“A Deficiency in our Political Annals”: Rivals of Early Congressional Reporting
27 September 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

“A Deficiency in our Political Annals”: Rivals of Early Congressional Reporting

Exploring the Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe… Today we will look at two mainstays of early Congressional reporting: the Register of Debates and the Congressional Globe. Both dominated the journalistic world of Congress and politics in the decades before the Government Printing Office began producing its official account of Congress—the Congressional Record—in 1873. And because the two overlapped in coverage, many assumed they were partisan rivals. But (read more)




Sources as Windows to Narrative: Periodical Indexes – Harder to Access, Highly Insightful
05 September 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

Sources as Windows to Narrative: Periodical Indexes – Harder to Access, Highly Insightful

Periodical indexes are not often considered valuable source material unto themselves. There is a tendency to see them simply as neutral orderings of objective reality. After all, how can a list of sources be anything more than a means to more (and better) sources? How can a list of sources contain an agenda or narrative? Quite well, it would seem. As curated lists of source material, indexes are susceptible to internal biases and narratives as least as much as the editorial cartoons we (read more)




Sources as Windows to Narrative: Political Cartoons – Easy to Access, Easy to Deceive
16 August 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

Sources as Windows to Narrative: Political Cartoons – Easy to Access, Easy to Deceive

The primary source is the historian’s most prized asset. However, sources taken on their own are not necessarily interesting; it is how the researcher can see in them and through them, placing them in context to piece together historical narrative, that makes them intriguing. When used effectively, sources can truly be windows into history, and—like windows—they can be clear, dirty, foggy, even distorted and deceptive. Political cartoons are an example of a relatively (read more)




“The Honeypot Approach”: The Origin and Development of the NYPL Public Domain Collection
26 July 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

“The Honeypot Approach”: The Origin and Development of the NYPL Public Domain Collection

Exploring the NYPL Public Domain Collection… Today we will look at the New York Public Library’s Public Domain Collection. The NYPL recently made approximately 190,000 digitized public domain items from their special collections available online for unrestricted use. Why does the NYPL have such a large library of digitized material? Why do they have such a large special collection at all? To answer these questions, we have explore  the genesis of the NYPL collection in (read more)




"A Profitable, Elevating, and Attractive Profession”: Bettering Farming through the Farmers' Bulletin
12 July 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

"A Profitable, Elevating, and Attractive Profession”: Bettering Farming through the Farmers

Exploring the Farmers’ Bulletin… Our “Exploring” series continues with the Farmers’ Bulletin, a publication from the United States Department of Agriculture that first appeared in 1889. For over a century, the Bulletin has disseminated the latest research out of Agricultural Experiment Stations across the country with the aim of leading farmers to bigger crop yields and more rewarding home lives. Persuit of this goal has sometimes led the Bulletin to publish (read more)




Why Another Magazine Index, Mr. Faxon?
28 June 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

Why Another Magazine Index, Mr. Faxon?

Exploring the Annual Magazine Subject-Index… Our "Exploring" series continues with Frederick Faxon’s Annual Magazine Subject-Index, which ran from 1907 until 1949. When Faxon started his index in 1907, several large and mostly-comprehensive periodical indexes already dominated the library market. So why did he bother starting yet one more? As it turns out, this was a question front and center in Faxon’s mind from the outset—and one to which he had a (read more)




Discovering Medieval Florence and the Donati through Subject Encyclopedias
19 June 2018 by Eric Calaluca

Discovering Medieval Florence and the Donati through Subject Encyclopedias

My interest in specialized subject encyclopedias predates Reference Universe. I was assigned a weekly task in my high school library of re-shelving books. It turns out that our school librarian had made a substantial investment in what were—at the time—an emerging genre: specialized subject encyclopedias. The idea of broad general encyclopedias dates to the eighteenth century. However, the publication of specialized subject encyclopedias expanded dramatically in the 1970s (read more)




Congressional Research Reports Now Available in U.S. Documents Masterfile
11 June 2018 by Paratext Editorial

Congressional Research Reports Now Available in U.S. Documents Masterfile

Thanks to the work of EveryCRSReport.com, researchers are now able to access nearly 15,000 Congressional Research Service (CRS Reports), with links to full-text sources where available in U.S. Documents Masterfile: 1774 – 2018. EveryCRSReport.com is a joint project by Demand Progress and the Congressional Data Coalition, who have made their bulk CRS report data freely available online. Reports by the Congressional Research Service are the encyclopedic research (read more)




