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Twentieth Century North American Drama

This edition of Twentieth Century North American Drama contains 1,386 plays by 209 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
More than 150 of the plays are published here for the first time, including a number by major authors.
When complete, Twentieth Century North American Drama will contain the full text of 2,000 plays written from the late 1800s to the present by more than 300 playwrights from North America. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. Nearly a quarter of the collection will consist of previously unpublished plays.
Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that theater has served.

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Twentieth-century American Poetry
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This collection includes 52,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets, including Adrienne Rich, Andrei Codrescu, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton, and Cathy Song.
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Twentieth-century English poetry
Coverage:1900 to the present
Note:The number of concurrent accesses is limited.
A collection of 594 volumes of poetry by 282 poets from 1900 to the present day, including W. B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Graves, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, Fleur Adcock, Tony Harrison, Benjamin Zephaniah and Carol Ann Duffy, and incorporating the poets in The Faber Poetry Library.
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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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U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950

Reproduced from originals at the U.S. National Archives, this primary sources publication provides a wealth of unique correspondence, reports and analyses, memos of conversations, and personal interviews exploring such themes U.S.-Vatican relations, the Vatican’s role in World War II, Jewish refugees, Italian anti-Jewish laws during the papacy of Pius XII, and the pope’s personal knowledge of the treatment of European Jews. The collection consists of telegrams, despatches, reports, and letters between Myron Taylor (the president's representative to the Vatican) and his staff, the State Department, other U.S. government agencies, the Vatican, and the Italian government. There are materials on political affairs, Jews, refugee and relief activities, German-owned property in Rome, property rights, and the Vatican Bank. In addition, there are materials on Axis diplomats, war criminals, protocols and religious statements, and records of the peace efforts of the Vatican.

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Contains bibliographic descriptions and ordering information for approximately 300,000 periodicals (also known as serials) including scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers. Information includes:

  • publisher, country of publication, format, whether active or ceased, start year, frequency
  • document type, e.g., academic/scholarly, consumer magazine, etc.
  • whether refereed/peer reviewed
  • abstracting & indexing coverage
  • full-text database coverage
  • reviews
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United Nations Common Database: UNdata

Provides a single entry point to a range of UN statistical databases.  The datasets cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.

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United States Patent and Trademark Office
Searchable, full-text database from January 1, 1976 onward (full-page images since 1790). To view and print patents in PDF for free, a viewer software needs to be installed. It is available from Select TIFF - Tagged Image File Format (used for Patent images) - click on Free and following instruction. Once downloaded, you can view patents in PDF by clicking on Images when viewing a patent. Patents can only be printed one page at a time with the free plugin software.
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UpToDate Available on campus only.

Available on campus only.

Quick look-up for diagnosis, clinical, point of care information. Email search results to yourself.

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UT Song Index

Provides access to about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies owned by the George F. DeVine Music Library at the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville. Use this citation index to determine which anthologies contain the song(s) you need. You will not find the music or the words here, just the title of the book in which the song can be found. To see if McMaster owns the book, search MORRIS, the McMaster library catalogue, by the book title.

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Value Line Investment Survey
Coverage:Current year | Previous years (1980 to 2011) available on microfiche at the Innis Library (Business).
  • McMaster only subscribes to the Value Line Investment Survey (VLIS). The other products at the Value Line site are not included in our subscription.
  • A new digital platform for Value Line was adopted July 2014.
  • Our subscription is restricted to 3 simultaneous users, so please remember to log off by selecting Sign Out  from the top right of the screen. The automatic timeout period when there is no activity is 15 minutes.

The Value Line Investment Survey contains investment information and advice. The Standard edition tracks approximately 1,700 companies in over 90 industries. It consists of three parts:

  • Ratings & Reports: Each week, approximately 130 stocks are profiled in one-page reports that contain Value Line’s Timeliness, Safety, and Technical ranks; historic financial data; detailed financial results; 3-5 year price and earnings projections; beta (stock's sensitivity to fluctuations in the market); an analyst’s written commentary; and more. Each stock is re-evaluated four times each year (or every 13th week). Also included are brief industry reviews which assess how the current economic, political and technological environments may affect an industry.
  • Summary & Index: Contains an index of all stocks in the Investment Survey as well as many current statistics. Also includes a variety of stock “screens” designed to identify companies with characteristics matching certain investing goals.
  • Selection & Opinion: Contains Value Line’s latest economic and stock market forecasts, articles about interesting and attractive stocks, model portfolios, and financial and stock market statistics.

