Fact Sheet Left Index  

General Information
Available Formats: BiblioLine Number of Records: 283,442
Dates of Coverage: 1979 & earlier to present Update Frequency: Monthly/Biblioline
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Thinking Left
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The most comprehensive guide to leftist & radical media from around the world.

Product Overview
(1979 & earlier to present)
The Left Index (LI) — A complete guide to the diverse literature of the left, with an emphasis on political, economic, social and culturally engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. A secondary emphasis is on significant but little known sources of news and ideas. Other topics covered include the labor movement, ecology & environment, race & ethnicity, social & cultural theory, sociology, art & aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, and globalization. Historically significant early Left publications such as The People (est. NY 1891), and The Class Struggle (1931-1937) along with classic texts by Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels and others, written in the formative years of the Left, also are covered.

Many of the 774 sources indexed are unique; you won't find them indexed in API, the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature or the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Database Content

The Left Index is published in its entirety, online. Prior to this, the Left Index was only available as a combination of 1982-1999 in print and 1990 onward online.

Over 278,478 citations & abstracts with some full text cover a diversity of literature including scholarly journals, radical periodicals, books, book reviews, book chapters, theses & dissertations, bulletins, newsletters, internet documents and numerous other sources on the Left from 1979 & earlier to the present. Several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles and documents on the web are now available. Several hundred links provide access to important websites, carefully selected and reviewed by our editorial staff.

  • All citations produced since the first issue of the Left Index (1982) are now included as database records.
  • In most cases, records citing a review of a book will also include the full bibliographic details of the book including the ISBN of the most recent edition.
  • Many citations include abstracts with links to freely available full text on the internet or linkable access to journal articles through your library's full-text vendor services such as EBSCO, JSTOR, Project MUSE, Swets-Blackwell, etc.
  • 270 core journals are regularly reviewed and over 1,600 are referenced in the Left Index. Access over 75 important electronic and paper journals never before indexed in either the Left Index or Alternative Press Index in order to keep pace with valuable scholarship and perspectives from all regions of the world. Another 50 core publications are under review for inclusion at a later date for a total of 110 new publications.
  • Full-text search-and-retrieval of over 75,000 valuable electronic documents freely available on the internet; URL links are available to display all documents (thousands more internet documents will be processed over the next couple of years and added to the database on an ongoing basis, URL links are regularly checked to avoid dead-links).
  • Summaries of 250 quality websites with URL links (several hundred more sites are being evaluated for relevant content).
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