“A Trifling Return…for the Great Service”
06 June 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

“A Trifling Return…for the Great Service”

Exploring the Industrial Arts Index... Continuing with our “Exploring” blog series, today we will look at the Industrial Arts Index. Before the current-day crowd of scientific and engineering online discovery services existed, staying up-to-date in one’s field involved visiting the reference section of the local library and using their subject indexes. The Industrial Arts Index was one such tool, designed to make it easy to find the most widely-used and useful articles in (read more)




New Major Reference Content from Edward Elgar and IGI Global
29 May 2018 by Paratext Editorial

New Major Reference Content from Edward Elgar and IGI Global

IGI Global and Edward Elgar Publishing continue to produce impressive major reference titles within their respective areas of expertise. With 43 new titles from IGI Global and 20 from Edward Elgar, Reference Universe: 1975-2019 has increased its core introductory content in law, economics, environmental policy, and information technology. These additions bring the total number of IGI Global Major Reference Works (read more)




“A High Indignity…and Notorious Breach of Privilege”
23 May 2018 by Grayson Van Beuren

“A High Indignity…and Notorious Breach of Privilege”

Exploring Hansard’s Parliamentary Debates... At Paratext, historical sources—primary, secondary, and tertiary—are our business. Not all historical sources are immediately intuitive, and many hide fascinating stories. This is the first post in our “Exploring” blog series, which will delve into various useful sources available to researchers and scholars at all levels. We address issues of historical context, illuminate methods of use, and parse out biases (read more)




Government Documents 101
09 May 2018 by Paratext Editorial

Government Documents 101

Part I: What, Who, and Why The average researcher likely doesn’t think often about government documents. Unless your specialty is political science, law, or government history, government documents don’t seem like an obvious resource to utilize. What is a specialist in literature, psychology, or biology going to find of value in government documents? The answer may surprise you. Because the work and research of government encompasses so many aspects of human society and (read more)




New Major Reference Content from Edward Elgar and IGI Global in Reference Universe
12 February 2018 by Paratext Editorial

New Major Reference Content from Edward Elgar and IGI Global in Reference Universe

IGI Global and Edward Elgar Publishing continue to produce impressive major reference titles within their respective areas of expertise. With 22 new titles from IGI Global and 311 from Edward Elgar, Reference Universe: 1975-2019 has increased its core introductory content in law, economics, environmental policy, and information technology. These additions bring the total number of IGI Global Major Reference Works in Reference Universe to 506 and (read more)




New Cambridge University Press Content in Reference Universe
10 January 2018 by Paratext Editorial

New Cambridge University Press Content in Reference Universe

Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world (1534) and continues to produce high quality scholarly publications in all research areas. Paratext added 631 additional Major Reference Works, including the famed Cambridge Histories to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2018. You can view the full list of the recently added Cambridge University Press titles, here. (read more)




Paratext Celebrates 25 Years of Research, 1993-2018
05 January 2018 by Eric Calaluca

Paratext Celebrates 25 Years of Research, 1993-2018

Paratext celebrates 25 years of research database applications. “When Paratext began, the most significant 'disruption' came with the industry-wide pre-occupation with CD-ROM as a storage/delivery medium. At the time, CDs were rapidly replacing print and microfiche as the preferred delivery mechanism for large-volume research content,” according to Eric Calaluca, Paratext founder. “The expectation that CD publishing would lower costs was quickly (read more)




New Content for U.S. Documents Masterfile, Autumn 2017
09 October 2017 by Paratext Editorial

New Content for U.S. Documents Masterfile, Autumn 2017

The Autumn of 2017 brings great new content to U.S. Documents Masterfile: 1774-2018, along with recently deployed new search utilities to improve search results, particularly for non-specialists. The following sources have just been added to U.S. Documents Masterfile. Congressional Bill Summaries, 2013-2017 U.S. Documents Masterfile recently incorporated 26,000 records from the Congressional Bill Summaries of the 113th, 114th, and 115th Congresses, starting (read more)




New Content for 19th Century Masterfile, Autumn 2017
28 September 2017 by Paratext Editorial

