Collection Updates

December 1, 2022

African Books Collective

Now, through VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium, Radford University Library users have access to the African Books Collective (ABC). ABC is an African-owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa.

Through this new resource, you can search or browse over 1,500 ebooks on subjects such as African culture, biographies and memoirs, history, literature, politics, and more. Many of the available titles are also DRM-free. You can explore ebooks on similar topics as you browse by clicking on the subject links, and create an account to download ebooks, keep track of your search and reading history, and create custom reading lists.

For more information on creating an account and borrowing ebooks, watch a short video explaining the process. Access the African Books Collective or browse Radford University Libraries’ A-Z Databases List for our full list of available resources.

September 1, 2022

New York Times Academic Pass

With the New York Times Academic Pass, Radford Libraries’ users now have full access to the New York Times website and smart phone app. You can access The New York Times on or off campus for a current, reputable news source. Through the New York Times website, you will also be able to save and share news articles, and set up your own news alerts.

To access the New York Times website, visit Radford University Libraries' A-Z Database list and type “Radford University” into the search box. Click the link embedded in the title (New York Times Academic Pass). 

Off-campus users should use the VPN to access this resource. Find information about using the VPN for Windows users and for Mac users at the IT OneStop.

Once registered, faculty and staff will have 4 years of full access, which they can re-authenticate. Student users will have access until December 31st of their graduation year.

You can also watch a helpful video on how to set up an account.

June 1, 2022

Oxford Scholarship Online

Radford University Libraries have access to Oxford Scholarship Online through VIVA, Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium.

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, that provides easy access to thousands of books from the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press. Spanning subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law, this is an essential resource for student, scholar and academic alike, no matter what subject specialty.

When browsing Oxford Scholarship Online, you can view abstracts for all titles at the book and chapter levels, easily download chapters into PDF format, export citations, and use social bookmarking to share chapters, abstracts, and search results with others.

Get started by taking an online tour at, or  visit to watch a short instructional video. You can access Oxford Scholarship Online by visiting

March 2, 2022

DVD Collections at McConnell and RUC Libraries

Did you know that both McConnell and RUC libraries have collections of new and popular DVDs available for checkout?

You can find a wide selection of Academy Award winning films and popular TV shows available on McConnell Library’s 4th floor in front of the Harvey Center. RUC patrons can find popular DVDs available across from the circulation desk. We have multiple seasons of ongoing TV shows such as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story. Our collections also include movies from DC Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe and animated films from Disney, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli.

If you would like to have a different library’s DVD delivered to you at your home library, place it on hold and be sure to choose the correct Pick Up Option. Or, simply ask a staff member for assistance.

You can browse McConnell’s DVD collection anytime online by visiting Radford University Libraries have something in their DVD collections for everyone.


Dec. 3, 2021

New Access to Gale’s Indigenous People of North America Collection

VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, purchases and licenses shared collections across the state in order to ensure that all students have access to the same critical core resources, regardless of what institution they attend. Through the SCHEV fund for Excellence and Innovation as well as state funding provided by the General Assembly, VIVA has purchased more exciting resources that are focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to help support research and explore diverse perspectives.

Another exciting resource that is now available to Radford University users through VIVA is the Indigenous Peoples of North America collection from Gale. This resource is a comprehensive collection of primary source documents from American and Canadian government sources and institutions, tribal publications, and documents from Indian-related organizations, including a selection of indigenous-language materials. The collection covers topics such as Indian removal, Indian wars and the frontier army, treaty policies, government boarding and missionary schools, Indian languages and linguistics, water and fishing rights, and more. Together, these primary sources enable in-depth study of the political, social, and cultural history of native peoples from the sixteenth century well into the twentieth century.

See VIVA’s full press release about this and other exciting resources at You can access this Gale collection by visiting VIVA’s list of databases at

Aug. 12, 2021

New Access to Two Readex Collections

As the academic library consortium of Virginia, VIVA—the Virtual Library of Virginia—purchases and licenses shared collections across the state that aim to level the academic playing field for students and faculty.  VIVA does this by ensuring that students have access to the same critical core resources, regardless of which institution they attend, whether it is a small community college or a large research university.  An important part of this effort is to make resources available that are focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to support researchers and students in their exploration of historical and current systematic injustices, diverse perspectives, and inclusive practices.  These resources also help ensure that students and community members see themselves and issues important to them reflected in library and research collections.

As a part of the VIVA consortium, Radford University now provides its users with access to two Readex Collections:

African Americans and Reconstruction, 1865-1883 contains nearly 1,400 fully searchable printed works from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of Jim Crow.  It includes documents related to African Americans and citizenship, voting rights, literacy, land rights, employment, and more, including the gaps between written law and practice.

African Americans and Jim Crow, 1883‐1922 contains more than 1,000 fully searchable printed works from the beginning of Jim Crow to post‐World War I.  These works provide insights into African American culture and life during this period of segregation and disenfranchisement and include such topics as African American identity, relationships with peoples of other nations, and literature.

Not only do these new collections greatly expand the breadth and depth of equity, diversity, and inclusion content that VIVA makes available to its members, but they represent substantial cost avoidance for Virginia thanks to VIVA’s group negotiating power.

See VIVA’s full press release about this and other exciting resources at You can access the Readex Collections by visiting VIVA’s list of databases at


Nov. 16, 2020

Changes to Gale Testing and Education Reference Center; and Literary Index

Starting on December 18th, 2020 Gale Testing and Education Reference Center will become Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep. Peterson’s Test Prep will include the same experience and career tools, but will feature an improved and re-designed navigation in order to enhance user experience.

Gale Literary Index will be updated in November, 2020 and will include new usability features. The updated site will include enhanced accessibility tools, such as text-to-speech capabilities and adjustable text size, and increased user privacy. The Literary Index will also feature integration with Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 tools, to allow users to more easily save, download, and share content.

You can access both of these resources by visiting Radford’s A-Z Database list.

May 22, 2020

JSTOR Open Community Collections

Radford University users now have access to JSTOR Open Community Collections. This is an exciting resource that allows our users to access other institutions’ special collections. Users can browse these community collections by institution and explore many different topics ranging historical clothing from 1800 to present, to 17th century colonial records, to photographs documenting traditional Lebanese architecture.

The JSTOR Open Community Collections can be accessed by visiting, or through the library’s A-Z Database list at

January 21, 2020

Changes to Our Kanopy Streaming Video

In an effort to contain our spending with Kanopy, McConnell Library changed the way our account works and it is now in Mediated Mode. Users will have access to videos for which the library has paid a one-year licensing fee. If a user selects a video that has not been licensed for the year, the user will be prompted to fill out a form to request access to the video. A librarian will evaluate the request and determine the best option for access.

For more information about how this process works, as well as instructions for requesting videos through the Mediated Mode, please visit our Kanopy Streaming Films - Mediated Mode LibGuide.


December 3, 2019

Social Explorer

The Social Explorer database lets you access and analyze a wide range of data, including maps, tables, and geodata that provide illustrations of census and other population data in the United States.

Through this database you can find maps that illustrate information ranging from political data and crime statistics by county to environmental information and business patterns by geography and industry. You can use these maps to identify and analyze trends in industries and geographical locations.

Additionally, you can explore details about individual surveys (broken down by year) by clicking the Data Dictionary tab. You can click on a survey name to find information about it as well as all tables that are included in the survey.

 Through this website you can also access datasets of geography of the United States throughout history by clicking on the Geodata tab.

The Social Explorer website is a helpful resource that allows you to view and analyze a wide range of statistical information about populations, geography, and historical trends in the United States.

You can access this resource by visiting the Social Explorer website at or through the library’s A-Z Database list at

September 12, 2019

Safari Tech Books Online Is Now O’Reilly Online Learning

Safari Tech Books Online has changed its name and is now O’Reilly Online Learning. Through this resource you will be able to access a wide range of ebooks, videos, and other helpful resources. You can browse content by topics such as travel and hobbies, business, career development. You can also access Resource Centers to browse curated lists of materials based on specific topics. Additionally, you can browse Learning Path modules that can help improve skills in such areas as management, making presentations, and computer programming.

