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ProQuest Central brings together 28 highly-used databases, offering the USI community access to the largest single academic research resource available today.
ProQuest Central contains thousands of essential journals, plus more of the non-journal content that is vital to academic research, such as news, market information, dissertations and pre-print working papers.
Researchers can choose to search individual databases for targeted research, or search all at once to find relevant results from other disciplines. The database allows for cross-searching with other ProQuest business resources, as well as creation of RSS feeds, content alerts, and much more.
ProQuest Central is a SIIA CODiE Award Winner (2010). The SIIA CODiE™ Awards recognize excellence in the software & information industries, in over 80 content, education, and software categories.
The platform recently received 5 out of 5 stars from the Charleston Advisor for interface and search ability.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) contains the full text of the most significant monographs published in the United Kingdom during the 18th century - regardless of language - plus thousands of English-language works from around the globe.
From books and directories, bibles and sheet music, to sermons and pamphlets, ECCO includes a wide variety of materials. In all, there are thousands of titles in seven subject areas:
- History and Geography — Explore ancient and contemporary times, voyages and discoveries, biographies and memoirs, genealogical collections, gazetteers, church antiquities and tourist guides of Britain. Topics include chronologies, recreation, military, travel diaries and topography. This collection presents a comprehensive picture of the American Revolution from the British perspective.
- Social Science and Fine Arts — Social Science looks at manufacturers and merchants, artisans and skilled workers, international business, banking, taxation and lotteries. Topics include current events, social reform, business, economics, finance, and political science. Fine Arts reviews music, painting, theater and architecture, building and carpentry, vocal and instrumental music, paintings, prints drawings, coins and metals, collectibles, and private art collections.
- Medicine, Science, and Technology — Science, applied science and technology, treatment of diseases and conditions are covered. Topics include agriculture, cookbooks, military technology, natural philosophy, scientific education and more.
- Literature and Language — Find celebrated eighteenth-century essayists, novelists, poets, and playwrights — including hundreds of works by the best known authors as well as many by lesser-known authors. Topics include drama, poetry, ballads, religion, grammar, dictionaries, songs from plays, satire, book catalogues, and more.
- Religion and Philosophy — Resources include sermons, bibles, and prayer books to moral and ethical debates and prescriptions for proper conduct.
- Law — Follow the development of law in the British Empire. Topics include acts, criminal and international law, appellants' cases, and more.
- Reference — View ephemeral material on the whole of life during the century. Topics include almanacs, catalogues, and more.
Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford's acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially-commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.
Met Opera on Demand offers the USI community instant access to more than 450 full-length Met performances, including stunning HD videos from the Met's award-winning Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions; classic telecasts from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s; and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936.
All videos include English subtitles, and recent HD videos include subtitles in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and/or Spanish. New titles are added every month, with most of the Met's Live in HD programs coming online a few months after their live transmission dates. Every opera includes an English synopsis, with synopses in multiple languages available for many operas.