New Content for 19th Century Masterfile, Autumn 2017

The Autumn of 2017 brings great new content to 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930, along with recently deployed new search utilities to improve search results, particularly for non-specialists. The following sources have just been added to 19th Century Masterfile. United States National Archives 19th Century Masterfile now contains over 1.5 million new citations from the United States National Archives image collection. The range of this collection is quite vast, (read more)




Reference Universe Soon Also Accessible via EBSCO Discovery Service
14 September 2017 by Paratext Editorial

Reference Universe Soon Also Accessible via EBSCO Discovery Service

Paratext has reached an agreement to integrate Reference Universe: 1975-2018 metadata into EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). This means your patrons will soon be able to fully explore the contents of your major reference collection in detail via EDS — while practitioners, instruction librarians, and advanced users also retain access to the native Reference Universe interface. Based on recent surveys of our customers, this was the single (read more)




New Major Science and Technology Content from IGI Global
30 March 2017 by Paratext Editorial

New Major Science and Technology Content from IGI Global

IGI Global is a leading international academic reference publisher in information science, business science, medical information science and engineering science. This week, Paratext added more than 270 additional Major Reference Works, with an emphasis on IGI Global’s contributions to STEM studies, to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2017. This new addition of nearly 16,000 article level links to the 273 most (read more)




New Cambridge University Press Content in Reference Universe
30 March 2017 by Paratext Editorial

New Cambridge University Press Content in Reference Universe

Cambridge University Press is the oldest publishing house in the world (1534) and continues to produce high quality scholarly publications in all research areas. Paratext added 700 additional Major Reference Works, including the famed Cambridge Histories to the vast introductory metadata of Reference Universe: 1975-2017. The full list can be found at the Paratext Commons, the new authenticated information portal for library practitioners.     (read more)




Largest Repository for History of Science Periodicals Now Online
30 November 2016 by Paratext Editorial

Largest Repository for History of Science Periodicals Now Online

356 years after The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge held their first 'learned society' meeting in 1660, Paratext announces the addition of The Society's International Catalogue of Scientific Literature, 1901-1914 to 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930. This is the continuation of the monumental Catalogue of Scientific Papers 1800-1900, which Paratext deployed in 2012.   The International Catalogue is the largest single editorial (read more)




New Elsevier Content in Reference Universe
17 November 2016 by Paratext Editorial

New Elsevier Content in Reference Universe

Elsevier remains one of the world’s leading providers in science, health, and technology discoveries. In conjunction with the efforts of Elsevier, Reference Universe: 1975-2017 aims to provide researchers with the most current, introductory works of today. With that in mind, Paratext has enhanced the Elsevier profile in Reference Universe with an additional 12,000 article level links to 257 new Elsevier major reference titles. The (read more)




New Major Reference Content from OUP Now in Reference Universe
20 October 2016 by Paratext Editorial

New Major Reference Content from OUP Now in Reference Universe

Oxford University Press remains at the vanguard of authoritative and creative major reference publishing. As such, it has established a singular profile within Paratext’s Reference Universe, the unified online resource for searching; augmenting; weeding; and utilizing Major Reference Works. This week, Paratext has supplemented the OUP profile with an additional 1.7 million article level links to 263 new Oxford Major Reference titles. 555 reference titles (read more)




Adam Matthew Content Now Accessible via 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930
21 June 2016 by Paratext Editorial

Adam Matthew Content Now Accessible via 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930

Paratext is pleased to announce that extensive content from Adam Matthew is now accessible via 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930. Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE, is an award-winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences, covering subject areas from medieval family life to 20th-century history and culture. Nearly 100,000 links from 33 collections are being added to 19th Century Masterfile’s Image/Media section, broadening research (read more)




New See Similar Titles Feature in Reference Universe
18 May 2016 by Paratext Editorial

New See Similar Titles Feature in Reference Universe

Your Major Reference Collection contains unique data. The benefits are for all researchers, but particularly for advanced and graduate students looking to refine theses topics.  In order to expand the value of this more expanded query, Paratext has launched a redesigned Reference Universe with enhanced features, most specifically a See Similar Titles feature, using proximity of Library of Congress Classification to reveal titles otherwise missed.   (read more)




New Way to Explore the Periodicals of 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930
10 March 2016 by Paratext Editorial

New Way to Explore the Periodicals of 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930

