The 18th Century Bibliography is an online bibliography of published and unpublished texts that were printed and circulated between 1680 and 1810. The bibliography can be browsed by decade and author, and it features texts from all over the world (with some emphasis on Europe) and across the disciplines (with some emphasis on the humanities). The site is updated regularly.
The Academic Blogs wiki exists to provide a guide to weblogs written by and for scholars. The blogs are categorised by subject area, author's institution, and language. Links to the blogs within each category are given, some of which are accompanied by a short description. As the site is a wiki, users are encouraged to contribute details of other suitable blogs, and to expand or provide descriptions for those already listed. The blogs featured are varied in approach and tone, ranging from the strictly academic to the more informal: typical posts include scholarly essays, book reviews, personal responses to current issues (both within the academic sphere and more generally), and conference reports. The site's stated aim is to make the 'invisible college' which is the academic blogosphere more accessible, and as such this is a useful site for those wishing to forge online links with other academics in their field.
The UK National Archives Accessions to Repositories Web pages list recent manuscript accessions to over 200 national, regional, and university libraries and other repositories throughout the British Isles. The information gathered here is added to the indexes to the National Register of Archives, and used to produce thematic digests. The site warns that not all of the new accessions will yet have been fully catalogued, and researchers should check availability of access with the relevant repository. Accessions may be listed by topic or repository for any given year since the project began in 1994. Topic areas include: literary history; particular regional or community histories; individual trades, crafts, and industries; education; performing arts and cinema; music; religion; sport; military history, maritime history, and transport; women's history, etc. Only headline descriptions of accessions are provided by the site, but these do include names of individuals, the nature of the records provided, and the dates they cover. Unfortunately, no search engine is included that specifically covers the accessions. Nevertheless, this site should still be of interest to researchers, and it fulfils an important role in disseminating information.
The online resource 'Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing' is a website of the academic journal under the same title, devoted to the issues of disciplinarity and communicating across the curriculum (CAC). ADT's goal is to be a resource for secondary school teachers, university instructors and researchers, by providing a platform to interact and get up-to-date information on the use of writing and speaking across the disciplines. This publication is the effect of merging two academic journals 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' and 'Academic Writing', and it continues to pursue the interests of these original journals. Some of the topics discussed in ATD articles include: 'Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course' (2009); 'Client-Based Writing about Science: Immersing Science Students in Real Writing Contexts' (2008); 'Fear of the Blank Page: Teaching Academic and Professional Writing in Social Work' (2007). All articles are peer reviewed and are available online in full text. Although the existing collection is organised into annual volumes (2004 onwards), the editors promise that new materials are published as soon as they have been accepted. Sections 'Archives' and 'Current Issue' provide access to relevant documents. 'Archives' also link to issues of 'Academic Writing' (2000-2003) and 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' (1994-2003). The website publishes as well book and conference 'Reviews', submissions guidelines, and calls for special issue proposals. There are also pages of general information about the journal and its editors.
This website holds details of a series of Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded workshops held in 2009 exploring “how best to assess or measure cultural engagement”. Although various – economic development - metrics have been defined for assessing Knowledge Transfer activity, specific measurement of Cultural Engagement is relatively undeveloped, despite its increasing importance as an element of university activity. These three workshops brought together Scottish academics, cultural partners and the AHRC to explore alternative metrics for Cultural Engagement drawing on the University of Glasgow's experience of developing Knowledge Transfer assessment models. The website includes the programme of each workshop and lists of participants. It is intended also to provide access to the final report, when completed.
The All-Movie Guide website offers free access to a vast database which contains extensive factual and descriptive data and original editorial content for over 400,000 films (as well as videotapes, and DVDs) and more than 250,000 of the actors, directors, writers, and other professionals who created them, and over 200,000 filmographies. The database is searchable by film or name and can be browsed by genre (drama, comedy, horror, thriller, sci-fi, musical, action, war, romance, mystery, children's/fairy story, and historical). Film details recovered as a result of a search offer an extensive series of links to related material, such as details of films which share the same genre, location, theme or personnel, as well as to filmographies and biographies of directors and actors. The database's most powerful feature is perhaps the manner in which it allows users to follow links between groups of films. The All-Movie Guide also includes a series of fairly robust general essays on genres, sub-genres and national cinemas.
This is the website of Alma mater, the electronic form of a research journal that distributes works of humanistic interest of the different areas of knowledge. The magazine which is published by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru is available only in Spanish and consists of the following sections: interview; testing; debate; notes and book review. The journal was published from 1992 until 2001 with a total of 20 volumes; this website allows the user access to a table of contents of all volumes and provides full content on html format to volume 13-14 (1997) to volume 20 (2001).
The website Alpha Galileo aims to link journalists and academic experts through presenting information to a wider audience. The site requires registration and a subscription and users must register as either contributors (experts) or journalists. There is the possibility of touring the site without a subscription. The sections are divided into: science; arts; technology; health; society; and humanities. There is a list of press releases and a useful calendar of anniversaries and events, as well as recommended books. This is particularly useful for those wishing to disseminate research information to journalists and stay abreast of news. A useful attempt to bridge the gap between academic research and the media.
This is the website of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy is an international learned association of leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders. The site outlines the Academy's various projects, one branch of which is devoted to the Humanities and Culture. In this initiative, different research projects, leading to related publications, explore the history of Humanities disciplines -- particularly philosophy, history, law, composition and literature -- since the Second World War. One project in this field studies "the institutional landscape in which the humanities have evolved and currently operate." Another project examines the comparative context of the Humanities within scholarship and institutions, based on American and non-American examples. Yet another project investigates the relationship between the Humanities and the Sciences -- and another analyses the public understanding of the Humanities. These projects should prove of professional interest to scholars within the Humanities. The site lists its many prominent members in an online directory. Details are provided on the visiting scholars programme; latest news and events; and publications. The Academy's Newsletter and Bulletin are both available in full format online, along with a link to the Academy's journal, Daedalus. Many occasional papers are posted in full on the site, but these do not all fall under the remit of Humanities subjects and tend to be more concerned with current affairs; international relations; politics; development; security; and economics. The site is clear and easy to navigate.
The website APERÇU is the website of a journal concerned with the new writings in theoretical humanities and social sciences. The site gives details of subscriptions which can be made to the electronic journal. APERÇU is aimed at those whose intellectual interests cross conventional academic frontiers and disciplines. It concentrates on those themes and intellectual discussions that are shared between disciplines within social sciences and humanities. This journal provides an overview of new writing on the work of: Kristeva; Said; Elias; Foucault; Marx; Freud; and Baudrillard, among others. APERÇU sources its content directly from publishers and provides links to all its donors. In its own words, "its content is the product of an informed and careful editorial selection oriented towards comprehensive coverage of key theorists and key theoretical areas". A resource for postgraduates and researchers in the humanities. A sample issue is available to download.
The Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The subject coverage is broad with relevance to many areas of research. Results of searching or browsing are displayed at collection-level or item-level with a descriptive indexed summary and links to similar records. The actual text and images of the archives described are not held by the Archives Hub, but there are online links to the references and contact details of the repositories where they are held. The site also features information on the Hub and its contributors, news, and links to related projects. The Hub is part of the UK National Archives Network. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester.
The UK Archives Hub is a national gateway providing free access to descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges. The service covers archives in over 75 academic institutions and is growing rapidly, with approximately 15,000 collection descriptions at present. The wide range of material has relevance to many areas of research and many collection descriptions are available for online for the first time. Initially records are collection level descriptions, however the long-term aim is to include access to multi-level descriptions, full-text and digitised items where appropriate. This resource is freely available. The Archives Hub receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and forms part of the emerging National Archives Network, which covers a broad range of subject areas. This resource is also described by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
HW Wilson's Art Abstracts comprises the bibliographic contents of over 370 leading art periodicals - journals, museum bulletins and yearbooks. The database gives reference to articles, reviews, exhibition listings and many other types of material. Unusually, reproductions of works of art that appear in the periodicals are also fully detailed. Coverage from 1984 as an index, with added abstracts from 1994 to the present. Updated weekly. Access requires an institutional subscription. Art Abstracts is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This online resource for H. W. Wilson's Art Index Retrospective provides searchable indexing spanning 55 years of art journalism from 420 noted publications around the globe, reflecting coverage provided from 1929 through 1984 (equivalent to volumes 1-32 of the printed index). Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. In addition to articles, Art Index Retrospective indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Accessed through the web, institutional subscription and an additional username and password are required; log in is via the Wilson web login page.
The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) was a nationally funded service that helped discover, create and preserve digital collections in all areas of the arts and humanities. The AHDS managed some 5,000 high-quality data resources and provided access to many other complementary resources which are managed by others. Funding ended in 2008, and this work continues at a local/subject level by for example: the Centre for e-Research at King's College London, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS); the Oxford Text Archive (OTA); the History Data Service (HDS); and the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, formerly AHRB) provides funding for research, post-graduate studies and for museums, libraries and galleries in the field of arts and humanities. This website presents an overview of funding programmes and opportunities, applications for awards, and has highlighted a number of case studies for guidance. Distributing over seventy-five million pounds, the AHRC works in conjunction with other research councils, and promotes collaboration with European institutions. The site offers useful information for applicants; award holders; university staff; reviewers. Award listings are searchable and browsable. A News, Events and Media section offers the latest information on events and developments in the AHRC.
This is the website of Aurora Online, published by Athabasca University. The journal contains in-depth interviews with leading thinkers and writers - often major scholars in the sciences and humanities. Each interview begins with a short summary of the subject's work or significance. Figures interviewed include: Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer and poet; Edward de Bono; Adrian Forsyth, the environmentalist and writer; William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies; Francis Fukuyama, originator of the controversial end of ideology theory; Linda Hutcheon, theorist of the postmodern. The site is text-based and fast loading.
The Australian Digital Theses Program (ADT) provides access to full-text electronic versions of a growing collection of postgraduate theses submitted at Australian universities since 1997. The project is coordinated nationally by the Council of Australian University Librarians and aims to cover all national universities and academic subject areas, including the arts, humanities, social sciences and pure sciences. At present it provides access to materials from the consortium members, a list of which is available on the site. The database may be searched by author, title, keyword and institution.
Australian Humanities Review is a peer reviewed interdisciplinary electronic journal published quarterly with regular updates every two weeks. It includes feature articles, essays, reviews, a discussion forum and letters on a wide array of topics related to literature, culture, history and politics. The Review does not exclusively focus on topics related to Australia, and includes articles relevant to cultural and American studies.The Review also includes a section called Good Oil which notes upcoming conferences and journal calls. The Review touches on a wide range of current topics in the humanities, and would be of general interest to humanities scholars and academics as well as students of Australian culture. It is fully archived with subject, issue, author and keyword search facilities.
Babelot is an online catalogue of over 25,000 literary, religious, and philosophical texts by over 5,000 different authors. Full texts of literary works are presented in various formats, for example PDF and HTML. Texts are available in their original language, with some in translation also. The main languages covered are: English; Italian; French; Spanish; and German. English language authors include: Geoffrey Chaucer; William Shakespeare; John Keats; Henry James; Thomas Hardy; Mark Twain; and John Steinbeck. Some of the Italian literary figures are: Dante; Luigi Pirandello; Italo Svevo; and Giovanni Verga. Gustave Flaubert, Simone de Beauvoir, and Victor Hugo are included alongside many other French writers, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Juan Valera are just two of the Spanish writers. German authors include Goethe and Schiller. The site also incorporates philosophical, political, and religious texts from figures such as: Abraham Lincoln; Nietzsche; Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels; Jean Jacques Rousseau; and Pope John Paul II. Users search for works by author or title; unfortunately it is not possible to browse a list of works featured in this extensive resource. Babelot acts as a gateway to other sites, which host the full-texts of these works. It is made available by Èulogos, a company that specialises in enabling research via the Internet. This resource would be of use as a source of freely available primary texts.
This is the website for ‘Beyond Text’ an AHRC strategic programme running between 2007-2012, funding over 40 projects investigating questions of “visual communication, sensory perception, orality and material culture” through performance, sound, images and objects, at a time when technology is challenging traditional notions of communication. The programme aims to reach beyond Higher Education to create a “collaborative, multi-disciplinary research community” with outcomes which will inform public policy as well as scholarship. The website includes details of awards to date.
This Web page describes the research undertaken at Oxford Brookes University's Institute for Historical and Cultural Research as part of the AHRC Beyond Text programme. The work is seen as an extension of existing interdisciplinary research Music and Art, Music and Technology, Social Sculpture and Geography. Particular concerns of the work are the investigation of research methods in non-textual modes like performance as well as the impact of new technologies on educators. The website briefly lists the activities which took place under the AHRC programme at the Institute, including public lectures and workshops.
This is the J. Paul Getty Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), a free online service which does not require registration to search. This major bibliographic service covers research on western art, and art which has western influences. The BHA has a search interface of the type that will be familiar to those who have used an online catalogue for a major university library. There are also various advanced search options. The BHA is said to cover works in around 45 languages. Results cover work from the years 1990 to 2007, and can include abstracts. There are also more recent records, drawn from the International Bibliography of the History of Art (IBA) which... "covers 2008 and part of 2009". At June 2010 a further bibliographic database, covering the years 1975 to 1989, is at said to be due to be included... "during the coming months" - but there are media reports of major funding cuts which may delay this addition. The BHA is a useful bibliographic resource for art historians and other scholars.
The Digital Library of the Menéndez Pelayo International University (BDUIMP) is an online repository that includes conferences, speeches, and seminars that have taken place at this institution during the last 75 years. At the time of cataloguing, the database was being updated with images, digitised versions of seminar papers, video and audio files related with academic events organised by the university, such as its well-known summer courses. The virtual library includes documents and resources for all academic disciplines, from natural sciences to the humanities. Users may search for relevant contents, or browse the catalogue for each of the disciplines. It is possible to find electronic versions of some interesting conferences, although these are available in Spanish only. Some examples are: 'Golden Age and contemporary literature"; "The State in Spanish history"; "Spanish Literary Surrealism"; and "Philosophy and Sexuality". Although the amount of resources for the humanities is still not very impressive, this is an ongoing project which nonetheless provides excellent quality materials.
Bibliotheca Augustana is an extensive online collection of electronic texts, many of which are particular to this site. The site divides texts according to language (Latin; Greek; German; French; Italian; and Spanish). Each section is further divided by chronology or by author. For each author there is: a short biographical note; sometimes an image; list of works; and any links to secondary information such as bibliographies. The majority of primary texts are available within the Bibliotheca Augustana, except where significant online editions already exist elsewhere on the Internet. It can be difficult, however, to establish which authors or time-periods on the site have significant works available, either in quantity or rarity. It is necessary to download a font to display works in Greek. The 'What's New' (quid novi) section can be used for a quick indication of authors added since May 1999. Example authors/works from here include: Lucian; Erasmus; Olympe de Gouges; Beowulf; Wulfstan; Goethe; Columbus; Cristóbal Colón; Poema de Mio Cid; Guy de Maupassant; Walther von der Vogelweide; Arthur Rimbaud; Theophrastos; and Tommaso Campanella.
This website offers open access to virtual editions of early continental horsemanship and veterinary texts. A fascinating resource for various disciplines in English, history and cultural studies, the gathering together of these texts offers an insight into the huge importance of horsemanship as an art from the early Renaissance to the late 18th century across Europe. The site includes editions of works by Federico Grisone, Antoine de Pluvinel, Cesare Fiaschi and Jacques de Solleysel, as well as less well known horsemanship authors. Also included are English authors, William Gibson, Gervase Markham and, the only seminal English master in the history of the art, William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle. A smaller section of the site is devoted to collections of the plates from selected texts, which is useful in offering a visual overview of the material. The site is easy to use, offering an alphabetical author listing of the available texts, some of which appear in multiple editions. The only difficulty in using this site is that each page of a text must be opened separately, which makes it a time consuming exercise. However, aside from this, it is an unusual and useful site and well worth consideration either for specific work on horsemanship or for a glimpse into the complexities and serious study of riding as an art in the early modern period.
The Bath Information and Data Service (BIDS) provides access to a range of commercially supplied bibliographic databases. The databases are available to subscribing institutions either via direct access or by an additional username and password. Most of the available databases are more relevant to scientific subjects than the humanities, although the Ingenta database of journals covers all academic disciplines. The Ingenta database returns abstracts and full-text articles from over 2,700 different journals. Most articles are accessed as PDF files. Full bibliographic details are provided. The BIDS service also provides access to the ERIC and British Education Index (BEI) databases. These are bibliographic databases that include abstracts for most records. ERIC and BEI should prove useful for teachers working in the humanities.The Bath Information and Data Service receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Bifurcaciones is an interesting and unique peer-reviewed scholarly e-journal from Chile, which publishes original research into representations of contemporary urban life. Published four times a year from 2004 to 2006 and twice a year from 2008, it features articles on cinema, literature, photography, design, music and architecture, offering critical approaches to understanding the relationships between cities and their inhabitants. To date, articles have addressed such topics as: the impact of globalisation and urban transformation on Montevideo; Bilbao as a city of spectacle; hip hop culture in Chile; the relationship between fascism and the city; and the cinematic depiction of New York slums. The articles are diverse (and vary in quality), with some but not an exclusive focus on Latin America. Book reviews, interviews, and special dossiers on particular themes, theorists, authors and so on (Colección reserva) feature in each issue.The full-text of each article is accompanied by links to related articles of interest, which provides a useful way of navigating around the journal's contents. For a journal, the design is fairly elaborate which is certainly attractive, but may cause problems for some users in terms of accessibility. Bifurcaciones has much to interest students and researchers of contemporary urban cultural studies, particularly those working on Latin America.The journal is entirely in Spanish; only abstracts are provided in English.
'Biografias y Vidas' is a comprehensive website containing thousands of biographies of historical and contemporary influential figures. Although the site is written in Spanish only, it does covers many non-Hispanic individuals. The biographies themselves are of a varied nature, as can be seen from the list of the most visited, which includes names as diverse as Aristotle, Gabriel García Márquez, Eminem, and Cervantes. The site is very easy to navigate, and different search options are provided. It is possible to look for a particular name, or browse the indices. There are also accompanying materials for some of the most significant historical figures, which may include videos, images, and contextual historical information, as is the case for example for Francisco de Goya, Julio César (Julius Caesar), and Pablo Picasso. A similar mixture of information and media content is given in the section 'Reportajes', which covers contemporary figures within the realms of sport, politics, and popular culture.
Blackwell Compass is a series of online journals publishing peer-reviewed survey articles across a range of humanities and social science disciplines. The articles aim to give an overview of the current state of scholarship for a particular topic, and are intended to be accessible to non-specialists. As such, they provide a valuable resource for advanced students seeking an introduction to a new area, and for researchers and teachers in higher education who wish to keep up to date with recent scholarship, or to familiarise themselves quickly with a subject outside their field of specialism. The subjects covered by the journals are: history; literature; philosophy; religion; geography; language and linguistics; sociology; and psychology. Access to the full text of articles requires an institutional subscription, but abstracts are freely available. The MyCompass function (which requires registration) allows users to save searches and bookmark favourite articles.
Blackwell Reference Online is a subscription-only Web resource that provides access to a large collection of Blackwell Publishing's reference works. Almost 300 volumes are currently available. A wide variety of arts, humanities, and social science disciplines are covered, but there are particularly strong collections for: linguistics; literature (English and American); philosophy; and religion. The works offered include encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and titles from the Blackwell Companion and Blackwell Guide series. Non-subscribers can view a list of titles available, plus information about how subscribe. The site is well presented and easy to navigate, and the texts are fully searchable. A valuable reference source.
'Blank map and World Map' is an online image-bank containing free high-quality 'blank maps', available for download without registration. The maps are published under a Creative Commons licence, and are in EPS format (i.e.: in a scalable vector graphic form suitable for immediate importing into Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or similar software). Maps are available for all parts of the world, including the British Isles. This website will be a useful resource for scholars who require a high-quality royalty-free base map of the UK, Europe, or other parts of the world, to use as the basis of a map in their scholarly publication.
