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American studies Hispanic studies
Anthropology and ethnography History
Architecture Islamic studies
Archives Italian studies
Art and Design Jewish studies
Audiovisual resources Language and linguistics
Australian studies
Librarianship and information science
Belgian studies Music and recorded sound
Biography National bibliographies / Books in print
Catalogues and general bibliographies New Zealand studies
Church history and theology Performing arts
Classical studies Periodical indexes
Dictionaries Philosophy
Dissertations and research Psychology
Document Supply Rare books
Dutch studies Religious studies
Encyclopaedias Scandinavian studies
English literature Short title catalogues
Film Slavonic and East European studies
French studies Social sciences
Full text databases Women's studies
German studies Other electronic resources

American studies

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African Newspapers, 1800-1922 Part of Readex's World Newspaper Archive. African Newspapers includes over 30 fully searchable African newspapers including key publications from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Remote access is available for registered St Pancras Reader Pass holders.
Online resource
America: History and Life Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Article abstracts and bibliographical citations of books and dissertations. Indexing, which originally covered publications from 1964 onwards, is being extended retrospectively to the late 19th century. Click here to search America: History and Life alongside Historical Abstracts.
American Book Prices Current Annual record of books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and broadsides sold at auction in the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and selected other countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia.
American Civil War: Letters and Diaries More than a thousand sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs that provide access to thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war.
American Film Scripts Online An ongoing project to digitize and thoroughly index 1,000 film scripts. The database is searchable by writers, scripts, scenes and characters..
American National Biography Online Profiles over 18,000 men and women from all eras and all walks of life who helped shape American history and culture.

American Poetry

Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century. (An individual collection within Literature Online)
American State Papers,
1789-1838
Part of the Archive of Americana. Retrospective collection of Congressional materials from 1789 to 1838. Includes topics such as Lewis and Clark's Expedition, Burr's Conspiracy and arrest, Barbary pirates, Abolition of slavery, War of 1812, Speeches and messages of presidents, etc.
Archive of Americana Books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, Government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries. Collections include Early American Newspapers (1690-1876), the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980) and American State Papers (1789-1838).
Remote access, to some of the collections, is available for registered St Pancras Reader Pass holders.
Bibliography of American Literature Detailed description of the works of America's most important literary writers from the time of the Revolution to 1930. More than 37,000 works are listed, essentially the complete printed record of American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
British records on the Atlantic World, 1700- 1900 Included as part of British Online Archives, this 11 part series documents the colonial, missionary and commercial history of British activities in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Many of the collections provide original documents on Britain's role in the slave trade.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers This site from the Library of Congress allows you to search and view American newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition, 1817-1994 Reports, documents and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives in full text, 1817-1994.
This is a subscription based service.
Early American Newspapers Series I (1690-1876) Part of the Archive of Americana. Features cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images Based largely on Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820.
Remote access is available for registered St Pancras Reader Pass holders.
Early Encounters in North America Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, cultures and the environment. Descriptions of North America, either its natural features or interactions among various cultural groups, from the period 1534 to 1860.
European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750 This catalogue of printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 is based on European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750, an authoritative bibliography and union list. Created by EBSCO Publishing in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, the database contains over 32,000 entries. Online resource
HAPI Online Online version of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Indexes more than 500 key social science and humanities journals containing information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States. Coverage dates from 1970 onwards and includes articles, book reviews and original literary works. Many of the citations are linked to full text.
NewsBank Newspapers U.K., Ireland and U.S.A Full-text articles from several UK national newspapers and over 140 UK & Irish regional and local newspapers and periodicals. Search single titles or search multiple titles simultaneously. The UK national titles include the Financial Times from 1982 onwards and The Times from 1985 onwards. US titles include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries Includes more than 150,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years, from Colonial times to 1950; also includes biographies and a bibliography of sources.
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007 Digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript materials relevant to trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition. Materials relating to slavery today, desegregation and social justice are included. The facsimile documents are presented alongside contextual essays contributed by leading academics in the field.
Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels A scholarly online collection for researchers of adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960s to the work of modern sequential artists to the present day, content is supplemented by interviews, criticism, and journal articles. Note: contains graphic material that some may find offensive.
Vogue Archive Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day,  including all text, graphics, ads, covers and fold-outs, indexed and in colour. Contents represent the work of  designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries and are a primary source for the study of fashion, gender and modern social history.
Walt Whitman Major authors on CD-ROM: The Brontes, Johnson and Boswell, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf.