After 18 years in the making, Paratext can finally introduce its newest, most exciting utility for The Commons. Library practitioners can now delve deeper into the content of 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930. We’ve created a new search function which allows you to search what is inside 19th Century Masterfile by Periodical Title, Index, and by Language. This utility allows library practitioners to explore the vast coverage of historical periodical literature within 19th Century (read more)




Modifications to Reference Universe for Web and Public Service Administrators
04 February 2016 by Paratext Editorial

Modifications to Reference Universe for Web and Public Service Administrators

Paratext has launched a newly designed interface for Reference Universe. Along with the redesign, two new enhancements have been deployed: Program Changes  * See Nearby Titles is now a programmed feature accessible at nearly all areas of the search architecture. This feature allows researchers to "Walk the Shelves" of both legacy print content and E-Reference titles, so other relevant content not necessarily returned in their specific search is revealed. * A new Hot Key (read more)




Reference Collection Analysis now Live
08 January 2016 by Paratext Editorial

Reference Collection Analysis now Live

New Inventory and Analysis Tools for your Major Reference Works Many library administrators are being pressed to inventory, relocate and/or weed their collection of Major Reference Works. But these expensive, non-circulating titles present a unique challenge. Where to start? The Reference Universe Collection Analysis module is now online--an extension of Paratext’s Reference Universe Usage Platform. This new module allows you to: Assess the coverage of your e-Reference titles (read more)




Indexes to British Art Exhibitions 1760-1912 now online.
28 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial

Indexes to British Art Exhibitions 1760-1912 now online.

Many bibliographers and scholars using 19th Century Masterfile have asked for expanded coverage of the visual arts. To that end, we're very happy to announce that Graves’ Indexes to Art Exhibitions 1760-1912 is now completely digitized and online in 19th Century Masterfile. Graves’ indexes are a seminal resource not only for the study of art, but for users from numerous scholarly disciplines. These indexes offer the researcher opportunities (read more)




JSTOR Early Journal Content now linked via 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930
20 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial

JSTOR Early Journal Content now linked via 19th Century Masterfile: 1106-1930

Paratext’s 19th Century Masterfile 1106-1930 now contains links to 472,764 articles to the 380 titles within JSTOR’s Early Journal Content. The vital Early Journal Content data augments the 8,000+ journals already indexed within19th Century Masterfile, further establishing it as the essential ‘due diligence’ repository for pre-1930 studies. The Early Journal Content covers arts and humanities, economics, politics, mathematics and other sciences. Begin your (read more)




New Review of U.S. Documents Masterfile 1774-2016
15 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial

New Review of U.S. Documents Masterfile 1774-2016

Please see this latest review of U.S. Documents Masterfile (formerly Public Documents Masterfile) in Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research, June 2015 "We liked Paratext’s Public Documents Masterfile, and believe it provides another very good option for searching huge amounts of government information, supplemented by other public sources such as Data-Planet and Readex. We also like the fact that the database integrates such a credible and exact indexing method, (read more)




"Reference Universe and Web of Science"
15 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial

"Reference Universe and Web of Science"

“Two databases for identifying initial overview articles deserve particular emphasis, Reference Universe and Web of Science. (pg. 2) Thomas Mann spent more than 30 years as a reference librarian at the Library of Congress, acquiring unparalleled skills in helping researchers discover new connections, pathways and higher-quality resources. The latest edition (May 2015) of his Oxford Guide to Library Research  is the best overview of major research resources, both print and (read more)




Welcome to the Launch of Paratext Commons
12 October 2015 by Paratext Editorial

Welcome to the Launch of Paratext Commons

Paratext Commons is a new site for designed solely for you, our clients in academic, public and special libraries.   This site integrates all our supplementary information on content; technology; software; usage patterns and tutorials to help librarians make the most of their subscriptions to 19th Century Masterfile 1106-1930; Public Documents Masterfile 1774-2016; and Reference Universe 1975-2016.     The purpose is to explore the content and supplemental materials (read more)




Paratext Launches New Resource Usage Platform
26 February 2015 by Paratext Editorial

Paratext Launches New Resource Usage Platform

Paratext is pleased to announce our new Resource Usage Platform. You can measure statistics on terms, titles found, most popular queries, and which data sources are being utilized. The platform is available for 19th Century Masterfile, Public Documents Masterfile, and Reference Universe. Observe how your reference collection is being utilized: Discover how e-resources and print usage compares. Use for deeper analysis for coordinating research programs and objectives. Use (read more)




