Access to a Selection of Historical Black Newspapers is Now Available

The Clemson University Libraries now has access to 5 full-text digital newspaper archives.

The new titles are:

Researchers will have the option to search these papers through ProQuest’s user-friendly interface.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Grant, the history research librarian.

ProQuest Ebook Central is Coming

One of the library’s primary e-book vendors is changing. The e-book platform ebrary is getting an upgrade and will be rebranded as ProQuest Ebook Central. There are three things you need to know about the updated platform:

  1. When is it happening? The upgrade will happen over the course of two dates, August 1 and 2, 2017.
  2. Will it affect my personal ebrary Bookshelf account? If you have saved items in a personal ebrary Bookshelf account (where you could download books instead of just browsing them), when you log in after the upgrade you will be prompted to merge it into an Ebook Central Bookshelf. Here’s a YouTube video you can watch about the new personal Bookshelf accounts:
  3. Will I notice any other change? There should be NO disruption in eBook access.

That’s it!

Want more information? Here is a link to a guide from ProQuest about Ebook Central: Here’s a link to our guide with general information about ebooks and how to use them:

Or you can always Ask A Librarian.


New Database: Drama Online

We have a new database — Drama Online Complete Collection.

It’s an award-winning digital resource designed for literature and drama courses. Drama Online currently includes over 1,200 playtexts from Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare, and Faber and Faber. It also includes 700 images from the Victoria and Albert Museum and American Shakespeare Centre, and a growing list of scholarly works.

Drama Online’s Core Collection includes the collections listed below:

  • L.A. Theatre Works: 368 audio recordings from the most important audio theatre company in America. Highlights include iconic modern literary works, Pulitzer prize-winning titles and leading American playwrights such as Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill.
  • Nick Hern Books: 404 modern plays from specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books featuring pre-eminent playwrights including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, and Caryl Churchill.
  • Playwrights Canada Press: Almost 160 plays from established and emerging Canadian playwrights including Daniel Maclvor, Hannah Mosovitch, and Colleen Murphy.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen: Over twenty stunning Shakespeare productions recorded live on stage in high definition. Critically acclaimed productions and award-winning performances from leading actors such as Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.
  • Stage on Screen: major early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use: Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal. Accompanied by cast and crew interviews.
  • Hamlet the Film: the first online debut for this sell-out hit starring Maxine Peake
  • Shakespeare in the Present: a Shakespeare acting masterclass from top international acting coach Patsy Rodenburg starring Joseph Fiennes.
  • BBC Drama Films: Film adaptions of core curriculum plays from Sophocles, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Isben and Oscar Wilde alongside modern classics such as Copenhagen, by playwright Michael Frayn, starring Daniel Craig.
  • Hollow Crown Series 1 & 2: Shakespeare’s history plays featuring a star-studded cast including: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Tom Hiddleston.
  • Aurora-Metro Books: With over 120 drama plays in print, Aurora Metro Books has built a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama, with collections of women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers.

You can find this database and others on our Databases A-Z page and many of our research guides.

For more information or research assistance with this database, please contact our English and Performing Arts librarian Camille Cooper at

Update: Fixed! Problem with ProQuest Products

Update: The issues seem to have been fixed and our databases are available. You might still encounter issues but most things are back.

Many, many of our databases and other products provided by ProQuest are currently unavailable. This list is too extensive to record here but if you click on something from our Databases A-Z list and ProQuest is part of the URL, then you will most likely get a message saying they are having connectivity issues. Messages can vary by product.

ProQuest is working diligently to resolve the issues and we’ll update you as soon as the situation changes.

In the meantime, if are database or electronic journal you need isn’t working, please Ask A Librarian. We can suggest other alternatives.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

SAGE Research Methods Database Available

Hey Social Scientists! SAGE Research Methods Database is now available.

Confounded by Chi-square or mystified by meta-analysis? SAGE Research Methods (SRM) supports research at all levels by providing full-text content to guide users through each step of the process. Whether you are a student learning how to conduct research, a faculty member preparing that perfect grant proposal, or a grad student teaching a concept that you are don’t understand as well as you want to, Sage Research Methods can help. It provides quick dictionary definitions, case study examples from a researchers in the field, downloadable teaching datasets, full-text titles from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series (and more than 1000 other books), journal articles, and video tutorials showing research in action.

You can search SRM, or browse by discipline or topic. If you would like to know more about how to use this incredible new resource (or if you are an instructor who wants to have SRM demonstrated in your classroom), contact your subject librarian.

We Have Practice Tests Online for LSAT, TOEFL & Many Other Exams

Getting ready over Spring Break for the LSAT or another exam? Via the Learning Express Library database (provided by SC Discus), you can access practice tests online for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT and PCAT graduate admissions exams, as well as for the PRAXIS (teacher certification) or the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) exams.

Go to our guide on Careers and College Information for the direct links. For best results, at the Learning Express Library site register and create your account so you can login to “My Center” to see your scores or pick up later where you left off.

You can also watch the Learning Express Library video on “Registering as a New User”.

For the TOEFL exam, there is a free sampler on the ETS site.

If you prefer, Cooper library also has practice exam books available in print (and as ebooks in some cases):

Trial of Historical News Collections From Around the World

We are sponsoring a trial of a series of databases that hold a variety of full text, historical newspapers from around the world. There are newspaper series from Africa (World Newspaper Archive – African Newspapers), South Asia (World Newspaper Archive – South Asia Newspapers 1864-1922), and Latin America (World Newspaper Archive – Latin American Newspapers 1805-1922).

These collections aren’t just for historians! You will find information here on advertising, engineering, social change, and much more!

Be sure to let us know what you think so that we can support the purchase of these collections if you find them useful. You can send an email with your thoughts to the History Research Librarian, Anne Grant (

The trial only runs through February 17th, so don’t delay!

Reminder: Download Responsibly

As much as we all use the internet to find answers to many of our questions (yes, even librarians Google sometimes) not everything is freely available, especially scholarly eJournal and eBook content. The Libraries have contracts with publishers and vendors who collect the content and make it available online. We pay to access this content.

image of RM CooperOn occasion, someone decides that content is too tempting and that they have to have it all!

Well, that’s not allowed.


  • Using articles from Clemson’s e-journal or e-book subscriptions for commercial purposes is not permitted by the Libraries’ contracts with publishers/vendors
  • Excessive downloading of e-journal or e-book content/articles can cause ALL Clemson users to lose access to electronic resources

When one person doesn’t follow the agreed upon terms of the contracts, it’s possible that everybody could lose access.

All this and more is detailed in our Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources.

*Update* List is Back! A-Z Databases List Not Working

Exclamation*Update* The A-Z Databases list is working again.

We’re sad to report a service outage of our A-Z Databases list. We have contacted the service provider, Springshare, and they are working on the problem. If you need to access a database before normal function is restored, you can visit our secret, internal list of databases.

We apologize for the disruption. We also apologize that our backup list isn’t more user-friendly and has some outdated links. All the database links should be functional, though, and we expect Springshare will get things back to normal soon.