The Small and Mid-Cap of the Value Line Investment Survey contains reports on 1,800 companies, most of which are smaller than those in the Standard edition (usually with market values from less than $1 billion to $5 billion). It consists of two main parts:

  • Ratings & Reports: Each page contains current and historical financial information and stock price data. It also contains eight different Value Line ranks, most of which are the same as those in the Standard edition. The one difference is the Performance rank which is designed to predict a stock's relative price performance for the next 12 months. Reports in the Small and Mid-Cap edition contain consensus earnings estimates, if available, but they do not contain analyst commentaries.
  • Summary & Index: Summarizes the latest information about each company, including changes in company or industry ranks, operating results, P/E ratios, dividends, and more.
# of users:3
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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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Victorian Women Writers Project

The goal of the Victorian Women's Studies Writers Project is to produce highly accurate transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century, encoded using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML).

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Vindolanda Tablets online
This online edition of the Vindolanda writing tablets, excavated from the Roman fort at Vindolanda in northern England, includes the following elements: Tablets - a searchable online edition of the tablets (volumes I and II) ;Exhibition - an introduction to the tablets and their context; Reference - a guide to aspects of the tablets content; Help - navigation and using the site. Also available are highlights from the tablets.
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Coverage:2006- Continuously updated resource

A diagnostic decision support system designed by clinicians to aid medical professionals in the diagnosis of visually identifiable diseases at the point of care.

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Voices from the Gaps

Focuses on the lives and works of North American women writers of color.

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VoS : Voice of the Shuttle

Links to humanities and humanities-related resources on the Internet. With annotations.

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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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Waves: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Searchable database of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' libraries catalogue of bibliographic information about the published and unpublished literature relating to fisheries, aquatic sciences, and nautical sciences.

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Web of Science
Coverage:1976 to the present, but can vary by index

The Web of Science Core Collection consists of several separate multidisciplinary citation indexes that can be searched independently or in combination. Included by default are the:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

​Indexing over 12,000 scholarly journals (including open-access titles) and over 160,000 conference proceedings, the Web of Science contains bibliographic information on all types of documents appearing in journals including articles, citations, letters, corrections, additions, excerpts, editorials and reviews. Information from these indexes can be retrieved by topic (i.e., includes title,abstract and keywords), by author, by publication name, by address, by organization, by cited reference (or bibliography) and more. 

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Web of Science (All Databases) (formerly Web of Knowledge)

The Web of Science platform provides access to the following products and databases:

  • BIOSIS Previews
  • KCI-Korean Journal Database
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Web of Science Core Collection:  Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index, and Emerging Sources Citation Index

Also includes access to the EndNote web citation manager (see link at top of  Web of Science screen). Accounts must initially be created from within the McMaster IP range.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary

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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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Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) (Login for Individual WRDS Account Holders)
Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) (Access for all other McMaster Users)
Coverage:Varies by dataset

Individual WRDS accounts allow unlimited access via web, SSH and/or FTP, and include 750MB of permanent disk storage. WRDS account holders will have their own password access which is to remain confidential and is not to be shared with any individual. Only current McMaster faculty, staff, graduate students (Ph.D. and Masters) and research assistants can register for an individual WRDS account

All other McMaster users can request a WRDS day pass using this form. NOTE: An active McMaster email address is required. Once the form is submitted, a WRDS link will be sent to you within minutes via email. To access WRDS off-campus with a day pass, the McMaster libaccess proxy prefix (i.e., needs to be appended to the beginning of the WRDS link sent to you. When the link is proxied, it should look something like this:


Access to WRDS and its datasets has been made possible by the generous support of the DeGroote School of Business.

