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Mass Observation

Mass Observation Online is a digital collection of unpublished reports on everyday life and culture in Britain between 1937 and  1972. The collection was digitized from selected portions of the archives of Mass Observation, the organization that originally produced these materials, with some updates.

Provider: Adam Matthew Digital
Updated: Dec 15, 2020 12:34pm

Cairn

Cairn aggregates scholarly journal content for social science and humanities journals published in France and Belgium.  Most of the content dates back only to 2001. As of late 2014, over 400 journals and 4,000 ebook titles (more than 300,000 full-text articles and book chapters) were included. Content is updated continually, averaging five new journal issues per day.

Since 2010, Cairn also offers e-book packages from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers.

Provider: Cairn France
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 10:17am

Klapp-Online, Bibliography of French Literature

In 2012, the long-established Klapp bibliography of French literature was converted into a database covering the years 1991–2011, presented as Klapp-Online. Annual updates will be released each fall, integrated with the cumulative coverage. The publishers plan to continue with annual printed volumes as well.

Provider: Vittorio Klostermann
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 12:13pm

Electronic Enlightenment

Developed by University of Oxford faculty and staff under auspices of the Bodleian Libraries and first released in 2008, Electronic Enlightenment is a comprehensive collection of letters and other correspondence with scholarly annotations providing a unique viewpoint of the early modern time period and its residents. Covering Europe, the Americas, and portions of Asia from the 17th through the 19th centuries, the EE project is, in its own words, “reconnecting the first global social network”.

Provider: Oxford University Press
Updated: Mar 2, 2021 5:22pm

F.A.Z. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

First published on November 1, 1949, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is one of the major daily newspapers in Germany. Its intended scope covers a comprehensive range of topics in Germany and internationally.

Aside from the current news website (http://www.faz.net), F.A.Z. offers three archival products that cover the entire previous history of the publication:

F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal contains more than 4 million text-searchable articles of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspapers (daily edition, Sunday edition) from 1993 to the present and other publications of F.A.Z..

F.A.Z. 49-92 contains more than 2.8 million text-searchable articles from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...

Provider: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH
Updated: Oct 26, 2020 1:19pm

OpenEdition Freemium For Journals

OpenEdition is an academic publishing portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences with four platforms presenting publications and current information:

OpenEdition Journals 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.

Provider: OpenEdition
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 1:49pm

Érudit

Érudit is a publishing platform for scholarly and cultural journals, books, proceedings, theses, documents, and data developed by a nonprofit Canadian publishing consortium founded in 1998. Archival runs of journal publications published prior to a moving wall of current content are available through open access, while the remainder is available through subscription.

Provider: Érudit Consortium
Updated: Nov 20, 2020 11:57am

The New York Times

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...

Provider: New York Times Company
Updated: Apr 2, 2021 12:27pm

Numérique Premium

Numérique Premium is a new digital books platform including works from 50 French-speaking publishers and societies.  The ebooks are offered for annual subscription or one-off purchase in thematic collections.This e-books database is intended to provide access to secondary works and some compilations of source materials in both “humanities and social sciences.” 

Provider: Numérique Premium
Updated: Oct 30, 2020 12:14pm

Social Explorer - Direct

Social Explorer database contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP).  In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer, Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Social Explorer, Inc.
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 4:03pm

African Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1925

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.

Provider: Readex
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:26am

Latin American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1805-1922

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.

Provider: Readex
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:26am

Statista

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.

Provider: Statista
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 2:50pm

OpenEdition Freemium For eBooks

OpenEdition is an academic publishing portal for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences with four platforms presenting publications and current information:

OpenEdition Journals 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.

Provider: OpenEdition
Updated: Mar 2, 2021 4:01pm

Washington Post Online

National Digital Edition of www.washingtonpost.com provides national and world news on the web for computers, tablets and smart phones. 

Provider: WP Company LLC (The Washington Post)
Updated: Jan 27, 2021 2:35pm

Japan Times Digital Archive

The Japan Times Digital Archive offered by East View Information Services covers the complete run (1897-2016) of this English-language daily published in Tokyo. East View's offer for this product provides access to the publisher's archive as a one-time purchase, with perpetual access rights and annual subscription for ongoing content additions (the archive will incorporate the the most recent year's content on an annual basis).

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: Jan 27, 2021 1:43pm

Izvestiia Digital Archive

Izvestiia (Известия) Digital Archive covers the "complete archive" of Izvestiia (Известия), from its founding in 1917 through present. The database presents "the Kremlin’s newspaper of record" as full-image text searchable files.  As of October 2019, the archive holds 30,101 full text, full image issues.

East View reports that the archive grows with ongoing subscription, hosted on East View's Universal Database platform. 

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 11:43am

The Current Digest of the Chinese Press

Like its older sibling, Current Digest of the Russian Press, this weekly serial publication launched early in 2012 (after a pilot issue in August 2011) provides English translations of timely articles selected from domestic Chinese news publications. The digital archive from East View contains 373 issues dating from 2011 to the present. 

East View reports that the archive will grow with ongoing subscription and is hosted on East View's Universal Database platform. 

Provider: East View Information Services
Updated: Jan 8, 2021 11:42am

Global Financial Data Series

In the Global Financial Data Series, the publisher (GFD) provides deep historical data on a wide variety of securities, price indices, exports, imports and more from around the world.  This resource is unique in that it is the only resource, at this point, that provides easy access to many historical time series.

Provider: Global Financial Data
Updated: Nov 3, 2020 2:01pm

Granth Sanjeevan

Granth Sanjeevan provides access to over 25 million pages of digitized material from The Asiatic Society of Mumbai.  The collections include digitized copies of old and rare books from the 15th Century onwards, newspapers like Bombay Chronicle, Bombay Times and others, manuscripts, journals, maps and government publications. 

Provider: The Asiatic Society of Mumbai
Updated: Mar 8, 2021 9:34am

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