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CRL gathers and provides information here about commercial and open access digital resources of interest to the CRL community.  This information is intended to inform library decisions on investment in electronic resources and related services.

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Arcadian Library Online

Arcadian Library Online presents ca. 400 items ("more than 90,000 pages") of content sourced from the privately-owned Arcadian Library, whose collection of ca. 10,000 items focus on the Levant and "the shared cultural heritage of Europe and the Arab World" (publisher's site). The collection includes books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other primary sources in a range of languages including Latin, English, Arabic, French and other European languages.

Provider: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Updated: Jan 14, 2019 11:45am

RetroNews

RetroNews, the Press Archive of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) provides free access to over 400 newspapers, journals, magazines and reviews published between 1631-1950. 

RetroNews also provides subscriptions to exclusive editorial content and advanced features and search tools used to search through the archival content.

Provider: Bibliothèque nationale de France
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 3:32pm

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment Online

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment Online provides access to 217 volumes from the "Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteen Century" (SVEC) and "Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment" (OSEO). 

This digital collection is scheduled to launch in September 2018, with all volumes within the print series digitized by 2020.

Provider: Liverpool University Press
Updated: Feb 1, 2019 12:05am

LLMC-Digital

LLMC-Digital, the online platform of the nonprofit Law Library Microform Consortium, makes a wide range of legal and governmental publications available online for the use of the academic community. The content and interface of LLMC-Digital are reviewed here; its value for use in historical research is compared to other databases in a CRL topic guide.

Provider: Law Library Microform Consortium
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 3:21pm

National Security Archive Virtual Reading Room

The National Security Archive's Virtual Reading Room provides access to a collection of primary-source documents the National Security Archive has published. Documents in the collections include documents on major topics in international affairs. NSA has secured these documents through Freedom of Information and declassification requests to more than 200 offices and agencies of the U.S. government. 

As of November 2018, the Virtual Reading Room provides access to 3778 documents. 

Provider: National Security Archive
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 11:25am

Ojo Público

An open access, digital platform for sharing information, investigative journalism and Peruvian narratives with the public. The project focuses on aggregating and reporting on important information concerning human rights, corruption, drug trafficking, environment, health and transparency. 

Provider: Ojo Público
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:38pm

The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)

The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) maintains the VDC database to provides access to the information gathered by the organization regarding human rights violations in Syria. The database is openly accessible to the public and is updated on a monthly basis. 

Provider: The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:29pm

Rutas del Conflicto

A project of the Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, the Universidad del Rosario, in Bogotá, and ColombiaCheck.com, this database provides information about armed conflict in Colombia. The project further aims to involve survivors of the conflict and to connect internet users to the dynamics of a war that took place in regions distant from large cities.

Rutas del Conflicto is mostly run by students and journalists from Universidad del Rosario.

Provider: Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 1:09pm

ICPSR

The ICPSR data repository includes social science data and related documentation from commercial and non-commercial sources.  It is an archive of more than 500,000 files of public opinion research data and other ares of the social sciences, relating to politics, education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and a multitude of other fields.

Provider: ICPSR
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 12:46pm

UK Data Service

Online portal to open access datasets and databases of social, economic and population data, maintained by the UK Data Service, governments and other parties, as well as related statistical information for U.K. business, academic, NGO and government sector research. https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us.

Provider: UK Data Service
Updated: Oct 14, 2018 4:30pm

British Newspapers IV, 1780-1950

British Newspapers IV, 1780-1950 provides access to national, regional, and local newspapers published in Britain between the late 18th to mid-20th centuries, reflecting the social, political, and cultural events of the times.  This group of titles extends the previous digital collections Gale created from the British Library collections.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 5:23pm

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers (British Library Newspapers, Parts I and II)

As part of  the JISC Digitisation Programme,  this resource has over 3 million pages from approx. 70 national and regional newspapers in 19th Century British Library Newspapers Parts 1 and 2.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 11:43am

Financial Times

FT.com is an English-language, online business news portal, produced by London-based Financial Times Ltd. FT coverage of financial markets and interests is global, with extensive coverage of Western Europe, North America, China and Japan, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. FT was one of the first newspaper publishers to successfully charge for access to its website.  

Provider: Financial Times Ltd
Updated: Oct 11, 2018 11:15am

Publishers Weekly Digital Archive

Publishers Weekly Digital Archive provides digital access to issues published from 1872 to 2013.  Material is reported to be provided in its original context, including advertisements.  It includes approximately 200,000 book reviews, publishing news, book trade statistics, and bestseller lists from 1895 forward.

Provider: NA Publishing
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 4:40pm

Portico

Portico is a service of the not-for-profit  organization ITHAKA. Portico preserves digital publications such as e-journal articles, e-books, and digitized historical collections. Portico maintains that content in a "dark," or offline archive, to be made accessible to eligible libraries if and when the content becomes unavailable from its publisher. The purpose of Portico is to protect library and publisher investment in e-content by ensuring the long-term accessibility of that content to their communities.

Provider: Portico
Updated: Sep 7, 2018 10:01am

World Legal Information Institute

Open access site that provides access to databases located on the following Legal Information Institutes: AustLII; BAILII; CanLII; HKLII; LII (Cornell); and PacLII. The resource includes over 270 databases from 48 jurisdictions in 20 countries are included in the initial release of WorldLII. Databases of case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports, law journals, and other materials are included.

Provider: World Legal Information Institute
Updated: Sep 4, 2018 2:52pm

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2013

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2013 provides access to over 300,000 reviews, letters, poems, and articles on literature and the arts.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016 provides access to nearly 600,000 pages of the British newspaper The Sunday Times.

Provider: Gale
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 12:05am

Document Cloud

DocumentCloud is a platform and tool to help journalists share, analyze, annotate, and publish source documents to the open web. 

All DocumentCloud is open source and available on Github.

Provider: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 4:03pm

Anthropology Commons

Anthropology Commons is a repository of open primary sources for the study of anthropology and the history of the field. Content is indexed and cross-searchable with other Alexander Street content including Anthropology Online.

Provider: Alexander Street Press
Updated: Jul 10, 2018 12:25pm

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