754 Additional Gale Titles are now Accessible in Reference Universe
23 January 2015 by Paratext Editorial

754 Additional Gale Titles are now Accessible in Reference Universe

Paratext is pleased to announce that 754 Gale Virtual Reference LibraryTM  titles, totalling 2.6 Million new article and index-level links, have been added to Reference Universe. This includes new titles and new editions to existing Major Reference Works, bringing the total participation in Reference Universe to 2335 GVRL titles. Reference Universe has been designed to bring the best tertiary sources to the forefront, and GVRL,  is the most heavily used (read more)




Data-Planet Datasheets now fully Indexed within Public Documents Masterfile
19 September 2014 by Paratext Editorial

Data-Planet Datasheets now fully Indexed within Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext­­­TM announces that an extensive collection of Data-Planet TM DataSheets is now indexed, linked, and integrated into Public Documents MasterfileTM. Researchers can now query over 150,000 metadata records representing authoritative publicly and privately sourced datasets. Libraries who subscribe to both services can link directly from the search results to Data-Planet’s datasheets, with a visual chart, map, or graph, accompanied by (read more)




IGI Global Titles Now Integrated Into Paratext's Reference Universe
10 June 2014 by Paratext Editorial

IGI Global Titles Now Integrated Into Paratext

IGI Global and Paratext announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 150 IGI Global reference titles are now accessible via Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Reference Universe is the only database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of major reference works. All of IGI Global’s current works, including encyclopedias, multi-volume book collections, as well as single and two-volume handbooks of research, will now be (read more)




Cambridge Books Online now accessible via Paratext's Reference Universe
25 March 2014 by Paratext Editorial

Cambridge Books Online now accessible via Paratext

 Paratext announces that thousands of links to nearly 400 Major Reference Works from Cambridge Books Online will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Cambridge University Press’ coverage of all disciplines, at the highest scholarly level, further enhances the mission of Reference Universe, bringing the finest introductory content into the hands of researchers. Read the full press release here. (read more)




SAGE Reference Titles now integrated into Reference Universe
15 March 2014 by Paratext Editorial

SAGE Reference Titles now integrated into Reference Universe

SAGE and Paratext are pleased to announce that thousands of additional links to nearly 400 SAGE Reference titles have been integrated into theReference Universe service These award-winning titles join the nearly 45,000 represented within Reference Universe, the only research database that provides both collection-level scope and index-level analysis of Major Reference Works. Read the full press release here. (read more)




Data-Planet Datasheets to be Indexed in Public Documents Masterfile
21 January 2014 by Paratext Editorial

Data-Planet Datasheets to be Indexed in Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext™ is pleased to announce that it has recently signed an agreement with Data-Planet to index an extensive collection of Data-Planet DataSheets within Public Documents Masterfile™ (PDM). Libraries who subscribe to both properties will link directly from search results into more than 150,000 of Data-Planet DataSheets, complete with a chart, map, or graph, statistical abstract and downloadable data-sets. Public Documents Masterfile users (read more)




Paratext Profiled in Against the Grain
29 July 2013 by Paratext Editorial

Paratext Profiled in Against the Grain

A new profile of Paratext and its founder, Eric Calaluca, has been published in Against the Grain, a leading resource for the academic information community. Read the full profile here. (read more)




Elsevier Major Reference Works now in Reference Universe
01 April 2013 by Paratext Editorial

Elsevier Major Reference Works now in Reference Universe

Paratext is proud to announce that thousands of links to nearly 250 Major Reference Works from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide foundational content that gives cross-disciplinary perspective to researchers, librarians, teachers and students worldwide. “Elsevier’s Major Reference Works provide reliable and rigorous foundational content to undergraduate, advanced, (read more)




Find Your Oxford Collection with Reference Universe
26 March 2013 by Paratext Editorial

Find Your Oxford Collection with Reference Universe

As you may already know, access to Oxford’s sizeable collection of online reference titles recently underwent some changes. The Oxford Reference Online and Oxford Digital Reference collections were combined into one platform – Oxford Reference to make for a more intuitive research experience for users. Even better, over 200 of these valuable online reference titles are included in Reference Universe, enabling even greater discovery (read more)




eBooks Now More Visible in Reference Universe
18 February 2013 by Paratext Editorial

eBooks Now More Visible in Reference Universe

The way your library users have been doing research has been changing for some time. You see it every day, eBooks are becoming dominant in modern search habits. Reference Universe remains the only collection level discovery resource focused specifically on Major Reference Works.  Enriched metadata for over 10,000 Electronic Reference titles as well as over 30,000 of your library’s legacy print holdings are now online. With new, larger eBook icons incorporated (read more)