BooksforAcademics.com (Books for Academics or BFA) has been designed and created by publishing consultants Swales & Willis and is hosted by the University of Exeter. The main aim of BFA is "to put academics and students in touch with academic publishers and the latest academic publications". There are two parts to the website: a directory of international academic publishers' online catalogues and an online bookshop. The publishers' catalogues can be searched from an alphabetical list or they can be browsed by subject area. The books displayed in the publishers' catalogues can then be bought online. The online bookshop provides a link to the Amazon.com search facility. There is also a section on related sites of interest and an opportunity to join a mailing list by filling in the feedback form.
The Web Site of Brill Academic Publishers provides information on their printed journals and ejournals. Contents and abstracts are available online for the ejournals. Brill publishes many titles on a variety of subjects, but mainly within the areas of: history; religion; Islamic studies; Asian studies; and classical studies. Although the company is Dutch, their publications are predominantly in English. Journals of interest to those in the Humanities include: Vivarium; Review of Rabbinic Judaism; Religion and the Arts; Medieval Encounters; and Journal of Early Modern History. The Web Site is easy to navigate and well designed.
Britannica.com is the website of the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica. Visitors to the site can freely search the main Encyclopaedia, the Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannia Concise Encyclopedia, plus a selection websites, video/media items, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus. A brief synopsis of articles from the Encyclopaedia is provided, with access to full-text available only to subscribers. The site can also be browsed, either alphabetically or via the World Atlas, timelines or subject browse facility.
The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. It is the counterpart to the Royal Society, which serves the natural sciences. The British Academy is an independent and self-governing organisation of scholars which represents and promotes the interests of learning and research nationally and internationally and acts as a grant-giving body, sponsors its own research and facilitates the work of others. The Academy has a range of activities to support research: it administers grants for research and conferences; arranges exchanges with other academic institutions abroad; sponsors its own collective research projects; organises a series of public lectures and a variety of other meetings; publishes the proceedings of its lectures and conferences, as well as the results of some of its Research Projects; administers competitions for Research Professorships, Research Readerships and Senior Research Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Fellowships; sponsors a variety of independent bodies which promote research overseas; awards medals and prizes for outstanding scholarly work; and provides advice to Government and other public bodies on questions affecting research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
This is a gateway to online resources in the humanities and social sciences. The portal is aimed at those working in higher education and research. Browse for resources by subject from the home page or select the search option at the top of the screen to conduct a keyword search. An A-Z of topics is also available for browsing.
This website describes the AHRC-funded British Animal Studies Network (BASN). This acts as “a meeting point for scholars at all levels of study” and is organised around a series of ten meetings (running until February 2009) bringing together speakers from different disciplines, with interests in the study of animals and their relationship to humans (from a cultural rather than scientific standpoint). Topics include: ‘Humans, Animals and Posthumanism’; ‘Anthropomorphism’; ‘The Future of Animal Studies’.
The British Humanities Index (BHI) is an international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities. Using this resource requires a subscription fee. BHI indexes over 370 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines and newspapers published in the UK and other English speaking countries. Subscribers can retrieve the latest material via the Internet database service on a wide range of arts and humanities subjects and then link to the electronic full-text of many journal articles. An institutional subscription is required to use this resource. Description supplied by the former JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The British Library website offers a range of electronic resources, including online catalogues, details of the library's collections and services, electronic reproductions of important works; and information for those wishing to visit the library. The integrated catalogue allows users to search bibliographic records for over 13 million printed works. The search interface is straightforward to use, and copies of articles or book extracts may be ordered (for a fee) using the document supply service. More specialised catalogues permit searching of other library holdings: maps; manuscripts; and sound recordings, for example. Likely to be of particular interest to academics is British Library Direct, a database of over nine million journal articles from 20,000 publications. Many of these are available for immediate download (although once again, a fee is payable). The website's Collections section provides a thematic guide to some of the library's more interesting material. There are sub-sections for a number of geographical regions (the Americas; Asia, the Pacific and Africa; East European; Modern British; Modern Irish; and West European), and also for: early printed works; manuscripts; maps; music; patents and trademarks; and the sound archive, among others. Each collection's Web page provides details of what is available, and sometimes additional resources such as electronic facsimiles of key items, or accompanying articles. The site's Online Gallery provides a tour through some of the library's most significant holdings, while the Treasures in Full section offers free, high quality digital editions of several important works, including: quarto versions of Shakespeare's plays; Caxton's editions of Chaucer; the Gutenberg Bible; and the Magna Carta.The website also offers a host of useful information for those planning to visit the library, including sections on opening hours, applying for a Reader Pass, and how to order items in advance. A valuable resource for all scholars.
Images Online is the British Library's picture library. It provides access to thousands of digital images, which may be viewed on screen or purchased for use elsewhere. The images are gathered from the British Library's existing collections of transparencies, manuscripts, maps, music, and stamps and seals, and from their Asia, Pacific and Africa collections. The database is under continual expansion. There are no geographical or historical restrictions to the project's scope, and future British Library Web projects, exhibitions, and publications are expected to collaborate by contributing further images. The database may be browsed by subject or title word, or searched by shelf mark, title, author, illustrator, or production detail. The service is intended to be of use to individuals, the commercial sector, and the academic community. It should prove particularly useful for scholars seeking images from specific manuscripts (the manuscript reference can be entered as a shelf mark). Images are available to view as thumbnails and as larger JPEG images, together with accompanying catalogue data. Full copyright and pricing details are provided on the site.
The British Library Inside Service allows users from subscribing institutions to search a database of journal articles, covering all academic disciplines, and order specific articles for delivery. Deliveries can be made by conventional mail, or by fax or email, and can be made in as little as two hours after the order is placed. Over 20,000 research journals and 100,000 conference proceedings are currently included in the database, with more being added. Over 15 million records are in the database at present. Charges for article delivery vary depending on format, timescale, copyright restrictions, and VAT.
The British Library Public Catalogue is an online searchable database of the Library's collection of over 150 million items, covering every aspect of human thought across all ages and in every written language. The online database is not exhaustive as many of the Library's resources still only appear in printed catalogues or indexes. Cataloguing and indexing schemes are not uniform, due to the way in which individual catalogues have developed since the 19th century, which limits some searching possibilities. Consistency of subject classification, for example, is not guaranteed. The online catalogue can, however, be searched in a number of ways and allows the use of Boolean operators (such as AND, OR, NOT). Results are given in brief and in full bibliographic format. Registered customers can order documents online from the site.
This website provides information about the British Museum's collections (in World cultures), current exhibitions, recent news and education programmes (learning). The compass section features a database of 'around 5000 objects from the huge range of periods and cultures represented in the Museum'. A children's compass section is also available and includes online tours, which are specially written to cover topics from the UK National Curriculum and animations, games and puzzles, which require the use of Flash 5. The site contains brief information on the collections and links to the departments of the museum, that are mainly arranged by continent; and visitor and events information.
This website brings together material at the British Museum of interest to researchers. Of particular note are the details of individual research projects, which include a vast range of subjects in the fields of archaeology, art history, anthropology, world cultures and museology. Additionally, the website makes available a limited number of fulltext research publications as well as bibliographic details of all the museums publications, including the fulltext online journal British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan. The pages also include a link to the Museum’s online collections database of its two dimensional pictorial art holdings, and details of the Museum's own archives and Paul Hamlyn reference library.
The Brock Review is a peer-reviewed full-text ejournal published by the Humanities Research Institute at Brock University in Canada. Previously available as a print journal, Brock Review became an online open access journal in 2008. Articles are freely available for download in PDF format, and cover a variety of literary and cultural topics. The latest issue is themed 'The Garden in the City', and features eight articles and two multimedia texts. Article titles include: 'Of Other Places: The Garden as a Heterotopic Site in Contemporary Art'; 'Greenscape as Screenscape: The Cinematic Urban Garden'; and 'Imaging the Urban Park'. At June 2009, the next issue will be themed 'Madness Manifest: Creativity, Art and the Margins of Mental Health'. RSS newsfeeds are available for news of new editions. The journal has details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process.
The Brunel University Research Archive (BURA) freely offers a rich variety of full-text papers and PhDs, in subjects such as: History; Music; Multimedia; and the Performing Arts. Items of interest to those in the arts and humanities include titles such as: 'The Telematic Dress: Evolving garments and distributed proprioception in streaming media and fashion performance' (2005); 'Remembering the future: An overview of co-evolution in musical improvisation' (2007); the PhDs 'Narrative, spectacle, performance: a dramaturgical investigation into the relationship between an aesthetic event and the social world in rock and pop culture' (2005) and '(Syn)aesthetics and Disturbance: tracing a transgressive style' (2003). The BURA holdings are searchable by keyword or by an advanced search form. Abstracts are often available. Files are provided in PDF format.
The British Universities Film and Video Council Off-Air Recording Back-Up Service is available to any educational institution holding an Educational Recording Agency licence for off-air recording, provided that they take out a BUFVC Enhanced Services Membership. The membership allows staff in BUFVC member institutions to obtain as many as 24 recordings each year of television programmes broadcast since 1st June 1998. Since 2002 the service has been expanded to cover all five UK terrestrial channels. Programmes are supplied on VHS videotape or CD/DVD.The BUFVC receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT) is an online database of television and radio programmes intended to be of use to the UK further and higher education sectors. The project is intended to encourage greater integration of audio and moving images with other resources in learning and teaching. Programmes from over 300 television and radio channels are covered in the database, which includes broadcasts in Gaelic, Welsh, and Asian languages. Data is available in advance of transmissions, enabling users to plan their viewing (an alert service is available). Selected programme records are enhanced with web links, bibliographies, and other additional information. There are plans to include streamed audio and visual material in the future. TRILT receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Requires authentication (institutional or using OpenAthens).
Canada's Digital Collections consists of a selection of websites covering Canadian history, geography, science, technology, culture and aboriginal digital collections. The site claims to be one of the largest sources of Canadian materials on the Internet. Material on the site is available free of charge and is in English and French. Navigation through the site is straightforward as there is a subject index, an alphabetical listing and a basic and advanced search facility. There is a wealth of information available from this site. There are, for example, details of federal institutions, national archives, accounts of the lives of notable Canadians and local histories. The site provides a fascinating introduction to Canada.
This Website is created by the UK government to provide information to the public on recent and past censuses in the country. The upcoming 2011 census has subpages here, with the latest news and frequently asked questions. A subpage advises genealogists on the legislation governing the use of censuses for their research. And academic researchers will note several guides to the 2001 census under the get data menu subheading found on the main homepage. There are search engines and online reports referring to local government, parliamentary constituencies, parishes, postal districts, and urban and rural regions. Also of interest here are results correlated to migration within, into and out of the UK, with origin and destination matrices. Additional services outlined here are provided by Office of National Statistics to conduct specific census searches on behalf of individuals making enquiries. Other useful information here includes a glossary; an explanation on data comparability over time; and census geography from 1801 to 2001.
Historians and other scholars should check the information here about the censuses from 1801 to 1991. Prior to the 1960s, census information is available in the form of printed reports. However, a subsite, A Vision of Britain Through Time, concentrates on the historical censuses from 1801 onward and provides special search engines and a historical mapping function, as well as reports, abstracts and summaries of findings. Of interest to cultural and social historians is the Vision subsite entitled Travelers' Tales, which provides full text historical travelers' accounts of England from the 12th to 19th centuries. A news section here describes the most recent finding aids which have been added to the Vision site.
The Census.ac.uk website provides a centralised entry point to the emerging data sources for the 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001 censuses. Individual Data Support Units provide the major focus of the activities of the programme and are linked directly from the site. The Census Dissemination Unit at MIMAS supports the census aggregate statistics for 1971-2001 (including small area statistics and local base statistics), derived datasets (e.g. deprivation indices) and associated datasets (e.g. postal look-up tables). The UKBORDERS service at EDINA supports digitised census boundary data for mapping. The Census Interaction Data Service supports the special migration statistics and special work place statistics for information on geographical patterns of employment and migration. The Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research supports the samples of anonymised records for fine detail sample individual (but anonymous) census entries. Finally, the Centre for Longitudinal Study Information and User Support (CeLSIUS) supports the longitudinal study, a dataset comprising linked event records for 1% of the population of England and Wales. The website caters particularly for students, teachers, and researchers, with registration instructions for each group. It also provides links to other census-related materials. Newsletters and news headlines about the online census data may be viewed at the site. The site is funded and maintained by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), with additional funding support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This is the website of Roehampton Centre for Dance Research, one of the collaborative partners of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance Performance, along with SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and the University of Surrey. The home page provides brief details about the Roehampton Centre's activities, plus a link to the webpages devoted to the AHRC project, which describe current research activities and give details of the personnel involved. The main focus is on research in sound and music performance within African and Asian creative practices. The site is of use to those who are interested in pursuing research on dance-related topics or who wish to find out what dance events the centre is hosting. The centre has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
This is the website of CentreLGS, an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research centre bringing together academics from the Universities of Keele, Kent and Westminster, to study gender and sexuality, and its relationship with law, governance and normativity. The centre aims to bridge the humanities and social sciences including work focussing on: equality; healthcare and bioethics; law and culture; governance and regulation. As well as more detailed information on the Centre’s research and members the website also describes the Centre’s programme of activities including conferences, seminars, a visiting academic scheme and doctoral training.
The Claremont Discourse Lecture Series website makes available video files of a series of lectures held at the Claremont Colleges from 1998 onwards. The lectures are diverse and cross-disciplinary (with some emphasis on the humanities and social sciences), the aim of them being to find connections between subject areas. The collection of lectures may be searched or browsed by subject or speaker, for example. These areas include: American literature; censorship; Christianity; intellectual property; modernism and postmodernism; romanticism; and many more too numerous to list here. Users are highly encouraged to browse through this collection as there is much to interest the humanities scholar here. Quicktime viewer is required to watch the lectures.
The Columbia Encyclopedia, first published in 1935, is being kept up to date on a quarterly basis. It has nearly 52, 000 entries with more than 84,000 hypertext cross-references and with bibliographical references. The encyclopedia is a mine of knowledge and a valuable reference source for the general public and for the researcher alike. the encyclopedia can be searched by word, truncated word, or text. For the general public.
The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area is a cooperative group of twelve universities and two colleges situated around the American capital. They are: American University; The Catholic University of America; Gallaudet University; Georgetown University; George Mason University; The George Washington University; Howard University; Joint Military Intelligence College; Marymount University; National Defense University; Southeastern University; Trinity College; University of the District of Columbia; and University of Maryland College Park. The Consortium aims to encourage cooperative programmes and communication between students; departments and faculties; institutions; and regional and governmental offices. This policy of shared resources is meant to establish Washington D.C. as a major centre of higher education.The site lists the various governmental regulations and administrative arrangements which make such cooperation possible. There are details on ordering the Consortium's published statistical analyses of trends affecting higher education. In addition, the Consortium often acts as a representative of what it calls the higher education industry to elected officials; reports delivered by the organisation in this capacity can also be ordered. The site describes joint economic and academic initiatives, including the Institute for Constitutional Studies and Business School Partnerships. There is also a related organisation called the Washington Research Library Consortium, which has its own website.Student Services and Community Partnerships are also outlined; the most notable of these Consortium programmes are: the Greater Washington College Info Center, to advise students and parents on application processes; the Consortium Research Fellow Program, providing cooperative fellowships between the army, navy and academia from the undergraduate to faculty levels; the United States Institute of Peace, a separate organisation with ties to the Consortium; an annual E-Learning conference, with registration forms and conference agendas online; and the Leadership Research Interest Group, another collaborative effort between academic researchers and military personnel. This complex site has several links pages and subsites dealing with funding; employment; universities and institutes in various fields; academic-governmental-corporate cooperative projects and institutes; and community support for secondary schools in relation to pre-university programs. Recent press releases are posted, as are instructions on institutional cross-registration. Navigation throughout is clear.
This website represents the Copy South Research Group, which has examined copyright laws and their impact on developing countries, something it regards the developed world (‘The North’) imposing on developing countries (‘The South’) to their detriment. It examines alternatives from these regions, stressing the potentially enriching role which freer forms of information sharing can have. Of primary interest on the website is the 208-page ‘Copy South Dossier’, a free collection of articles examining the issue from a wide variety of perspectives. Since 2006, when the dossier was published, the group has received AHRC funding.
Part of the University of Texas System Intellectual Property website, this Web page provides a concise guide to the subject of copyright, with particular emphasis on the management of images. The website covers areas including print collections, digitisation of images, Internet images and electronic collections. Items of legislation are referred to including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and the Copyright Term Extension Act.
Cosmos and History (ISSN 1832-9101) is a recent peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. Its focus is on what it perceives as the otherwise marginalised discussion of humankind's place as social, political and cultural entities within the cosmos. The range of topics thus covered is broad, from archaeology and economics, through to ethics, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Thinkers discussed include: Georg Hegel (1770-1831); Martin Heidegger (1889-1976); and Alain Badiou (1937-), to whom an entire issue is devoted. The journal is open to the work of philosophically-inclined writers from all disciplines, although potential contributors should look in the 'About' section under Policies to check for subject-specific special issues that may be coming up. Full-text articles for all extant issues are available in PDF format, and a search facility is provided. The Register section gives the opportunity receive email alerts of new issues, or to participate in the peer-review process.
The Web Site of the Council of Europe can be used both as a resource for finding out more about this trans-European organisation, and also as a language resource for teachers. The site has portals in English, French, German, Russian, and Italian and information in 28 other languages, which makes it a useful resource for those studying or teaching less frequently-studied languages such as Latvian or Armenian. The Council of Europe counts 46 member states and 800 million Europeans, within the continent's oldest political organisation, which was founded in 1949. Its main foci now lie in the fields of human rights, the standardisation of member countries' social and legal practices, and promotion of a European identity. From an academic point of view it is an interesting précis of contemporary attitudes towards the concept of Europe as well as a reference tool for those in the fields of regional European studies. The site is enriched by photo galleries, speeches of reference and a historical overview. Sections contain information on: human rights; media and democracy; legal cooperation; social cohesion; culture and heritage; education; partial agreements; and conventions. An excellent and comprehensive site.
This Web page outlines a series of AHRC-funded workshops held in 2009 aimed at exploring the contribution of research to innovation and creativity, by bringing together practitioners, researchers and policy makers from disciplines across the arts, humanities, social sciences and creative industries.
Credo Reference (CredoReference formerly Xrefer) is a digital reference library containing the texts and images from over 150 printed reference works. There are over a million separate entries in total. Credo reference covers the full spectrum of academic and general interest subjects, with the arts and humanities well represented. Reference works include various dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations, atlases, plus subject specific titles. History titles include works such as Routledge's Companion to British History and various Who's Who titles; there is also the Dictionary of British History, the Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance; and a Concise Atlas of World History. For philosophers there is the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, the Macmillan Dictionary of Philosophy, plus the Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics is also provided. For students of literature there is a Dictionary of Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, and the Cambridge Guide to Theatre. An Atlas of the Bible and the Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible, along with a Who's Who of Old and New Testament characters provide useful reference resources for Bible scholars. There are also a couple of resources that might be useful to Classicists. All volumes may be search simultaneously, or searches may be narrowed to a particular subject area, or a particular reference work. Many entries contain hyperlinks across reference works to related subjects of interest. Credo reference is a subscription service and is available to higher and further education institutions in the UK under a license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Cultivate Interactive is the CULTIVATE project's Pan-European Web magazine, funded by the European Commission's Digital Heritage and Cultural Content (DIGICULT) programme. Nine editions of the magazine were produced between May 1999 and February 2003, and the magazine described its aim as being to "offer a forum for dissemination and discussions within the area of cultural heritage". It was published by the University of Bath. The site is well-designed, with a range of discursive articles on project results relating to archives, museums and libraries. Topics such as streaming video, cultural collaboration, content-based multimedia information handling, and virtual references were among the articles. A good site for those interested in the digitisation of culture and heritage. Although publication ceased in 2003, the magazine website remains available online and is fully searchable.
