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Arts and Humanities electronic databases - subject index: F-G

The electronic resources listed here are available in the Humanities and Rare Books and Music Reading Rooms and, in most cases, also in other Reading Rooms of the British Library. Staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks are best placed to help with these resources.

For licensing reasons, the links to most of the electronic databases listed below will only work from within British Library Reading Rooms.

If you do not find the resource you are looking for, see the Library's complete listing of electronic resources in the British Library London Reading Rooms.

Online resource Online resources
CD-ROM resource CD-ROMs

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

Film

Title
Brief description
Format
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..
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
International Film Archive Contains several databases including the International Index to Film Periodicals and the International Index to Television Periodicals. Coverage from 1972 onwards.
International Film Index International in scope. Searchable fields include: title, year of release, director's name, actor's name, film type. Period covered: 1894-1996.
Isskustvo kino Founded in the 1930s and devoted to art in Russian film, the journal Iskusstvo kino is renowned as one of Russia's premier journals of cinema. Iskusstvo kino offers movie reviews, articles on filmmaking and cinema culture, criticism, and essays and traces Russian arts and culture from the 'socialist realism' era - when film became the prime propaganda tool ("agitki") for instilling Communist fervour in the masses - all the way through contemporary filmmaking. With more movie screens than any nation at any time, the Soviet Union's cinematic legacy helped shape the artistic and social agenda of the socialist world for most of the Twentieth Century. Online resource
Screen and Stage A collection of rare Russian theatre and film periodicals, which also includes material on other forms of entertainment and mass culture in pre-Revolutionary Russia. The collection consists of various types of material ranging from sophisticated journals to cheaply produced magazines published in the last three decades of the Tsarist regime. Published by IDC as part of the series Mass Culture and Entertainment in Russia.
NB. Printing from within the PDF application ONLY (not the web browser).
Online resource
Soviet Cinema Online The collection includes Soviet film magazines and newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the most interesting and fertile period in the history of Russian Film.
NB. Printing from within the PDF application ONLY (not the web browser).
Online resource

French studies

Title
Brief description
Format
Anglo-Norman dictionary Revision of the Anglo-Norman dictionary, first published between 1977 and 1992.
Bibliographie Nationale Francaise Used to check bibliographical details of monographs and official publications published in France. Also includes international official publications. Each record also contains Bibliothèque Nationale shelfmarks. 1990-.
Encyclopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert A complete online version including the 11 volumes of plates of the first edition of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie developed by the Institut national de la langue française and the ARTFL Project, University of Chicago.
La France pendant la guerre 1939-1945: Resistance et journaux de Vichy (Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy) La France pendant la guerre 1939-1945: Resistance et journaux de Vichy (Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy): Providing perspectives from both the Vichy government and the resistance movement, this unique collection constitutes the sum of the French press that actually reached Britain during the Occupation of 1940-44. It is the record of what was known by the British about the hearts and minds of the French people at the most dramatic period of their shared history.
FRANCIS Indexes multilingual, multidisciplinary information published in over 4,200 journals covering the humanities (67%), social sciences (30%), and economics (3%). The database is strong in religion, the history of art, psychology, and literature (with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature). It contains bilingual (English - French) subject descriptors, and has abstracts in 80% of the records. FRANCIS represents a wide range of materials, including serials, journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, French dissertations, exhibition catalogues, legislation, teaching materials, and reports.
FRANTEXT Developed by the Institut national de la langue française, FRANTEXT is a a corpus of over 3500 mainly literary texts from the 16th to the 20th century. It is possible to search across the entire collection or to limit the search to a particular author, title, genre, date or other combination. The sub-corpus (sous ensemble de textes catégorisés) supports more detailed grammatical searches.
French Bibliography 15th Century - Lists over 1.7 million items in French from the collections of over 200 leading North American libraries. The bibliography includes titles from classical and modern literature, scholarly publications, conference proceedings, legal publications, reference books and periodicals.
Journaux de la Revolution de 1848 (Newspapers of the French Revolution 1848) Journaux de la Revolution de 1848 (Newspapers of the French Revolution 1848): The revolution of 1848 caused the final collapse of monarchy in France, and in the power vacuum that followed a range of competing voices sought to control the future direction of the country. The social and political upheavals of this period are richly detailed in this unique collection of newspapers and periodicals - an essential resource for understanding modern European history.

