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Spotlight on New Electronic Resources at IU Libraries

Lists of newly acquired digital content since 2018 and more information about select resources

About this Guide

Each year, the IU Bloomington Libraries purchase many significant new electronic resources to our collections. It can be difficult to keep track of these new additions. This guide addresses that challenge by highlighting selected new acquisitions and listing others.

The guide does not cover all recent acquisitions, nor does it seek to introduce you to library resources. It is primarily meant for people who are already familiar with the IU Libraries and who want to keep abreast of recent acquisitions. If that is not you, the links below may be of more use to you.

This guide is maintained by subject librarians. Please contact the guide owner, Scott Libson, with questions or comments.

Featured databases

Rafu Shimpo Digital Archive

The paper began in 1903 supporting the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California. By the 1940s it was the most widely circulated paper in the region and included a weekly English section for second generation Japanese Americans. With the onset of World War II, the paper was forced to cease publication after its publisher, H. Toyosaku Komai, and most of the Komai family were arrested and interned for the duration of the war. The Rafu Shimpo quickly revived publication after the war and capitalized on being the first Japanese American newspaper to resume publication in January of 1946. The newspaper outlasted all its local competitors and became the most prominent and preeminent Japanese American publication in the United States.

(image: Page One, Rafu Shimpo (November 9, 2016), link)

Front cover of newspaper

China and the Modern World

Series of digital archive collections sourced from libraries and archives across the world. Covers a period when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic. Includes access to monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence and letters, historical photos, ephemera, and other kinds of historical documents.

(image: Photographs Taken by Lt-Col Sir Percy Sykes to Illustrate Chinese Turkestan, the Russian Pamirs and Osh, Manuscript Number: IOR/L/PS/20/A119 (April-November 1915), link)

Two B&W photographs on black background. Top: 4 people on steps. Bottom: Group with books.

De Gruyter Online

The IU Libraries have acquired e-book access via De Gruyter Online to nearly all 2022 monographic publications from numerous university presses, including Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press, the University of Chicago Press, and Yale University Press.

Princeton University Press logo, a P with the press's name beside it


One of South Africa’s most prominent newspapers, the Sowetan was launched as a response to apartheid conditions in Soweto and other segregated communities. Impassioned editorials, engaging political columns and firsthand reporting helped the Sowetan become the country’s most widely circulated black paper.

(image: Page One, Sowetan (December 9, 2013), link)

Page 1 of newspaper with words Long Live Madiba and photo of crowd pointing to picture of Mandela

Social Movements, Elections, Ephemera

Includes access to Russian and Ukraine collections. Includes election material from both presidential and parliamentary elections. Central to this series is the unique election ephemera including party programs, propaganda materials, special newspaper editions, handbills, sticks, and literature produced by all political parties or candidates. Please note: to access this collection, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage.

(image: "Only Thorough Lustration," Sticker, Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine, 2013-2014, link)

Silhouette behind bars with Ukrainian text beneath

Summer 2022 A-Z List

In addition to the titles below, the IU Libraries continues to invest in the Global Press Archive and many other endeavors.

New databases:
Expanded access to previously owned databases: