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If a database or ejournal is not yet on the History Desiderata, you can recommend an electronic resource.

How to evaluate a database

Is the content:

  • scholarly
  • authoritative & peer-reviewed
  • accurate
  • up-to-date
  • complete
  • supported by editorials, documentation, guides.

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  • ease of use
  • searching & browsing
  • viewing, zooming, resizing
  • saving, emailing, printing
  • alerts
  • clear display & navigation

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Is it relevant for other disciplines?

East View e-book collection (trial until 31 May 2020)

This resource gives you access to the East View Essential Classics Collection, the Dostoevsky Research series: Dostoevskii materialy i issledovaniia as well as East View’s Slavonic and Judaica collection. In addition it offers, reference works including encyclopedias and atlases as well as e-books from a wide range of different subject areas including linguistics, philosophy science, social science, history, business, economics.

It also includes biographical works. Some of the e-books in the collection are in Russian and others are in English.

Trialled 4 - 31 May 2020

Please send feedback to Nick Hearn.

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 (trial until 17 May 2020)

Hispanic views on nearly every major theme in American life
Hundreds of searchable newspapers published in the United States by Hispanics.
Please send feedback on the trial to Bethan Davies.

Humanisme et Renaissance (trial until 18 May 2020)

The Droz Humanisme et Renaissance collection offers a collection of sources and studies on Humanism (Politien, Ficin, Erasmus, Budé…), the French Reformation (Lefèvre d’Etaples, Calvin, Farel, Beza…) and the Renaissance (literary and artistic, Hieronymus Bosch or Rabelais, Ronsard or Primaticcio), as well as the medicine, science, philosophy, book history, and all forms of knowledge and human activity from the long sixteenth century, roughly from 1450 to the death of Henry IV in 1610, the threshold of the classical age.

Trialled 20 April to 18 May 2020.

Access

Send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Calvin (trial until 18 May 2020)

This portal presents all the texts by or about John Calvin which have been published by the Librairie Droz from 1960 to 2012, with an initial focus on Geneva, Calvin, and the beginnings of the French evangelical movement with Lefèvre d’Etaples and Marguerite de Navarre.

Trialled 20 April to 18 May 2020.

Access

Send feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

ProQuest History Vault (trial until 31 May 2020)

Oxford researchers are now invited to trial ProQuest's History Vault. This resource provides access to themed collections which comprise curated source materials such as letters, diaries, official records. Most themes related to US history so check out the VHL Blog for those. Collections of interest to British and West European historians include.

  • World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence (1914-1920)
  • Creation of Israel: British Foreign Office Correspondence on Palestine and Transjordan, 1940-1948
  • Nazi Looted Art and Assets: Records on the Post-World War II Restitution Process (1942-1998)

Please send any feedback to isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk by 31 May 2020.

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Upper Reading Room, Room 2.03 (North / History end)
Bodleian Library, Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3BG
01865 2-77294
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Introduction

The Bodleian History Librarian aims to provide a range of electronic resources to support the teaching and research of the History Faculty and primarily for British and Western European history and history of science & medicine.

Existing subscriptions are listed in SOLO and Databases A-Z. If you have any difficulties connecting to a database, please contact eResources.

Oxford readers, esp. staff and students of the History Faculty, are invited to give feedback on the electronic resources desiderata list and participate in trials.

Some comments may be passed to the eresources provider if they help in improving the resource. Feedback will also be collated for discussion in the Committee of Library Provision for History which meets Tuesdays, week 5, each term.

Please note that financial information will not be disclosed at this stage though it clearly is a major factor in deciding whether a purchase / subscription will be taken. Costs can range anything from a few hundred pounds to several thousand of pounds.

Enquiries relating to eResources for countries other than British and Western European and relating to History of Art, should be directed to the relevant subject librarian.

Isabel Holowaty
Bodleian History Librarian

6 November 2019