Alumni electronic resources

The Library is pleased to extend access to the following list of electronic resources for personal, non-commercial use.

To access these resources, you must have an active alumni WatCard, registered with the Library.

  1. If you already have a registered alumni WatCard, first sign in to the library website through get access from anywhere.
  2. If you have an alumni WatCard that has not been registered, you can register using the online registration form or in person at the Library's Circulation desk.
  3. If you don’t have an alumni WatCard, use the alumni WatCard request form.

For more information, visit the how to access resources page.

Title Description
American Film Scripts Includes about 1,000 scripts. Includes films that have won major awards or have historical or sociological significance.

Annual Reviews

Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists.

Asian American Drama

Includes the full-text of more than 250 plays, together with biographical, production, and theatrical information. Includes plays with historical and sociological relevance. 
Black Drama Full text of about 1,200 plays from around the world, along with production information, selected photographs, and playbills. About 440 of the plays were not previously published. 

Black Thought and Culture

Full-text non-fiction works by leading African-Americans.  Includes monographs, essays, articles, speeches, letters and interviews. Search by keyword, author, subject, event, year, etc.

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries

Provides the full-text diaries and letters of 430 women, including approximately 80,000 pages of writing. When complete, the collection will include more than 100,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years. 


A growing collection of French-language ejournals for the humanities and social sciences. Formed in 1995 from four European publishing houses, CAIRN provides journals from publishers, teaching institutions and learned societies. 

China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980

Full-text English-languages materials on China and the West from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library. Includes written documents, paintings, drawings and maps.

Classical Music Library

Provides access to tens of thousands of licensed recordings via the Internet. Users at the library may listen using headphones. The audio selections are cross-referenced to a database of supplementary reference information.

Reference material includes thousands of program notes, biographies of composers, images sorted by composer, concerts on a theme, a glossary and a history of music. Users may register and create their own playlists or listen to those ready-made.

Classical Scores Library

Currently a "work-in-progress". When complete it will provide access to more than 600,000 pages of scores. The collection includes works covering a period from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions. Works can be retrieved by composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, and time period, as well as score-specific fields such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, and publisher.

Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Includes full-text manuscripts, printed works and illustrations, providing both masculine and feminine perspectives. Organized into broad themes:

  • Conduct and Politeness
  • Domesticity and the Family
  • Consumption and Leisure
  • Education and Sensibility
  • The Body

Early Canadiana Online

Digital library of primary sources in Canadian history from the first European contact to the early 20th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of literature, women's history, travel and exploration, native studies and the history of French Canada.

Early Encounters in North America: People, Cultures and the Environment

Contains material from 1,482 authors and more 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs. All the material includes descriptions of natural features or interactions among cultural groups. 

Eighteenth Century Journals, Collections I and II

Rare, full-text journals, covering all aspects of 18th century social, political and literary life.

Empire Online

Images of original manuscripts and printed materials produced between 1492 and 1962. Taken from libraries around the world. Links to essays by scholars. Covers Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceana and South Asia. A work in progress, which will eventually contain five parts.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Electronic encyclopedia.


Full-text, peer reviewed Canadian journal articles, chiefly in French. Erudit is an inter-university consortium promoting the dissemination of scholarly research.

Intelex Past Masters

Consists of 117 databases of authoritative editions of full-text works by seminal figures in the Humanities. Areas of coverage include philosophy, women writers, political thought and religious studies. Documents appear in both the original language and English translations.

John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually. It includes almost 300 alphabetically arranged entries and subentries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.


Core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, many of which date from the 1800s.  

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama and Fiction

Full-text plays, prose and poetry by Latin writers working in the United States. Materials are chiefly from the Chicano Renaissance to the present. Presented in the original language (Spanish or English). 

Mass Observation Online

Papers from the archives of Mass Observation, a pioneering British social research organization. Includes both material collected by investigators and material submitted by volunteers.

Medieval Travel Writing

Important works of European travel writing from the later middle ages. Chiefly focuses on journeys to central Asia and the Far East.

North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries and Oral Histories

Includes more than 2,000 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of personal narratives of immigrants to Canada and the United States. In selected cases, the voices of the immigrants are heard on audio.
North American Indian Thought and Culture Currently contains about 27,000 pages of text and images, including biographies, autobiographies, diaries, letters, personal narratives and speeches. About 100,000 pages, relating to the experience of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Peoples, are planned for the project.
North American Theatre Online Comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. The database features in-depth detail records, including many previously unpublished works by major authors. North American Theatre Online lists partial works, works that have never been performed, and works that were believed lost, providing researchers with unique information.
North American Women's Drama Full-text plays along with biographical information and information about theatres, productions and production companies. Chiefly American playwrights, with some Canadian. Contains more 1,500 plays, about 20 per cent of which have not been previously published.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries Includes 150,000 pages of primary source material, taken from journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings. Much of the material is copyrighted. About 6,000 pages have not been previously published. The bulk of the material is by American writers, with some material from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
NRC Press 18 NRC Research Press journals in a broad range of scientific disciplines, with more than 2,000 manuscripts each year.
OECD iLibrary Twenty book collections by theme, containing all the OECD's monographs and reports; 24 periodicals; some reference titles; and the OECD statistical databases (many of the IEA statistical files are not included with our subscription). Themes include Agriculture, Development, Education and Skills, Emerging Economies, Employment, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Finance and Investment, General Economics, Governance, Industry & Trade, National Accounts, Nuclear Energy, Science and Information Technology, Social Issues, Taxation, Territorial Economy, Transition Economies and Transport.
Oral History Online Growing collection of oral history in English and an index to freely available oral history on the web. It also contains pointers to some 3,000 audio and video files and over 17,000 bibliographic records. The information is chiefly American, with some histories from Canada and other English-speaking countries.

Project Muse

Provides access to the full text of the scholarly journals from the following publishers: Johns Hopkins University, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, University of Hawaii Press, University of Texas Press, and the University of Wisconsin Press. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and others.

Sage Journals

A selection of ejournals published by Sage.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice

Includes manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images to support slavery and abolition studies.
Theatre in Video Contains streaming video of more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries. Also includes the full text of plays, their history of performance, production background, reference materials and ephemera. Also includes the ability to bookmark specific scenes, monologues, and staging examples and then include those online links in papers and course reserves. The included plays are predominately 20th century masterpieces, as well as many Shakespeare productions.
Twentieth Century North American Drama

Growing database of plays created in the twentieth century by American or Canadian writers, focussing in particular on plays of economic, historical, social, and political significance. Also included are associated playbills, posters, production ephemera, information on theatrical companies, and biographical details. The database contains many previously unpublished plays, and aims to include the entire corpus of works by major authors.

The collection includes texts and details of plays that subsequently were made into films, and sections devoted to regional theatre and contemporary theatre.

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

A growing collection of full-text documents, plus scholarly essays, book reviews, commentaries, bibliographies, and teaching tools relating to women's society history in the United States.