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Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

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Matt Wigzell marks the centenary of the Queen of Jazz, and highlights resources both by and about her available from the Library.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, the American jazz singer known as the First Lady of Song. She had a prolific and highly successful career, recording over 200 albums and 2,000 songs.

She began her career aged 17 with an appearance at the renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Spotted by drummer and bandleader Chick Webb, Ella joined the band as singer, eventually taking over the role as bandleader after Webb's death in 1939. She rose to prominence with the recording of a version of the nursery rhyme "A-Tisket, A-Tasket".

She began a solo career in 1942, and formed a successful partnership with manager and producer Norman Granz. A series of Songbooks, comprising cover versions of other jazz musicians' songs proved tremendously popular, as did her many live performances. One of the most famous of …

Data resources: What's available at York and beyond?

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Martin Phillip, Academic Liaison Librarian, summarises the resources you can access at the University

This post is a summary of a session that was delivered during  That Figures, a week of statistics analysis workshops that were held in February. For information take a look at the event’s programme and presentations.

What’s available at York? The University of York subscribes to a number of different data resources that you can access via the E-resources Guide. E-resources cover all sorts of different subject areas and includes the UK Data Service which contains socio-economic data and Digimap which provides maps and geospatial data.

In addition to subscription resources we also list a number of high quality free databases on the E-resources guide, one of which (Eurostat) is detailed below.

OECD iLibrary OECD is short for Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and, according to their website,  it “exists to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well…