EBSCO Announces the History Reference Center; Partners with NewspaperARCHIVE.com; Acquires CommSearch Database

Jan 31, 2003


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EBSCO Publishing has introduced the History Reference Center, a history database for libraries, with full text for more than 270,000 entries from historical sources. The database includes more than 300 reference books and encyclopedias; 58,000 historical documents; 43,000 biographies; and more than 100,000 images and historical maps. It also features cover-to-cover full text for 50 history periodicals such as America's Civil War, American Heritage, American Historical Review (back to 1975), American History, British Heritage, German History, Military History, and History Today (back to 1975), along with selected articles from nearly 500 magazines and journals. Reference books are from academic publishers such as Oxford University Press, Millbrook Press, Lerner Publishing, Salem Press and others. The database also provides access to primary source documents from the American Reference Library, Essential Historical Speeches, United States Supreme Court cases, and documents from the public domain. History Reference Center also contains five complete encyclopedic volumes including the Encyclopedia of World History. Additionally, the database provides world history and United States history timelines, so users can search for information from specific eras. These searches will yield multiple results from subject-specific nonfiction books, general reference books, images, maps, newspapers, and historical commentaries from EBSCO's archive of publications.

EBSCO and NewspaperARCHIVE.com have announced a partnership that will enable EBSCO to offer its customers a large backfile of newspaper content. As the result of the recent arrangement between the two companies, NewspaperARCHIVE.com can now be purchased through EBSCO.  This service grants unlimited access to online newspaper archives for libraries. The NewspaperARCHIVE product offers coverage for hundreds of newspapers containing more than 5.5 million pages of articles dating back as far as the 1700's. The collection provides a searchable archival file of important newspapers from the U.S., Canada and the UK. Specific newspapers covered in the vast collection include: the Washington Post, the Atlanta Constitution, Indianapolis Star, the New York Times, Newport Daily News, St. Petersburg Times, the Bridgeport Post, the London Times, and more. In order to make this information conveniently accessible to end users, a link to NewspaperARCHIVE information will be made available on the EBSCOhost Select Services page for subscribing libraries.

EBSCO has acquired CommSearch from the National Communication Association (NCA), a national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. CommSearch is a scholarly communication database with coverage of the journals of the NCA and other journals in the field of communication studies. Currently, CommSearch contains bibliographic and keyword references to 26 journals in communication studies with coverage extending to the inaugural issue of each--some from as far back as the early decades of the 20th century. The database also includes cover-to-cover indices of NCA's six journals from their first editions to the present and abstracts from their earliest appearance in NCA journals. In an effort to offer a comprehensive communication reference resource, EBSCO will expand the abstracting and indexing coverage of appropriate titles in CommSearch, as well as add abstracting and indexing for many more of the titles in the communication field. In addition, EBSCO plans to create a separate, complementary full text communication database, containing the full text of NCA's six journals and other scholarly communication titles.

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