Wharton Research Data Services (or WRDS) is a Web-based interface which primarily provides access to finance and business related datasets. McMaster subscribes to the following datasets / tools:

  • COMPUSTAT Global & EMDB: COMPUTSTAT Global provides authoritative financial and market data covering publicly traded companies in more than 80 countries, representing over 90% of the world's market capitalization, including coverage of over 96% of European market capitalization and 88% of Asian market capitalization. Hundreds of data items, ratios and concepts and up to 12 years of annual history is included. Standard & Poor's Emerging Markets Database covers 53 markets and more than 2,200 stocks in developing countries.
  • COMPUSTAT North America: Contains U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 24,000 active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides more than 300 annual and 100 quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplemental data items. For most companies, annual and quarterly data is available for a maximum of 20 years and 48 quarters.The files also contain information on aggregates, industry segments, banks, market prices, dividends, and earnings.
  • COMPUSTAT Execucomp: Provides executive compensation data collected directly from each company’s annual proxy (DEF14A SEC form). Detailed information on salary, bonus, options and stock awards, non-equity incentive plans, pensions and other compensation items are available.
  • CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices) U.S. Stock Database (Annual): Contains the most comprehensive collection of security price, return, and volume data for the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ stock markets. Additional CRSP files provide stock indices, beta- and cap-based portfolios, treasury bond and risk-free rates, and mutual fund databases.
  • CRSP U.S. Index History Files - Intraday (Quarterly): Contains second-by-second and end-of-day price and total return levels for market capitalization, value/growth, and sector indexes.
  • EVENTUS: Eventus Software performs event studies that compute abnormal returns for specific corporate action or events using data directly from the CRSP stock database.
  • FISD (Fixed Income Securities Database): Subscription Cancelled. Access will be available until June 30, 2018.
    Mergent's FISD for academia is a comprehensive database of publicly-offered U.S. bonds. It contains issue details on over 140,000 corporate, corporate MTN (medium term note), supranational, U.S. Agency, and U.S. Treasury debt securities and includes more than 550 data items. FISD provides details on debt issues and the issuers, as well as transactions by insurance companies. It is used to research market trends, deal structures, issuer capital structures and other areas of fixed income debt research.
    • Issuer specific information includes:
      • Industry codes, S.I.C. codes and N.A.I.C.S. codes
      • Ticker and exchange listings
      • Issuer names and parent relationships
      • Bankruptcy and default detail
    • Issue specific data includes:
      • Full call, put and sinking fund schedules and call frequency codes
      • Structured security flags and detailed information
      • Floating rate formulas, current rates and coupon schedules
      • Fitch IBCA, Moody's, S&P and Duff & Phelps credit ratings
      • U.S. Treasury auction information
      • Convertible debt information
      • Underwriters, trustees and fiscal agents
      • Unit deals and warrant information
    • Transaction information includes:
      • All bond acquisitions reported since 1994 by insurance companies
      • All bond disposals (sales, redemptions) since 1995 by insurance companies
    NOTE: Access to FISD data is also available via Mergent's BondViewer.
  • I/B/E/S (Institutional Brokers' Estimate System): Provides summary and individual analyst forecasts of company earnings, cash flows, and other important financial items, as well and buy-sell-hold recommendations.
  • IRI (Information Resources, Inc.) - Marketing Fact Book provides aggregate, category-level data across more than 300 different grocery product categories covering the years 1983 to 1997. The data are collected from a representative sample of static qualifying U.S. panelist households. These purchases are continuously tracked across all UPC-coded brand-items in all categories.
  • ISSM (Institute for the Study of Security Markets): Contains tick-by-tick data covering the NYSE and AMEX between 1983 and 1992, and NASDAQ between 1987 and 1992. Each year of data is divided into two files, one for trades and one for quotes.
  • OTC Markets: Contains closing quote, trade and security reference data on the 10K securities trading on the OTCQX, OTCQB, and OTC Pink Marketplaces. Coverage is 2011 to  the present
  • Research Quotient: Analyze and measure the effectiveness of a firm's research and development (R&D)
  • RiskMetrics (through ISS Governance Services): Contains corporate governance data. It includes directors data, voting results data and shareholder proposal data for S&P 1,500 companies (and others) from the mid-1990s to the present.
  • Thomson Reuters Mutual Fund Holdings (s12): Provides access to Mutual Funds Holdings (CDA/Spectrum s12).
  • WIFR (WRDS Industry Financial Ratio):  a collection of the most commonly used financial ratios by academic researchers. Includes over 70 financial ratios grouped into the following 7 categories: capitalization, efficiency, financial soundness/solvency, liquidity, profitability, valuation and others. Ratios for each individual company as well as at industry aggregated level are included in the output. 
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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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Wiley Online
Coverage:Varies: 1995 onwards for many titles. Includes backfiles for former Blackwell titles.

Provides fulltext articles from more than 1400 journals in a wide range of subjects.

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Coverage:Began in 2007. Updated irregularly.

Registering for an account allows the user to save preferences, bookmarks, test scores, etc.

This anatomy resource is a self-study and self-testing tool that uses clinical MRI and CT radiograph images from the Atlas of anatomy (Gilroy)  and companion text, Anatomy: an essential textbook and review. These provide an interactive study aid that allows students to learn and test themselves to gauge their progress.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

Gives access to more than 2400 primary documents, as well as books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women

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Women in Politics
Coverage:1948 to the present

Created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in cooperation with the UN Development Programme, this database contains citations and some abstracts for 650 titles, including books, articles in books, periodical articles, and other organizational or governmental publications. Search by keyword, document type, country, organization, subject, language, year and/or periodical title.

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Women Writers Project (WWP)

Women Writers Online is a full-text collection of early women’s writing in English, published by the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University. It includes full transcriptions of texts published between 1526 and 1850, focusing on materials that are rare or inaccessible.  Originally housed at Brown University, this initiative was formerly known as the Brown University Women Writers Project.

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Women's Magazine Archive

Provides archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the 20th century, documenting evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores.  All content, including advertisements, is fully searchable.  The titles included are:

  • Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
  • Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
  • Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
  • Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
  • Parents (1926 to 2005)
  • Redbook (1903 to 2005)

Collection 2 titles:

  • Cosmopolitan (1886 to 2005)
  • Essence (1970 to 2005)
  • Seventeen (1944 to 2005)
  • Town and Country (1846 to 2005)
  • Woman’s Day (1937 to 2005)
  • Women’s International Network News (1975 to 2003)


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World agricultural economics and rural sociology abstracts

Indexes globally published articles on the economic and social aspects of agriculture.  Topics include agricultural economics, regional policy and development, employment and income, food policy and food security, marketing and distribution, finance, natural resource economics, and rural sociology.

WAERSA includes a fully searchable backfile to 1973 of over 364,000 abstracts with approximately 15,000 new records added each year.

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World banking abstracts online
Coverage:1984 to the present
World Banking Abstracts identifies articles published internationally in over 400 banking and finance publications. Includes concise, 75-word abstracts of published information in all areas of finance, classified by subject and fully indexed. The abstracts are drawn from journals, magazines, and hard-to-find research reports such as those from the US Federal Reserve Banks, the EC research institutes and universities throughout the world.
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World Communism: Pamphlets from McMaster University

Digitized from originals held by the Library's Research Collections.  This collection contains uncatalogued pamphlets pertaining to communism, socialism, and class struggle.  The pamphlets are global in scope, although they are all in English unless otherwise noted.  The bulk of the collection originates from China and Soviet Russia during the post-WWII period, although Cuba and Britain are strongly represented as well.

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World DataBank
Coverage:1960s to current, but varies by database and by indicator

International selection of economic, social and environmental indicators from the World Bank. Website includes over 35 databases providing data on a wide variety of subjects. Popular databases include:

  • World Development Indicators (WDI) and Global Development Finance (GDF): WDI is the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. GDF provides external debt and financial flows statistics for countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt under the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS).
  • Gender Statistics: Provides data on key gender topics. Themes included are demographics, education, health, labor force, and political participatio
  • Health Nutrition and Population (HNP) Statistics: Provides key health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from a variety of international sources.
  • Education Statistics: Provides data on education from national statistical reports, statistical annexes of new publications, and other data sources. 
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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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World Shakespeare Bibliography
Coverage:1974 to 2000

The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1974 and mid-2000. The scope is international, with coverage extending to more than eighty languages and representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe, and nearly every country in Asia, Africa, and Australasia. While the online bibliography both cumulates and significantly expands the annual bibliographies in Shakespeare Quarterly (MILLS Periodicals (3rd floor) PR 2885.S48), it omits several entries in the older issues, condenses some and consolidates others.

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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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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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Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Coverage:1975 to present

Provides over 436,000 citations and abstracts indexing approximately 1,432 international serials in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy. Includes the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, 1984-2000. Many records from key journals in political science, published since 2000, also include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article. All records added since 2000 are indexed using a thesaurus of over 3,000 terms.

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