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New from York Libraries – Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have recently added Oxford Bibliographies to our online collections.



Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides which combine features of annotated bibliographies and an encyclopedia.

See here for a complete list of available and forthcoming subject areas.

More information about the update program and new user-driven enhancements


Newly added: Dance in Video: Volume II

York University Libraries recently added Volume II of Alexander Street Press’ Dance in Video.


The second volume of expands upon the foundation built in Volume I, providing 400 hours of video that showcase a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Kirov Ballet, and Compañía Nacional de Danza.

Students seeking to fine-tune specific techniques can explore instructional materials from the George Balanchine Foundation covering basic and advanced ballet techniques, including jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, pointe technique, and more.

New! Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II

York Libraries recently acquired Volume II of Alexander Street Press’ Ethnographic Video Online collection.


Volume II adds 500 more hours of classic and contemporary documentaries, field recordings, and previously unpublished footage from various anthropological archives.

The database features works such as:

  • RAI’s six-part series from Central Television, Strangers Abroad, which documents the link between the “armchair anthropologist” and the modern field worker/scholar by presenting footage of the pioneering ethnographers who lived among the people they studied. Films in the series include Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age, Franz Boas’s The Shackles of Tradition, and Bronislaw Malinowski’s Off the Verandah.
  • The Asia Pacific Films collection, which provides strong representation of Oceania with films by Caroline Yacoe, Garin Nugroho, Uruphong Raksasad, Stephanie Castillo, Vilsoni Hereniko, U-Wei Haji Saari, and Xie Fei.
  • Additional RAI series developed for the UK’s National Geographic, Channel 4.
  • Forbidden Rites, a series produced for National Geographic that includes films on cannibalism, head hunting, and human sacrifice.
  • Internationally recognized films from ZED, including Becoming a Man, Master of the Spirits, andLands of Legends.


New Private Company Resource: PrivCo

York University Libraries recently added a new online business resource for private company info: PrivCo


PrivCo contains business and financial research on non-publicly traded corporations, including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed and international unlisted companies. Content includes private company reports, mergers & acquisitions, private market investors, venture capital funding and more.



New from Adam Matthew Digital: Foreign Office Files for CHINA (1930-1937)

We have recently added Foreign Office Files for CHINA (1930-1937) to our online collections.

The twentieth century in China was one of constant change. The post-revolutionary 1920s were a time of political confusion bordering on chaos, and the 1930s were dominated by a simplified civil war between Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang and the Communist parties’ armies. The Kuomintang found themselves driven from the mainland by 1949 to seek refuge on the island of Taiwan, from where the Republic of China government, protected by the US Navy, continued to claim sovereignty over the whole country. In the rest of China the new authorities of the People’s Republic enacted immensely wide-ranging political and economic change to reflect, initially, Stalinist ideology. However, Sino-Soviet relations worsened towards the end of the 1950s, with Mao’s ideas diverging from Soviet practice on the issue of how China could best make the transition to true communism.  Despite his eventual marginalisation in the party, Mao was able to reassume control with the Cultural Revolution of 1966, in which ‘revisionists’ were purged from the party and from wider Chinese society. Only with Mao’s death in 1976 was the grip of his thinking on China’s governance loosened, ushering in economic reform and growth under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping.

This resource, published in six parts, makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan during these decades.

The documents combine eyewitness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, annual reviews, reports and analyses with a synthesis of newspaper articles and conference reports, economic assessments and synopses on leading Chinese personalities. There is a constant exchange of information between London and British diplomatic outposts in China and a continual dialogue on issues relating to East Asia between Britain and America as well as with European and Commonwealth partners. Sino-Soviet relations also become a very important consideration in the Cold War era.