Anthropology and Ethnography

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Anthropology Plus Anthropology Plus brings together into one resource Anthropological Literature and Anthropological Index. It provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles in the fields of social and cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, biological anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and linguistic anthropology. Coverage is from the late 19th century to the present.
Ethnographic Video Online: Vol I
Ethnographic Video Online: Vol II
Over 1500 ethnographic films fully digitised and semantically indexed with additional field notes and related articles, and synchronised, searchable transcripts running alongside each video. This worldwide collection charts the development of visual ethnographic documentation as well as the beginnings of documentary, including historic footage and contemporary material from renowned filmmakers and working anthropologists. It supports a wide range of disciplines (including anthropology, psychology, music, moving image, film studies, arts, human geography, economics, international and regional studies) and is a unique resource for researchers, programme makers and those interested in sound and moving image as a research medium. Online resource

Architecture

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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. The American and international journals indexed include not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage is mainly from 1934 to the present, with selective coverage back to 1741.
Buildings of England (Pevsner) Provides information on buildings and artefacts in England, such as location, period, architect etc. Also serves as a comprehensive index to the printed volumes of Pevsner's Buildings of England, from which all of the information on the database is drawn.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects. Includes a dictionary of architecture.

Archives

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A2A (Access to Archives) The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.
Chamberlain Papers Papers of major C.19 and C.20 political figures Joseph, Austen and Neville Chamberlain accessed via Cengage's Archives Unbound platform. This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Churchill Archive Over 800,000 pages of digitised primary source material, including Churchill's papers (owned by the Churchill estate) - correspondence, speeches, and official documents - as well as ancillary and secondary materials related to the career of Churchill.
Comintern Archive An index to the archive and microform collections held at the Russian Centre for the Conservation and Study of Records of Modern History. The Comintern Archive contains original documents from over 35 communist and left-socialist parties, together with other international organisations from 21 different countries. It covers the entire period of the Comintern's existence, from 1919 to 1943.
History of Parliament The history of parliament from 1386-1820. Includes illustrations, essays, and biographical entries for members of parliament.
Iter Italicum Lists previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts found in libraries and collections all over the world. Originally published in six volumes between 1963 and 1992.
Russian State Archive of Literature and Art Contains material relating to writers, artists, actors, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers and others in the cultural domain.

Online resource


Art and Design

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ARTbibliographies Modern Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
Art Index

An index of articles from periodicals, yearbooks and museum bulletins in English language and a wide range of other languages. The database also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Period covered: 1984 to date.

Art Index Retrospective Art Index Retrospective is a cumulative index to Art Index covering the period 1929 - 1984.
Art Sales Catalogues Online

Online version of Lugt's Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques, which lists art sales catalogues published 1600 to 1900. With full digital facsimiles of nearly 24,000 catalogues.

Artists of the World Online Presents biographical information on approximately 270,000 artists, based on articles in the major printed biographical works by Thieme & Becker and by Vollmer, plus all articles from the published volumes of the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon.
Bibliography of the History of Art Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealer's catalogues, and articles from over 1,400 periodicals. The product of collaboration between the Getty Research Institute of the J. Paul Getty Trust and the French Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. It includes and extends the coverage of its two predecessor art indexes: Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie (RAA) from 1973 to 1989 and International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) from 1975 to 1989.
Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus) Credo Reference (formerly Xreferplus) is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
Design and Applied Arts Index Annotated references from more than 500 design and craft journals and data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. 1973-
Europeana Containing content contributed by a range of leading cultural institutions (including the British Library), Europeana is Europe's digital library, archive and museum. Europeana features images, texts, sounds and videos. Online resource
The Grand Tour Accounts of the English abroad, c1550-1850, highlighting the influence of continental travel on British art, architecture, urban planning, literature & philosophy. Includes written accounts & visual representations of street life.
Grove Art Online An online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day.
Lugt's Répertoire online The Lugt database has been included in Art Sales Catalogues Online; select the 'Search catalogue' link on the left-hand menu. The Répertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques by Frits Lugt lists more than 100,000 art sales catalogues from libraries in Europe and the USA and covers the period 1600 to 1925. Search options include date, place of sale, provenance, auction house, content and library locations.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects. Includes the Oxford dictionary of art, the Oxford companion to Western art and other works.
Russian Avant-Garde The most comprehensive collection of Russian Literary avant-garde publications. This collection includes representative works from all Russian literary avant-garde schools. It comprises almost 800 books, periodicals and almanacs most of them published between 1910 and 1940, and thus offers a varied and well-balanced overview of one of the most versatile movements in Russian literature. The books in this collection can be regarded as objects of art, illustrated by famous artists such as Malevich, Goncharova and Lisitskii. Published by IDC as part of the series Mass Culture and Entertainment in Russia.
NB. Printing should be from within the PDF application (not the web browser).
SCIPIO International union catalogue listing sale catalogues held in libraries world-wide, but with a strong American emphasis. The sale catalogues described relate primarily to sales of books and art works at auction throughout Europe and North America from the late 16th century to the present day.
Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels A scholarly online collection for researchers of adult comic books and graphic novels. Beginning with the first underground comix from the 1960s to the work of modern sequential artists to the present day, content is supplemented by interviews, criticism, and journal articles. Note: contains graphic material that some may find offensive.
Vogue Archive Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, including all text, graphics, ads, covers and fold-outs, indexed and in colour. Contents represent the work of designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries and are a primary source for the study of fashion, gender and modern social history.
For further information, please see the vendor description for this resource.
World Biographical Dictionary of Artists See Artists of the World Online