Cultural Correspondence, a leftwing-orientated print magazine devoted to cultural studies that was produced from 1975 to 1983, is made freely available here via Brown University Library's Center for Digital Initiatives. This site allows users to search or browse the magazine's contents (available as PDFs), the latter revealing its broad scope. Topics addressed cover all aspects of popular culture (with some emphasis on North American culture) including film; music; dance; the media; philosophy; politics; literature; and much more. The magazine was produced on average twice a year and represents an interesting resource for those interested in cultural studies.
'Culture Unbound: journal of current cultural research' is a full-text ejournal that aims to cover research in... "cultural studies as well as other interdisciplinary and transnational currents". This peer-reviewed journal is published in English from Linkoping University in Sweden. At June 2009 there is one issue online, offering articles in PDF format with references in HTML format. Example article titles include: 'What’s the Use of Cultural Research?'; 'Ethnography in the Market Place'; 'Spaces and Places of Cultural Studies'; and 'Cultural Policy: Towards a Global Survey', among others. The journal has details of the editors, the extensive Editorial Board, and the submission process.
Culture, Society & Praxis is a full-text scholarly ejournal, which... "seeks to challenge traditional models of scholarship" and which seeks "the most original, provocative submissions possible". The journal is published from the California State University. At June 2009 there are 12 issues online, freely offering articles as abstracts and as full-text PDF files. While there are many political and social science articles here, and a photo of Gramsci adorns the masthead, there are also many articles of interest to those in the arts and humanities, such as: 'Roman Britain to Germanic England: a settlement study of military sites in Northern England from AD 300-600'; 'Monsters: classic to contemporary symbols'; 'Film, arts and culture as community outreach tools: perspectives from Singapore'; and 'The psychological effects caused by the portrayal of the female body imagery in the music media'. The website has details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process. There are also RSS newsfeeds for obtaining news of new issues.
This is the website of Dædalus, a quarterly periodical publication of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The journal was founded in 1955, but has only recently begun to be published by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Press. Dædalus surveys debates and findings across the arts and sciences in fields from physics and neurobiology to economics, philosophy, and literature. It prints a set of themed essays for each issue, along with fiction; poetry; shorter essays; interviews; and additional comments on trends in the arts and sciences. The site offers the service of an E-mail alert mailing list. There is also information online on: abstract formats; subscriptions; the editorial board; contact details; forthcoming articles; and electronic access to the journal. Single articles may be ordered for stated subscription prices. Full sample articles are posted and only the most recent table of contents is listed. The general commentary available in this journal will be of interest to scholars and the general public.
Demetrius at The Australian National University is the official depository of that university, containing a variety of publications, from archive materials to individual papers by university staff. The depository can be browsed by collections; titles; authors; subjects; and date. It is not easy to browse the collections due to the large size of the digital archive: searching may be preferable in most occasions. It is possible to be notified by email of new additions to any collection by registering for free.
Among the collections are papers on Byzantine Egypt; theses (on any subject); archival material held at The Australian National University on China; photographs of works of art and archaeological sites (many are clearly taken by staff during leisure trips); a vast collection of e-books (includes titles on maritime and coastal archaeology; Australian Aborigines; globalisation; Asian economy; societies, nature and heritage in Oceania); and archives of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau. Archival materials on the Australian Aborigines and the archaeology of Australasia can be found throughout several collections. There are also some contents related to modern English and Spanish literature as well as contents not pertinent to Humanities or Visual Arts. It is advisable to perform searches across the depository and not rely exclusively on browsing specific collections or subjects. This website may be very useful to a wide range of researchers.
This is the website of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the central UK Government Department responsible for: the arts; architecture, design and the built environment; broadcasting; the creative industries (including film and music); cultural property; education and social policy; our historic heritage; libraries, museums and galleries; the National Lottery; sport and recreation; and tourism. A useful reference source for students and teachers, the website includes press notices, publications, consultations, and results of research. The full-text documents can be viewed in PDF format, with archives going back to 1998. The site also features a list of current events (most of which are being held at museums), and an explanation of the DCMS's policy on a local, regional and international level. Additionally, there are links to other government departments, pertinent NGOs, and other sites of interest.
Deutsche Kultur International is the official portal and directory for German arts and culture, published online under the imprimatur of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and supported by the culture section of the Federal Foreign Office. The website covers areas such as... "the German language and literature at home and abroad; exhibitions of German art worldwide and art from abroad in Germany; support of artists in the fields of fine arts, music, dance and theatre" and "the relevant libraries, multimedia services and documentation centres for German culture". Not all texts and directory entries are in English, although a great many are. This large website can be navigated using a useful A-Z subject/keywords index, a sitemap, a keywords search-box, or a directory of the feature articles. For many users the most useful part of the website will be the comprehensive list of forthcoming conferences, exhibitions, and events relating to German culture - as well as an A-Z directory of official German arts and cultural organisations. This website will be a useful starting point for those seeking to initiate contacts with contemporary German cultural producers, curators, critics, and administrators.
This is the website of Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO), a central pillar of the Humanities Servicing Irish Society (HSIS) consortium funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This website provides the user with general information about HSIS consortium; the DHO's objectives and means to fulfil them, news and activities hosted by the observatory including the Digital Humanities Summer School. It also provides a list of partners with links to their websites as well as to the Academy Digital Resources and its projects (St Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack project and the Doegen Records web project). Users are motivated to share information about digital humanities activities in Ireland and information of general interest to the digital humanities community by subscribing to the RIA-DHOANNOUNCE mailing list DHO-Announce.
This Dialnet page offers a current listing of over 1,100 open access ejournals, journals primarily written and published in the Spanish language. Dialnet is a service of the Universidad de La Rioja in Spain. More than a simple directory, this service also offers an easy and uniform way to access the full-text of the journal articles. This reviewer found it easy to obtain full-text PDF files without registration. The index is cleanly designed, relatively easy to navigate even for a non-Spanish reader, and responds quickly. Links for journal titles lead to uniformly formatted pages with a sidebar listing the issue numbers. Issues that offer full-text are clearly highlighted with a "yellow highlighter" effect, and links lead to uniform tables of contents with PDF-linked article titles. Dialnet's free service will be a useful tool for anyone searching for open access articles in Spanish ejournals, and should be used in conjunction with the similar free Catalan service 'Raco', and the free Mexican service 'e-Journal'. The Google-visible titles/full-text of all the articles may also be searched by using the following Google search: "key phrase" site:dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo - there are many thousands of English-language articles to be found in this way. Not all English humanities article references found via Google will instantly offer a PDF or (if the article is hosted off-site) yeild a full-text link on the reference page, but it seems that between about a sixth and a quarter will. The Dialnet service appears to be well cared for, up-to-date, and this reviewer found no broken links on the website. There also appears to be the ability to register with the site, and thus obtain services such as free table-of-contents alerts by email.
This website provides an overview of the activities of the AHRC-funded cross-disciplinary research programme ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’. The programme includes both small and large projects, individual research and collaborations aiming to research issues related to diasporas and migration and their impact on “identity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics and sociality”. Work will cover six broad themes: migration, settlement and diaspora; modes, stages and forms; representation, performance and discourse; languages and linguistic change; subjectivity, emotion and identity; objects, practices and places; beliefs, values and laws. The website includes descriptions of all the projects funded, including networks, events and postgraduate activities.
"Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain to UK tertiary education. Data is available either to download to use with appropriate application software such as GIS or CAD, or as maps generated by Digimap online. There are a number of collections available, each requiring a separate institutional subscription. Once subscribed, access is free at the point of use. Some collections also require individual registration." Collections available are: Digimap - Ordnance Survey Collection; Historic Digimap - historic maps from Landmark; Geology Digimap - geological maps and data from the British Geological Survey (BGS); and Marine Digimap - hydrographic maps and data from SeaZone.
Digimap collections delivers Ordnance Survey digital map data to UK higher and further education users. Data is available either to download for use within appropriate application softwares such as GIS, or as maps generated by Digimap online. Maps of any location in Great Britain may be viewed and printed at a series of predefined sclaes, and an online gazetter is available for place-name searches. Digimap also allows cartographic tasks such as user-specified scale, combining datasets on a map, and large-format printing. Access requires an institutional subscription and an additional username and password. Digimap receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This is the web page for the Digital Medievalist Community mailing list. The page allows all individuals particularly those interested in the use of digital media in the study of the medieval period to subscribe (or change settings to existing subscription) to the Digital Medievalist Project's electronic mailing list. Once individuals have been accepted as members, they can access the list's archives (online) and post messages to all list associates. The list, which is a closed list (subscriptions are held for approval) and hidden (the subscribers list is only available to the list administrator) is available in different languages.
The digital repository, Zaguan, was created in 2008 by the University of Zaragoza (Spain) as a means to offer electronic versions of rare manuscripts and old books from the early modern period to the nineteenth century held physically at the university. However, the project has exceeded these goals, as now it also offers a large number of very recent publications and ebooks in all areas within the humanities; social sciences; law; and architecture/design. Resources available are mostly in Spanish and English, although old materials may be in Latin. The collection of rare books and manuscripts also offers sections on: printings from the 16th to the 19th centuries; and a historical archive. Additionally, the site has made available the full-text content of PhD theses and research articles. Users may search for documents in all sections of the repository (a search guide is provided), but browsing options are somehow limited; there is a section of resources for English studies, but it is no possible to browse for resources within other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
'Digital Studies' (aka 'Le Champ Numerique') is a full-text refereed ejournal from Canada. The journal covers "the digital humanities, broadly construed", and publishes three issues each year. The journal is published online using a standard open ejournal system - and although this places a "user" and "password" box on the front-page, registration is not required to access articles. At March 2009 there are 11 issues freely available online, some of which are 'reprints'. Some issues are themed and some contain conference proceedings. Themes include: 'Historical Dictionary Databases'; 'Technologising the Humanities / Humanitising the Technologies'; 'Collaborative Mind Technologies', and the most recent issue 'Reassembling the Disassembled Book', among others. Preference is given by the editors to interdisciplinary articles. Articles are available in HTML format, and there are also abstracts. The website has details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process. Despite the secondary French title for this journal, it appears that the overwhelming majority of the articles are in English. The journal is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides access to a growing collection of several thousand free full-text scholarly journals covering all areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Key social sciences covered include: law, politics, government, Anthropology, Education, Gender Studies, Sports Studies, Media and Communication studies, environmental sciences, Geography and Health care. It is hosted by Lund University Libraries Head Office. The project is funded by Open Society Institute - Budapest and also supported by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)with the aim of increasing the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals. It is possible to search by journal title or browse by subject. It is also possible to search for individual articles within the database.
Disability Studies Quarterly is a full-text ejournal on disability. The journal ranges across a variety of topics, but at June 2009 the latest issue appears to be a media studies special, with peer-reviewed articles such as: 'From Superman to Super Jesus: Constructions of Masculinity and Disability on the Silver Screen'; 'Women Wheelchair Athletes: Competing against Media Stereotypes'; and 'Gil Grissom and His Hidden Condition: Constructions of Hearing Loss and Deafness in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. Articles are published in English and can be freely viewed as HTML pages, and at June 2009 there are 33 issues online. Issues are often themed, with themes such as: 'Poetry'; 'Disability Blogging'; 'Religion and Spirituality'; 'Disability Culture in Children's Literature'; 'Disability and Humor'; and 'Advertising and People with Disabilities', among others. The journal also publishes book reviews. The website has full details of the editor, editorial board, and submission process.
DiVA is an online repository of theses, dissertations and other full-text publications from several universities located in northern Europe. It is possible to search the published documents by author, title, ISBN or free text search. The search forms allow the user to limit the scope of any searches. A short help page (search tips) explains some of the more uncommon search operators. A textual interface is available, but all the documents are in PDF format. Some of the available documents are in English. By clicking on the title, the metadata information will be displayed where available. To access the texts, it is necessary to click on the links labelled PDF. The theses cover most academic disciplines.
The Directory of Open Access Journals, hosted by Lunds universitets bibliotek, lists hundreds of quality-controlled open access scholarly journals in several languages and virtually all areas of study, from the arts and humanities to science, technology, and engineering. Journals are categorised into subject groups to aid browsing. Over a quarter of the journals included are searchable at the article level. The DOAJ aims to serve both researchers and publishers by increasing the visibility of open access journals and thus making it easier to both find and promote free electronic publications addressed to the research community.
Launched in July 2009, DRAPIer is a free online database of humanities research projects in Ireland. The index is provided by the Digital Humanities Observatory of Ireland, and it is primarily focussed on the... "digital arts, humanities, or humanities/science". At August 2009 around 37 projects are catalogued, but this number seems likely to grow during 2009. The website also aims to document... "the methods, formats and standards that are being used by the projects so that new projects can learn to use similar techniques", thus making it doubly useful to researchers in the rest of the British Isles. The DRAPIer service uses controlled vocabularies... "based on those developed for ICT Guides and currently implemented by arts-humanities.net at the Centre for eResearch, King's College London." Refinement of these vocabularies is said to be ongoing, which may make the website an interesting case-study for those developing semantic solutions for arts and humanities search and re-findability. This website will be a valuable addition to the AHRC project records in Intute, for those interested in surveying all current humanities research projects in the British Isles. The DHO also launched new online discussion forums in August 2009, in which services such as DRAPIer may be discussed.
Digimap is a JISC-funded Web service that delivers Ordnance Survey (OS) cartographic products and digital map data across the Internet via a simple-to-use interface. Building on a successful JISC-funded Electronic Libraries (eLib) project, it provides convenient, on-demand access to some of the best and most detailed map data available anywhere in the world. e-Map Scholar aims to promote and enhance the use of digital map data in learning and teaching, by developing resources applicable to all geo-spatial data available to the academic community and to enable staff to provide new, exciting and adaptive learning materials using geo-spatial data. The website provides access to teaching case studies on the Built Environment and Archaeology among other subjects.
The University of Maryland Early Modern Women Database covers a range of aspects of women's studies in several European countries and the Americas between the 14th and 19th centuries. The search categories are helpful and divided into subject, types of resource, geographical area and time period. The individual resources catalogued and linked relating to these subject areas are usually of a high quality, and useful synopses are provided with each link. The catalogue of resources concentrating upon women's writing is particularly helpful, and the site also features lists of links relating to a range of other disciplines including music, history, performing arts and philosophy and religion. Care has been taken to ensure the scholarly merit and/or academic interest of the resources provided and this site is recommended to any one studying or researching women's studies in western culture prior to the 20th century.The site is managed and maintained by the University of Maryland Arts and Humanities Services Team.
Edinburgh Data and INformation Access (EDINA) provides access to a number of databases covering a range of academic disciplines. Those databases that are likely to be of particular interest to humanities students are: the Modern Languages Association (MLA) bibliography; the Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts database; the Index to The Times Newspaper 1790-1980; Ulrich's International Periodicals Index; and possibly the Art Abstracts database. Each of these databases is available free of charge to registered students and academics at registered institutions. Registration is via username and password authentication. The Modern Languages Association bibliography indexes critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Coverage includes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings and other materials. The database includes all records indexed from 1963 to the present, approximately 1,400,000 records.The CSA Linguistics and Language Behaviour Abstracts database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database includes materials from 1973 to the present, which as of October 2001, consisted of over 300,000 records.Ulrich's International Periodicals Database claims to be a 'unique, current, comprehensive and continuously updated source of information on selected periodicals and serials published in the United States and throughout the world.' These periodicals cover all fields of enquiry and reportage.The Art Abstracts database includes entries for almost 400 journals covering all aspects of art from Archaeological finds, through industrial design, to video installations.The Index to The Times is likely to be extremely useful to historians covering British History between 1790 and 1980. The index contains 17.5 million entries for articles printed during this period.EDINA receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
EDSITEment is an American website intended for teachers of the humanities teaching to pre-university student classes. It is produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. The site authors have selected online resources from various libraries, museums, universities, and other cultural institutions, and have integrated them into lesson plans. The lesson plans may be browsed or searched by subject and educational level (K2 to K12). They are frequently quite extensive and are clearly laid out. Ideas on how to extend the lessons are also provided. The lesson plans are grouped into four broad areas: art and culture; literature and language arts; foreign languages; and history and social studies. There are several hundred lesson plans in total. Although targeted towards the U.S. curriculum, several of the lessons may be of interest to British teachers. There are, for instance, a number of resources relating to teaching Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.
Specifically designed for educational purposes at FE and HE institutions, the Education Image Gallery (EIG) provides access to a unique and exciting collection of 50,000 images. This reference source captures key events from the 19th century to the present. It draws on the vast resources of Hulton Archive, PhotoDisc and the Getty Images News Service (current events and sport) to provide you with the finest library of images from around the world. A large variety of images are included, covering key events and multiple subject areas including history, entertainment, sport, science, fashion, politics, music, conflict, film, art, leisure and women's studies. With the curriculum-related images selected by leading academics you can illustrate key times, places, people and events. The images are copyright-cleared and available for downloading in screen-resolution format for (appropriately credited) free use in learning, teaching and research. Any images incorporated into printed learning and teaching materials can continue to be used even after the current sub-licence expires in July 2010. Institutional subscription and an additional username and password are required to access the collection.
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online is a subscription resource accessible to those at subscribing institutions via individual URLs. It is one of the most significant large-scale digitisations of primary material yet undertaken, providing access to the scanned images of 'every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century' as well as a number of texts published in the Americas. The texts have been scanned to a high quality and can be searched by keyword reliably. 'Fuzzy' searching is also enabled to assist the user catch alternative forms of words. The metadata captured about each of the included works is rich and useful, giving full source information about the copy of the work digitised, along with variant titles and citation assistance. This is an invaluable resource for any scholar of the eighteenth century.
This is the website of the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), which is based at UKOLN. eLib's main remit is to provide a body of tangible, electronic resources and services for UK higher education, and to affect a cultural shift towards the acceptance and use of these resources and services in place of more traditional information storage and access methods. The website provides a list of the range of projects established (from 1995-1998) to investigate and build components of the UK electronic library, along with documents about the eLib programme. The purpose of the programme is to deal with the pressures on library resources caused by the rapid expansion of student numbers and the worldwide explosion in academic knowledge and information. The projects (about 60 of them) include subject gateways (resource discovery systems), electronic journals, training and awareness initiatives, document delivery and pre-print publishing studies and prototypes, supporting studies, and workshops. Most projects maintain websites through which their deliverables and reports are made freely available. eLib receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
This web page provides a guide to writing scholarly English. Firstly, reasons are given for the existence of stylistic conventions. These are followed by a detailed guide to punctuation and grammar, looking at the use of grammatical logic in essays, and issues concerning vocabulary. Hints and tips are provided for students wishing to improve their style. After this, the author includes a short section on conventions for scholarly papers, and a link to a table of correction marks. Finally, an appendix is provided giving bibliographical details of other works concerning good English usage.The guide is clear and succinct and includes helpful examples. It should provide a useful reference source for students uncertain of their grammar or scholarly style.
A few resources on ephemeral films are gathered on this website by Rick Prelinger. Here, the term "ephemeral films" denotes a cluster of genres that frequently "intersect": educational films; advertising or sponsored films; industrial films; institutional films; government-produced films; and amateur films or home movies. Also included here is Prelinger's own bibliography of ephemeral film resources (in preparation) to contribute to filling the gap that exists by the absence of a comprehensive history of ephemeral films and filmmakers in North America. Media archaeologist Rick Prelinger has amassed an enormous collection of materials that were otherwise destined to disintegrate after they had served their purpose. These promotional and instructional films of the 'golden age of American industry' reveal the cultural values and social mores of this period of American history. Prelinger released a CD-ROM of ephemeral films that included "lifestyle" films made by companies such as Oldsmobile, Proctor & Gamble, and Esso, with half of the CD concentrating on publicity for specific products and the second half looking at suggestions for the use of the new-found "leisure time" of the period. Commentaries by Prelinger added context and a critical approach, which suggested that the purpose of these films was usually to control or manipulate, either in schooling children on proper behaviour, or changing the buying habits of consumers. This is an old site that has not been updated since 2001. Despite some of the links not working, the site and the included bibliography are useful for anyone studying this type of moving image.
