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June 29, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Gale Launches Archival Slavery Reference Source

Gale (, a part of Cengage Learning (, introduced a new electronic resource offering an archive that chronicles slavery dating from the 16th century through the early 20th century. Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, represents the first large-scale database to make available historical books, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, court records, and other sources in one cross-searchable location.

The first of the four-part series, Debates Over Slavery and Abolition, explores the varying viewpoints and debates that surrounded the practice, experience, and eventual abolition of slavery in the U.S., as well as in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It will be followed by part 2 in 2011. Once completed, the entire four-part digital archive will comprise 5 million pages of documents.

This collection-Debates Over Slavery and Abolition, Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, Institution of Slavery, Age of Emancipation-embraces the historical study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual, and global way. It is designed to be a gateway into the global study of race relations, religion, education, politics, economics, and law through the lens of slavery.

Collections drawn from institutions such as the Amistad Research Center, Oberlin College, Yale University, and Oxford University allow for unparalleled depth and breadth of content. Scholarly reference materials are drawn from MacMillan Reference USA, Charles Scribner's Sons, and Gale encyclopedias, among others, and contextual commentary has been created especially for this collection. With documents from 7,242 books and pamphlets, 80 newspapers and periodicals, and more than 600,000 pages of manuscripts, teachers and researchers will have access to a comprehensive array of opposing views and perspectives in one database.

Source: Gale

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