The New and Improved 19th Century Masterfile
19 December 2012 by Paratext Editorial

The New and Improved 19th Century Masterfile

A major enhancement to 19th Century Masterfile will be deployed in January 2013. This new enhancement includes: Faster links to the 20 million+ full text sources from both fee-based and Open Access repositories. Enhanced de-limiting functions–by date; by format; and by subject and more. Detailed resource descriptions to give users a better understanding of the context of their results. Simplified exporting of citation data in a variety of (read more)




Over 350 New Major Reference Works added to Reference Universe
18 December 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Over 350 New Major Reference Works added to Reference Universe

Content for new Major Reference titles from Gale, Oxford and Blackwell will soon be added to Reference Universe. This new update adds over 170 new titles–with deep analytics for E-versions as well as their print equivalents.  This includes resources from Gale Virtual Reference Library,Wiley Online Library and Oxford Reference.  Over 45,000 titles are now part of the (read more)




See the New Public Documents Masterfile
16 October 2012 by Paratext Editorial

See the New Public Documents Masterfile

The best search tool for government documents discovery has undergone a transformation.Public Documents Masterfile has a look and feel that’s brand new and enhanced search features to go with it. We’ve kept the basics that make Public Documents Masterfile so valuable to government  documents librarians. You can still search for current and historical primary sources, government documents printed by the GPO and beyond, and for a great variety of research (read more)




The Granite Monthly in 19th Century Masterfile
08 October 2012 by Paratext Editorial

The Granite Monthly in 19th Century Masterfile

The Granite Monthly was a New Hampshire publication that covered news, issues of import to the society of the time and general interest articles. It now joins over 70 other valuable primary source indexes that enjoy easier discovery with one searchbox in 19th Century Masterfile. The Granite Monthly file in 19th Century Masterfile contains nearly 20,000 primary source records from 1877-1930.  Most of these citations conveniently include links (read more)




Reference Universe and EBSCO Discovery Service
13 June 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Reference Universe and EBSCO Discovery Service

The best way to promote authoritative reference in your library is to make it easy for your patrons to find and use Reference Universe. An additional way to achieve this is now available to all customers ofEBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Reference Universe. An increasing number of Reference Universe libraries are integrating the exhaustive corpus of Reference Universe content with EDS via theirOptional Integrated Federation. This (read more)




160 New Credo Titles Now Searchable in Reference Universe
25 April 2012 by Paratext Editorial

160 New Credo Titles Now Searchable in Reference Universe

Reference Universe has now expanded to include even more titles from Credo Reference. This most recent update, which brings in 160 additional Credo Reference titles, includes leading publishers such as SAGE UK, Princeton University Press and Elsevier. Credo’s General Reference is a multi-disciplinary database focused on the most popular academic research subjects.  These authoritative reference resources cover history, medical (read more)




Increased Discovery for more Taylor & Francis Titles Through Reference Universe
16 March 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Increased Discovery for more Taylor & Francis Titles Through Reference Universe

Detailed data to over 40 Major Reference Works from Taylor & Francis have just been integrated into Reference Universe. This major enhancement, covering works predominantly in science and technology,  includes links to the E-editions at Taylor & Francis Online, as well as the corresponding data for detailed analysis of the print editions. Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher with a reputation for exceptional scientific (read more)




Even More Oxford and Wiley Titles Searchable In Reference Universe
06 March 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Even More Oxford and Wiley Titles Searchable In Reference Universe

Over 80 new titles from Oxford University Press and Wiley now join the almost 45,000 reference titles now more accessible through Reference Universe. The most comprehensive resource for greater discovery of authoritative reference works just keeps growing. The new titles now included cover a range of subjects. Current customers will now have greater access to: Encyclopedia of Dead Sea Scrolls, Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Drug Metabolism and (read more)




Links to Royal Society Full-Text Journals' Now in 19th Century Masterfile
31 January 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Links to Royal Society Full-Text Journals

