The M.D.M. Electronic Library includes literally thousands of books, in English or English translation, from ancient times to the 20th century across many world cultures through Early English Books Online (EEBO).
Students, researchers and bibliophiles can save thousands of dollars in books that may be enjoyed in the convenience of electronic format at home, and at any time. The selections for reading or research ranges from Ptolemy to Shakespeare, Erasmus to Evangeline Adams, Greek Mythology to World Literature, and many early astrological authors such as William Lilly, John Gadbury, John Partridge, Richard Saunders and William Ramesey. Like any large college library, EEBO alone contains thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles in books, plays, essays, speeches, poems and epics covering a wide range of topics and academic fields. Whether for reading enjoyment or for background information to support research for lecture presentations or print publications, EEBO is a formidable resource.
As well, the M.D.M. Electronic Library provides access to all editions of over two centuries of nearly 250 titles of the top academic journals and periodicals which include thousands of authoritative articles in the “Arts and Sciences”: Collections I and II of Journal Storage: the Scholarly Journal Archive (JSTOR). Both of these invaluable collections provide subscribing students and astrologers a wide range of background material of both primary and secondary sources for effective and comprehensive research or study in a wide variety of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences.
The exclusive material of EEBO and JSTOR is not available to the public; except only through enrollment at colleges and universities who pay a substantial annual fee to subscribe to the service. Kepler College does subscribe to both EEBO and JSTOR and extends that access to other students, writers and researchers who participate in any of the Kepler College Community Learning Center classes or Certificate Programs. In the past, only students registered in the Kepler College AA, BA or MA programs had access to the M.D.M. Electronic Library; however, we are now able to extend EEBO and JSTOR access to participating astrologers world-wide.
EEBO includes complete primary source material written in or translated to English from ancient times through the nineteenth century. Aside from all of the “Great Books” of the world, this massive collection, too numerous to list, includes all published translations of ancient and medieval astrology works as well a comprehensive list of world literature. If you are researching background for an article or presentation, even in one-term, you could save or print the necessary background material from appropriate and authoritative resources. Since greater professionalism in our field is encouraged, what better way to boost knowledge and add credible support to your presentations, articles and books?
The JSTOR Arts & Sciences I Collection includes the complete back runs of 117 titles in fifteen disciplines. Established in 1997, it is JSTOR’s first collection and includes many of the core research and society published journals in Economics, History, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as in other key fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This collection also includes a selection of titles in the more science-oriented fields of Ecology, Mathematics, and Statistics. The Arts & Sciences II Collection is home to 125 titles. This collection adds depth to many disciplines introduced in Arts & Sciences I, such as Economics, History, and Asian Studies. Arts & Sciences II also offers core journals in several new disciplines, such as Archaeology, Classics, and African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies.
ProQuest Sociology gives users access to the full-text of more than 310 journals in sociology and social work. This collection provides full-text coverage of many core titles included in Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts.
Covering the wide range of sociology literature, this database offers complete text and images from journals such as:
- Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
- Sociological Theory
- International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
- Child Welfare
Image articles include all the charts, tables, diagrams, and other graphical elements often used to enhance the editorial value of articles that focus on education topics.
Throughout the astrology community there is increasing awareness of the importance of referencing our sources for material so others may reliably and intelligently build upon or challenge our assumptions. Now organizations and schools are encouraging more professionalism in preparation for lectures, workshops books and articles. Availing ourselves of appropriate historical and academic support to reference our astrological presentations will go far toward the enhanced professionalism and respect for our discipline to which we all aspire. Since the 1980’s, through the work of Lois Rodden, we have learned to document the sources and quality of our birth data. Now we must give equal diligence to providing full background information and references for our lectures and published works. The Marion D. March Electronic Library serves that need well.