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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): Science, Technology and Medicine Part II

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online is the most ambitious scholarly digitization and publication program ever undertaken, providing full-text, searchable content from a broad range of primary sources. Selected with guidance of an international team of experts, these primary sources are invaluable for a wide range of academic disciplines and areas of study, providing never before possible research opportunities for one of the most studied historical periods.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Science, Technology And Medicine, Part II, expands upon the subject coverage in Science, Technology and Medicine, 1780-1925, with an extraordinary gathering of European and British periodicals and American monographs from renowned sources. Collections include Natural History (500,000 pages of monographs from the Huntington Library); The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales (300,000 manuscript pages from the National Archives in England); and Academies of Science Publications (2 million pages of periodicals from Brill).

The archive supplements other published resources (such as Making of The Modern World, Parts I & II, and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926) and supports enhanced "scientific literacy." Using the archive, scholars will be able to analyze technical and conceptual dimensions of scientific knowledge---from physics to psychoanalysis to macroeconomics. Diversity of coverage ensures an expansive, integrated, global view of science and technology from a critical era of scientific development.

Detailed Overview

Collections include:• Natural History (some 500,000 pages from the Huntington Library): This diverse topic set includes zoology, botany, and earth science, focusing on the study of the atmosphere, the history of soils and agriculture, as well as geology and the formation of hte Earth. Printed works in natural history often include narratives of authors’ travels, such as those by John Burroughs, William Henry Hudson, and Richard Jefferies.• Entomology (some 100,000 pages from the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta): As entomological knowledge advanced, it generated an outpouring of publications featuring increasingly accurate and sophisticated illustrations. This period left a legacy of books boasting both scientific significance and great aesthetic beauty.• The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales (some 400,000 pages from the National Archives): This collection hosts the first digitized content from Poor Law Union Correspondences. The New Poor Law of 1834 created medical districts within poor law unions to which medical officers were appointed and around which local services were built. Urban and Rural Social Conditions in Industrial Britain includes: The Local Reports to the General Board of Health, 1848-1857, The Reports to the Local Government Board, 1869-1908, and The Journal of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, 1888-1920.• Academies of Science Publications (more than 2 million pages): Ideas, findings, and inventions discovered by scholars of the great Enlightenment were first published in the Transactions or Memoirs of an Academy of Science. Publications such as these provide not only a foundation source for the history of science, but also for researchers across numerous academic fields, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, linguistics, art history, and literature. The most extensive coverage spotlights Europe and North America.

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Curriculum Alignment

Only Gale Digital Collections offers the depth and breadth of historic content that scholarly researchers demand. Spanning continents and centuries, GDC delivers thousands of rare primary sources, archival newspapers and periodicals, commentaries, images, manuscripts and much more.

Reviews & Testimonials

"The ranges of sources of all this material boggled my mind. Yes, some of it is from mainstream publications, but so much of it was from rare, hard-to-find sources that I gained an appreciation for the time and effort it’s taken to assemble these vast digitized collections."

— Library Journal

"My review of the publisher’s ECCO (LJ 5/15/04) said, ’The contents, scope, and accessibility of the Eighteenth Century Collections Online are astonishing. Enthusiastically recommended for all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary scholarship.’ Gale is happily guilty of having another such paragon in the works. The rare material, the powerful yet uncomplicated search mechanism, and the added-value subject indexing stand out here. As the modules are released, all academic, public, and research libraries serving serious literary, historical, and interdisciplinary scholars should consider acquiring these archives."

— Library Journal

"The scope of this digitization project makes it a significant research resource for both scholars and undergraduates. There are several benefits to this scope: the sheer size of the collections; the geographic range including comparative materials from various cultures; and the variety of types of documents including a significant amount of unpublished material...The new platform tools developed for NCCO are impressive and should be useful to scholars as well as students. These include the browse features for "Exploring Collections," the search within results features, text analysis tools, and sophisticated image viewing tools."

— eDesiderata, Center for Research Libraries


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