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December 2007 Archives

December 9, 2007

Web of Science has ARRIVED!

UMBC students, faculty and staff now have access to the long-awaited Web of Science. As coverage only goes back to 1998, please continue to make use of the many other very high quality databases to which the Library subscribes. Access is available to all three online citation indexes which comprise Web of Science: Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Additional searchable resources are available from the Web of Knowledge homepage (choose from WoS drop-down menu). The Library is developing training workshops for UMBC students and faculty.

Send any immediate questions about Web of Science to Uta Hussong at:

December 13, 2007

New Database - Women and Social Movements

UMBC now has a one year subscription to the Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000 database, thanks to the combined contributions from the departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, History, and Social Work and the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The database is accessible through the library catalog, Research Port, and the database search box on the library homepage. Please take a look and also let your colleagues and students know
about this important research website!

Aluka (Trial)

UMBC has access to the Aluka database through 30 June 2008.

Aluka is an international, collaborative initiative building an online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.

The Aluka website includes a wide variety of high-quality scholarly materials contributed by Aluka’s partners, ranging from archival documents, periodicals, books, reports, manuscripts, and reference works, to three-dimensional models, maps, oral histories, plant specimens, photographs, and slides.

What is Special Collections?

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Special Collections includes items that are rare and fragile, including rare books, artist books, photographs, original artwork, artifacts, organizational records, science archives, personal papers, historical newspapers, and literary manuscripts. Many of these materials cannot be found elsewhere. Also held in the Special Collections department are some exciting popular culture collections such as comic books, fanzines, science fiction and fantasy pulps, alternative and radical literary publications, and a large collection of historic camera formats. Summaries of our holdings can be found on the Special Collections website:; we will also be highlighting our collections, new acquisitions, and particularly interesting items on this blog, so stay tuned!

Special Collections staff are available to answer your questions at (410) 455-2353,, or in the Special Collections reading room on the first floor of the library (through the Gallery). We are open during the fall and spring semesters Monday-Friday 1-4pm, and Thursday 1-8pm; appointments at other times are always welcome.