The website eScholarship is a project of the University of California, in conjunction with the California Digital Library and the University of California Press (UCP). The collection comprises over 1,200 books from the UCP, of which almost 400 are available to the public, and the rest to University of California staff and students. The repository can be searched and then it is a question of seeing which titles featured on the list are available. It is a rather random site, but is worth searching. Over 2,000 papers are also available, and the list can be searched by author or words which appear in the full-text. This is an extremely useful tool for researchers, undergraduates and teachers. There is also an email notification service for when material that matches search criteria is added to the repository.
'eSharp' is a free full-text online journal at the University of Glasgow. It is produced by postgraduate researchers... "in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education", but it appears to veer heavily towards cultural studies. Articles are 'double-blind' peer reviewed. At February 2008, the eSharp website contains nine issues with articles in PDF form. Issues are themed ('Magic', 'Un/Worldly Bodies', and 'Journeys of Discovery', among others). The articles include: 'Body Boundaries and Gothic Monstrosity in Dystopian Fiction'; 'Images of Sexuality and Sexual Diversity in the Russian Press'; 'Deep Maps: William Least Heat-Moon's Psychogeographic Cartography'; and 'Delirious Expenditure: Post-Modern Ghost Dances and the Carnivalesque', among others. Another free scholarly publications available at the eSharp website is 'The Kelvingrove Review', featuring book reviews, together with book reviews that are published only as part of the website. The website also contains all the details one would expect to find on the website of a substantial academic journal, plus details of seminars held at Glasgow by the contributors.
Published by the Arts & Humanities Graduate School at the University of Glasgow, 'eSharp' is an online peer reviewed journal for arts, humanities and social science postgraduates at the University of Glasgow, which "aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing ". The online journal, with its first issue published in October 2003, publishes each issue based on a broad topic, and includes a range of subjects, articles can be read in full as Work documents and contain bibliographies. Subjects covered include English and Scottish literature, creative writing, classics and music.
EThOS is the British Library's online thesis service. It aggregates the electronic theses (UK postgraduate theses and dissertations which have already been digitised) from the repositories of participating institutions. Funding from the JISC Digitisation Programme has meant that a large number of older, but frequently requested, print theses have also been digitised. You must register individually to use the service and once logged in, you can use the search function to locate and download theses. Downloads are free (and delivered as zipped PDFs), but there are also options to pay for copies on CD/DVD or in print. As not all the 250,000 theses which you can search for have been digitised you will be given instructions for either ordering digitisation to be carried out, or directions for how to obtain the thesis through your local inter-library loan service may be provided. A charge may be made for the digitisation of any thesis not already available electronically. This is a beta service from the British Library.
Euclid International is a network of companies that support cultural development and events through information services such as research, consultancy, seminars and forums. Euclid is the official UK contact point for the European Community's Culture 2000 project, which funds arts and cultural projects in the performing and visual arts, heritage and books/reading sectors. Euclid assists potential applicants and provides general guidance to EU funding opportunities for the cultural sector. The Euclid website is not especially clear as to who its target audience is, but from its list of previous projects it would seem to be mostly city or district councils. Nor does the site offer much detail as to the kind of events likely to receive funding. It does offer online fact-files from the European Union with titles such as Finding Partners and Making it Work. Euclid offers a free (subscription) newsletter, Alert, which summarises cultural information and opportunities from across Europe, with a particular focus on EU funding and information. There is also a culture-match database, that seeks to match artists and cultural organisations with funding bodies. There are separate sections of the site for international and Canadian arts organisations. There is a page describing forums and seminars run by Euclid, and a section of contact details.
This site is the home page of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), the only organisation which generally represents this field of study at the university level in Europe. The EAJS has also established the European Centre for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization (ECUTJC) whose purpose is to encourage teaching of Jewish studies in Europe. This is especially important after the terrible damage and destruction endured by the European Jewish community during the Holocaust (prior to and during the Second World War). Founded as a voluntary academic association in 1981, the association organised a number of conferences on a roving basis until it established a permanent secretariat in 1995. The secretariat is located at Yarnton Manor, Oxford, which also houses the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, proclaimed by the site as the largest centre for Jewish studies in Europe.The ECUTJC has cooperative agreements with the International Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization in Jerusalem and the Moscow Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. The site provides details on the association's international conferences and general congresses. Past, current and future congresses and calls for papers are listed with contact details. There is an online Membership Application form, along with an overview of EAJS membership benefits, such as free copies of the EAJS Newsletter. The Newsletter is published twice yearly. The Association's other main publication is the Directory of Jewish Studies in Europe. The Directory is of particular interest, with details on European institutions where research and teaching of Jewish studies is currently taking place. This resource provides the names of university courses and degrees; academics and researchers; national associations in European Jewish Studies; and departments and institutes. However, only a description of the Directory is available on the site. The full version must be ordered from the EAJS. The site also lists new positions available in professional academia, along with European scholarships available in Jewish Studies.
Europeana is a European Commission funded web portal which is building a virtual European library offering free access to Europe's cultural resources. Multiple languages are available. It is organised as a giant database of cultural artefacts, typically presenting a (low quality) picture and some metadata for each record and redirecting to other websites to access digital resources. It searches millions of texts (manuscripts, papers, ebooks), images (photographs, maps), films (moving images, videos, film clips, television broadcasts) and sounds from Europe's main research libraries, archives and galleries. Among the institutions involved in supplying data are the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library in London and the Louvre in Paris. It is possible to search the website by subject keyword, or browse by date, language and theme. Europeana is growing and despite the impressive number of records at the time of review, it could multiply several times that number in the near future given the size of the European heritage. Some areas (e.g. British archaeology) are better represented in the database than others. After registering for free it is possible to tag records and save searches and records on a personal page. Given the scope of the project, anyone may find useful resources searching Europeana, even if only a tiny minority of European heritage is represented.
Eurozine is a multilingual, cultural website that acts as a network to link-up and promote over 100 different cultural publications from all over Europe. It aims, by means of providing a Europe-wide overview of current themes and discussions, and publishing the best contemporary essays and original literary texts from these magazines, to facilitate trans-national intellectual exchange. It offers essays on topical issues (Headlines); a section entitled Focal points, with essays focusing on trans-national themes such as the politics of translation, Europe at the polls, and European enlargement; and an editor's choice section. Here, the best recent articles are grouped together and may embrace a diversity of themes, for example, a discussion of putting queer theory into practice; inventing new spaces for women's identities through the prism of Ancient Greek philosophers; an examination of Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class; and the GM debate. Users may also read brief biographies of the contributors, search the site's archive for articles of interest, and browse through the partner journals by country, language and subject area. A huge links section features an selection of even more cultural publications from across Europe. Users may contribute to the site's forum and subscribe for free to receive a newsletter. This is an valuable and fascinating project, which may appeal to anyone interested in cultural or European studies. The bulk of the site is in English, but articles may appear in any of the European languages.
Fastforward. magazin. is an online magazine written in German, publishing articles on various aspects of cultural and social studies in relation to Germany and beyond. Its focus is on the humanities. Most issues are based around a theme, with past issues looking at topics such as: How sick is modernity?; the control of the uncontrollable; and evolutionism. The magazine's editors do not wish the venture to be a closed house, but propose to enter into dialogue with interested parties, inviting contributions from outside. Individual articles of interest include: Conservatism in Germany after 1945; architecture and literature in 1930s Sweden; the debate on population, modernization and nation 1890-1933; and Humanities and the theory of evolution. Other contributions deal with key individuals such as: Georg Simmel; Martin Heidegger; and Jacques Derrida. Editions are available in PDF. The magazine is published by Denkräume, a society based at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. The articles contained within this magazine would prove of interest to Humanities scholars in general and those researching from a German point of view in particular.
Film & Sound Online (formerly Education Media OnLine) is a JISC-funded set of collections of film, video, and audio files. Hosted by EDINA, the service was set up and digitised by JISC's Managing Agent and Advisory Service (MAAS), which also cleared the rights and prepared the original content for delivery. The MAAS service came to an end on 31 July 2005. However, the work is ongoing and will result in hundreds of hours of material becoming available for use by UK HE and FE institutions. The films are of high quality and are downloadable in full or as segments. Coming from a diverse set of collections, the films will be of interest to teachers and students in many subject areas including: American studies; Archaeology; History (social, political and military); Philosophy; English; Latin American studies; Slavonic and East European Studies; Defence and War studies; Scottish Literature; Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies; international relations; and performing arts. MediaPlayer or QuickTime are required for viewing the programmes. Access to the database is via an additional username and password or 'direct' by authenticated IP address from a registered institution.
Filmkultur is an English-language site dedicated to Hungarian film. The site includes picture galleries, events listings and reviews, but also has archives of essays on film and film theory. Although academically sophisticated, the journal is very much committed to film as a living, creative and contemporary medium. Thus there are interviews with film-makers such as Ferenc Cako, which emphasise the practical aspects of film. There is also a discussion forum to allow readers to further debate and exchange ideas. A beautifully produced site, Filmkultur will be of interest to anyone working in theory, culture or film.
Find a Grave is an online directory of graves. The database contains about 28 million records for graves. There is also a separate database of the graves of famous people. Grave records include brief biographies, and, occasionally, photographs of the deceased. There are various search and browse options, including search by location, dates, and claim to fame. A regularly updated page of recent obituaries links to American and British newspaper obituary columns. Users are encouraged to register with the site and to add new grave records themselves, whether of famous people, family, or friends. All new submissions are checked by the site staff before inclusion. Users may add notes and virtual flowers to online grave records. A discussion area and online shop are also provided at the site.
Find Articles is an Internet database of magazine articles, covering a wide range of interests from sport, entertainment, and current affairs, to literature, history, and science. Titles include History Today, Literary Review, Criticism, and International Social Science Review. Thousands of magazines are represented in the database, some with articles dating back to the 1980s (or occasionally earlier), and regular updates ensure the database continues to grow. The site offers a mixture of free and paid-for content, with the option of restricting searches to free publications. The advanced search function also allows users to limit searches to particular groups of magazines, and to search by author, title, body text, and publication date. Descriptions are provided for each featured magazine, and these are accompanied by links to the magazines' websites.
The Florida State University electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) website publishes several graduate written works in PDF format. It is possible to browse the theses and dissertations by author or department (subject); it is also possible to perform a search by keyword. For each work, a few details including the email address of the author, the availability and an abstract are presented in a simple page, from where it is possible to download the work. The collection contains works an all the subjects taught at Florida State University and therefore are not limited to humanities. Among the subjects of interest to researchers in humanities are: American Studies (focusing on Florida); anthropology and archaeology (concentrating on shipwrecks and maritime archaeology; American and Caribbean archaeology; Japanese and Korean ethnicities; chariots during the Greek Dark Age); English Studies (Beckett; Bronte sisters; Chaucer; Eliot; Gaskell; Hemingway; Marlowe; Melville; Milton; etc.); history (concentrating on American and European modern history); modern languages (concentrating on Latin American languages); philosophy (Aristotelian metaphysics; Socrates and Wittgenstein; ethical issues in the contemporary world; etc.); political science; religion; Russian Studies; sociology; theatre.
This is the online version of Forum: the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, which is a peer-reviewed journal, aimed primarily at postgraduate students working in arts and culture disciplines. Beginning in Autumn 2005 and with a multi-disciplinary approach to arts and culture, Forum contains articles from across the humanities subjects. The biannual publication has a particular theme for each issue which aims to provoke discussion and debate within an overall clear focus. Forum aims to offer a platform for the exchange of ideas, to encourage debate and discussion and to foster postgraduate participation. The website contains full articles, with the useful device of an abstract linking to the full-text in either HTML or PDF format. The theme of the first issue was 'Origins and Originality' and topics included Post-colonial theory, Darwin's autobiographies, modern Gaelic verse, and George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda'. The website contains a navigation bar linking to the current issue, submission guidelines, news and events, links and mailing list registration. It is well-presented, user-friendly and regularly updated.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation was created in 1980 by the Spanish heir to the throne in order to recognise the work of the people who contribute to "mankind's cultural heritage". The foundation is mainly known for its awards, which every year are given to individuals or groups within eight categories: "Communication and Humanities", "Arts", "Technical and Scientific Research", "Social Sciences", "International Cooperation", "Letters", and "Sport", and "Concord". The awards have since then become a symbol of international recognition, as they have been given to influential figures, including: Norman Foster; Pedro Almodóvar; Jane Goodall; and Ingrid Betancourt. The site offers a short biography for each of the award winners; the minutes of the jury; statements; and the video of her/his speech. The Foundation's activity is not limited to the awards, however, and information about other events and activities is also provided on the site.
'The Future of Humanity Institute' (FHI) describes itself as... "a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford" operating as part of the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy. The Institute seeks to engage in pioneering research in the ethics of areas such as: 'Human enhancement'; 'Global catastrophic risks'; 'Rationality and wisdom' in decision-making; and 'Future technologies'. The FHI website offers a full description of FHI staff, and there are also progress reports to download in PDF format. Video is available for some of the guest lectures at the FHI. The pages that detail each of the main research strands also offer full-text PDF papers for download, and links to FHI weblogs.
The Gateway to 21st Century Skills (formerly The Gateway to Educational Materials) is an international consortium established in 1996 under the auspices of the US Department of Education. It aims to provide educators with information, advice and learning resources to help create online learning materials and courses. The site includes a resources catalogue which indexes thousands of relevant course materials and learning aids. All are described in detail by subject keyword, type of resource and level of attainment (secondary and Higher education ) Some resources are offered free, others require registration or payment. Full details and copyright information is displayed. The politics area covers a wide range of issues relating to political science, citizenship, American political history, elections, voter registration, the US constitution and international relations. They include lesson plans, online syllabi, multimedia resources and free websites.
This 53-page PDF report was commissioned by the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme in 2005. Aiming to inform research council support of arts and humanities researcher ICT needs at present and in the future, the report comprised an online survey; case studies and a comparison with previous studies leading to recommendations for AHRC strategy. The report is very detailed and, as well as an executive summary, includes detailed appendices whose raw data might be of use to further research in this area.
This website offers free access to an extensive database of scholarly journal information: over 90,000 titles are included. Although the resource does not contain articles or abstracts from the journals it lists, it does provide a helpful description of each publication's aims and scope, its standard abbreviation, subject category and ISSN, as well as a link to the journal's home page where possible. Subjects covered include: Arts and Literature; Education; Humanities; Linguistics; Research; and Philosophy. It is worth noting that not all subjects covered appear in the category list on the front page, and that the list of journals given for each category is not necessarily exhaustive - making the search function doubly useful. JournalSeek is sponsored by Genamics, a software and web development firm based in New Zealand. User input is welcomed, either to suggest new journals for inclusion or to suggest possible categories for more effective browsing. At the time of review quite a few of the links to the journals' webpages were broken.
Gigateway is a Web service offering a searchable database of geospatial and geographical information for the UK provided by the public and private sectors. Gigateway is funded by the Government through the National Interest Mapping Services Agreement (NIMSA). This service has developed from the National Geospatial Data Framework (NGDF) services - the 'askGiraffe Data Locator' and the 'askGiraffe Data Integrator'. Gigateway is managed by the Association for Geographic Information (AGI). One principle service is the 'data locator' service, which consists of a catalogue of available geospatial data covering fields such as agriculture, business, ecology, economic indicators, and hydrography. Searches may be conducted by keyword, originator, title, and so forth, and may be restricted by date and directory. Results give the coverage area, the body that produced the data, the format, the media in which the data is available, and the contact details of websites and email addresses from whence the data may be obtained. Others include the data directory which helps the user find organisations who supply geographic information products, services and data; and Area Search which allows the user to view administrative data from the Office for National Statistics, All Fields Postcode Directory.
Google Book Search is a specialist online search service from Google, providing free online access to selections from a large and rich collection of books. The search engine is separate from the main Google engine, and search results from it only very rarely appear in general Google search results. Users therefore need to search Book Search from its dedicated home page. Book Search allows keyword and keyphrase searching within the text of over one million books. There is also an 'advanced search' option. Many books feature in search results only as a 'Limited preview' which shows a number of free pages (as actual page scans, thus providing a check for OCR errors), or as a 'Snippet view' which shows a tiny image fragment of the original scanned text (often not placed at the correct point to match with the found text). Some books also show illustrations and diagrams. The website launched in 2004 as 'Google Print', and at March 2008 indexes just over one million books under the new name of 'Google Book Search'. The majority of these would appear to be non-fiction. 26 major world libraries have partnered with Google to add their collections, and 12 of these have committed to scan a total of 10 million books. The range of books indexed is controversial to some, since it is not restricted only to those deemed to be in the public domain in the U.S. - but Google claims its "use of books is fair and fully consistent with the law". This search engine will be especially useful for those doing research in more obscure areas where information may be widely scattered across a range of books and journals, especially if those are of a historical nature. It may also be useful for academics checking student work for plagiarism - since some cheating students may be hoping that lecturers will only check the main Google index, and not the Google Books search. In March 2008 a free 'Google Book Search API' became available, meaning that libraries are able to add a 'Preview this book via Google Book Search' button in library catalogue search results.
The institutional repository of the University of Salamanca is an online collection of resources divided in four sections: digital library; research archive; didactic materials; and institutional and administrative documents. The digital library offers electronic versions of historical books; manuscripts; and periodicals physically held at the university. Documents were produced during the medieval and modern periods; and they are in Latin or Spanish. Also for researchers, there is a repository of research publications by scholars from the University of Salamanca. These cover all subjects, and materials can be searched or browsed by discipline; research group; PhD theses, and more. For tutors and lecturers there is a section with didactic materials and lecture notes. Users should note that, at the time of cataloguing, the number of resources in this area was somewhat limited. However, it is recommended to visit the Open Course Ware section in which it is possible to download whole course materials for units such as: "Linguistics applied to translation"; "Contemporary History of Europe: 20th Century"; and "History of Spain: Modern Period". The language of these materials is Spanish. Search options available make it easy to locate resources within the whole bank of materials.
The H-Net Discussion Networks Web page provides the main directory of H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online email lists. H-Net supports over a hundred academic lists: between them these have over 100,000 subscribers in 90 countries. The lists aspire to provide links between researchers, teachers, and students, and to provide a forum for the egalitarian exchange of ideas (although some lists do restrict subscription to specialists in a particular field). The topics covered range from African arts to the promotion of democracy to the status of adjunct university staff. The Discussion Networks page provides links to the home pages of the individual lists, where one can read a fuller description of each list, browse its archives, and subscribe. Information is also given for those wishing to start new lists. A valuable resource for those working in the humanities or social sciences who wish to establish contact with their colleagues around the world.
H-Net is the Humanities and Social Sciences Online site, hosted by Michigan State University. This non-profit site creates and coordinates Internet networks for an international consortium of scholars and teaches, and reaches up to 100,000 subscribers. Within the site there are links to over 130 academic discussion groups, with subjects ranging from teaching and study of African literature and cinema to Scandinavian history. Each of these groups has its own specialised home pages within H-Net, with many valuable links. There are also logs of groups' previous discussions; an online journal of reviews of books, articles, and videos which goes back to 1998; H-Net Teaching, which serves as a gateway to extensive academic teaching resources and networks; academic announcements with lists of upcoming conferences, calls for papers, publications, workshops, funding sources, and new website links; and a job guide. The site is easy to navigate, with several ways to search its extensive pages, and to submit announcements.
This Web page of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities website gives access to the full-text proceedings of the annual conference, for the years 2004 to 2008. At June 2009 it appears that some of the papers for the 2009 conference are also online, in advance of the conference itself. Proceedings are offered as PDF files, usually with a single PDF collecting all the conference papers for that year. This means that Proceeding files are very large, and are usually over 70Mb. It is not immediately clear how to browse these very large PDFs once they are downloaded and opened - one usually has to go to the front page and click the button "Browse full text", rather than use the normal Acrobat sidebar index. Individual PDF papers from the 2003 conference are also available, although do not seem to be listed on the website - they can be found by searching Google for: keyword site:www.hichumanities.org/AHproceedings/ This is a rich resource, offering over 500 PDF articles and proceeding books, but one that is awkwardly and patchily presented to potential readers.
