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New Databases Aid AU Researchers Across Disciplines


Marilyn Monroe standing over a street grate. Fidel Castro smoking a cigar. A flag being raised over Iwo Jima during World War II. The photograph used by Shepherd Fairey to create his now iconic image of President Barack Obama. These images are just a few of the photographs available in AU Library’s new subscription to the database AP Images. Thousands of images along with AP graphics, audio, and text can be used for the educational purposes specified in the license agreement that accompanies the database. The images are varied and compelling, and the graphics will be useful to researchers in many disciplines. For example, researchers in criminal justice can use maps displaying the variations in gun control laws in the United States with an overlay of recent shooting incidents. Researchers in international affairs can find graphics for recent elections in Indonesia or the approximate location of a Somali pirate ship seizure. Health researchers can locate graphics on childhood obesity. Many more graphics useful to a variety of scholarly disciplines, as well as an immense number of photographs are available in the database.


Business Source Premier covers more than 10,000 publications, including some 3,300 journals of which about 2,300 are full text and about 1,900 are peer reviewed. Company and industry profiles are included along with country reports and marketing research reports. The library also offers online access to the prestigious journal the Harvard Business Review through Business Source Premier.

Social Sciences

  • LGBT Life With Full Text is now available for research about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. This database indexes about 300 journals and some classic books in the field. Approximately 100 full-text journals are included.
  • Women’s Studies International provides abstracts of articles from more than 2,000 journals and magazines in women’s studies and feminist research with retrospective coverage back to the nineteenth century. It also covers books, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, reports and proceedings, and includes Women Studies Abstracts (1972 to present) and other bibliographies.
  • CEPR Discussion Papers are economic working papers from the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.

All databases are available through the ALADIN Web site. For additional information, contact or call the Reference Desk at 885-3238.