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy still in existence, having begun in the 17th century with the regular meetings of natural philosophers interested in promoting knowledge of the natural world through observation and experiment. Paratext is pleased to announce that more than 6,000 links to the full text of the Royal Society Journals are now included in 19th Century Masterfile. The journals make up part of the more than 1,500 titles indexed within (read more)




Reference Universe a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012
17 January 2012 by Paratext Editorial

Reference Universe a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012

Paratext is honored to announce that Reference Universe has been chosen as one of the CHOICEOutstanding Academic Titles of 2012. Reference Universe is one of the select few titles chosen out of the over 7,000 that were reviewed by CHOICE in 2011 to be recognized for their excellence in scholarship and the significance of their contribution to the field. According to CHOICE, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles including: overall (read more)




82 Additional Reference Titles from Wiley Now Linked via Reference Universe
01 December 2011 by Paratext Editorial

82 Additional Reference Titles from Wiley Now Linked via Reference Universe

Reference Universe customers subscribing to the Wiley Online Library will now find 82 new titles from this invaluable resource included in Reference Universe. The Wiley Online Library brings many of the quality resources Wiley-Blackwell has long been known for into an easy to use online platform. The award-winning reference content included in the Wiley Online Library covers life, health, social and physical sciences, and the humanities. As one of the (read more)




By Popular Request, Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online Now in Reference Universe
08 November 2011 by Paratext Editorial

By Popular Request, Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online Now in Reference Universe

Paratext is pleased to announce that detailed metadata from Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online from Oxford University Press are now integrated into Reference Universe. Many current Reference Universe libraries tell us that these titles are among the most heavily used within their library. Their inclusion within Reference Universe ensures increased accessibility to some of the most authoritative articles on art and music available. Grove Art (read more)




Public Documents Masterfile Update: SuDoc Numbers, Ames and new ERIC records
10 October 2011 by Paratext Editorial

Public Documents Masterfile Update: SuDoc Numbers, Ames and new ERIC records

Public Documents Masterfile customers will be happy to learn that Paratext has added SuDoc numbers, LC card numbers and Item Numbers to many of the citations included in the GPO Monthly Catalog Subject Indexes (1895-1976).  Due to this inclusion, all government documents included in this index from 1947-1976 will now be considerably easier to access for Public Documents Masterfile users. Expanding the coverage of historical primary sources, we’ve also just added (read more)




E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries
05 October 2011 by Paratext Editorial

E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries

Between her blog No Shelf Required and her book of the same name, Sue Polanka of Wright State University has been helping librarians understand the growing shift towards e-books and embrace the opportunities they present within traditional collection development activities. Her most recent contribution on the subject, E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts has just been released by IGI Publishing. It brings together the ideas of (read more)




The Librarian-Controlled Reference Universe Administrative Module Now Available
22 September 2011 by Paratext Editorial

The Librarian-Controlled Reference Universe Administrative Module Now Available

The Reference Universe Administrative Module is now available!  In response to our most common request from users, the Administrative Module will greatly simplify the update process in Reference Universe. Reference Universe users can now: Immediately make additions/deletions to your Reference Universe profile as new titles are added to or weeded from your collection Keep up to date on reference titles your library may not yet have Easily (read more)




1.2 Million Links to Historical Congressional Documents Now Online within Public Documents Masterfile
07 September 2011 by Paratext Editorial

1.2 Million Links to Historical Congressional Documents Now Online within Public Documents Masterfile

A deeper awareness of the political mechanisms and motivations of the United States government, particularly during its earliest days, is invaluable for accomplishing a greater understanding of the functions of democracy.  Public Documents Masterfileis designed to simplify the process of finding important government documents and thus help promote greater knowledge of how the United States government functions. The Annals of Congress, Register of (read more)




Integrating Reference Universe into your Library's New Discovery Service
12 August 2011 by Paratext Editorial

Integrating Reference Universe into your Library

Your library may be considering (or have already acquired) a new ‘discovery service’ for your library to simplify searching and open up your content.  That’s good.  Wouldn’t it be better to also see your reference collection represented in these services with the kind of detail you now see within Reference Universe? Paratext is pleased to announce that some integration has already taken place, and more is to come. There are two ways to (read more)




ARTstor Content Soon to be Indexed within Paratext's 19th Century Masterfile
22 June 2011 by Paratext Editorial