Audiovisual resources

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BBC Catalogue The BBC Catalogue offers access for users of the British Library Reading Rooms to a catalogue of BBC radio and television programmes, with playable programmes from mid-2007 onwards. It comprises data from the BBC's programme catalogue and BBC television and radio programmes recorded off-air. There are around 2.2 million catalogue records from the 1950s onwards, and over 200,000 playable television and radio programmes broadcast from July 2007. At present the service covers programmes to June 2012, but will be extended to more recent programmes soon.
Dance in Video Vol. I
Dance in Video, Vol. II
Dance in Video, Vols. I and II, contains 741 dance productions and documentaries featuring some of the most influential performers and companies of the twentieth century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. This service includes 922 videos, equalling 657 hours.
Ethnographic Video's Online (Vols. 1 & 2) Over 1500 ethnographic films fully digitised and semantically indexed with additional field notes and related articles, and synchronised, searchable transcripts running alongside each video. This worldwide collection charts the development of visual ethnographic documentation as well as the beginnings of documentary, including historic footage and contemporary material from renowned filmmakers and working anthropologists. It supports a wide range of disciplines (including anthropology, psychology, music, moving image, film studies, arts, human geography, economics, international and regional studies) and is a unique resource for researchers, programme makers and those interested in sound and moving image as a research medium. Online resource
Naxos Music Library (NML) Naxos Music Library (NML) offers not only practically all standard repertoire, but also an enormous range of specialist repertoire not available from other online sources. The recordings in Naxos Music Library include the complete catalogues of BIS, Chandos, CPO, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with more labels being added from time to time.
Theatre in Video Theatre in Video contains more than 100 performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 60 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 250 hours in all. This service contains 162 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.
World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966 500 hours (8,000 individual items) of cinema newsreels from Japan, France, the Netherlands and the USA, including World War II propaganda newsreels and a complete run of the important American news magazine The March of Time (American release editions). Most of the films have been fully transcribed, with transcriptions available in synchronisation presentation alongside the video. Contents include: Nippon News: 36 hours of Japanese newsreels from 1940-48 with English transcripts; four French newsreels, 75 hours of fully translated and transcribed news items including Les Actualités Mondiales (1940-46), France Actualités (1942-44), France Libre Actualités (1944–45), Les Actualités Française (1945–69); The March of Time: 115 hours of fully transcribed content, 1935-51; United Newsreel: more than 35 hours of 1942-46 American weekly newsreel produced by the US Office of War Information, with transcripts; Universal Newsreel: 200 hours with full transcripts from Universal Studios’s bi-weekly series 1929-46; Polygoon-Profliti: 87 hours of Dutch newsreel 1939-45.

Australian studies

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AustLit AustLit indexes and describes Australian literature (from 1780 to the present) published in a range of print and electronic information sources. It includes biographical and bibliographical information, and also makes available selected critical articles and creative writing in full text.
Australian records in the USPG archive Records relating to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel's activities in Australia. The records are mainly from the mid 19th century and cover the development of the Church of Australia.
Informit Informit indexes and provides access to the full text of articles relating to Australasian scholarly research in a number of fields, including: public affairs, law, education, health, the family, library and information science, sport, criminology and immigration.