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New databases and books available through Marriott Library

Fall databases, serials and books were purchased this fall and made possible by several endowments held at the Marriott Library.

Pro sound effects CORE 4 complete

This important update to the library’s existing Pro Sound Effects collection adds 20 new sound libraries with over 50,000 new sounds, increasing the size of the Complete Collection to 385,000+ files in 5.3TB. Pro Sound Effects draws on big-budget feature films and TV shows across 30+ years and from a global network of world-class recordists. Sound files are organized into more than 500 categories, and nearly any project would be supported. Sounds include ambiance, urban and natural soundscapes, animals, vehicles, foley effects, sound design elements, and more. All sounds are royalty-free. The collection serves many colleges on campus but is most heavily used by the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program. The collection is owned in perpetuity by the library.


A new database dedicated to marine natural products research. MarinLit provides the most comprehensive coverage on the topic with access to journal articles, including new and revised compounds, synthesis, ecology, and biological activities. In addition, the database is continuously updated with contemporary literature. Per Eric Schmidt, Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct in Biological Sciences, “Our institution has a long track record in biomedical research and education with marine organisms, including researchers in multiple departments (Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biochemistry). The MarinLit database provides an exhaustive record of research in this field that is readily searchable in a variety of ways that overall make it the most useful and comprehensive tool available.” The database is owned in perpetuity by the library.

African American newspapers, series 1 and 2, 1827-1998

This primary source newspaper database is the most comprehensive collection of African American Newspapers available. The collection includes 350+ U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience – history, culture, and daily life. With historically significant papers from more than 35 states, this rich collection provides detailed records of the African-American past. Coverage spans the Antebellum South, the spread of abolitionism, the growth of the Black church, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Jim Crow Era, the Great Migration to northern cities, movement to the West and Midwest in search of greater opportunity, the rise of the NAACP, Harlem Renaissance, civil rights movement and political and economic empowerment. The database is owned in perpetuity by the library.

Black freedom struggle in the 20th century: Federal government records (module 1)

This database is a wonderful addition to the library’s ProQuest History Vault collection. Previously acquired History Vault acquisitions include Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th century: Organization Records and Personal papers, Part 1 and Part 2; five of the six available NAACP Papers modules; and Slavery and the Law (1775-1867). This newly acquired module is on the political side of the freedom movement, the role of civil rights organizations in pushing for civil rights legislation, and the interaction between African Americans and the federal government. Significant collections in this module include the FBI Files on MLK Jr.; Centers of the Southern Struggle, and an exceptional collection of FBI Files covering five of the most pivotal arenas of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s: Montgomery, Albany, St. Augustine, Selma, and Memphis; and records from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, detailing the interaction between civil rights leaders and organizations and the highest levels of the federal government. The database is owned in perpetuity by the library.

American history in video

The library has subscribed to this database for several years and has decided to purchase it perpetually due to steady usage statistics for the disciplines it serves. American History in Video is the most extensive collection of its kind, with over 5,000 titles and over 2,000 hours of streaming video content. More than half the content is from the 1890s to the 1980s and includes the complete series of the United Newsreel and Universal Newsreel, which capture history as it was made and reported to viewers of the time. In addition, the collection has 750 documentaries of the most frequently used in history classrooms.

Cambridge archive editions online

This documentary, primary source ebook collection focuses on political, territorial and ethnic issues from the 18th-20th centuries covering four broad regions of the world, including Near and Middle East (120 titles, 966 volumes); Slavic, Balkan, and Caucasus (11 titles, 56 volumes); East and Southeast Asia (nine titles, 92 volumes); and North America (one title, nine volumes). The CAEO is a digital presentation of the well-known and respected series of British archival reprints found in the National Archive (UK). The collection includes selected documents from the British Government records that create an accurate survey of a historical period, political movement, or a country’s development. The collection has been published over 25 years and includes over 1,000 volumes, nearly 700,000 pages of primary sources, and over 750 maps. The collection is owned in perpetuity by the library.

Nonfiction books for the juvenile collection 

This much-needed update adds roughly 185 nonfiction books to the Juvenile Collection. For many years, most books coming into the Juvenile Collection have been fiction, making the nonfiction content largely outdated. This collection update will add many books published within the last three years, including titles selected by reviews from the School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times and popular award lists. Subjects include history, biography, music, art, natural history, ecology, the sciences, philosophy, and sociology, and many meet the current demand for books that address social and emotional learning (SEL). This collection targets all disciplines but primarily serves students in Educational Psychology. The juvenile collection is located on level 3.

About the endowments

Endowments act as a hallmark of financial sustainability for the Marriott Library, enabling funds to be set aside for long-term use in support of collection development and acquisition purposes. Endowed funds offer vital resources, including the technology, materials, books, and databases that students and faculty require to complete their coursework and research. Many endowments increase our reach and impact globally as we offer unlimited access to essential materials presented both online and in the library. The continuous and generous support of our devoted donors enrich our collections and programs, while enabling the library’s work of acquiring and sharing resources in support of student success.