O’Reilly also provides many useful tools to engage with their content. While reading ebooks you can highlight portions of text and then access those sections later by clicking on the “Highlights” tab. Additionally, you can save Playlists of books and videos to create a personalized list of resources. You can also keep track of books and videos you have browsed by looking at your browsing history.

You can access O’Reilly Online Learning by visiting, or by visiting the A-Z Databases list at You will need to log in using your student ID to access this resource.

March 8, 2019

Films on Demand

Films on Demand is an excellent source for accessing documentaries, news clips, and instructional videos on a range of topics. This database provides access to a large number of videos from a variety of sources, including ABC News, PBS, and the BBC, and other notable sources.

Through this database you will be able to access a wide range of videos, including biographies on notable figures, as well as a collection of critically acclaimed Ken Burns documentaries. Additionally, you can find a large collection of TED Talks, as well as “Core Concept” videos covering topics such as financial and business issues, basics of statistical analysis, and writing essentials.

This is a great resource for accessing critically acclaimed documentaries and other informative videos. You can access this database at, or through McConnell’s A-Z Database list at


November 27, 2018

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is a great resource that partners with organizations such as Bloomberg, BBC, and PBS to provide documentaries, instructional videos, and news footage on a variety of disciplines. The topics covered range from Art and Design, Health Sciences, and History, as well as many more. Additionally, there are helpful resources and tutorials to improve your skills in Excel, Prezi, Skype, and other business tools. The database also includes many helpful videos for personal improvement, covering topics such as cooking skills, travel information, and other instructional videos.

You can search through all videos in the database or browse by content type, author, publisher, date, or other criteria. Additionally, you can browse existing playlists of videos or create your own, make clips of videos, and bookmark your spot while watching. This is an excellent resource for your academic needs, improving your skills with various business tools, and strengthening personal life skills.

August 17, 2018

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video is a great resource for Criminal Justice majors or anyone who is interested in learning more about public safety and the law.

This resource provides hundreds of videos on the topics of law enforcement and public safety. With over 700 hours of content, these videos cover a wide range of topics centering on law enforcement and legal matters as well as human rights and national security. You can easily search videos and other content, as well as browse by subject, discipline, and content type, to find information to fit your needs.

This database can help you see relevant topics from multiple perspectives and gain a more nuanced understanding of these critical issues. You can access this database at  or through McConnell’s A-Z Database list at

July 1, 2018

Testing and Education Reference Center

Gale’s Testing and Education Reference Center database is a great resource that provides access to a variety of practice tests and tutorials to help you prepare for your entire academic career and beyond. This database includes many helpful tutorials and practice tests that cover everything from basic academic skills through career preparation as well as help for international students.

Through this database you can find tutorials that cover basic academic skills and study tools and practice tests for academic entrance tests from high school through graduate school. You can also find valuable career resources as well, from tips on resume writing to help with certifications in various fields. There are also study resources for international students, including information for those seeking citizenship in the United States.

This is an essential resource for anyone who wants to improve their academic skills or expand their career options. You can access this database, or through McConnell Library’s A-Z Database List at

May 21, 2018

Current Affairs in Video

Alexander Street’s Current Affairs in Video database is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in political science and current affairs.

This database provides access to over 500 hours’ worth of award-winning films and documentaries on current political issues. These films cover a variety of issues from regions all over the world, with topics ranging from health policy to terrorism.

You can easily browse videos by a variety of criteria including subject, discipline, or region. You can also easily search for specific videos on the homepage.

This is a great resource for anyone who is looking for in-depth and interdisciplinary coverage of current political issues in a global context.

You can access this database either by browsing McConnell’s A-Z database list at, or by visiting


May 18, 2017


The IBISWorld database is an excellent resource for students who are interested in gathering and analyzing statistics on business industries.

This database includes NAISC and other reports, and gives you a detailed overview of a wide range of industries. You can find information on the main activities and attributes of these industries through explanatory videos, helpful infographics, and definitions of industry jargon and key terms. There are also links to relevant resources for further information in addition to helpful explanations of trends and other changes in the industry.

This is a great resource to use for gathering and analyzing statistics, as well as gaining a better understanding of the characteristics and driving factors of individual business industries.

March 30, 2017

Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia

The Mountain People database offers a fascinating look into the daily lives of people living in the Appalachian region between the years of 1700 to 1950 by providing access to scanned images of first-person historic accounts from a variety of perspectives.

