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In addition to commenting below and directing comments directly to the selector librarian listed with each resource, you can also send comments on any of these resources to carmelita-pickett@uiowa.edu.

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Ethnic NewsWatch INCLUDING HISTORY COLLECTION – Trial ends 23 September 2016

Ethnic NewsWatch includes journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses. The current collection, Ethnic NewsWatch™, covers 1990-present, and the historical collection, Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, spans 1959-1989. Ethnicities include: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

Please send additional comments to Janalyn Moss.

(NB: The UI Libraries currently has a subscription to Ethnic NewsWatch without the historical content.)

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Newspapers.com – Trial ended 20 August 2016

Newspapers.com Library Edition offers full page newspaper images with searchable full-text for millions of pages of newspapers, including many Iowa newspapers.

Please send additional comments to Janalyn Moss.

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Safari Tech Books Online – Trial ended 17 August 2016

Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 41,717 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users.

Please send additional comments to Ericka Raber.

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UN Comtrade — Trial ended 31 July 2016

UN Comtrade is a repository of annual international trade statistics and relevant analytical tables provided by over 200 countries, detailed by commodity and partner country to the United Nations. All values are converted in US dollars and metric units; the statistics coverage dates as far back as 1962.

NB: This trial allows users to retrieve up to 2 million records in a single query.

Please send additional comments to Brett Cloyd.

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African American Newspapers Series 2, 1835-1956 – Trial ended 16 July 2016

African American Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1956 complements and expands on African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998. The more than 60 newly available newspapers in Series 2, all written for or by African Americans, enable students and scholars to make new discoveries regarding the lives of African Americans as individuals, an ethnic group and Americans.

Please send additional comments to Stephen Sturgeon.

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Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Islam — Trial ended 25 July 2016

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Islam is a research database focusing on modern Islamic theology and tradition. The online text resource details Islam’s evolution from the late 19th century by examining printed works, rare documents, and important articles by Muslim writers, both non-Western and Western voices. Content represents a wide range of Islamic thought, bringing together such key thinkers as Muhammad Abduh, Fethullah Gülen, Sayyid Ahmad Khan, Bediüzzaman Said Nursî, Abdolkarim Soroush, and Rifā‘ah Rāf‘i al-Ṭahṭāwī.

Please send additional comments to Rachel Carreon.

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Oxford Classical Dictionary – Trial ended 18 June 2016.

Oxford Classical Dictionary contains 6,000 full-text online articles from the print 4th  edition as well as newly commissioned and updated entries.

Please send additional comments to Chris Africa.

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Codices Vossiani Latini Online – Trial ended 24 May 2016

The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. The Codices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (a whopping 76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves.

Please send additional comments to Chris Africa.

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World’s Fairs — Trial ended 26 April 2016

World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions showcases a diverse range of primary source material to represent the origination and planning of fairs, the experience of visiting them and the physical, cultural and political legacies they leave behind. With content from hosting and participating countries from every continent, imperial history, race and national identity are key themes. World’s fairs were also some of the first examples of mass events where millions attended and were entertained by the theatres, performers and amusement rides that went on to shape popular culture.

Please send additional comments to Chris Africa.

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United Nations iLibrary – Trial ends 30 September 2016

United Nations iLibrary includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on international peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, climate change, international law, governance, public health, and statistics. In future releases, the platform will also provide access to other resources such as working papers series and statistical databases.

Please send additional comments to Brett Cloyd.