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Alexander Street Press Partners with Arcadia Publishing
By Chris Cook   - 08/17/2009

BC Review

Alexander Street Press, in collaboration with Arcadia Publishing, has launched its latest reference resource, Local and Regional History Online: A History of American Life in Images and Texts, giving users a comprehensive history of American life that covers every region in the United States.

Expected to grow to more than 5,000 titles with 650,000 pages and more than 1 million images, this collection is sure to be an essential tool for geneologists and serious scholars alike. Users can trace the stories of immigrants, laborers and newsmakers, study the architecture of homes, identify images of racism and tolerance and gain an understanding of local history as lived by everyday men and women.

Features include:

•Thousands of pages and images — With an initial complement of more than 100,000 pages and 150,000 images, the database is growing all the time. The narratives are written by local historians with unmatched personal knowledge. Images, many unavailable anywhere else, are from historical societies, archives and private collections.
•New tools for search and discovery — Using a new thesaurus created specifically for this collection, every page is now indexed, categorizing the content with more than 200,000 unique terms. Users can cross-search everything by places, people, organizations, historical events, ethnic groups and more.
•Faceted browse functionality — When a user looks at a results set, the faceted browse automatically tells him/her what's on each page. This feature makes browsing the collection easy and intuitive, powerful and fast.
With its robust Semantic Indexing feature, Alexander Street Press' Local and Regional History Online is a new kind of research tool, not merely a collection of individual books. Genealogical researchers will find raw facts and images of the towns, factories, school, churches and people that shaped a family's history.

Public libraries will be able to serve their communities, giving patrons highly visual, curbside views of their neighborhoods over time. Academic scholars will have entry to broad overviews as well as the smallest details, with access to personal stories and photos of immigrants, laborers and newsmakers as well as family photographs, primary documents and other materials inaccessible outside of these publications.

For more information, including subscriptions and pricing, contact Chris Cook (ccook@bcr.org) or visit the BCR webpages.




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