American University Library continually acquires new electronic resources to support the research of scholars with the latest databases, e-books, and e-journals. This year’s acquisitions enhance AU’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and education, with resources that have utility across an increasingly wide range of subjects and fields. These highlighted titles reflect how evolving formats meet the current needs of our researchers, from online texts to streaming audio and video to downloadable sets of data.
Met Opera on Demand
Providing access to streaming video and audio from the famed Metropolitan Opera, this resource offers over 550 full-length operas available to stream, with new content being added regularly. Users can enjoy viewing classic performances dating back to 1936.
Over 75 years of public opinion and analysis from Gallup polls are available in this fully searchable database. Gallup Analytics includes answers to over 125,000 questions from more than 3.5 million interviewees, representing both the United States as well as 160 countries worldwide. Users have the option to create customized tables and save visualizations as images or export data into spreadsheets.
Data on Terrorist Suspects (DoTS)
This downloadable data set contains biographies of leaders, perpetrators, financiers, defendants, detainees, persons of interest, conspirators, and others, including aliases and kunyas. Coverage for the data set encompasses international incidents occurring between 1960 and 2007.
Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre
This full-text database provides intelligence on threats posed to governments, national security organizations, and businesses by non-state armed groups. Included in the database are a chronology of terrorist, insurgent, and counter-terrorism events, profiles of active and dormant non-state armed groups, news and analysis, country briefings with threat assessment information, and case studies of landmark operations.
JoVE Science Education Collection
This database of instructional videos teaches laboratory fundamentals through clear and focused demonstrations. Videos are supplemented with additional visual resources allowing users to view practical applications of laboratory techniques and other complimentary skills. The video modules cover a range of scientific disciplines including cell biology, neuroscience, genetics, and behavioral science.
Loeb Classical Library
This collection presents users with an interconnected and fully searchable virtual library of Classical Greek and Latin literature. Works of epic poetry, theater, history, medicine, philosophy, and the sciences are represented with accurate English translations. The Library includes over 500 volumes presented with an elegant interface allowing users to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content. This resource was made possible through the Lee Sommers Endowed Library Fund.
Oxford Handbooks Online
The Oxford Handbooks Online: Classics, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Psychology collect essays from the world’s leading scholars in cutting edge topics and with comprehensive coverage. The Online platform provides access to the digital content in the most current and convenient format for student use.
Available to current AU students, faculty, and staff, this language learning tool provides instruction for 80 different languages. With courses provided in 50 different languages, users can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Additionally, it offers ESL for speakers of 50 different non-English languages. This resource was acquired in part through the Class of ’32 Library Fund.
Journal of Comparative Neurology
In support of AU’s growing neuroscience program, the library has purchased this top-tier journal to ensure access to the latest research in this growing field. JCN publishes the highest quality of neuroscience research which explores the functional organization of the brain, neuronal plasticity, and the development of the nervous system.
Washington Evening Star
Regarded as the “paper of record” for the nation’s capital, The Evening Star was an influential and high profile publication known for its coverage of national politics and independent voice. This archive’s coverage dates back to the Star’s founding in 1852 through its demise in 1981, a significant span of American history from the Antebellum Period to World War I through the Post-Vietnam Era. History students and scholars will be able to research a multitude of events using an easily searchable and browseable interface. This resource was made possible through the Roger H. Brown Endowed Preservation Fund.
Films on Demand: World Cinema
A streaming video collection of international films dating back to the Silent Era. Nearly 400 films are featured that span the globe; included are works by acclaimed directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, and Sergei Eisenstein.
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)
Representing the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, this resource focuses on localized aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. DARE highlights the local character and geographical distinctions of the English language across America. Users can browse regions using an interactive map, create their own maps using survey data, and even hear audio samples of different American dialects.