Full text databases

Title
Brief description
Format

Acta Sanctorum
Online / CD-ROM

An electronic version of the works published over a period of three hundred years by the Société des Bollandistes (work in progress).
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.
The Bible in English Contains 21 different versions of The Bible. In addition to 13 complete Bibles, there are 5 texts that comprise just the New Testament, 2 that contain just the Gospels, and Tyndale's translation of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and the New Testament.
British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries Includes more than 100,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years, from the 16th century onwards; also includes biographical information and a bibliography of sources.
British Politics & Society Digitised primary source material related to political and social history of 19thc Britain. This is one collection within the Gale Cengage platform Nineteenth Century Collections Online, which contains British Library content.
British Theatre, Music and Literature: High and Popular Culture Digitised primary source material related to the arts in Victorian-era Britain, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. This is one collection within the Gale Cengage platform Nineteenth Century Collections Online, which contains British Library content.
Cetedoc Library of Christian Latin Texts (CLCLT) Full-text database of Latin texts from the Western Christian tradition. The database is a project of the Centre de Traitement Electronique des Documents at the Catholic University of Louvain.
Daily Express 20th Century Archive 1900-2000 Part of UKpressonline, the archive of the popular UK national newspaper, the Daily Express, is now under construction. Around 180,000 pages covering selected dates between 1900 and 1982 are currently available. When complete the archive will provide full coverage of the Daily Express from 1900 to 2000.
Daily Mirror Digital Archive Text searchable access to full page facsimiles of the entire archive of the Daily Mirror, the UK national tabloid newspaper, from 1903 to the present day.
Daily Star / Star Sunday Part of UKpressonline, the archive provides text-searchable access to full facsimiles of the popular tabloid newspapers, the Daily Star May 2000 to date and the Star Sunday September 2002 to date.
Dictionary of Old English / Old English Corpus A complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3037 texts in the corpus.
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.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Digital images of pages from over 125,000 early English books listed in the Short-Title Catalogues by Pollard & Redgrave (1475-1640) and Wing (1641-1700). Images scanned from the two Early English Books microfilm series published by University Microfilms.
EEBO-TCP EEBO-TCP (Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership) Fully-searchable text editions selected from the works digitised for Early English Books Online by the Universities of Michigan and Oxford.
ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online When complete, ECCO will make available nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800, scanned and with searchable full text. The collection is based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.
Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2003 The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003 ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. In 8,000 issues and more than 600,000 pages, EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers and a selection of exportable financial tables.

English Prose Drama

Part of Chadwyck-Healey's English Drama online. Contains prose works in English that were performed or intended for performance. Also contains masques, entertainments, and certain closet dramas. 1,653 plays included by 365 authors. There are 42 anonymous works.
Express Group 21st Century Part of UKpressonline, the archive provides text-searchable access to full-page facsimiles of the popular tabloid newspapers Daily Express / Sunday Express May 2000 to date, the Daily Star May 2000 to date and Star Sunday September 2002 to date.
Faber Poetry Library A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. The Faber list spans the seventy-year history of this major publishing house, and includes the poetry of James Joyce, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. In total The Faber Poetry Library contains 140 volumes by 50 poets. (In Literature Online)
Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2006 Provides access to the complete run of the London edition of the FT, the UK's leading financial newspaper for the period 1888 to 2006. It includes every article, advertisement and market listing, providing access to thousands of daily price/stock indexes and currency tables - an invaluable source of historic daily financial data.
FRANTEXT Developed by the Institut national de la langue française, FRANTEXT is a a corpus of over 3500 mainly literary texts from the 16th to the 20th century. It is possible to search across the entire collection or to limit the search to a particular author, title, genre, date or other combination. The sub-corpus (sous ensemble de textes catégorisés) supports more detailed grammatical searches.
Gale News Vault Gale News Vault allows the cross-searching of our Gale newspaper archives subscriptions including 19th Century British Library Newspapers, The Times Digital Archive, the Illustrated London News, The Financial Times Historical Archive and 19th Century UK Periodicals.

Goethes Werke

 

Based primarily on the Weimar edition of Goethe's works, originally published between 1887 and 1919 by Hermann Bohlau. It is supplemented by material not found in the Weimar edition, namely Goethe's Gesprache, edited by Woldemar Freiherr von Biedermann (Leipzig 1889-1896) and all the letters discovered since the completion of the Weimar edition.
The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003) Offers full facsimile page and article images with word searchable text back to the first issue of The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003). Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Gutenberg-e An e-book collection produced by Columbia University Press in collaboration with the American Historical Association. It includes historical monographs on Africa, South Asia, colonial Latin America, Europe, North America, military history, and the history of foreign relations.
Historical Texts Digital facsimiles and full-text searching of circa. 350,000 British and English-language printed books, pamphlets and ephemeral items. Material dates from the 15th to late 19th centuries. The platform allows cross-searching of 'Early English Books Online' and 'Eighteenth Century Collections Online', along with selected 19th century books from the British Library.
Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 Provides access to the entire run of this influential illustrated newspaper in a fully searchable digital format. High-quality colour facsimile images bring to life more than 150 years of social, political and cultural history.
JISC Historic Books Digital facsimiles and full-text searching of some 360,000 British and English-language printed books, pamphlets and ephemeral items. Material dates from the 15th to late 19th centuries. The platform allows cross-searching of 'Early English Books Online' and 'Eighteenth Century Collections Online', along with selected 19th century books from the British Library.
King James Bible The King James Version is an English translation of the Holy Bible, commissioned for the benefit of the Church of England at the behest of King James I of England and first published in 1611.
Literature Online A fully searchable library of more than 200,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, secondary sources and web links.
For further information, please see the vendor description for this resource.
Literature Resource Center Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. It covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors.
Major Authors Major authors on CD-ROM: The Brontes, Johnson and Boswell, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf.
Middle English Compendium Designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Digitised primary source material related to political and social history of 19thc Britain.  Collections accessible: British Politics & Society, containing materials related to political and social history of Britain and British Theatre, Music and Literature: High and Popular Culture.
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.
Palmer's Index and Full Text
Contains the Index to The Times from October 1790 to December 1905. The Full Text component (online only) spans the years from 1800 to 1870. (See also below, Times Index 1906-1980.)
Past Masters Full text electronic database covering philosophy, the history of political thought and theory, education, religious studies, economics, classics, history and German studies.

