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Subjects: History - General

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford seeking to learn what eresources are on the History wishlist for purchase or subscription, if and when funding becomes available.

It also gives information what resources have already been trialled and provides tips how to assess an eresources. For eresources already available in Oxford, see Databases A-Z.

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The Afghan Serials Collection: Partisan Publications from the Wahdat Library (trial until 7 May 2022)

Bodleian Libraries are running a trial of the The Afghan Serials Collection: Partisan Publications from the Wahdat Library

This resource is an essential collection of partisan serials from the Wahdat Library, the most comprehensive private collection of rare newspapers and journals from Afghanistan. The Afghan Serials Collection includes over 45 newspapers and journals published in Persian, Pushto, Arabic, Urdu, and English from the early 1970s to the late 1990s—a critical period for the history of Afghanistan.

Documenting the breadth of Afghanistan’s political epochs, the Afghan Serials Collection: Partisan Publications from the Wahdat Library covers the use of the press by many groups that sought to shape Afghanistan’s social and intellectual landscape during this turbulent time. Various ideologies are represented in these publications, published by opposing factions from the Taliban to anti-Taliban groups, to anti- Soviet jihadi and mujaheddin groups to the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan.

The vast majority of the titles are in Persian, Pushto or Arabic.

The earliest newspaper starts in 1968 and the majority of the content covers the 1980s to 1990s or early 2000s.

Please send any feedback on the trial to Lydia Wright and Emma Mathieson.

The trial ends on 7 May 2022.

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Contact:
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Bodleian Library,
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Oxford,
OX1 3BG
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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