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Electronic databases - title list R: Available in the Library's Reading Rooms

The electronic databases available in the British Library's London Reading Rooms cover business and intellectual property, the humanities (including rare books and music), manuscripts, maps, science, social science and official publications, newspapers and our Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections.

Owing to licensing restrictions, these resources can only be accessed from British Library workstations within our Reading Rooms and Business & IP Centre.

Except where indicated, titles are available in all the Library's London Reading Rooms.

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Reaxys Web-based chemistry database that offers extensive coverage of organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry information. Based on the combined content of CrossFire Beilstein, CrossFire Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry Databases.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 This site provides free access to a searchable database containing the full text of all minutes and proceedings of Scottish Parliaments from 1235-1707. Other features of the site include a glossary of terms, history of parliaments in Scotland and the union between England and Scotland and a bibliography of further readings on Scottish political and parliamentary history.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Regional Business News Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Registra Vaticana Registra Vaticana (Reg. Vat. 1-523), contains the texts of papal bulls and letters from John VIII (872-882) to Pius II (1458-1464). The registers reproduced belong to one of the largest and most commonly consulted series in the Vatican Archives Registers and consist of digital image reproductions of the manuscript registers of papal letters housed in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Republic of South Africa Statutes Full text of Acts 1910-.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Social Sciences Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

ResearchTies An online research log to help genealogists plan and record their research.
NB: ResearchTies requires a subscription; only personal subscriptions are available currently.
Online resource
De Revolutionibus Orbium Colestium Libri VI De Revolutionibus Orbium Colestium Libri VI by Nicolaus Copernicus printed in Nuremberg, 1543. Warnock Library copy.
NB: CD-ROM available from the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk for use on a standalone terminal only.
For help with this resource
: see staff at the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk.
CD-ROM resource
Revue des Etudes Juives La Revue des Études Juives, unique dans sa spécialité en Europe, est publiée par la Société des Études Juives. La revue est consacrée à l'étude de tous les aspects du judaïsme à travers l'histoire selon les méthodes scientifiques. Elle publie des études relatives à la religion, à l'histoire, aux littératures et aux sociétés juives, et principalement en ce qu'elles concernent les juifs en France, ainsi que des travaux d'anthropologie.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Revues.org Freely accessible collection of French language journals in the humanities and social sciences, with a strong focus on history and area studies. Online resource
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature A bibliography of world music, including Eastern and Western classical music, pop and folk music. Date coverage: 1969 to the present.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

RISM RISM or the International Inventory of Musical Sources is a freely accessible online catalogue providing details of music manuscripts held by libraries and archives across the world. Its principal focus is material dating from before 1800.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
This site is freely available on the internet.
Online resource
Risk Abstracts
1990 to present
Provides a comprehensive source for interdisciplinary perspectives in this evolving field. Published in association with the Institute for Risk Research at the University of Waterloo, Risk Abstracts encompasses risk arising from industrial, technological, environmental, and other sources, with an emphasis on assessment and management of risk. The journal includes occasional articles on topics of significant interest. The broad, multidisciplinary coverage of risk-related concerns ranges from public and environmental health to social issues and psychological aspects. Professionals involved in risk research studies, environmental science, engineering and design, or any type of industry will find in Risk Abstracts essential information that can help them identify, measure, evaluate, and manage risks of all kinds.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Riverside Explorer: investigating rivers and their habitats in England and Wales Educational product from the Environment Agency and Ordnance Survey, providing maps, photos and text on the river systems of England and Wales.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-1755 A joint project of the National Library of Scotland and the British Library, this free interactive mapping tool allows searching and viewing of the 18th-century manuscript treasure.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
The Royal Atlas of England and Wales (1898 Bartholomew's Atlas) Atlas of England and Wales created at the turn of the century, with town plans of the larger cities and a placename index.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

CD-ROM resource

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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
RSC Journals Full text chemistry journals covering traditional disciplines (analytical, organic and inorganic chemistry) plus new developments and cross-disciplinary topics. Online resource
Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies Covers more than 12,500 periodicals published primarily in Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe. Created by the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it cites and abstracts books, Manuscripts, dissertations, and articles. Coverage is from 1986 to the present.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Russian Avant-garde Online This collection represents works of all Russian literary avant-garde schools. It comprises almost 800 books, periodicals and almanacs most of them published between 1910-1940, and thus offers an exceptionally varied and well-balanced overview of one of the most versatile movements in Russian literature. This collection will appeal to literary historians and Slavists, as well as to book and art historians.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Russian / NIS Statistical Databases Online Russian and CIS Statistical Publications (Eastview).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Russian / NIS Universal Databases Online databases of Russian/FSU Publications (East View). Files: Central Newspapers, Regional Newspapers, CIS & Baltic Periodicals, Social Sciences & Humanities, Parliamentary Publications, Military & Security Periodicals, 2010 Presidential Election in Belarus, Izvestiia Digital Archive, Pravda Digital Archive.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Russian National Bibliography (Eastview) This online database includes bibliographic data for printed books, maps, music, art albums, periodical (journal and newspaper) articles, reviews and dissertation abstracts. 1995 onwards. For the years 1991-1994 please see Russian National Bibliography on CD (see above).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Russia Presidental Election, 2012 Ephemera and official documents related to the 2012 presidential election in Russia, cross searchable with other Slavic e-content from East View.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science, Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Russian State Archive of Literature and Art Contains material relating to writers, artists, actors, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers and others in the cultural domain.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Russia State Duma Election 2011 Ephemera produced by candidate campaigns, citizens, and the Russian government, harvested during and after the election period by East View on site.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Russian Theater in the Early 20th Century Online The collection of theater periodicals provides a detailed picture of metropolitan and provincial Russian theater, and reflects the cultural life in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. It is a unique source for a wide range of scholars in history, cultural studies, theater history and sociology, and provides a unique opportunity to savour the distinctive atmosphere of Russia’s Silver Age.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource