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Mergers and Acquisitions
Coverage:1994 to current
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Daily updated information on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving Canadian companies.
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The MEROPS database provides a catalogue and structure-based classification of proteases (termed "peptidases" within the database), together with a wealth of additional information about them.

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Methods in Organic Synthesis. --

Methods in Organic Synthesis (MOS) is an alerting service covering the most important current developments in organic synthesis. It is designed with the synthetic organic chemist in mind, providing informative reaction schemes and covering new reactions and new methods.

The information is available in a printed publication containing around 200 new reaction schemes each month, as a text-searchable web database, and as a structure searchable database (via Accelrys Ltd).

The service covers such topics as:
  • New reactions and reagents
  • Functional group changes
  • The introduction of chiral centres
  • Enzyme and biological transformations    

Items are selected for inclusion in MOS only where there is detail of novel or interesting features in organic synthetic methods, so that there are no routine preparations to plough through.

Each MOS item includes reaction schemes, title and bibliographic details, and the items are categorised by five indexes: Author, Product, Reaction, Reactant and Reagent.

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MIT CogNet

A growing, searchable collection of books, journals, reference works, OpenCourseWare links and an archive of materials from brain science conferences. Content and resources are provided by The MIT Press and other publishers, professional associations, institutions, and individuals who are willing to share public access to online work. New materials are added on a regular basis, and these additions are announced in the CogNet News service.

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MLA Directory of Periodicals

Contains all information available on journals and series on the Bibliography's Master List. Includes any regularly-published journal available to libraries or universities that prints articles on language, literature, or folklore, regardless of the frequency of the series. The Directory lists over 3700 journals and book series.

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MLA International Bibliography
Coverage:1926 to the present

Includes over 2 million citations covering literature, language, film, linguistics and folklore. Provides access to scholarly articles in over 4,400 journals; also covers relevant books, dissertations, working papers, proceedings and bibliographies. The database also has an identifiable subset of more than 77,000 records that constitute the JSTOR subfile. This consists of citation records for documents in JSTOR's Language and Literature Collection. The documents date back as far as 1881 and contain direct links to the full-text articles on the JSTOR website.

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Montreal Gazette
Coverage:January 1, 2011 to current

Browse issues (images) of the Montreal Gazette from January 1, 2011 to the present.

Other full text access to the Montreal Gazette:

  • Montreal Gazette (plain-text) via Factiva: December 1, 2001 to present
  • Montreal Gazette (plain-text) via LexisNexis: July 2, 1991 to present
  • Montreal Gazette (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; 1839 to present
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Music Index
Coverage:1979 - present

Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature from 1952 to present. Formerly The Music Index Online, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 470 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.

Topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music are thoroughly categorized and organized according to the framework of an internal Subject List which includes both Geographical and Subject Headings. The thoroughness of indexing and subject heading research, along with comprehensive coverage of the music field, makes Music Index an invaluable resource for both the novice scholar and the experienced academician.


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National Bibliography of Indian Literature (MBIL)

A compilation of works of literary merit, and important and significant books on philosophy, Religious Studies, History and other aspects of the Humanities The Bibliography covers the period from 1901-1953.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection.   Sources include U.S. and international publications, federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research. The NCJRS Abstracts Database excludes most legal decisions, opinions, and statutes.

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National Post
Coverage:January 1, 2011 to present

Browse issues (images) of the National Post from January 1, 2011 to the present.

Other full text access to the National Post:

  • National Post (plain-text) via Factiva: December 1, 2001 to present
  • National Post/Financial Post (plain-text) via LexisNexis: January 12, 1985 to present
  • National Post/Financial Post (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; January  1918 to present
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National Research Council of Canada Publications Archive

A searchable online repository of NRC-IRC's large collection of publications, papers and reports issued since its founding in 1947, with fulltext access to over 12,000 fulltext reports.

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Naxos Music Library

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Naxos provides an online collection of recorded classical, jazz and world music delivered via streaming audio. Also includes CD covers, track listings, liner notes, composer biographical information, opera synopses and libretti.

Among the labels whose catalogs are included in the service are leading independent classical labels such as BIS, Chandos, CPO, Haenssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Vanguard Classics, VOX, and Naxos. World music content is provided by ARC, Celestial Harmonies and others; and there is also jazz, film music, nostalgia, classic and contemporary rock content.

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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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A Canadian labour relations database with a search and retrieval component providing:

  • Access to full collective agreement contract language
  • Settlement reports containing the highlights of important benefit changes including wage adjustments in recently signed collective agreements
  • Customized data searches
  • The latest information available (updated daily)
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New Issues
Coverage:January 1, 1993 to current
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Provides information on public offerings by Canadian companies, governments and agencies. Users can query the database by using criteria including type of offerings, security type, market, currency, exchange, status, accountants, lawyers, underwriters and date range. Updated daily.
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New Pauly Online

This encyclopedia of the ancient world is intended as an aid to the study of Greek and Roman culture and its multifaceted influence on European and world history.

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New Testament Abstracts
More than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts related to the New Testament and its historical milieu. Each year an additional 2,100 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are added. In addition, approximately 800 current books are also summarized annually. Article coverage in the database dates back to 1985. New Testament Abstracts Online is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
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New York Times (ProQuest) Sept 18,1851 to 4 years ago
New York Times (Public) 1851 to 1922, 1987 to present
New York Times Search across the historical NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post

Our ProQuest subscription offers full page and article images with searchable fulltext back to the first issue. Includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

The public site offers indexing of NYT articles from 1851 to the present. Full-text may be available for free for selected years. Please review website for information on accessing and purchasing articles.

Our other subscriptions with full text access to the New York Times:

  • New York Times via LexisNexis (plain-text): Full text from June 1, 1980 to present; abstracts from January 1, 1969 to May 31, 1980
  • New York Times via Factiva (plain-text): Full text from June 1, 1980 to present; abstracts from January 1, 1969 to present.
  • New York Times (images) via ProQuest Digital Microfilm: January 1, 2008 to present
  • New York Times (microfilm): MILLS 3rd floor cabinets; Sept. 18, 1851 to present 
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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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Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC)

To access from an in-Library station: click on the Windows start button; select Programs; select Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue. Not available off-campus.

The Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) Project was established in 1983. It aims to provide increasingly complete listings of British books printed between 1801-1919. British books are taken to include all books published in Britain, its colonies and United States of America; all books in English wherever published; and all translations from English

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Nonprofit Explorer
Coverage:2001 to current, but varies by organization

Nonprofit Explorer is a free tool for researching the finances of over 600,000 nonprofit organizations. Most organizations claiming federal tax-exempt status in the United States must file an annual information return form with the Internal Revenue Service (i.e., IRS Form 990). These filings can be searched by name, keyword, city, state, nonprofit category (e.g., education, health, etc.) or organization type (e.g., 501(c)(3)).


Each entry includes an organization's total revenue, expenses, liabilities, and assets for a given year. Revenue is further divided into contributions, program services, investment income, and net inventory & sales. Expenses such as executive compensation, professional fundraising fees, and other salaries & wages can also be noted. A percentage reflects each item's contribution to total revenue or expenses. When possible, links to an organization's full IRS 990 forms (in PDF) are provided, with some dating back to 2001.

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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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North American Indian Thought and Culture

Contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. When complete North American Indian Thought and Culture will include 123,000 pages of text and images. Full-length reference works also are included to give background and context to the narratives.

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North American Theatre Online

North American Theatre Online (NATO) is a comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. Its goal is to provide detailed reference information for every theatrical figure, every play, every theatre, every major production, and every production company, from Colonial times to the present, in both Canada and the United States.
To date it includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to more than 30,000 plays, over 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, nearly 22,000 productions and 2,500 production companies. Each year the publisher will be adding more than 20,000 new records to these files. The file also includes some 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.
North American Theatre Online also serves as a tool to cross-search the other Alexander Street full-text drama databases: American Film Scripts Online, Asian American Drama, North American Women's Drama, and Twentieth Century North American Drama. All the results will be seamlessly integrated into one search result.

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North American Transportation Statistics Database

Presents information on transportation and transportation-related activities among Canada, the United States and Mexico, both within individual countries and between the countries. This database, presented in French, English, and Spanish is, accessible in table and time series formats, and covers twelve thematic areas, including transportation and the economy, transportation safety, transportation’s impact on energy and the environment, passenger and freight activity, and transportation and trade. 

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North American Women's Drama
Coverage:19th century to the present

This edition of North American Women's Drama contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
More than 30% of the plays in the collection have never been published before. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
The collection will be of particular interest to students of feminism and for women

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North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Colonial to 1950.

The largest collection of women's diaries and correspondence ever assembled, spanning more than 300 years, and bringing the personal experiences of some 1,325 women to researchers, students, and general readers.

Subjects include what women wore, the conditions under which they worked, what they ate, what they read, and how they amused themselves; how frequently they attended church, how they viewed their connection to God, and how they prayed; their relationships with lovers, family and friends.

Contains 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries from individuals writing from Colonial times to 1950, more than 6,000 pages of previously unpublished materials, drawn from more than 600 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings, and 300 biographies. All age groups, life stages, and ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous are represented.

