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In the First Person from Alexander Street Press

In the First Person is a free, high quality, professionally published, in-depth index of close to 4,000 collections of personal narratives in English from around the world. It lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records. The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

To describe the database purely in terms of numbers misses the wonder of the stories and individuals that the index points to. Here you can search and explore the personal thoughts of thousands of individuals from all walks of life and through hundreds of years of history. It's a unique tool that can search such a broad swathe of human thought so easily.

Approximately 25% of the index points to materials that are in copyright (and not available for free).


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2. RESTRICTIONS: Users may not decompile or reverse engineer the database; modify or create a derivative work; remove, obscure, or modify copyright notices; sell, distribute or commercially exploit the database.

3. CUSTOMER SUPPORT:  For users who are librarians or faculty members at academic institutions or public libraries, Alexander Street Press will offer reasonable levels of continuing support via email, phone or fax, during normal business hours, for feedback, problem-solving, or general questions. Any technical assistance that ASP may provide to the user is provided at the sole risk of the user.

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September 13, 2010


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