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.
The Global Press Archive (GPA) is an initiative by East View Information Services in partnership with Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to digitize over 2,000 predominantly foreign-language newspaper titles ranging in coverage from the late 19th century to present times. Still in its development stage, the GPA reportedly will digitally preserve and make searchable "more than 30 million pages of newspaper content" over several years.
Online resources currently available from Classiques Garnier Numérique include databases of primary source texts, classic works of criticism, and dictionaries.
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.
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.
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.
voxgov, first launched for subscription access in January 2014, is a unique “discovery platform” which aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by individual representatives and organizations from all branches of the U.S. Federal Government, and links that content to publicly accessible government documentation.
voxgov developers indicated in 2014 that they then accessed content from over 10,000 government website locations in continuous daily indexing, and that they cache web content including “information that is no longer retrievable.” They assert that many governmental press releases, as well as social media posts, have “never before been aggregated, much less collected in real-time....
Part of the World Newspaper Archive, created by CRL in partnership with Readex, Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 & 2 (1805-1922) provides access to key historical newspapers published in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1805 and 1922. Coverage features significant titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and elsewhere.
Series 1 and Series 2 may be purchased separately or collectively, offering integrated access to nearly 300 historical Latin American newspapers.
The World Newspaper Archive is the product of a collaboration between CRL libraries and Readex,a division of NewsBank, to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe.
CRL members support WNA through purchase of individual modules. To date, the WNA includes the following collections or "modules":African Newspapers, Series 1 (1800-1922) African Newspapers, Series 2 (1835-1925) Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 (1805-1922) and Series 2 (1822-...
Part of the World Newspaper Archive, created by CRL in partnership with Readex, South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922 provides access to significant historical newspapers published in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the key publications: Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Madras Mail (Madras), Tribune (Lahore) and the Ceylon Observer (Colombo). Languages include English, Bengali, and Gujarati.
Part of the World Newspaper Archive, created by CRL in partnership with Readex, African Newspapers, Series 2 (1835-1925) provides access to 40 newspapers published in Africa during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Content features English- and foreign-language titles from countries including Algeria, Angola, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, and Uganda.
Part of the World Newspaper Archive, created by CRL in partnership with Readex, African Newspapers, Series 1, 1800-1922 provides access to almost 70 newspapers published between 1800 and 1922 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Content features English- and foreign-language titles from countries including Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Statista database portal, maintained by the Hamburg, Germany-based Statista Inc., provides current statistical data and comparisons for an eclectic, wide-ranging, and continually updated array of topics, using both publicly accessible and proprietary sources. The open access portion of the database provides access to about 10 percent of the overall database content.
OpenEdition is an academic publishing portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences with four platforms presenting publications and current information:Revues.org OpenEdition Books Calenda Hypotheses
The OpenEdition publishing initiative focuses on providing open access content. They characterize the funding model as “hybrid”, where library subscriptions derive value added services in addition to directly funding publishing efforts.
Manchester Medieval Sources Online provides access to a collection of 33 ebooks that contain texts from the terror of the Black Death to the drama of the Norman invasions.
The collection includes the following titles:Monasticism in Late Medieval England, c.1300-1535 Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages Popular Protest in Late Medieval Europe Late Merovingian France
A full title list is available in the Appendix section.
The New York Times, published in New York City since 1851, is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States. The Times has long been an important source of reporting, information, and opinion, on politics, finance, health, science, culture, the arts, sports, and fashion in the U.S. and abroad, with special emphasis on international news and the New York metropolitan area.
The online version of the Times, at www.nytimes.com, activated on January 19, 1996, includes not only the same articles, features and images that appear in the print edition, but a wealth of additional still image, video, audio, graphics, and database content. It also includes much of the content of the...
The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an extensive online, subscription database of over 10,000 hours of full-text and video interviews with African-Americans distinguished in the fields of science, culture, politics, the arts, and public life.
The African Elections Database is an archive of past and present election results for the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
DigiZeitschriften is an online archive of German language scholarly journals, similar to JSTOR. It includes more than 200 journal titles, 500,000 articles, and 6 million pages. New content is added each month.
Le Grand Robert Online Dictionary provides all six volumes of the latest edition of this French language reference work. Its latest edition, published in 2011, includes:86,000 articles 100,000 words 350,000 definitions 410,000 use examples 325,000 quotations 25,000 idioms, expressions, and proverbs
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.
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