This collection covers the history, folklore, and daily life of groups such as Native Americans, emigrants, explorers, and military men.

You can use the database to search for specific topics within the collection or browse the complete list of documents. There are also tools that allow you to easily annotate, save, cite, and search within documents.

This is a great resource for anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of what life was like in the region during this time period. This database also compliments McConnell Library’s Appalachian Collection. Find out more about the Appalachian Collection at

March 27, 2017

VIVA Cancelation Information for 2017 and 2018

Across the state, universities and other organizations are facing budget shortfalls. This includes our consortium, The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), which helps to provide access to many of our electronic resources.  As a result, VIVA will be canceling some subscriptions in 2017 and 2018 and Radford University will lose access to them.

The following will be canceled in 2017:

  1. Annual Reviews (end date July 31, 2017; we will have perpetual access to content from 2000-July 2017)
  2. FIAF (end date September 30, 2017)
  3. Literature Online (end date July 31, 2017)
  4. HighWire: Journal of Applied Physiology (end date December 31, 2017)
  5. HighWire: Molecular Biology of the Cell (end date December 31, 2017)
  6. Oxford Reference Online (end date December 31, 2017)
  7. Springer Computer Science Ebooks (end date December 31, 2017; we will have perpetual access to 2005, 2013-2017)

The following will be canceled in 2018:

  1. Taylor & Francis CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics (end date January 31, 2018)
  2.  APA PsycBOOKS (end date August 31, 2018; we will have perpetual access to copyright years 2010-2017)

The following resource will be continued but with a change:

  1. American Chemical Society Journals – (Beginning January 1, 2018, we will have access to Science Essentials only: 5 selected journal titles)

Please contact your library liaison if you have any questions: or email Alison Armstrong, Collection Management Librarian, at

March 24, 2017

Library Resources: New Arrivals and Popular Reading

Are you wondering what new material the library has added? You can now find a list of new arrivals on our website. The list is updated monthly and has a drop down menu to view by department. You can also view the list by material format.

The New Arrivals list can be found here:

Are you looking for some leisure reading? You can also view all of our Popular Reading titles in our Popular Reading list. This list is updated on a monthly basis as well, and can be limited to just fiction titles or just non-fiction titles. The Popular Reading books are located in the Main Reading Room near the library’s Front Desk.

The Popular Reading list can be found here:

You can also find both of these links on the Collections dropdown menu on the Library’s homepage. 

March 15, 2017

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

The Opposing Viewpoints database provides you with a collection of articles, images, audio clips, infographics, and statistics on news and current events from a variety of viewpoints.

You can find a wealth of information from a wide range of sources, including journal and news articles, primary sources, and opinion pieces.

You can browse articles on a comprehensive list of topics including current events. Basic and advanced search features also allow you to easily find content and to filter search results by a variety of custom parameters.

This database is a powerful tool to compare facts and opinions on political issues and current events.


April 15, 2016

Mergent Online’s Investext Snapshot and Mergent Intellect

Research for company and industry data is now easier with these newly added Mergent database resources. The Mergent Online database now contains the additional feature of Investext Snapshot and the library now has access to Mergent Intellect as well.

Mergent databases may be helpful for students of any major. One can use these resources to research information for S.W.O.T analysis and marketing assignments, as well as, review companies, industries, and products through authoritative reports. Mergent Online’s Investext Snapshot supplies access to the Thomson Reuters Embargoed Research Collection providing access to research reports on 42,000 companies and 125 industries worldwide. Investext Snapshot reports are “written by analysts at investment banks and independent research firms from across the globe.” (Mergent) The reports “provide unique insight, including forecasts and opinions from the most sought-after industry experts.”(Mergent)

You can use Investext Snapshot to search by Country, Company, Contributor, or Industry. Searches can be exported into Excel spreadsheets and the research reports can be downloaded or emailed.

The newly redesigned Mergent Intellect database is considered by Mergent to be “the premier global private company database.” This database contains 243 million records and includes both active and inactive companies. You can learn about company executives through their job titles, functions, and biographies. You can search Mergent Intellect for information about companies, people, or industries.