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The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program's mission is to collect, archive, and disseminate NASA aerospace information, and locate domestic and international STI pertinent to NASA's missions and Strategic Enterprises.Examples of NASA's STI include research reports, journal articles, conference and meeting papers, technical videos, mission-related operational documents, and preliminary data. NASA's technical information is available via the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS) to provide students, educators, and the public access to NASA's technical literature. NASA citations and full-text documents found on NTRS are unli mited, unclassified, and publicly available.NTRS also collects scientific and technical information from sites external to NASA to broaden the scope of information available to users. NTRS's Simple Search searches for NASA information only and its Advanced Search can search for NASA and non-NASA information.Most of the NASA information does not have full-text document images and documents can be ordered by contacting the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information.
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ODESI: a Voyage in Data Discovery

Provides university researchers with access to datasets in a web-based data extraction system, and allows the downloading of data into external statistical analysis packages. The odesi project targets Statistics Canada datasets, datafiles from Gallup Canada and other polling companies, public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys and selected files from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). As of May 2008, content is still being added.

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OE OrthoEvidence

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The OrthoEvidence repository provides orthopaedic-only evidence-based summaries, pre-appraised by orthopaedic medical experts. It utilizes a multi-step process to review, evaluate and summarize research studies, while including critical implications in its Advanced Clinical Evidence (ACE) Report. The resource was founded in 2009 by Dr. Mohit Bhandari a global leader in the orthopaedic field to provide critical information access to orthopaedic healthcare providers and their patients.

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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 - Books

The OECD iLibrary provides online access to all books published by the OECD, including those of the International Energy Agency, the Nuclear Energy Agency, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. Currently, between 150 and 200 books are published each year. The subscription includes access to publications going back to 1998.

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OECD iLibrary - Health Statistics

Users can download this software and data onto their personal computers.To use in Mills Library, please consult: Mills, Data Services.

OECD Health Data was developed jointly by the OECD and IRDES since 1991 and offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.

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OECD iLibrary - Papers (Journals, Annuals, Working Papers)

OECD (including NEA and IEA) publishes fourteen journals and newsletters, and ten statistical periodicals. Each is available in printed form and online.

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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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Old Testament Abstracts
Abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies, with content from over 450 journals back to 1978. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association.
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This website provides a guide to over 200 different alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems, including a few you will find nowhere else. It also contains details of many of the languages written with those writing systems and links to a wide range of language-related resources, such as fonts, online dictionaries and online language courses.

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Online geographical bibliography
Coverage:1985 - 2005

GEOBIB indexes international literature on all aspects of geography. It includes references to books, articles, atlases, maps, pamphlets and other publications under both topical and regional subjects. Updated in part by Current Geographical Publications. Bibliography covering the period up to 1976 is available in paper format as the Research Catalogue of the American Geographical Society (MILLS Bookstacks ZG 58.A5).

As of December 2005 The American Geographical Society has ceased adding new content to GEOBIB, but the database will remain available indefinitely.

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Online Medieval and Classical Library

A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization

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Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Coverage:1990s to current

The site indexes and provides access to over 1.6 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) freely available from over 800 institutions worldwide. Search for keywords from titles, author names, abstracts, subjects, university/publisher and more. Use More search options to limit searches to a particular field, language, and date range. The search results will include links to full-text theses/dissertations residing on the original hosting site, usually the institutional repository of the school that granted the degree.

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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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Oral History Online

Oral History Online is a landmark database of English language oral histories. It contains at present more than 30,000 pages of full-text content that is available nowhere else in electronic format, much of which is available nowhere else in any format. This full-text material includes Ellis Island oral history narratives, exclusive Black Panther Party interviews, and other oral histories. With each quarterly update of Oral History Online, the publisher will add more of such proprietary (in-copyright) full-text interviews.

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Organometallic hypertextbook
An introductory hypertext for undergraduate students and those wanting to review concepts in organometallic chemistry. This site can both be searched and browsed.
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Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles From the Beginning to the Present

Orlando documents the part women have played in the development of literature and includes biographical and writing career entries on over 1,200 writers, more than eight hundred and fifty of them British women. It also includes selected non-British or international women writers, and British and international men, whose writing was an important, sometimes a shaping, element in a particular writing climate. Entries are contextualized with thirty thousand dated items representing events and processes (in the accounts of these writers, but also in the areas of history, science, medicine, economics, the law, and other contexts).

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OTseeker : Occupational therapy systematic evaluation of evidence

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy.

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Our Roots: Canada's Local Histories Online

Our Roots is a library, archive, museum and school all in one. Check the collection to find Canadian local histories in French and English. Check Educational Resources for learning packages for students and teachers.

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