

McMaster currently has access to four collections:

Part I: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features a range of primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. Documents include government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more, offering a detailed look at the inner workings of international relations.

Part II: British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to the political climate in Great Britain during the “long” nineteenth century.

Part III: British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, were sourced from the British Library and other renowned institutions, and curated by experts in British arts history.

Part IV: European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. The collection is sourced from the remarkable library of Victor Amadeus, whose Castle Corvey collection was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the late 1970s. The Corvey Collection comprises one of the most important collections of Romantic era writing in existence anywhere – including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more – with a focus on especially difficult-to-find works by lesser-known, historically neglected writers.

 

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North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories
Coverage:1840 to present

Contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives provide a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, and in selected cases, the actual audio voices of the immigrants.

Time period: 1840 to the present, focusing heavily on the period from 1920 to 1980.

Scope: People from many countries are represented, including more recent waves of immigrants from Latin America and Asia; includes several thousand pages of Ellis Island Oral History interviews.

Disciplines: Labour historians will benefit from details describing work in restaurants, meat packing plants, mines, railroads, and factories. Sociologists will find lengthy passages describing immigrant schooling, social life, domestic life, and community rituals. Students of literature will find descriptions of the events that inspired Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser.

Content: Provides perspectives both on North America and on the immigrants

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OECD iLibrary
Coverage:McMaster does not subscribe to the IEA Statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) online library of books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data covering a wide range of subjects including agriculture & food, development, economics, education, employment, energy, environment, finance & investment, governance, industry & services,  social issues, migration & health, taxation and transport.  Search by keyword(s) or browse by theme or by country name.

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OECD iLibrary - Statistics
Coverage:1998 to the present
Some databases provide data as far back as 1960.

The OECD iLibrary is the full-text online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. McMaster University Libraries subscribe to all three components of the iLibrary - Books, Periodicals and Statistics. Contains international publications and statistics on a wide variety of subjects including agriculture, business, development, economics, education, employment, finance, investment, migration, science, technology, telecommunications and trade. The statistical databases allow you to build your own tables and have them exported to Excel, Beyond 20/20 and other formats.

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Open CRS
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is part of the legislative branch of the federal government. CRS, which is a department of the Library of Congress, works exclusively as a nonpartisan analytical, research, and reference arm for Congress. The CRS mission is to support an informed national legislature.
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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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Penn World Tables via University of Toronto
Penn World Tables via University of Pennsylvania
Coverage:1950 to 2007

Provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for over 180 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2007. The European Union or the OECD provide more detailed purchasing power and real product estimates for their countries and the World Bank makes current price estimates for most Penn World Table countries at the GDP level.

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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
  • ebrary e-books
  • 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
  • Physical Education Index
  • PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress‎
  • Political Science Database 
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (A & I; UK & Ireland)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (Globe & Mail; The New York Times; Washington Post; Wall Street Journal)
  • ProQuest Sociology Collection
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Sociology Database
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
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ProQuest Political Science

Allows combined searching of the PAIS and Worldwide Political Science databases, indexing thousands of journals, books, and conference proceedings, plus direct fulltext for over 400 journals.  This source covers the literature of political science and international relations, including such topics as comparative politics, political economy, international development, environmental policy, and more.

Contents include:

  • Full-text access to highly cited journals such as Acta Politica, American Political Science Review, and Journal of Politics
  • ProQuest Dissertations in political science subjects, from 2004-2009
  • Political Science Research Network working papers from 2010 to current
  • More than 700 Oxford Analytica country profiles, from 2008 to current
  • Over 660,000 full-text articles available to search

 

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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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SHAFR Guide Online: An Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Foreign Relations since 1600

The SHAFR Guide is an annotated bibliography of historical work covering the entire span of U.S. foreign relations. Its thirty chapters cover all eras in U.S. history from colonial days onwards. The online edition also includes four new thematic chapters—on economic issues; non-governmental actors; domestic issues, the Congress, and public opinion; and race, gender, and culture. Entries are drawn from many sources, from collections of government documents to biographies, monographs, book chapters, journal articles, web sites, and more.

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Social Sciences Abstracts
Coverage:1983 to present; abstracts from 1994 to present

Searchable abstracts of 750,000+ articles from more than 518 English-language periodicals in both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, with 47,000+ new records added annually. Subjects include anthropology, criminology, economics, law, geography, policy studies, psychology, sociology, social work, and urban studies.

 
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