Patrologia Latina

An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865.
Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 is the complete, fully text searchable facsimile archive of the Picture Post, the British news magazine notable for its ground-breaking use of photo-journalism.
Royal Irish Academy Archive of Celtic Latin Literature Contains texts from important authors such as St. Patrick, Augustinus Hibernicus, Columbanus, Sedulius Scottus, John Scottus Eriugena, Peter Abelard. Over one hundred saints' lives are included as well as many theological works, liturgical, legislative and penitential works and inscriptions. More than 400 Latin works from over 100 known and unknown authors are included.
Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period Includes some 60 volumes from 47 poets, together with critical and biographical essays.
Times Digital Archive A digital edition of The Times, using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The period covered is 1785-1985. Print instructions. (See also above, Palmer's Index and Full Text.)
UKpressonline UKpressonline provides text searchable access to full page facsimiles of some of the UK's biggest selling popular newspapers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The archive is currently under construction but already complete are the Daily Mirror 1903 to date, Daily Express / Sunday Express May 2000 to date, the Daily Star May 2000 to date, and the Star Sunday September 2002 to date.
The Daily Express 20th Century Archive is now under construction and around 180,000 pages covering selected dates between 1900 and 1982 are also currently available.
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.
Women Writers Online The Women Writers Project textbase, containing texts by women writers from the period 1400 to 1850.

German studies

Title
Brief description
Format
Akten des Kaiserlichen Reichshofrats 1486 to 1766 An online edition of the documents of the Reichshofrat ('Aulic Council') of the Holy Roman Empire.
NB: Content and interface are in German only. Please ask at reference enquiries for login details.
Bavarian State Library Catalogue Contains records held by the Bavarian State Library. Subject coverage spans the Humanities and sciences.

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft An international bibliography of German language and literature, covering books, pamphlets, articles, dissertations and reviews. 1985-.
German National Bibliography The on-line catalogue of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek contains records for all books listed since 1945 in the "Deutsche Nationalbibliographie" and thus serves as a German national bibliography for that period.
Germanistik Online Datenbank Germanistik Online Datenbank  is an international indexing resource for all aspects of German linguistic and literary studies, including related disciplines such as theatre studies, media studies and cultural history, covering around 340,000 journals,  monographic studies, volumes of essays. It provides access to the complete run of the printed version and is regularly updated to include the latest additions.

Goethes Werke

 

Based primarily on the Weimar edition of Goethe's works, originally published between 1887 and 1919 by Hermann Bohlau. It is supplemented by material not found in the Weimar edition, namely Goethe's Gesprache, edited by Woldemar Freiherr von Biedermann (Leipzig 1889-1896) and all the letters discovered since the completion of the Weimar edition.
Der literarische Expressionismus Online The full text, including illustrations, of 151 digitised German expressionist periodicals from the early 20th century, with a wide range of search options. The search interface is available in German or English.
National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933-1945 A fully searchable collection of primary sources on the National Socialist state and the NSDAP, Nazi ideology and propaganda, justice and legislation, resistance and persecution, and annihilation and expulsion under National Socialism. Includes speeches, reports, administrative files, the diaries of Joesph Goebbels, the card index of the Nuremberg war crimes trials, and the Daily Reports of the Gestapo Headquarters in Vienna from 1938-1945. Online resource
Verfasserdatenbank Offers electronic access to the over 20,000 articles on authors of German literature from the reference works Die deutsche Literatur des Mittelalters, Deutscher Humanismus 1480-1520, Frühe Neuzeit in Deutschland 1520-1620 and the Killy-Literaturlexikon, with regular quarterly updates.
Online resource