Thursday, October 24, 2019

Democracy in America Digital Edition

Recently, HeinOnline added the new library Democracy in America, an enhanced digital edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's classic text on the American political system. There's no shortage of copies in the Duke Libraries collection (with 18 e-book versions alone), so what makes this one special?

As Hein's user guide for this new library explains, this version provides an interactive experience that links readers directly to the source material that Tocqueville referenced during the creation of Democracy in America. Alan Keely, Associate Director for Collection Services at Wake Forest Law Library, has curated links to contemporaneous source materials and supplemental editorial or translator notes. The Democracy in America library also includes the full text of Works Cited, 18 varying Editions/Translations (with a plan to eventually include all known editions and translations), and a small library of Related Works also published by Tocqueville.

The Democracy in America digital edition can be found in HeinOnline's library listing. For help with using this database, or with locating additional versions of Tocqueville's works, be sure to Ask a Librarian.