Hermes (formerly Avance) is a database providing details of books, journals, catalogues, and over 25,000 audio-visual programmes held by the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC). Entries are selected for their usefulness in higher and further education (most academic subjects) and cover films, videos, slides, sound recordings, tape-slide packages, and interactive multimedia. Most of the records relate to currently available material and contain full distribution details. One of the aims of the database is to provide comprehensive coverage of titles produced by UK higher education institutions. Many of the other resources have been appraised and recommended by academic staff working in UK universities. HERMES also includes the details of the catalogues of some 1,000 distributors of audio-visual materials and over 1,500 books and several thousand journals held in the BUFVC library. Records are updated daily. The database can be searched by keyword and medium. The BUFVC receive funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
HERON offers a national service to the UK higher education community for copyright clearance, digitisation and delivery of book extracts and journal articles. It is also developing a resource bank of digitised materials for rapid re-use (subject to copyright permissions). HERON also holds a resource bank of archived pre-digitised material. Copies of cleared and digitised material are made available to subscribers via the HERONweb interface. Subscription information and pricing is explained at the website. HERON was originally developed by the University of Stirling (lead partner), Napier University (Edinburgh) and South Bank University (London) in 1998 and was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). In March 2002 it was acquired by Ingenta, the online academic article access providers.
This is the main website of the Higher Education Academy. The UK higher education funding bodies have established the Academy to promote high quality learning and teaching in all subject disciplines in higher education (HE). Available in English and Welsh, the website describes the structure and aims of the project, and has sections on: news; events; research; thematic work; and resources. There is also information about the Academy's subject network, which consists of twenty-four centres based throughout the UK, working to support the sharing of innovation and good practices in learning and teaching in higher education. Arts and humanities related centres include: art, design, and media; English; history, classics and archaeology; language, linguistics and area studies; philosophical and religious studies; CEBE for the built environment; and PALATINE for dance, drama and music. The Higher Education Academy was formed in May 2004 from a merger of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE), the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN), and the TQEF National Co-ordination Team (NCT). It receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Higher Education Academy was established in 2003 to act as a single, central body to support the enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education in the UK. The Academy aims to "advise on policies and practices that impact on the student experience, support curriculum and pedagogic development and facilitate development and increase the professional standing of all staff in higher education." The Academy is an independent body established by Universities UK and the Standing Conference of Principals.
The website 'Employability Resources' is a subpage of the main site of The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. It features employment statistics for the humanities and especially history, classics and archaeology. Links off the main list provided on the homepage open up to many pages of extensive information, some of which is available through links to external sites. The resources gathered here include or deal with: journals and conferences on employability in the humanities; the employability of history graduates; adult learners in archaeology; archaeology labour market intelligence; enterprise and career management skills; how to present skills developed though a humanities education to employers; developing team-building skills in archaeology; and various sources on the relationship between the curriculum and careers which graduates ultimately attain. This information will be of particular interest to humanities doctoral students who are job hunting.
Linking Research and Teaching is an online report created by the professor Alan Booth for The Higher Education Academy. It is aimed for historians who are starting as lecturers. The text focuses on the connection between research and teaching, and offers essays, links and subpages with information on: history teaching techniques such as student log-keeping; student Web projects; how to transform research into a taught course; encouraging collaborative learning and student research on computing and history modules; and other case studies with examples on innovative teaching approaches derived from research. The page can be downloaded in PDF, RTF or plain text formats.
'Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology' is a subpage of the History, Classics, and Archaeology Division of the Higher Education Academy. These pages focus on teaching techniques for discussing diversity as it relates to the study of the past in the United Kingdom. The site offers a number of resources for teachers, with sections on: Employability; Widening Participation; and E-learning. Each subsite offers guides; projects and reports; and further resources on the university's homepage and on the Web. Also, there is a page dedicated to each of the subjects, containing information on: resources for teaching, funding opportunities; guides for teaching practice; projects; news; networks and groups. The site secondly features a list of past, current and future events related especially to history curricula and classics colloquia which address pedagogical issues of diversity. The site also offers a links page, onsite search engine and contact form.
The Human Nature Review is an online journal (ISSN 1476-1084) and discussion site, edited by Ian Pitchford and Robert M. Young, with a strong interdisciplinary agenda aimed at promoting the understanding of human nature in all its forms. The suggested coverage is therefore very broad, encompassing anthropology, archaeology, artificial intelligence, behaviour genetics, cognitive science, developmental psychology, economics, ethology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, genetics, law, linguistics, neuropsychology, neuroscience, palaeoanthropology, philosophy, politics, primatology, psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, sociology, sociobiology, and debates about them; history, philosophy and social studies in the human sciences; Darwinian scholarship; hermeneutics; biography and autobiography; psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches and so on. The site plays host to a number of specialist journals, each with associated discussion forums: these include Science as Culture and Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and the Public Sphere (edited by Robert Young); Human Relations, Authority and Justice: Experiences and Critiques (edited by Robert Young and Toma Tomov); Kleinian Studies (edited by Donald L Carveth, on the work of Melanie Klein and her school); and Against All Reason (in conjunction with the radical-science discussion list). Other site features include Human Nature Daily Review, surveying relevant news stories from around the world, with links to online news services; the Online Dictionary of Mental Health, consisting mostly of annotated links arranged under keyword headings; and Burying Freud, a miscellany of discussion pieces, articles and reviews by different authors. The section Darwin and Darwinism provides hundreds of briefly-annotated links to sites and online articles on sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, plus full-text HTML transcripts of several relevant primary works: Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, The Voyage of the Beagle and The Descent of Man; Andrew Dickson White's History of the Warfare of Science With Theology in Christendom; William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature; Thomas Henry Huxley's Autobiography and Selected Essays; and Alfred Russel Wallace's On the Law that has Regulated the Introduction of New Species and On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type. Further transcripts are presented elsewhere on the site; the section Free Electronic Books provides a complete list of full-texts available on the site in either HTML or Microsoft Reader format. The home page, publications list and electronic archive of Professor Robert M Young are also hosted at this site.
The website Humanities is the online magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a US government organisation. It is published bi-monthly and also available in printed form by subscription. It publishes research funded by the NEH, in short articles. There are archives of the magazine from the end of 1996 and there is a search engine for the site. The site features information about funding, along with online grant application forms. Most of the awards are for US citizens only or those who have lived in the US for the past three years. However, the site is an interesting forum for finding out about research and academia in the USA, and there are some informative articles.
The Web Site of the "Humanities higher education research group (HERG)" provides information on the organisation set up to "foster, conduct and publish research into teaching and learning in interdisciplinary cultural studies and within selected arts/humanities disciplines". HERG is based within the Institute of Educational Technology, at The Open University. It has also established the Humanities and Arts higher education Network (HAN) for active researchers and teachers in the humanities. Its long term aims are to attract more funding for research, popularise subjects seen as elitist (Classics and Philosophy), and promote seminars, conferences, and colloquia in the humanities. There is a section detailing current projects, events, and the organisation's reports. It also, rather helpfully, provides information on the journal Arts and Humanities in higher education. This is a good site for those interested in aspects of multidisciplinary studies, and the teaching and reception of the humanities.
The website Humanities Institute of Ireland provides information about the institute, established at University College Dublin in 2002. Its aim is to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research in third-level institutions, with the theme Identity, Memory and Meaning in the Twenty-First Century. Details of the impressive research programme for 2002-2007 are posted, with elements from sociology, philosophy, history, political philosophy, psychology and literary studies. Seminars and conferences are also publicised, as are research positions. There is also a list of the holdings of the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive. This site is useful for those in Irish studies and those looking at comparative work on memory, and/or identity.
Humanities Websites in Japan is a gateway website maintained by Gotoo Hiroshi, a linguistics professor at Tohoku University. The site hosts a large number of links to online resources in humanities areas of Japanese studies and to Japan-based resources and institutions related to the humanities in general (for example, western literature). Subject areas include: literature; linguistics; philosophy; anthropology; and religious studies. The site is divided into the following sections: online guides; academic societies and journals; institutions, universities, and departments; and projects, groups, and individuals.
For Japanese studies, the English-language links include: linguistics and language-related websites; the Asian Association for Lexicography; and Japanese colleges and universities. The Japanese version is far more comprehensive than the English version, but the latter is still a very valuable gateway to a broad range of resources. The great majority of the links were functional at the time of cataloguing.
Ibiblio is a project intended to provide access to material designed to further research and teaching in various humanities disciplines. This website acts both as a gateway and host to texts and projects relating to aspects of: literature; culture; history; poetry; and philosophy. Material covers American, Asian, and European issues. Some of the highlights include: documents from World War Two; full-texts of philosophical works; an Internet poetry archive; and the Southern oral history project. There are also many archives available, and resources dealing with Jewish and Christian studies. Annotated links to other major online humanities resources are provided. Users can search this site or browse collections. This resource is the result of collaboration between the Center for the Public Domain and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. This is an extensive resource and will take time to browse in depth. It would be of value to all areas of humanities studies, as a source of both primary and secondary material.
This is the main page of the International Council of Archives (ICA), the professional organisation of the world archival community, based in Paris, which was founded in 1948. The site first states the ICA's mandate, underscoring the importance of archival collections: "by providing evidence of human activities and transactions, [archives] underlie the rights of individuals and states, and are fundamental to democracy and good governance. ... In pursuing the advancement of archives, ICA works for the protection and enhancement of the memory of the world". In conjunction with this statement, the ICA's constitution and code of ethics are available in full, online. These grand aims unite the ICA's around 1700 members in 174 countries. The site provides reports on the ICA's congresses, meetings and colloquia. Much of the remainder of these pages is devoted to administrative policies. However, the site also has an index of ICA members, which will serve researchers as an excellent archival portal, searchable along national, public or private institutional, and individual criteria. There are also searchable sections of the ICA devoted to parliaments; political parties; churches; international organisations; business and labour; education and training; municipalities; architecture; and universities.
This webpage, a part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council website, incorporates a list of the downloadable reports (usually substantial PDF documents) produced as a result of the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme. The first four project, although with individual scopes, were concerned with “broad e-infrastructure issues and needs”, including: quality assurance in the production of digital resources; the portal needs of arts and humanities researchers; arts and humanities researchers’ use of, and need for, ICT resources; and examinations specific resources’ use. These have provided an important basis for articulating the emerging arts and humanities ICT agenda. The final three reports, are knowledge-gathering projects interested in the development of tools and methods, in particular harnessing emerging technologies elsewhere to the needs of arts and humanities researchers.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a rich sources of film information. Updated by volunteer contributors since 1990 (although managed by paid employees and now part of the Amazon group of companies). This database offers plot synopses, cast lists, crew details and technical informations. While the majority of film entries in the database are American, there is a fairly healthy representation of South American, European, Australasian, Japanese and Chinese film. Thousands of directors, actors and actresses, producers, writers and members of film crews are listed on the database and can be searched by name or film. For many of the people biographies, filmographies, images and links are provided and for the films the credits, reviews and synopsises are shown, with the opportunity of buying online if available. The 'help & guide' section assists with the navigation of the site, as does the site index and site tour. The 'browse' facility shows what information is available: new releases and recommendations; message boards and user ratings; newsletters, interviews and daily and weekly columns; international interests, including upcoming releases worldwide; films organised by categories of all kinds; stars and movie makers; facts and trivia; and the opportunity to sign up for IMDbPro.com, "the information resource for people in the entertainment industry". You can register to make personalised and localised use of the IMDb. Only registered users can: post messages on the message boards, and access a private mail system with other boards users; vote in the polls; post comments in a movie's comments section; and add information and corrections for any person or movie.
This is the Web page for a free ebook version of Ronald Gross's 'The Independent Scholar’s Handbook'. The 300-page book is freely available online as a 17Mb PDF file, from the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars and Simon Fraser University. This PDF is a scan of the second edition, as published in print form by Ten Speed Press in 1993. This book was written several years before the mass-market Internet began to revolutionise scholarship, and some sections have dated. Appendices such as 'Copyrighting Your Work' and 'University Presses in North America' are rather out-of-date in 2009. But in general it seems the main chapters were written so as not to date easily, and the book will still prove useful to contemporary independent or unemployed scholars.
Index to Theses is a listing of theses, some with abstracts, accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland. It contains titles of theses accepted from 1716 to date. There are four levels of search which can be carried out, ranging from quick to advanced. There is a link to the British Library, from where users can order full-text copies of many theses. Subscribers can obtain email alerts of new updates to the index. It is updated about eight times a year. Theses cover all subjects, including social sciences.
The Index to Theses is an online database of theses completed in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716 (subscription fee). The database does not include information relating to current postgraduate research, and the compilers are dependent upon the originating university sending them details of each completed thesis before it can be included in the site. The site provides several search options, including the use of Boolean operators. Results give the full title of the thesis; the name of the author; its year of submission; the degree for which the thesis was submitted; the university awarding the degree; an abstract of the thesis, where one is available; and a reference number. Each abstract is provided with a link to information about how to obtain the thesis. The site also provides a link to the British Library's service for obtaining the full-texts of theses.
Information services from the British Education Index, hosted by the University of Leeds, provides access to: the Internet resource catalogue for education; education conference programmes, listings, and papers; and limited access to the British Education Index (BEI). The BEI is a database of journal articles pertaining to educational issues. The full-text database is available as a subscription service the JISC licensed Education Literature Datasets. The search facility provided at the BEI site gives bibliographic details and reflects the scope and content of the full Index database through recently indexed references. The British Education Internet Resource Catalogue is an annotated bibliography of websites dealing with educational issues. Links are provided to the sites described, and a search engine is included. The Education Conference Programmes and Conference Listings Services give details of education conferences past, present, and future. Many conference reports include links to that conference's own website, and the programmes may be searched. The Education online service is a freely accessible database of the full-texts of conference papers, working papers, and electronic literature, which supports educational research, policy, and practice. Teachers of the arts and humanities in further and higher education may find some of the materials accessible from this site useful, although many of the reports are aimed more at those involved with secondary education. The British Education Index information services has received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Infotrac is a service provided by Thomson Gale. It enables access to individual databases. These databases contain collections of resources which include tables of contents and abstracts and, in many cases, the full-text of articles from a range of sources, from newspapers to refereed journals. Covering all subject areas, information relevant to humanities, arts, and creative industries subjects can be found within many of the collections, in particular within the online newspapers and the Expanded Academic ASAP (containing scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers). Sophisticated search facilities are available. Other collections include Contemporary Authors (biographical and bibliographical information and references on many U.S. and international authors), Investext Plus (financial research database), PROMT (Predicast Overview of Markets and Technology) and the Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module. It requires institutional subscription and an additional username and password.
IngentaConnect provide a database of journal articles covering all academic disciplines, as well as offering various library and publishing services. The article database contains over 15 million articles from about 30,000 publications. Article summaries are available for every entry in the database, whilst subscribers receive full-text access to over 6,000 of the journals covered. Non-subscribers are required to pay for each article they wish to view. The site includes a powerful search engine, as well as various browse options organised by subject. Additional features include a personalisation tool and a facility to save searches. IngentaConnect also provide links from their web pages to online journals, Internet resources, and the larger gateway sites. This resource is also described in the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The Web Site of the Institute for Cultural Research provides information about the learned society and educational institution. The focus of the institute is to study, educate, and publish in the field of human thought. There is a list of over forty monographs published by the institute by luminaries such as: Mary Midgley; Sir Steven Runciman; Robert Cecil; Doris Lessing; and Michael Rubinstein. This is another organisation that aims to promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural thought and theory as well as those areas that transcend disciplines and cultures. As a result, the institute has played host to specialists in the following disciplines: linguistics; anthropology; education; sociology; science; literature; economics; philosophy; psychology; medicine; archaeology; history; oriental studies; and religion. On the site the user can find further details of seminars, meetings, and the institute's publications.
The Institute for Cultural Research aims to ""stimulate study, debate, education and research into all aspects of human thought, behaviour and culture", focusing on the development of ideas and their interaction with communities. The Institute's study is interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, covering several disciplines in science, humanities and social sciences. The Institute organises lecture series and seminars and publishes monographs.
This is the website for the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small group investigating how discourse is transformed as it moves from the printed page to a networked environment. Concerned with new understandings of the 'book', new approaches to text, the development of universally accessible tools for creating and editing digital texts, and associated issues of cultural conditions, copyright, and privacy, the Institute has a number of online projects worth exploring on this website. These include: Gamer Theory, whose website allows users to read an innovative Web edition of the project's print volume, as well as access a discussion forum; MediaCommons, a digital scholarly network; and HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), which is investigating the future of learning institutions in the digital age. Furthermore, the site makes available a number of new, homegrown tools: Sophie, a multimedia authoring tool which allows users to create media-rich, networked documents without recourse to programming; and CommentPress, allowing readers to comment, paragraph by paragraph, in the margins of text. Users can see CommentPress in action in various other online projects accessible from this website.
The Institute's blog makes for interesting reading and overall, this website represents an extremely valuable contribution to the field of digital humanities, offering enlightening commentary, practical solutions, and imaginative research.
'The International Gay & Lesbian Review' is a full-text ejournal that offers summaries and reviews of books of lesbigay interest. The Review claims to be "the world's first academic journal to be published entirely on the World Wide Web." Nearly 1,000 short reviews are available, although some are available in abstract rather than full-text form. Both fiction and non-fiction books are reviewed, on a wide variety of topics and by a wide variety of reviewers. Reviews are usually in a tone suitable for the general university-educated reader. Some reviews are taken from now-defunct print publications such as Gay Today. The website has information about how to submit reviews. There is the ability to search by title, or by the surname of a book's author. For those without access to commercial book review databases, this will be a useful website to use in conjuction with Google Books and Amazon reviews.
'International Index to Black Periodicals Full Text' is an electronic database that provides access to citations and abstracts from scholarly journals and newsletters published in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, as well as 'full-text coverage of core Black Studies periodicals'. Access is granted to all interested institutions and individuals on the basis of an annual subscription fee. The index covers a wide variety of humanities and social sciences subjects, including visual arts, literature, language, history, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, economy, law, religion, and others. The bibliography included reflects the current developments in Black Studies scholarship, but the articles in this collection can also date back to as early as 1900, thus providing a historical context for the issues concerned. The website allows performing a variety of searches, using different combinations of elements, such as keywords, author, title, subject categories, terms, publication details or ISSN. This database will be useful to students and researchers, irrespective of their field of expertise, and all those who are interested in Black Studies.
This is the website of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC). The website is the electronic form of the first peer reviewed journal published by the Digital Curator Centre. The journal is entirely devoted to papers, articles and news items on curation of digital objects and related matters; it presents an international and unbiased vehicle for the discussion of preservation and curation issues. IJDC provides information about current events, programmes, projects, and relevant papers published elsewhere. Published two times a year the journal supports a greater global exchange of knowledge by allowing free open access to all its content, articles can be downloaded as PDF.
International Journal of Internet Research Ethics is a full-text ejournal published from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At June 2009 there are two issue online, with articles freely available as PDF files. The journal will be useful for researchers in a variety of fields, as well as for philosophers considering ethics, research ethics, and online lives. Articles are freely available as PDF files. Example article titles include: 'Playing a Good Game: Ethical Issues in Researching MMOGS and Virtual Worlds'; ' Emerging Legal Issues in the Collection and Dissemination of Internet-Sourced Research Data'; 'Data as Representation: Beyond Anonymity in e-Research Ethics'; and 'Creating a Web of Attribution in the Feminist Blogosphere', among others. The website has full details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submission process.
The central website of Intute provides subject groups for the full spectrum of academic disciplines: arts and humanities; health and life sciences; science, engineering and technology; and the social sciences. Each subject group provides effective access to high quality Internet resources for the UK learning and research communities. Intute is a co-operative network consisting of a central organisation, Intute Executive and a number of independent service providers. All Intute services are freely available. Formerly called the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), which was made up of eight subject hubs, the service re-launched in July 2006 and became Intute. Intute receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
Intute: Arts and Humanities is one of the four information subject groups of Intute. It provides a free online guide to Internet resources relevant to teaching and research in the arts and humanities. In collaboration with subject specialists, the subject group finds, evaluates and describes resources for the study of: English and other modern languages and literature; history; archaeology; classics; religion; philosophy; architecture; communications, media and culture; design; fashion and beauty; music and the performing arts; and visual arts. Intute: Arts and Humanities was formed in July 2006, through the merging of the former Resource Discovery Network (RDN) hubs, Artifact and the Humbul Humanities Hub.
