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Readers Guide Abstracts (with Full Text)

Alternative Titles
Readers' Guide Full Text, Readers Guide Retrospective
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
RGA, RGPL, RGFT, RGR
Description

Indexes and briefly summarizes articles from 375 popular periodicals published in the U.S. & Canada, covering current events & news, fine arts, fashion, education, business, sports, health and nutrition, consumer affairs, etc.  Includes full text for many of the articles indexed.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1890 - (Indexing); 1984 - (Abstracting)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8221
Access
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Book Review Digest Plus

Alternative Titles
Book Review Digest Retrospective, Retro
BRD, BRDP, BRDR
Description

Indexes 2.8 million reviews of over 850,000 fiction and non-fiction books drawn from over 8,000 periodicals, with complete full text provided for over 100,000 of the reviews, and brief excerpts provided for many more. Adds reviews of over 7,000 adult and children's books each year. Includes links to full text of over 3,700 of the reviewed books available in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1905 -
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8217
Access
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Biography in Context

Alternative Titles
Gale Biography in Context (formerly Biography Resource Center)
Gale BIC, GBIC, BRC
Description

Contains more than 600,000 biographies on more than 528,000 people from around the world and throughout history.  Combines more than 135 frequently consulted Gale biographical sources with more than 325 full-text periodicals and journals, more than 27,000 portraits, and thousands of Recent News briefs on high-interest individuals.

Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Current edition. Updated continuously.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8207
Access
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American National Biography

Alternative Titles
ANB
Description
Profiles of more than 18,000 men and women from all eras and walks of American life who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. Includes thousands of illustrations, hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
First edition of 1999, updated quarterly.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8211
Access
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Humanities Abstracts (with Full Text)

Alternative Titles
Humanities Full Text
Humanities Index
Wilson Humanities Index
Description

Indexes and abstracts articles from almost 700 humanities publications. Covers periodicals in archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature. Abstracts feature articles, book reviews, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction (including dramas and poems), and reviews of plays and television and radio programs. Excludes editorials, letters to the editor, news, ephemeral announcements, cartoons, and advertising. Each record contains a bibliographic citation for an article, book review, or other item in a journal. Full text is included for many articles.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1984 - (index & abstracts); 1994 - (selected full text)
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8195
Access
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ARTbibliographies Modern

Alternative Titles
ABM
Art Bibliographies Modern
Description

Abstracts of articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs & reviews, and dissertations covering artists & movements from the late 19th century to all aspects of modern & contemporary art, including photography from its invention in 1839 to the present.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
late 1960s -
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8191
Access
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Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary

Alternative Titles
Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary (GVRL)
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Description

Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included. 4 v.

Type
Dictionary
E-Book(s)
Coverage
43rd edition 2010
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8165
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text

Alternative Titles
International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text (Chadwyck-Healey)
IIBP
Description
Provides indexing for 127 currently published scholarly and popular periodicals in Black studies, with links to full text from 40 of them. Also provides retrospective indexing for 45 older periodicals.
Type
Article Index
Coverage
1902 - 1990, 1998 - Varies by title.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8163
Access
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Internal Resources

Resources created by the Digital Preservation Office

"Preserving Personal Digital Files" by Sarah Wingo. This document gives an overview of general digital preservation applied to your personal files; ways to preserve specific files such as text, images, audio, video, email, and websites; and methods of backing up your digital life.
 
"How To Preserve Your Own Digital Materials" and "Resources for Information About Preserving Your Digital Materials". This document will guide you in keeping your digital materials safe, so that you and your family can look at them in the future. It also provides links to a number of resources that will help you learn more about preserving your personal digital materials, digitizing your LP records or photographs, or backing up your files on the Internet.

"A Quick Guide to Digital Video Files". This short document is intended to provide information on the basics of digital video, such as resolution, bit rate, file formats, and metadata.

"Best Practices for Producing Quality Digital Audio Files" and "Best Practices for Producing Quality Digital Video Files." These documents outline recommendations for creating high-quality digital audio and video files that conform to contemporary preservation standards. Although intended for users depositing materials into Deep Blue, UM's institutional repository, the information is useful for anyone working with digital audio or video.

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