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Alternative Press Index

Posted by Megan on January 26, 2011

The library’s online subscription to Alternative Press Index has now switched to the EBSCO platform (it was formerly hosted by OCLC). The search interface is thus now similar and cross-searchable with other EBSCO databases such as International Political Science Abstracts.

Official description:

Alternative Press Index (API) is a bibliographic database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 300 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Born of the New Left, the API was launched in 1969 to provide access to the emerging theories and practices of radical social change.

Theories and Practices Covered by API
Alternative Press Index covers theories and practices of socialism and revolution alongside;

  • Ecology
  • Democracy and Anarchism
  • Feminism and Organized Labor
  • Indigenous Peoples and Gays/Lesbians

Comprehensive Coverage of Alternative Sources
API coverage is both international and interdisciplinary. Coverage begins in 1991. Earlier coverage is available in the Alternative Press Archive. With over 344,000 records, the API is considered the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to alternative sources of information available.


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