The Intute: Virtual Training Suite (VTS) website contains a number of teach yourself tutorials for students, lecturers, and researchers who want to improve their Internet skills and learn what the Internet can offer in their subject discipline. The tutorials can be used for independent learning or as a tool to support teaching and training courses. The virtual training suites span the spectrum of higher and further education disciplines. Arts and humanities courses include: history; history and philosophy of science; modern languages; philosophy; religious studies and theology; art, design and media; English Studies; learning languages; and performing arts. The Internet Detective (3rd edition) was launched in June 2006 to help students develop the critical thinking required for their Internet research. The Intute: Virtual Training Suite receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The ISI Web of Knowledge (WoK) service for UK Education provides a single point of access to Thomson Scientific’s products. The main ISI WoK databases are the Web of Science and the ISI Proceedings. The Web of Science consists of the Social Sciences Citation Index, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Science Citation Index. The ISI Proceedings consists of the Social Science + Humanities edition and the Science + Technical edition. Other products available include Journal Citation Reports and Derwent Innovations Index. The service has extensive search, browse, and output facilities. Searches may be customized and queries may be saved to run against future updated versions of the indices. Access to the databases is via institutional subscriptions requiring authentication. The ISI WoK is hosted by Mimas, The University of Manchester. Please note that to use the service your web browser must be configured to accept cookies.
Janus is a project funded by the University of Cambridge to improve access to the archival materials available in the city. Most of the participants are from the University and its constituent colleges, although Addenbrooke's hospital and the Cambridge University Local Examination Syndicate are also contributing records. Subjects covered include the papers of Sir Winston Churchill, scientists' papers held at Trinity College, and medical history at Addenbrooke's. All records are stored in Electronic Archival Description (EAD) format and are written to the General International Standard of Archival Description (ISAD(G)). It should be noted that some of the records are collection level descriptions only and the repository should be approached first to see if the material is available for consultation.
This is the website of the Jewish Museum in New York City, which is devoted to over 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. As well as all the necessary information about the Museum, such as location, contact details, and opening times, this site makes available a number of online exhibitions. Within these is the companion to the exhibition Frida Kahlo's Intimate Family Picture; Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country; and Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, which documents life in Israel. Of interest also will be the site's Making Connections in Art and Jewish Culture, which explores the Museum's collections interactively. It traces the interconnections between over 60 works, from ancient artifacts to contemporary art and television clips. The site's collection overview may be searched or browsed, and details of current and forthcoming events and exhibitions hosted by the Museum, such as the New York Jewish Film Festival, are provided. This is a rich and diverse museum website which is sure to interest scholars of Jewish studies, art and literature.
JISC Digital Media (formerly known as TASI : Technical Advisory Service for Images) is the website of a service set up to advise and guide the academic community on the digital creation, management, storage, delivery, and use of image-related information including moving images and film - as well as audio production and podcasting. An extensive list of advice documents is available from the website, suitable for both inexperienced and advanced users. The site also provides information regarding workshops; support services and a blog. Another section describes some of the more useful resources that can be found on the Internet. A weekly online surgery is held and users can seek advice on any issues relating to digital media. The service maintains a library of case studies and annotated links. There are also guides to such topics as: metadata; copyright; and digital preservation as well as details of training courses and a glossary of technical terms and acronyms.
JISCmail (fomerly known as Mailbase) is a service that runs electronic discussion lists for the UK higher and further education and research community. Provided by JANET (UK) and funded by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), the service allows you to talk with other academics via electronic mail, to collaborate on projects, announce conferences, arrange meetings or just keep in touch with colleagues in your subject area. The lists cover a vast range of topics, and the site offers a search engine and alphabetical indexes to help users locate those of most interest and relevance. Instructions for joining and leaving lists are provided. If there is currently no list for a particular subject area, it may be possible to create one: information about this is also given. This description is based on that given in the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
'The Journal for the Public University' is a full-text ejournal, published by the Australian Association for the Public University Inc. At April 2008 there are five issues online, freely offering articles in PDF form. The journal will be of interest to those researching the politics of the production of knowledge in university systems. There are many articles of relevance to those in the arts and humanities. Example article titles include: 'Current Academic Censorship and Self-censorship in Australian Universities'; 'Humanities Research in the Age of Grantmanship'; 'Threats to University Independence: The Case of the Humanities'; 'The Decline of the Humanities: Are the Humanities being singled out?'; and 'Fahrenheit 420: Burning the Humanities at QUT'. The website also has details of the Association, the Editorial Board and Advisory Board, and the submissions process.
The Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture is devoted to the study of insections between law and culture. Many of the articles featured are on the representation of legal questions in popular culture - such as serial killers in movies, or law in Star Trek. But some pieces in the journal are more concerned with technical questions - such as the legal implications of the Internet for music copyright. However, the bias is towards the cultural rather than the technical: the formation of public perceptions of the law by popular culture is the most urgent concern of the journal. Those working in theory, literature, culture or law will benefit from the journal. Back issues are available online from volume 7, issue 1, 1999-2000.
The Journal of Employability and the Humanities is a peer-reviewed online publication from the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Employability through the Humanities (CETH). It aims to publish articles documenting experiences of teaching, researching and developing employability, and encourages contributions from anyone with an interest in this area, be they an experienced practitioner or theorist, or not. The first issue was made available in the summer of 2007, featuring articles on: the postmodern challenges of work-based learning, and investigating the the career paths and employability of humanities graduates. It also featured a number of case studies. While at the time of review this was a newly launched journal and yet to be firmly established, its timely focus on a pertinent theme gives it the potential to become a lively forum for dissemination and discussion.
The Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spiritualities (JMMS) is an open access online scholarly journal, issued twice a year, with occasional special issues. JMMS aims to address all areas of masculinities and sexualities, with particular concern for those rarely considered in detail. The editorial board is drawn from across a wide range of disciplines, reflecting the journal's inclusive approach. The journal is peer reviewed and open to submissions, guidelines for which are given on the website. With regard to spiritualities, an equally inclusive approach is taken, with papers welcomed on aspects of faith and religion from across the spectrum of cultures and beliefs. JMMS is also interested in the historical and contemporary consideration of spiritualities, including speculation on the future. Full-text articles are available, with a synopsis on the main page and the article downloaded as a PDF file. It is also possible to download each issue as a PDF file. Each journal includes an editorial, research notes, articles, and book reviews. This is a high-standard resource, which is well presented and straightforward to use.
The Journal of Mundane Behavior is dedicated to the sociological discussion of what appears to be everyday and ordinary in culture. The journal contends that the unnoticed and ordinary interactions and events of everyday life and culture make up the basic fabric of existence: the ordinary, then, passes without notice yet is fundamental to society. The journal seeks to examine the politics of these usually depoliticised and accepted aspects of life. Articles in the Journal of Mundane Behavior range from the politics of changes in common social habits, such as table manners, to more complex considerations of major cultural 'fads' - such as the boom self-diagnoses of illness amongst Americans. The journal will be of interest to anyone working in sociology or culture. The journal is no longer published but all back issues are available online for free.
The Journal of Research Practice is a full-text peer-reviewed ejournal, freely available online. It aims to examine interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches in research and research design, and is edited from Athabasca University Press in Canada and Swinburne University of Technology in Malaysia. At June 2009 there are ten issues online from 2005-2009, offering articles in English as either HTML or PDF files. Example article titles include: 'Collaborative Research on Sustainability: Myths and Conundrums of Interdisciplinary Departments'; 'Exploring Space and Place With Walking Interviews'; 'Beyond the Archive: Cultural Memory in Dance and Theater'; and 'The Role of Documentation in Practice-Led Research', among many others. Abstracts are also available. The journal website has full details of the editors, Editorial Advisory Board, and the submission process.
Journal TOCs is a JISC-funded project, allowing users to easily search the recent tables of contents (TOCs) from most commercially-published academic journals. The service offers a simple search-box, enabling keyword searches of RSS feeds from... "12,725 journals collected from 422 publishers". The service also has lists which can be browsed by either publisher or journal subject. The export of OPML files is permitted - enabling users to set up feeds for their favourite RSS feedreader. This reviewer undertook a test search for six major open-access titles in the arts and humanities, and the lack of these titles in Journal TOCs suggests that many open-access journals are not likely to be found here - presumably due to the general lack of RSS feeds in open-access ejournals outside of the sciences. Despite this limitation, the Journal TOCs service will be immensely useful for researchers in a wide variety of subjects. Users may register with the site, to save their regular searches. A free API is available to developers, offering potential for integrating Journal TOCs into other information services and online mashups.
JSTOR is a unique digital archive collection of core scholarly journals. Accessed via an institutional subscription, it holds extensive back-runs of several hundred journals covering a wide variety of subject areas, including: history; literature; modern languages; music; philosophy; theology; African-American studies; Latin American studies; and Asian studies. Coverage starts with the first issues (with a few journals dating from as far back as the 1600s) and continues to a date between two and five years prior to current issues. Users can search and browse the full-text journals, and articles can be read online, or downloaded and printed. The database contains well over 1.5 million full-length articles. JSTOR is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Members of subscribing institutions can also access JSTOR with an additional username and password.
JURN is a free academic search-engine, enabling keyword searching of the online contents of more than 3,500 ejournals in the arts and humanities. Journals are all hand-picked, and are indexed because they are free or offer significant free content. Journals offering only tables-of-contents and/or abstracts are not indexed. JURN also searches a small number of selected full-text conference proceedings, and free book chapters from selected university presses. JURN runs via a Google Custom Search, and thus offers users all the standard Google search modifiers. The service is free of advertising. The full listing of all journal titles indexed can be download as a single PDF file, and there is also a linked directory of 2,500 English-language titles organised by subject. The majority of titles indexed by JURN are in English, but there is also good coverage of French and Spanish journals. There is an associated weblog. JURN will be a useful free companion to Google Scholar, and to various commercial academic search tools. The service will be especially useful to independent scholars in the developing world, and others who have no access to commercial full-text journal services.
The Labyrinth website consists of a collection of annotated links to resources in many different areas of medieval studies. The content concentrates particularly on: art; architecture; religion; history; languages; and literature. The links have been divided into forty-five main subject categories, which may be browsed or searched according to keyword or restricted by type of material. By this latter method, it is possible, for example, to limit the results to primary documents only. The site is continually updated and users are asked to submit new links. This resource would be useful to students or researchers studying the Middle-Ages.
This website describes a series of AHRC-funded seminars on “ethnographic approaches to landscape and environment”. Each of the four seminars, which took place in 2006-2007 is listed, including timetables and abstracts. Embracing both phenomenological and structurally oriented approaches to the subject, the seminars covered: ‘Integrating experiential and political landscapes’; ‘Routes, boundaries, journeys’; ‘The ecology of perception and the aesthetics of landscape’; ‘Landscape and narrative’. Although the website is brief, it provides a useful record of this valuable series, and would be of interest to a wide range of scholars of landscape, bridging the arts, humanities and social sciences.
The LearnOutLoud website provides an extensive directory of podcasts and other online or downloadable audio and visual learning resources. A range of humanities subjects are covered, including: history; a number of modern languages; literature; philosophy; and religion. The site offers a mixture of LearnOutLoud's own material and links to off-site resources. Many of the items listed are free of charge, but CDs and other items available for purchase are also included. The catalogue is fully searchable: users can also browse by topic, or filter results by resource type. A very useful website.
LibDex is an online worldwide directory of eighteen thousand library home pages, online catalogues, Friends of the Library pages, and library ecommerce affiliate links. The directory does not include links to terminal-based OPACs. Libraries may be browsed by name, country or OPAC vendor. The website includes links to publishers' catalogues, Peter Scott's library blog, library weblogs, live reference services, library journals, record labels, newspapers, online bookstores, and books on writing. LibDex, it is claimed, is the most comprehensive index of library catalogues and library home pages on the World Wide Web. The editor/compiler, Peter Scott, who was the Internet Projects Manager for the University of Saskatchewan Libraries in Saskatoon, Canada. He was the creator in 1990, "before most of us had even heard of the Internet", of Hytelnet, the first hypertext directory of library resources accessible through the Internet.
listeningtowords is a website that collects links to free audio and video lectures available on the Web. It contains links to over 1,500 lectures from more than 100 different locations (hosts) and 1,500 speakers. Lectures can be founded under the title, place (host) and speaker; or by browsing the categories page (computer science, information and general, philosophy and psychology, religion, social sciences, language, science and history and geography), which includes the most recently added lectures for each category.
To find out when lectures on particular topics of interest have been added to the database the user can subscribe to an RSS feed from the tags page. The site also allows users to generate their own playlists which will be used to generate a list of the most popular lectures.
Common hosts are BBC, Computer History Museum, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, London School of Economics and Political Science, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, British Museum, Harvard University, Library of Congress.
The London Review of Books (LRB) (ISSN 0260-9592) is an independent literary paper published twice a month. The LRB publishes essays and extended reviews by leading writers. The editorial board of the LRB comprises Linda Colley, Rosemary Hill, Frank Kermode, Michael Neve, Inigo Thomas, Jenny Turner, James Wood and Michael Wood. Writers include Edward Said, Terry Castle, Susan Eilenberg, Elizabeth Spelman, Paul Foot, Slavoj Zizek, Colm Tóibín, and Elaine Showalter. The LRB website makes available a selection of essays from the current issue together with an archive of reviews listed by reviewer and subject, and an archive of letters to the journal. The contents page for the print issue is also available as well as information for subscribers and advertisers. The entire site can be searched (or browsed via the useful site index). The London Review of Books is published with assistance from the Arts Council of England.
This website holds the Louisiana State University online collection of full-text dissertations and theses. These works are offered in PDF format, in full-text. At October 2007, there appears to be over 1,500 dissertations and theses available for free download. Not all are relevant to the arts and humanities, but a visitor can filter the list by university department, which gives some contol over the type of work displayed in the lists. Departments of interest are: Art History; English; French Studies; History; Landscape Architecture; Liberal Arts; Mass Communication; Music; Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Theater. Abstracts are available for each work, and there are keyword tags. There is a keyword search facility for searching the tags, although this does not search inside the full text copies.
This is the website of Managing Agent and Advisory Service for Moving Pictures and Sound (MAAS), which, between 2000 and 2005, was an academic support service that had been developed by the BUFVC in partnership with the Open University and funded by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), to provide national access to relevant moving picture and sound content online to the UK HE and FE sectors. MAAS had the job of identifying appropriate film and video collections, obtaining the rights, and then preparing the primary materials for online delivery. An advisory service assisted institutions with technical issues and offered guidance on the use of such online materials in pedagogic situations. MAAS ceased to operate on 29 July 2005 and more than 2,500 image and sound productions were transferred to Film and Sound Online (formerly Education Media Online); this new service allows items to be freely downloaded by UK Further and Higher Education institutional members. The MAAS website provides information about MAAS and Film and Sound Online. Access to the Film and Sound Online database is via an additional username and password or 'direct' by authenticated IP address from a registered institution. MediaPlayer or QuickTime are required for downloading and viewing. This resource was described in the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
"Mapping the World" is a project aiming to convert library records for post-1850 overseas maps from card catalogues to electronic format, in order to facilitate research in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Seven UK universities participated in the project, with Oxford acting as the lead institution. Approximately 32,500 records should have been digitised by the project's conclusion.The project website gives examples of how the electronic records have been catalogued as MARC records, Web records, and in their COPAC format. The site also includes area maps and shaded relief maps of the various countries covered by the project from the Perry-Castañda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. These are small-scale maps, showing only major geographical features, along with locations of towns and cities. The site provides a useful set of Internet links.'Mapping the World' receives funding from the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The site has been last updated in 2002 but this does not diminish the significance of this resource.
The website MHRA Style Guide features a PDF version of the Modern Humanities Research Associations' Style Guide. This is indispensable to authors, editors, and writers of theses and is the successor to the MHRA Style Book. It is freely available for download and personal use only. It also has Endnote files which can be downloaded. Part of the MHRA website, there are links to the rest of the site, including information on: MHRA publications; texts and dissertations; MHRA bibliographies; journals and information for authors.
Mimas (Manchester InforMation and Associated Services) provides access to many large and complex datasets, including UK Census statistics, continuous government surveys, macro-economic time series databanks, digital map datasets and scientific datasets, as well as bibliographic reference and online electronic journal services. Scholars and educators working in the humanities are likely to find four major bibliographic databases to be particularly useful: the Archives Hub; COPAC; the ISI Web of Sciences; and Zetoc. The Mimas website describes the organisation, the datasets it maintains, and their access conditions. It also provides information on current and completed projects undertaken by Mimas, and describes the various courses Mimas offers. User guides may be downloaded from the website in PDF or Word formats, as can reports, presentations, and some training materials for using the various databases. The Mimas newsletter, published four times a year, is also available from the site. Mimas receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The MIT Press website contains details of all books and journals published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), together with all the information one would expect to find on the website of a major university press. Although MIT is commonly assumed to deal only with technology, the MIT Press has published around 2,600 titles on arts and humanities topics. Each book has an individual webpage. Around 600 MIT Press books in the arts and humanities have free PDF-format sample chapters or sections available online. These samples are in, and are freely available without user registration. Samples are usually prefaces or introductions, and indexes. The website covers MIT Press books that are out of print, as well as those in print. There are details of forthcoming books, and a variety of RSS news feeds are available to keep track of website changes. The website has only basic search facilities.
This is the home page of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA); a British-based professional academic organisation devoted to the promotion of the Modern Humanities, namely "the modern and medieval languages, literatures, and cultures of Europe (including English and the Slavonic languages, and the cultures of the European diaspora)" - but excluding - "History, library studies, education and pedagogical subjects, and the medical application of linguistics." In its activities, the Association concentrates on publications, protecting minority languages and postgraduate support. Instructions for applying for membership are provided on the site. Postgraduates are eligible for three years' free membership. The main MHRA publication, 'The Modern Language Review', is available online only to members. Details are given for purchase of another publication, 'The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies', a yearly bibliography of published research in Romance and Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic studies. Other yearbooks, bibliographies and publications series are also described. These include: the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; Austrian Studies; Portuguese Studies; and the Yearbook of English Studies. Submission instructions are given on the site. The MHRA publishes outstanding doctoral dissertations in its MHRA Texts and Dissertations series. The MHRA can also aid those publishing their dissertations with a commercial publisher, in the event that the publisher demands a subvention. These measures contribute to the Association's stated aim of expanding its role in support of postgraduates and new members of the academic profession in the Humanities. The Association does not provide funding for individuals, but does fund corporate projects. The MHRA Style Guide, which is widely known and used, can be downloaded for free from the site. The site possesses its own search engine and select links page.
Mots Pluriels (ISSN 1327-6220) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal from the University of Western Australia which focuses on international literature and culture and themes within the humanities and social sciences in general. It was published 1996-2003, and all articles, which are written in either English or French, are freely available online. The themes of particular issues have included: autobiography between languages and cultures; the cultural impact of the Internet and new information technologies; writers in exile; knowledge and legitimation; literature and ecocriticism; the history of fashion; cross-cultural identities; racism; and football. The journal places particular emphasis on African Studies, with issues focusing on: the new African short story; European historical and cultural incursions into Africa; childhood in Africa; and African arts in general. The broad scope of the site means that those working on cultural and literary studies in general should find material of interest here.
The Moving Image gateway (MIG) is a service from the BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) which draws together websites relevant to "moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education". The site is arranged into a directory of four main disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. The Arts and Humanities directory is further sub-divided. Each listed website has been evaluated and described by the BUFVC Information Service and sites which service online audio or video content are highlighted.
This Web Site is a commerical site that enables the user to download ebooks in a variety of formats such as MS-Reader, Acrobat, Rocket eBook, Zip, Silo, Mobipocket, and EasyRead. Many of the books are available at no charge, but others require registration and involve a charge. The site is rather random, but contained nearly 14,000 works at the time of cataloguing. A search facility greatly enhances the site. The subjects of most academic interest were History, Folklore, Religion, Renaissance Thinkers, Reference, Political Science, Liberal Arts and Non-Fiction. A selection of foreign literary works is also included, as well as many biographies, works on the Middle, Near and Far East, the Esoteric, and Satire. An excellent site that provides short abstracts of the books.