The Job Search feature of Mergent Intellect has four search options: Occupation Search, Industry Search, Employer Search, and Veterans Search. You can use the Occupation Search to find potential internships or employers. The Veterans Search offers the option to translate a military job into a civilian job.

Mergent Intellect has also collaborated with Nielsen to provide demographic reports. You can find information about consumer demand, behavior types in U.S. households, and perform market analysis of locations for future projects.

February 19, 2016

Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy provides access to more than 26,000 streaming videos. These films include award-winning documentaries, theatrical releases, and many more interesting topics. Kanopy acquires films from well-known producers including the Video Project, Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, New Day Films, The Great Courses, and Passion River, Many independently produced works are also attained.

Use Kanopy to view documentaries on historic figures, such as Zora Neale Hurston, watch and listen to speeches given by Martin Luther King Jr. and other prominent presenters, and investigate news topics, including Black Lives Matter.

Kanopy can be searched using keywords. For example, search the keywords of “Women’s History,” then narrow the results using the facets of Subjects, Suppliers, Filmmakers, Features, Languages, Captions, and Year of Production. The Browse Subjects search menu is another method to begin a Kanopy search. This drop-down menu contains a list of subjects, which when hovered over will display more subject topics, for example: Browse Subjects: Social Sciences: Gender Studies. This will return films connected with Gender Studies.

Kanopy’s streaming interface allows viewers to watch films whenever and wherever they are, and on any device. Many of the films offer closed captioning and transcripts. Faculty and students will find Kanopy easy to share playlists and film recommendations through social media and email.


July 31, 2015

Database Additions, Changes, and Cancellations:

Starting in August the library will experience changes in access to several of our databases. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will lose access to a few databases, and the providers of some databases will change, but we will also gain access to more databases than we are losing. Several of the new databases will offer comparable resources to databases that were unable to be retained.


New from EBSCO starting on 8/1/15:

1. CINAHL Full Text

2. EconLit Full Text -Political Science Complete (Replaces ProQuest’s EconLit)

3. SocIndex with Full Text (Replaces ProQuest’s Sociological Abstracts)

4. Abstracts in Social Gerontology

5. Child Development & Adolescent Studies

6. Family Studies Abstracts

7. National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts (Previously provided by ProQuest)

8. Peace Research Abstracts

9. Public Administration Abstracts

10. Race Relations Abstracts

11. Urban Studies Abstracts

12. Violence & Abuse Abstracts


1. Access to Ovid Total Access LWW Collection expires on 8/31/15; this collection has been replaced with access to the OVID LWW Nursing Full Text Plus Collection.

2. Access to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts will be continued through the EBSCO platform and will stop being provided through ProQuest on 12/31/2015.

Cancellations to take effect on 8/1/2015:

1. EconLit via ProQuest


Cancellations to take effect on 12/31/2015:

1. ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts

2. PILOTS Database

3. Sociological Abstracts

June 15th, 2015

OVID Journals

McConnell Library would like to let you know of an upcoming change to the OVID journals available to Radford University. The current subscription has been provided to the university through a VIVA consortium contract. The VIVA current contract for the OVID LWW Total Access Collection subscription will end on 8/31/15.

Unfortunately, Total Access is no longer an affordable option. After 8/31/15, McConnell Library will benefit from VIVA’s new contract and will be able to subscribe to the OVID LWW Nursing Full Text Plus Collection. After an analysis of the different collection options offered by OVID, it was determined that the OVID LWW Nursing Full Text Plus Collection contained many of the journals that had high use by the Radford University community. Additionally, the McConnell Library will subscribe to the Journal of Nursing Administration and Home Healthcare Nurse.

Links to the two collections are below, so you may compare the previous collection to the new collection. Faculty: if you would like to request for Radford University to subscribe to additional journals, please let your library liaison know of your interest by September 1st, 2015, so these journals may be voted on by the Collection Development Committee in September. Approved titles will be added in January.

If there are articles you need access to outside of our subscriptions, please use Interlibrary Loan.

Previous OVID LWW Total Access Collection:

New OVID LWW Nursing Full Text Plus Collection:

If you have any questions about the upcoming changes, please contact Alison Armstrong, Collection Management Librarian,