See the News with PressDisplay

TU Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of Library PressDisplay to its suite of online resources!

Visually stunning, PressDisplay provides online access to today’s leading newspapers and magazines from around the world, presented in their traditional format and layout. With more than 650 print publications from 76 countries and in 38 languages, PressDisplay is an indispensable news source for anyone who wants not only multiple perspectives on the news, but also to see the original print layout/format, including color images, editorial content, classifieds, and advertisements.

Readers can browse or search for the last 60 days worth of newspapers by country, language, or title and also perform keyword searches for individual articles. Once inside a newspaper, readers can turn the pages as if holding the actual paper, zooming into individual images and articles.

Articles may be printed, saved, or emailed for later use. Some articles also have accompanying audio files which can be played in Windows Media Player. And, articles from many foreign language publications can be instantly translated into one of several major languages.

While ideal for scholars associated with international studies, media studies, and foreign language studies, PressDisplay promises to hold appeal for all interested in current events.

Please feel free to contact me directly for further information about the resource.

Kristina De Voe Reference Librarian – English and Communications



Standard Rate & Data Service

The Library is pleased to announce the addition of Standard Rate & Data Service (SRDS) to its suite of electronic databases.

Considered the Bible of directories when it comes to finding publications by category, SRDS is the largest and most comprehensive database of media and marketing information.

Cataloging media properties and marketing lists, SRDS provides media rates and data for more than 100,000 U.S. and international media properties, including both traditional and alternative marketing media. Advertising rates, contact personnel information, as well as circulation figures for Radio, TV and Cable, Business Publications, Consumer Magazines, and Newspapers are included. Demographic information is also provided.

In terms of functionality, SRDS allows users to search, create contact reports, and obtain additional information with direct links to media kits.

SRDS is updated frequently. In fact, each listing is verified up to 20 times per year, and more than 21,000 listing updates are made every month.

Kristina De Voe

New! Wilson Full-Text

Temple University Libraries announce the addition of several new electronic resources, plus changes in a few familiar resources, providing enhanced and updated access to materials in core undergraduate subject disciplines.

Wilson OmniFile is a gateway database, offering integrated access to selected full-text articles and page images, plus citations and abstracts, from thousands of periodicals and journals available in these 11 H.W. Wilson specialty databases:

Applied Science & Technology Index (formerly called Applied Science & Technology Abstracts)
Art Index (formerly called Art Abstracts)
Biological & Agricultural Index
Business Index
Education Index (formerly called Education Abstracts)
General Science Index (formerly called General Science Abstracts)
Humanities Index (formerly called Humanities Abstracts)
Legal Periodicals Index
Library Literature & Information Science
Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature
Social Sciences Index (formerly called Social Sciences Abstracts)

Because Wilson OmniFile is multi-disciplinary, researchers have access to information on virtually any subject, including Art, Education, Humanities, Law, Information Science, Social Sciences, Business, Biology, Agriculture, and much more. With its breadth of coverage and plentiful full-text availability, Wilson OmniFile is an excellent starting place for any project.

In addition, three other electronic resources are now also being provided by H.W. Wilson, offering a new interface and enhanced content:

Biographies Illustrated Plus (formerly called Wilson Biographies Plus)
Book Review Digest Plus (formerly called Book Review Digest)
Essay and General Literature Index

Please feel free to contact a Reference Librarian by phone (215-204-8212) or online via Ask-A-Librarian for further information about these resources.

Kristina De Voe

Literature Resource Center

The Library is pleased to announce the addition of Literature Resource Center (LRC) to its collection of databases.

A superb resource for the undergraduate literary scholar, LRC is a complete reference literature database, providing access to not only biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on over 127,000 literary figures from all time periods in every literary genre, but also a rich collection of full-text critical analyses spanning diverse literary movements.

Integrating Gale Group’s three core literary databases — Contemporary Authors Online, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select — LRC also comprises critical material from known literary resources, such as Children’s Literature Review, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism — in addition to over 200 prominent literary journals.

Searching is seamless. The “Authors By Type” search mode permits the most creative searches, allowing users to search by author ethnicity or nationality, genre, literary movement, or time period. Themes may also be searched, ranging in topics from American identity and dystopia to rites of passage and tragic heroes.

Because of its comprehensive biographical and contextual information, LRC is a truly valuable literary resource and complements well with the Library’s subscription to MLA International Bibliography, the premiere bibliographic database for researching literature and language.

Please feel free to contact me for further information about the resource.

Kristina DeVoe


Since 1994, scholars at a number of universities have been working on an electronic variorum of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. What is a variorum? It collects both the play itself (including textual variants) and its attendant criticism, interpretations, and annotations as written by various authors through history. Usually variorums are in the form of books and thus limited in scope; this project is in the form of a web accessible database and theoretically unlimited in scope.

After 11 years the project still isn’t complete (and how could it be with people still writing on Hamlet to this day), but what is there shows the promise of what will come. Already one can see extensive commentaries on the play, often at the level of the single word. These comments are not yet linked to full bibliographic citations, though that is the eventual outcome. The site also includes electronic images of editions of the play and four searchable concordances.

This project is an excellent example of how technology can be used to assist literary study. This kind of narrowly focused but highly detailed project (narrow in its focus on one work, not narrow in its potential size) is made more easily possible and widely available thanks to computerized databases and electronic communication.

See a longer article at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

–Derik A. Badman