The Web Site Museums Around the World is a richly illustrated site compiled by Professor Jonathan Bowen of the London South Bank University and is published by the International Council of Museums. The site provides annotated links to museums all over the world. The treatment of the museums is somewhat patchy, some are commented upon, others not. However this is an amazing set of links for those who are searching for something specific in area studies, who are researching material or cultural history, or who alternatively want to see the treasures of the world without leaving their desk.
MuslimHeritage.com is a website dedication to improving knowledge of the contributions to science, technology, and the arts made by Muslims, particularly during the European (so-called) Dark Ages period. The site features articles explaining how the Islamic world both kept alive earlier technologies and ideas whilst developing new ones and promoting science during the period after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It also argues that this period of intellectual history is not given the attention that it deserves.The site features: an interactive timeline; biographies of Muslim scholars and scientists; and features covering fields as diverse as medicine, agricultural technology, conflict between science and religion, and architecture.This is a site with a point to prove, and it contains a lot of fascinating information. Some of the articles do, however, fail to flag points that might be considered contentious, and sometimes one suspects that words such as science or agricultural revolution are being used rather loosely. Nevertheless, students of the history of science would be well advised to have a look at the perspectives here offered.The site does not appear to function properly in Netscape browsers, but its presentation under Internet Explorer is clean and effective.
This is an archived copy of the web site "Myth and culture : weaving and unweaving myth, culture, psyche" is compiled by academic Maggie Macary, which was updated regulalry until her death in 2006. The website contains various academically-presented essays on mythology and psychology in contemporary culture as well as essays and newsletters that discern the mythic undertones in western culture. There is a forum online for discussion of various strands unravelled in her work, and the site covers wide-ranging topics. Essays include: Lost Flowers - the Deflowering of Proserpine; The Love Bug - a Jungian Investigation; the Magic of Maya - Illusion and Delusion; and the Birth of Aphrodite - a Review of Greek Myth. Macary draws on many mythologies, for example Greek, Asian, African and Biblical, and also covers Jungian and post-Jungian topics. This website is useful for those researching or studying interfaces between culture, myth and the psyche, or for those in comparative fields.
The National Humanities Institute (NHI) aims to encourage and support research, publishing and teaching in the humanities. This website gives access to various articles on a wide range of issues. These are organised into the following headings: Art, Literature and Life; Character and Knowledge; Constitutionalism; The Moral Imagination; Religion and Society; Restraint Among Nations; Unity in Diversity; and Universality in History. Several of the articles are in PDF format, for which an Adobe Acrobat Reader is required. The site also contains information about the work carried out by the institute (e.g. projects and books published). It connects users to a number of internet links for humanities research as well as to the homepage of the HUMANITAS journal, from which a number of articles could be accessed without charge.
On this website in Dutch and English the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences) provides hyperlinked lists of all Dutch universities and other academic centres as well as details of research schools, research departments, professors, academics, and research activities. Current and finished research programs are sorted by discipline and research area, and linked to research institutes and researchers so that it is made easy to find out details about research programs in the Netherlands or to find details about the experts in certain fields. Information about awards and subsidies is available, too. In addition, information about current research can be found through thematic databases (some of which are in Dutch only) including Work and Health; Biological Agriculture; Eating disorders; ICT; Nanotechnology; Paramedical Research; Water Management; Nutrition. The site is an excellent portal for academics or students who want to check what current research is done in the Netherlands or who want to contact the involved researchers or research institutes of any discipline.
Neo-Victorian Studies is a peer-reviewed electronic journal concerned with the re-imagination of the nineteenth century in contemporary culture. It brings together an interdisciplinary editorial board to ensure a broad approach, but the main focus of the ejournal is to discuss the neo-Victorian novel and historical fiction (and film). The first issue includes articles on the emergence of Neo-Victorian Studies as a research specialism, essays on spectrality, mourning, and steampunk, and an interview with the best-selling author Sarah Waters. The journal aims to produce two or three issues a year, and is freely available. It is possible to download the individual articles as a PDF file.
The aim of NESLi2 (formerly JISC e-Journal activities) is to deliver a national electronic journal service to the UK higher education and research community. The JISC undertakes negotiations with journal publishers on behalf of UK further and higher education institutions for electronic journals at preferential terms. Description supplied by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The JISC-funded service Netskills provides a range of quality Internet training services to facilitate the effective use of Internet and intranet technologies. Services include the delivery of workshops, the provision of online training, and the development and maintenance of training materials for learning, teaching, and cascade training. Netskills is also an accredited BTEC centre offering Professional Development Qualifications in both eLearning and web development. There are multiple access categories for using the site's features. Netskills receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The JISC-funded service Netskills provides a range of quality Internet training services to facilitate the effective use of Internet and intranet technologies. Services include the delivery of workshops, the provision of online training, and the development and maintenance of training materials for learning, teaching, and cascade training. Netskills is also an accredited BTEC centre offering Professional Development Qualifications in both eLearning and web development. There are multiple access categories for using the site's features. Netskills receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The website of the NEC (New Europe College), Bucharest, reflects the scientific activity and aims of this institute for advanced study in humanities and social sciences founded in 1994 by Andrei Pleşu. Various information on the history of the institution; fellowship programmes and funding; research projects supported; and the advisory board is offered in the About us section of the site. A full presentation of the research and housing facilities offered to the fellows is available. Current and past fellows are introduced together with their institutional affiliation and research projects. As a valuable online resource, the contents of the NEC yearbooks as well as conference proceedings held at NEC are published in full in the Publication section. The site also features an archive of past and present events and public lectures. The online catalogue of the institute's library can be accessed through the main site.
The Noam Chomsky ZSpace Page is a website dedicated to the work of the American linguist, academic, and political dissident, Noam Chomsky. It is Chomsky in the latter guise that this website is mostly concerned with. The site contains the full-texts of many of Chomsky's newspaper and magazine articles, talks, and interviews, as well as providing links to sites from which the reader can purchase his books and audio recordings. The site also hosts a forum that is open to members of the ZNet Commentary Program to which Chomsky regularly posts replies to queries. To become a member of the ZNet Commentary Program you must sign up as a ZNet sustainer, which requires donating a regular sum of money. There is no charge, as that would be capitalist. Non-sustainers can still read some of Chomsky's responses on the website. The website includes links to other sites discussing Chomsky's works, although the lack of material relating to linguistics is likely to prove a little disappointing for the non-anarchist.
This website gives free and open access to the National University of Ireland eprints service. This offers a selection of online papers and book reviews, plus occasional theses and dissertations, completed at NUI Maynooth. At November 2008 the NUI eprints service offers 255 items in the Humanities (including 58 in Library Science, 48 in Theology, and some History biographies from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Irish cultural and religious history and Irish literature are especially well represented in this collection. Texts are presented in PDF format. At November 2008 the eprints service is actively adding new items. The website offers a sophisticated full-text search facility.
The OCLC FirstSearch service gives library users access to eighty-six online databases and to more than ten million full-text articles (subscription fee). Some of the databases are familiar academic databases such as the MLA Bibliography, Arts & Humanities Search, and Humanities Abstracts, whilst others are exclusive to OCLC, such as WorldCat, which contains 40 million bibliographic records and holdings information from the world's major research libraries, and OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, a growing collection of journals (currently more than 4,000) in a variety of subject areas, all with full-text articles online. Access to particular databases, to full-text articles, and to online ordering of interlibrary loans (amongst other services) can be heavily customized to suit local needs, as librarians are given a range of administrative privileges over the system. For example, search results can be configured to display where books are held in local libraries and in other libraries where users have access. Since FirstSearch is Z39.50 compatible, it can be searched from within a local OPAC interface (assuming the local library catalogue is also Z39.50 compatible). Online documents and records can be viewed directly within a Web browser and/or emailed or faxed to the user. The service can also be accessed via Telnet. Databases searches can be customized so as to limit enquiries to particular databases, periods, subjects, document types and so on. Search histories can be saved so that they may be refined and reused over time, and complex searching using adjacency, proximity operators and Boolean expressions is supported. This resource is also described in the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The Web Site "The Online Books Page" is published by the University of Pennsylvania. The site is regularly updated and lists over 30,000 titles. These can be searched by author or title, and the works are available in a variety of formats. A separate page provides information and downloads for reader programmes required such as MS Reader, Gzip, PDF, and Word. There is a new listings section, helpful for those who regularly visit the site, and titles can be called up using the Library of Congress call number category. The page also features A Celebration of Women Writers (women's writing from different periods and different countries); Banned Books On-Line; and Prize Winners On-Line (books which have won Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize and Newbery Award). The site offers a number of opportunities for getting involved in the projects such as a mailing list, and lots of book links to other resources. An excellent site for all aspects of the humanities.
The Depot is part of JISC RepositoryNet, a JISC supported online service to assist the UK research community to make their published papers available under Open Access, and thereby helping to maximise readership of their work. Two main services are offered: a re-direct service whereby the Depot acts as a gateway to UK institutional repositories, pointing depositors to the appropriate repository or repositories in which they are able to deposit their research outputs; also offered is a deposit service for scholarly works, or eprints, where the Depot acts as a national repository for researchers who do not yet have a an institutional, or other, repository in which to deposit their research papers, articles and book chapters. The service is aimed at UK researchers from universities, colleges or other research institutions. Visitors to the depot can access the contents of the repository via a browse interface.
The Open Directory Project (ODP) describes itself as the "largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web". The aim of the project is to provide a free directory of online resources that have been edited by humans, which provides links to quality sites. A team of over 81,000 editors have located nearly 5 million resources, in over half a million categories. Many of these are non-academic, but the title page provides a list of categories as well as languages (including Polish, Italian, Japanese, Swedish, Spanish, and German). Resources can be searched by categories including: reference; regional, society; news; and arts. Coverage is eclectic as is usually the case with these types of sites and stronger popular interest results in more coverage in areas such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries, Europe, North America, and religion and spirituality. One section is rather intriguingly called issues. In essence this is a collection of annotated links in the style of an online encyclopaedia. Some of the pages are available in a number of different languages
OpenStreetMap is a British project in which volunteers work to provide open source mapping data and street maps. The UK and Germany have good urban coverage, as of April 2008. Maps are also available for other parts of Europe, with lesser coverage of other parts of the world. The website allows export to a variety of formats, including editable vector maps which can be edited with Acrobat or Photoshop. The basic mapping data can also be exported, as XML files. The maps and data are freely licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. The website has an associated wiki, and a weblog for news. This website may be useful for those working in the arts and humanities, providing free and up-to-date street maps for use in research and publications. The OpenStreetMap maps may also serve as a useful comparative check, to ensure integrity of mapping data on commercial published maps - since commercial maps are known to change or omit small details in order to establish their copyright in the map. This website may also be of use to artists interested in new contemporary artistic practices around walking, psychogeography, and map-making. OpenStreetMap is part of the independent OpenStreetMap Foundation, "a UK registered limited company" which is "owned by its members". The Foundation holds an annual conference.
This page on the website of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain offers free outline maps of the British Isles, available for download and for non-commercial use only. The maps have the advantage over other sources of free outline maps, in that they contain county boundaries and county names (for both 1995 and 2001). This resource may be especially useful for scholars of British history, but also for anyone needing a free 'blank map' for a research publication. Maps are supplied in EPS format (i.e.: in a scalable vector graphic form suitable for immediate importing into Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or similar software), and also in TIF, PDF and GIF formats.
This is the website of the Orion Society, an organisation established in 1982 to 'reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common'. As well as information on the Society, this site gives access to material from the Orion Magazine which is likely to interest researchers across a broad range of humanities disciplines. The hard-copy magazine contains essays, literary journalism, political commentary, creative non-fiction, poetry and images. There are also online-only features, including regular columns, discussion archives, current news on environmental issues, and audio and video files. Orion publishes writers who are shaping a relationship between nature and a new emerging cultural ethic, including Barbara Kingsolver, Bill McKibben, Gary Paul Nabhan, Sandra Steingraber, Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry. The work of less well-known writers is also included and the magazine is open to submissions, with detailed guidelines given on the website. Artists featured include Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell and Wolf Kahn. This is a well-presented site, offering a very useful online resource and access to topical information for ecology researchers across the disciplines.
Part of a wider website maintained by an enthusiast, this site focusses on the history and culture of the Scottish island of Orkney, and provides informaton about the selkies of Orkney folklore. Selkie is the Orcadian word for seal and selkies came to be regarded as gentle shape shifters with the ability to transform from seals into beautiful, lithe humans. There are links to some folk tales about selkies and other tales of the sea.
This is a website for Open University Podcasts, which at June 2009 is a new beta service from the Open University in the UK. The podcasts offer academic audio from various disciplines, including the arts and humanities, business and management, and languages. At June 2009 there are 32 podcasts for arts and humanities, on topics such as 'Composing with MIDI'; 'Culture, identity and power in the Roman Empire'; 'The history of the police control room, 1909-1970'; and 'Voice of Indian Song', among others. The sample podcast chosen was delivered in the Web browser as a 2 minutes 20 seconds Flash video, with a local copy able to be saved in MP4 format. The tested video image was about 400 pixels wide, and was nicely sharp and clear and without a watermark. This website would seem to be more of a 'bite-sized' bank of online video aimed at potential OU students, rather than a collection of more substantial and lengthy discussions of interest to scholars. It is however, interesting for the polished design, layout, and delivery of the online media, and as such it may serve as an exemplar for online outreach by other British universities.
The Oxford University Press Journals; Humanities website contains links over 50 journals across all disciplines, including many in the arts and humanities. Titles include: The Classical Review; The English Historical Review; Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences; Applied Linguistics; Essays in Criticism; The Library; Notes & Queries; The Review of English Studies; The British Journal of Aesthetics; The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science; Mind; The Journal of Islamic Studies; and a great many more. The Oxford University Press Journals main site contains an advanced search engine, making it simple to isolate relevant articles for particular lines of research. An email content alerting service is also available. Oxford University Press Journals are available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national licensing agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Oxford Reference Online is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Oxford Reference Online brings together key authoritative dictionary and reference titles into a single cross-searchable resource. It includes English dictionaries and thesauri, bilingual dictionaries, English language reference works, subject dictionaries and general reference works. New reference works are added to the database. The search engine allows simple or advanced searching across the full database or within subject limits. Subject headings include art and architecture; performing arts; and religion and philosophy. The site also provides links to Web pages for the separate publications included in the database, which in turn provide links to relevant external sites.
The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant is a free resource which offers skills and techniques for both creative and academic writing. The advice is suitable for undergraduates across a range of disciplines, and while available online at no charge, can be downloaded for a fee. Aspects of writing covered include Discovering what to write, Organizing your writing, Editing your writing and Revising your writing. There is also advice on writing informal essays, theses and various styles of academic essay. Within each heading are futher sub-headings related in particular to the chosen style. Full advice on using the site is included, along with advice on the style most suitable for the task in hand. Paradigm is an interactive guide, written in HTML, using hypertext structure to create easily accessible links and text frames. There are features whereby personal Paradigm pages can be created and saved, as well as sample lessons in Creative Writing in a Teachers' Section. This is a useful resource for skill-building for all styles of writing.
Past Masters is a subscription-only online full-text database of important works in the humanities. A wide range of authors are included, but the collection has a particular focus on: philosophy; theology; English letters; and the works of women writers. Scholarly editions are used throughout, and full bibliographic details are provided. The database includes a mixture of English and foreign language material (Germanic authors are particularly well represented, and there are also titles in Latin and French), with a number of major works available in both the original language and English translation. A broad time span is covered, from classical literature through to 20th century writings. Subscription information is provided for both institutions and individuals, with a wide range of packages available. A very valuable resource.
Periodicals Archive Online is an online collection of images of the full-text of thousands of humanities and social sciences journals from 1770 to 1990. The service therefore provides learners, teachers, and researchers with both a comprehensive finding tool to pinpoint periodical literature in their academic disciplines and a convenient means of viewing such material. The service requires institutional subscription and an additional username and password. Formerly PCI Full Text, this service now provides only the images from that service: the periodical indexes can now be found in Periodicals Index Online. This description is based upon that provided by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This website, a subpage of the National Maritime Museum, provides an article on the life and work of the Australian sailor, author and photographer, Alan Villiers (1903-1982), commemorating the hundredth anniversary of his birth. The website contains a brief illustrated biography. A member of the first commercial Antarctic whaling trip, Villiers made a name for himself as a journalist and memoir writer, who famously chronicled events aboard a number of sea expeditions. During the Second World War, he received the Distinguished Service Cross for commanding landing ships. Researchers will find useful details here about the National Maritime Museum's Alan Villiers photograph collection. These photographs, which are part of the National Maritime Museum's historic photograph collection, contains some 20,000 negatives. They cover Villiers's experiences from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Museum also holds 150 cans of Villiers's films, from those same voyages. There are also links to the Museum's online shop where prints of his works can be purchased, and to the Atlas Gallery in London, where a porfolio of limited edition prints by Villiers is on display.
Plagiarism advice (formerly the JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service (JISC- iPAS)), launched in September 2002, aims to raise awareness of plagiarism in the academic community and to provide electronic resources for detecting plagiarism in student work. The service offers advice and guidance on how to deal with plagiarism, and provides materials relating to copyright and data protection, good practice, disciplinary processes and study skills. Its Plagiarism Detection Service enables institutions and staff to carry out electronic checks on students' work. The service compares exercises and essays against the contents of over 1.8 billion websites, cheat sites, and previously submitted essays. The website provides links to other related resources and to an online discussion list. A news section gives details of upcoming workshops and conferences. It is intended that the service will also offer a range of educational material for both academic/teacher and student use. The material will be piloted with both FE and HE institutions, and tailored for disciplinary differences where appropriate.
Selected British Library events have been made available from 2006 onwards as downloadable MP3 audio files, and this 'Podcasts' website archives them by year. 2006 included 'Manuscripts matter', a panel of creative writers discussing the author's perspective on the archiving of their own papers. Speakers included A. S. Byatt, Peter Nichols, Owen Sheers and Peter Porter. 2007 included Michelle Brown, former British Library curator and leading expert on illuminated manuscripts, introducing a new facsimile of the illustrated 14th-century Holkham Bible, "a unique and humorous record in pictures of everyday life in London of Chaucer's time"; extracts from a new British Library CD about Graham Greene; and Nicholas Pickwoad talking about working at the library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, original home of the 'world's oldest Bible', the Codex Sinaiticus, which also has the world's most extraordinary collection of early Christian texts. 2008's podcasts include: Harold Pinter sharing his memories of postwar British theatre with actor and director Harry Burton; a discussion about the war poet and artist, Isaac Rosenburg; a talk given by Andrew King and Will Prentice on the subject of wax cylinders from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS); and extracts from a CD by the British Library of Evelyn Waugh reading from his own work 'Half in love with easeful death'.
This website gives access to over 500 podcast files produced at the University of Oxford. These are freely available MP3 audio files, and they cover a variety of disciplines. At March 2009 there would seem at first glance to be only 17 podcasts in the humanities, with nearly all these being in the fields of ethics and bioethics. However, a significant number of items of interest to those in the arts and humanities are also available in the 'Colleges' and 'Museums' sections - such as: a one-hour lecture by Sir Harry Kroto asking 'Can the Internet save the Enlightenment?'; 'Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary'; 'Gender in Old English'; 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'; 'Bryan Ward-Perkins on the Fall of the Roman Empire'; and 'Roger Crisp on Aristotle's Ethics', among others. There are also 20 'Podcasts of the WW1 Poetry Digital Archive Project'. The front page offers RSS feeds, and news of new additions. The project is current and appears to be actively adding new material on a regular basis.