ARTstor Content Soon to be Indexed within Paratext

Paratext announces that hundreds of thousands of citations from the ARTstor Digital Library will be indexed and integrated into Paratext’s 19th Century Masterfile database, allowing historians and scholars from many disciplines to expand their art history research. The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in a variety of subjects. The Digital Library serves educators, scholars, curators, (read more)




Sharpe Online Reference Content Added to Reference Universe
26 May 2011 by Paratext Editorial

Sharpe Online Reference Content Added to Reference Universe

Paratext is pleased to announce that all of the reference works from the Sharpe Online Referencecollection have been added to the nearly 50,000 scholarly subject encyclopedias and other scholarly reference titles accessible via the Reference Universe service. Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR) includes the titles that make up the U.S. and Global History and Culture collections. SOLR brings together award-wining subject coverage, the convenience and flexibility (read more)




New Content and over 8 million full text links now in Public Documents Masterfile
18 May 2011 by Paratext Editorial

New Content and over 8 million full text links now in Public Documents Masterfile

We’ve added the index to the Congressional Globe to the Annals of Congress and Register of Debatesalready found in the Congressional Record file in Public Documents Masterfile, bringing Congressional coverage up to 1867. In addition, we’ve recently updated many thousands of records to federal documents to be discovered via Public Documents Masterfile in the following: Post-1976 GPO Public Documents (1976-current)  (read more)




Congressional Globe and more now indexed in 19th Century Masterfile
26 April 2011 by Paratext Editorial

Congressional Globe and more now indexed in 19th Century Masterfile

As we’ve all been recently reminded of the important role Congress plays in ensuring the day to day functions of democracy, it can be useful to keep in mind the history of one of our most influential government institutions. 19th Century Masterfile now includes the indexes to the Annals of Congress, the Register of Debates and much of the Congressional Globe, bringing our coverage of Congressional papers up to the 39th Congress in 1867, with greater coverage (read more)




Index to the Farmers' Bulletin Now in 19th Century Masterfile
25 April 2011 by Paratext Editorial

Index to the Farmers

19th Century Masterfile has always been the ‘due diligence’ resource for historians. Its usefulness is now expanded to cover works in both technology and agricultural science. To that end, Paratext has significantly enhanced the scope and research value of 19th Century Masterfile for historical agricultural studies through the addition of the Index to Farmers’ Bulletin, 1889-1930. The Farmers’ Bulletin was for many years one of the most (read more)




150 Years Later: Researching the Civil War in 19th Century Masterfile
12 April 2011 by Paratext Editorial

150 Years Later: Researching the Civil War in 19th Century Masterfile

On the 150th Anniversary of the commencement of the United States Civil War, we are reminded of the great value of primary sources in helping us better understand the experiences of those that came before us. New research and analysis is emerging all the time to provide new perspective on the events and players in the war.  It is our goal to ensure that you and your patrons can find the most valuable documents available for offering insight into the experiences of early (read more)




New Review of Reference Universe in CHOICE Magazine
09 March 2011 by Paratext Editorial

New Review of Reference Universe in CHOICE Magazine

This month’s issue of CHOICE includes a new review of Paratext’s Reference Universe service. CHOICE magazine is one of the most valuable and respected resources for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. More than 35,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers turn to CHOICE magazine to help make collection development decisions According to CHOICE, “Reference (read more)




New Introductory Portal and Thousands of New Documents now live in Public Documents Masterfile
23 February 2011 by Paratext Editorial

New Introductory Portal and Thousands of New Documents now live in Public Documents Masterfile

Paratext is pleased to report that you can now find a new, introductory search portal when accessing Public Documents Masterfile. This new landing page makes it easy for you to join our RSS feed to keep up with new content updates and other information related to Paratext products, provides your users with a basic description of the service, and offers a reminder of the variety of subjects and fascinating information included in the index via our scrolling discovery bar. Recent (read more)




New Wiley Titles to be Added to Reference Universe
09 February 2011 by Paratext Editorial

New Wiley Titles to be Added to Reference Universe

Paratext announces that thousands of links to more than 125 major reference works on Wiley Online Library will be integrated into Paratext’s Reference Universe service. Wiley Online Library, launched last summer, is one of the world’s most extensive multidisciplinary collections of online resources, covering life, health, social and physical sciences, and humanities.  Wiley’s electronic reference program provides access to the peer-reviewed, (read more)




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