The website 'El Poder de la Palabra' (Power of the Word) is a vast electronic resource of poetic prose and a database of intellectuals, authors, and artists. It includes literary texts, as well as images and biographies of a wide range of authors. Although the website covers a massive amount of authors and artists from all over the world, users should note that texts and biographies are available in Spanish only. Therefore, the site may be more suitable for those interested in the arts and literatures from Latin America and Spain. At the time of cataloguing, 'El Poder de la Palabra' features more than 2,800 literary texts and information about more than 1,900 authors, 1,200 music composers, 900 film directors, 450 painters, and 240 architects. Given the massive size of the database, it is useful that users can search and browse by: country; name; historical period; artists; musicians; architects, etc. For each author there is a selection of texts, and in some cases audio files too.
Polimetrica is an Italian academic publisher that allows authors to have their publications "open access": readers can buy the printed version or read for free the full online version. This website lists the growing selection of open access volumes, which can be downloaded in PDF format. The publications can be relevant to any discipline and in any language. Most publications however are in Italian or English, and at the time of review they were largely focusing on migrations; linguistics; philosophy and archaeology. Among the available titles that may interest a humanities-focused readership are: "Open Problems in Linguistics and Lexicography" (Sica); "Topics on General and Formal Ontology" (Valore); "The De-Mathematisation of Logic" (Hartley Slater); and "La necropoli protostorica di Montagna di Caltagirone" [the proto-historic necropolis of Montagna di Caltagirone, Sicily], (Tanasi) . This website may be useful primarily to advanced students and researchers.
Portal (ISSN 1449-2490) is a peer reviewed, scholarly electronic journal devoted to multidisciplinary international studies. Published bi-annually, with the first issue appearing at the beginning of 2004, the journal welcomes articles, in a variety of languages, from humanities and social science scholars on any aspect of international, regional, area, migration and ethnic studies. The journal also publishes original work by cultural producers who are interested in the internationalization of cultures. Areas examined by the articles published at the time of cataloguing include: the notion of an 'international sexual economy' in the work of French writer Michel Houellebecq; Catalan writers on the theme of exile; memory and apologia in German writer Christa Wolf's novel 'Medea. Voices'; the cultural identity of the Chilean diasporic community; Germany's literary intellectuals and the end of the Cold War; women's activism in post-Soviet Russia; and the capitalization of Asian studies. Other articles consider works by Ben Okri and Manuel Poirier. This interesting, far-reaching journal show much promise and is well worth a browse. Abstracts are available as HTML while the full-text of each articles is downloadable as a PDF.
The 'Portal de Revistas Electrónicas' from the Complutense University in Madrid gives full-text free access to electronic versions of all the scholarly journals edited by the University. All subject areas are covered by the range of journals available but the Humanities are particularly well served: at the time of cataloguing, 37 different journals within the fields of language, literature, History, History of Art, Philosophy and so on were available in full here. Users have the option of searching in all the journals at one single time, or browse by subject and categories. For Hispanic and Latin American Studies in particular, users may be interested in the Anales de Literatura Hispanoamericana; Dicenda: Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica; Hispania Epigraphica; and Madrygal: Revista de Estudios Gallegos. Articles are available as PDFs. This is an immensely valuable resource, giving unprecedented online access to the Complutense's journals, this Portal is well worth a visit for any Humanities scholar but particularly for those working within Romance languages and literatures.
This website is “a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond”. Funded by the AHRC, this ambitious and extensive database includes digital images and commentary for key texts in the evolution of intellectual property law pertaining to five modern jurisdictions: Britain, Germany, France, Italy, the United States. Documents include “privileges, statutes, judicial decisions, contracts and materials relating to legislative history” as well as “contemporary letters, essays, treatises and artefacts”. Material was compiled by separate national editors, and limited to 50 core texts (20 for the USA and Italy covering a much shorter time period) supplemented by “many more” contextual documents. Inclusions were additionally scrutinised by an international editorial board. The development of copyright is outlined in its broadest sense, with documents relating to subjects as varied as the book trade, authorship, fine art, printed textiles, dramatic performance, telegraphic cable messages and photography. The database allows browsing several perspectives – documents are assembled into useful lists which can be traced as a global timeline or within specific jurisdiction, as well as enabling browsing by individual locations and authors. Documents can further be browsed by Institution, Legislation and Case law referred to. This resource is obviously invaluable to anyone studying the history of intellectual property law but its detailed commentary and clear structure make it useful to those studying a far wider range of historical subjects.
This is the website of the Project Bamboo, which is aimed at anyone interested in the future of digital humanities. This resource provides the user with relevant information about the project including: news; upcoming events; summaries of workshops together with its relevant registration details; and a proposal of the project which can be downloaded as PDF file.
The Bamboo project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bamboo aims to reach an understanding on how to enhance arts and humanities scholarship through the development of technology, relying upon the expertise of researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians and campus information technologists.
Project MUSE provides online institutional subscription access to over 300 scholarly journals in the fields of arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Containing journals dating back to 1993, users can search and browse full-text articles, as well as book reviews and tables of contents. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and philosophy, amongst others. The site provides a sophisticated search engine. Electronic journal articles feature hypertext links, variable-size illustrations, and full bibliographic details. Project MUSE is available to UK HE/FE institutions under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The Queensland University of Technology ePrints website is an open access online archive of research literature. Texts are freely provided in the PDF format, and are in English. There is much here to interest those in the arts and humanities. For instance, a test search for 'game' found results such as the PhD "Massively Multiplayer Online Games: productive players and their disruptions to conventional media practices", and "Ruling the virtual world. Governance in massively multiplayer online games" (2008), among others. A test search for 'artist' located 62 resources, including full-text papers such as the PhD thesis "Towards an ecosophical praxis of new media space design" and the 2007 paper "Expanding the scope of ecological art practices within new media arts culture", among others. The QUT ePrints website has full details of the ePrints project, and a variety of search methods are offered, including a very detailed subject listing. At June 2008 there are 383 resources listed in 'Arts', 257 in 'Language & Culture', 105 in 'History and Archaeology', and 68 in 'Philosophy and Religion'. Archives appear to date back to 1970.
Revistes catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO), or Open Access Catalan Journals, is an online repository of scholarly journals from Catalonia. Here users may access a broad range of full-text articles from diverse publications, which may be browsed by subject. These include: philosophy and psychology; religion and theology; social sciences; the arts and entertainment; language, linguistics and literature; and history and geography. Relevant articles may be quickly located using the site's search facility. The site is equally navigable in Spanish, Catalan and English although users should note that some of the journals will be available in Catalan only. New additions to the repository are listed, and users can receive a free email alert when new issues from their chosen journal are published. All in all, this laudable project has created an easy-to-use website and unprecedented access to diverse research.
Ready, 'Net, Go! is an index of archival resources available on the Internet. Archival Internet sources is a service provided by the Special Collections Department at the Tulane University in United States. It provides links to the main archive databases including the UNESCO archives portal, Repositories of Primary Sources, European Archival Network and Africa Research Central. The site provides a search facility allowing the user to find relevant archives for their research, as well as providing a link to good archival search engines such as the NARA Archival Information locater and more general search tools like Dogpile. There is additional information available for professional archivists, librarians and records administrators.
REBIUN is the online portal to the catalogues of over 60 Spanish research and university libraries. It permits simple and advanced searching across the catalogues of all participating institutions simultaneously, or searches may be confined to individual institutions. Users may also search specifically within periodical collections, or include PORBASE, the portal to Portuguese university library catalogues and COPAC, for British institutions, within their search. REBIUN is equally navigable in Spanish, English, French, Catalan, Galician and Basque. It represents a quick, easy and ideal way to consult and locate material within the major Spanish research libraries.
The Reith lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation's first director-general. They take place annually and usually address political, economic, cultural, or scientific subjects. From 1999 onwards, the lectures are available online along with supporting materials and subsequent debates. The 1999 Lecture was given by Anthony Giddens, on the subject of globalisation; in 2000 a panel gave their views on Respect for the Earth; Tom Kirkwood gave the 2001 Lectures on the subject of human aging and longevity; Onora O'Neill spoke of trust and accountability in 2002; 2003's Lectures, given by Vilayanur S Ramachandran, look at recent developments in neuroscience, and explore attendant philosophical issues.The website contains the transcripts and audio recordings of the lectures and subsequent question and answer sessions. There is also a discussion forum at the site, which appears to receive some literate and interesting posts. The site provides links to other related web pages.
Repositories of Primary Sources is a Web portal which lists over 5,300 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholars in the Humanities. New links are marked. According to the Guidelines subpage which provides stipulations for inclusion in this resource, the site's creator focussed on repositories rather than virtual exhibitions. Unfortunately, sites with non-Roman alphabets have not been included in the portal. Links lists are arranged by means of a country index. Many links lead in turn to regional portals, so researchers can attain a high degree of geographical focus in their searches. Moreover, several small museums and archives are already included in the general lists. Some links were broken at the time of review. There is also an extensive general links list.
'Research at Chicago: highlights' is a free open access website that offers video talks and MP3 audio files from researchers at the University of Chicago. Of interest to those in the arts and humanities will be, among other items: Clemens Reichel on 'Redrawing the map of the world's earliest cities'; Tom Gunning on 'Cinema and its ancestors'; David Bevington on 'The Collected Works of Ben Johnson'; and Armando Maggi on 'Renaissance demonology'. Video is provided in the Quicktime format, and audio as plain MP3 files. The archives can be searched by category or keyword. An email news service and RSS newsfeeds are available for news of updates.
This is the website of Research Information - an online magazine devoted to serving the 'needs of researchers, scientists and STM librarians who need to make informed choices about the online information tools and products on the market'.The magazine is available by subscription, but there is a large archive that can be browsed for free. The site is divided into a number of sections: news - the latest news about innovations in research tools; features - extended articles exploring the implications of new research methodologies (for example, the impact on the Internet on patent searching); products - reviews of research tools arriving on the market.
The Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) was a national initiative to facilitate and fund library projects intending to widen access to archives and other holdings. Providing searchable online information about collections, and selective online access to archives, has been a key objective of many of the projects funded by the RSLP. The RSLP has spanned all academic disciplines, although the bulk of projects have dealt with historical and humanities-centred materials. Subject areas where the projects have had a particularly significant impact include archaeology, art history, art and design, business studies, geography, history, non-European languages and area studies, theology and church history. Collections of regional materials have particularly benefited from the Programme, with Scottish and Northern Irish archives being catalogued centrally. Over 50 separate projects received funding, each of which is individually described at the RSLP website. Hyperlinks are provided. The site makes use of frames.
Under the auspices of National Museums in Liverpool and the University of Liverpool, ‘Researching Together’ brought museum professionals and arts and humanities researchers together in a series of AHRC-funded workshops in early 2007. The workshops aimed to promote the sharing of expertise between leading practitioners in both sectors, examining the varying definitions, objectives and audiences of research in the two sectors as well as questioning methods of dissemination, interaction, strategy and funding. This website includes the programme of each workshop, selected papers and presentations from them, and a map of potential collaboration between the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool.
The Arhivele Olteniei Archives of Oltenia Review is a printed academic journal founded in 1922 by a team directed by Dr. Charles Laugier and C. D. Fortunescu. This website publishes the full text editions of the recent issues of the journal in PDF format; they are part of the new series issues since 1981. The journal is refereed and multidisciplinary, publishing papers in different fields such as archaeology; history; philology, philosophy, sociology, ethnology, and economy. The focus is on Eastern Europe. Most papers are in Romanian, but in recent editions English and French papers are numerous. It is also possible to submit papers for publication; instructions can be found on the website. Both students and researchers in a variety of fields may find this website useful.
The Revista Observaciones Filosóficas is a peer-reviewed, freely available electronic journal published by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso in Chile and devoted to modern and contemporary thought. It is designed primarily as a forum for postgraduate students of philosophy to publish and share their work and as such has a broad focus. Articles are grouped into thematic areas such as contemporary philosophy; epistemology and logic; aesthetics and theory of art; literature; and ethics and political philosophy. It is not possible to search the journal which may make locating relevant articles slightly problematic. The user must browse through each section which could, indeed, yield interesting and unexpected results. The analysis and application of the work of well-known philosophers features heavily here: Heidegger; Wittgenstein; Baudrillard; Nietzsche; and Derrida are among the recurring names. However, the overall impression of this journal is its diversity, with articles on the aesthetics of cyberculture sitting alongside analyses of the work of Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon; a study of Richard Rorty on solidarity, cruelty and moral progression, alongside the depiction of the law in the work of Franz Kafka.
The journal also features interviews, translations (in Spanish), and links to other online philosophy journals and websites in general. One criticism to be made of the site is that its use of a white font on a dark background, together with the layout of article text, could render readability difficult. Users should also note that the journal is entirely in Spanish.
Rhetorical Review, edited by Dr Pernille Harsting, is an electronic journal that publishes book reviews of new publications on the history of rhetoric. It is the result of international collaboration of specialists in the field of rhetoric.The journal was launched in June 2003 and is published three times a year in February, June and October. Publications reviewed cover all aspects of the history of rhetoric in various languages. All reviews are written in English. All back issues are archived and available full-text. There is an cumulative A-Z listing of authors and editors of books reviewed plus an A-Z book title listing.
This website, available primarily in French with some English translations of key sections, was created for the digital publication of scientific journals in the field of the humanities. The programme aims to digitise and published online, through a portal which offers access to the collections as well as advanced functionalities which facilitate and enhance use of the portal’s resources. The journal's publications are all in French. The website is easy to navigate and journal articles can be searched by keyword or browsed by period (1971-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-1999; and 2000-2003).
The “Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Publications” website promotes scholarship and research in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. Contained here is detailed information about the publications of the RIA (the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland) such as monographs, edited collections, and journals. Users will find links to featured titles and new titles as well as an online bestseller list. Indeed, the entire site is keyword and subject searchable and a journal archives section has six separate journals dating from volume 96 in 1996 to the present-day. Students and researchers have access to abstracts and in some cases, full text versions of journal articles in PDF format, in the areas of history, Celtic studies, literature, archaeology, linguistics, and the sciences. This site also has details about the history and policies of the RIA, its members and committees, grants and awards, and projects and events. There is also a link to a library online catalogue with its unique manuscript, pamphlet, and early printed book collections. This is a good site for researchers and students looking for articles and books about Ireland and its history.
SALSER (Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries) is a union catalogue of serials holdings in all 13 Scottish universities, the municipal research libraries of Edinburgh and Glasgow, numerous smaller Scottish research libraries and the National Library of Scotland. Through SALSER users can not only discover which serials are held where, they can also connect to the participating libraries' On-line Public Access Catalogues (OPACs) for more detailed holdings information. SALSER also provides a library directory giving useful information about addresses, phone numbers, opening hours and lending services. Accessed through the Web. Freely available. Description supplied by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The website Scholars' Guide to WWW has been compiled by Richard Jensen, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Illinois-Chicago. The site offers good advice on how to search the WWW, where to find journals and abstract online, and a useful guide to citing Internet sources. The page is essentially an annotated list of links to websites in the following fields: area/ethnic studies; demography and ethnicity; education; history; history journals; humanities; libraries and bibliographies; full-text online magazines and books; online maps; political science; economics and business; popular culture, cinema, museums; publishers; and religion. The site is easy to navigate and designed as a simple textual list of subjects with sub-headings. The list is prefaced by links to, or information on, relevant journals, academic discussion fora, and dissertations international for example. Western Europe predictably consists of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Ireland, while East Europe is as usual dominated by Russian sources. However this site is an excellent resource for undergraduates or academics new to the Internet.
ScienceDirect is a large online journal full-text database. Access is via institutional subscription and an additional username and password. The arts and humanities category contains a small selection of journals within the subject area. Science Direct has excellent search facilities, and journals may also be browsed for content.
Screening the Past is an ejournal devoted to writing about film. Utilising a broad range of critical approaches, Screening the Past features theoretical meditations on film as well as critical essays on specific films or directors. As cinema is both a popular cultural product and a 'high' artform, there is great diversity in the objects of analysis. Directors of the stature of Alfred Hitchcock and Andre Tarkovski are frequently discussed, but Hollywood movies make many appearances. With a large archive of material, and a review section, Screening the Past is both academic and accessible. The journal will be of interest to anyone working in film, culture or theory. Back issues are available free online from issue 1, 1997.
This is the website for SCRIPT, an AHRC sponsored research centre for studies in intellectual property and technology law. The website provides information on forthcoming events, lectures, general announcements and publications of the University of Edinburgh-based centre, together with details of its research programmes (including 11 AHRC-funded projects). The Centre works with a focus on the following areas: privacy; property and personality; intellectual property (IP); cultural heritage and the public domain; and E-commerce legislation within the EU. The Centre receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
Website of the Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law which is based in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. The Centre was established in 2002 and is engaged in research and teaching in the areas of intellectual property and technology law. The Centre is also concerned with related areas including biotechnology, genetics, medical jurisprudence and ethics, regulation of electronic commerce and the information society. The site provides details of the management structure of the Centre and research projects taking place. These fall into the areas of IP and media law, IT law and medical law. There are details of publications produced by the Centre including a number of full-text articles and reports. Copies of the Centre's journal, Script-ed, are also available to download in a range formats.
Part of a website which is maintained by an enthusiast, this provides images of, and information about, a number of mythical sea creatures including devil whales, kraken, mermaids, mermen, sea horses, sea lions, sea serpents, Scylla, Charybdis, nereids (sea nymphs) and sirens.
Hosted by the University of Vermont, Serials in Cyberspace was set up in 1994 by Birdie MacLennan, a serials librarian, to accompany an article 'Electronic Serial Sites: Collections, Resources and Services' that first appeared in the ARL 'Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters and Academic Discussion Lists', 4th ed., May 1994. It is a list of websites of academic institutions, associations and organisations with electronic journal collections and services. It lists academic and research sites within the US and then those outside of the US, organised by country, with links to their ejournal collections. It also has an alphabetical listing of selected ejournal titles, associations, organisations and programmes and also other useful sources, which are not necessarily ejournal specific.
Shima is a peer-refereed research journal published by the Island Cultures Research Centre (ICRC) at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. It appears twice a year in open access online form and once as an annual printed compendium. It publishes articles, feature reviews and photo essays on all aspects of island culture including arts, crafts, folklore, media, language, tourism, development, politics and religion. This includes theoretical and/or comparative studies, case studies, accounts of collaborative research and development projects and analyses of fictional representation of islands and 'islandness'. The full text is provided in PDF and the journal is archived from volume one, part one onwards. A page of useful links is also provided on the site.
'Shvoong', meaning 'momentum' in Yiddish', is a website which offers abstracts whose aim is to 'summarize all that has been written throughout human history in the areas of literature and scientific research'. While this is unlikely to be achieved, this ambitious project aims to reduce the search time spent by students, researchers and others in locating the material they need. Each abstract may be read in a format chosen by the reader, with a maximum of 300, 600 or 900 hundred words, and in a wide range of languages. The site also reviews and abstracts the contents of the daily world press. The site is a free resource, funded by advertising, which offers a fee based on the number of readers for the writing and translating of new material. Therefore, each reader is asked to rate the abstracts they use, thereby maintaining the quality of the site's material. All abstract writers are 'random surfers' and writing is submitted in all common languages, with the option for immediate translation into 12 major languages. As automatic translations can be of variable quality, human translators, also surfers, will work to provide higher quality translations. The site may be searched under the headings of 'Books', 'Science', 'Humanities', 'WWW' and 'Newspapers', and then by details of the text and the level of abstract required. This is an unusual resource, deliberately featuring text-only to minimise download time, which is easily navigated and offers value to a wide range of researchers.
The Site for Research on William Hogarth (1697-1764) is a gateway to a vast array of literature on William Hogarth. Edited by Dr Bernd Krysmanski, the site is both a useful academic resource and an expression of enthusiasm for the work of Hogarth and his contemporaries. Comprising primarily of a large annotated bibliography, the site also contains online book reviews, excerpts from publications and articles of an academic nature. Despite the advertising on the website, there is significant useful content on Hogarth. There is also a considerable amount of material devoted to the artistic, historical and intellectual context of eighteenth-century painting as well as links to image galleries relating to the field of eighteenth-century studies.
'The Smithsonian Magazine' is the official magazine of the Smithsonian Institution in the U.S.A. At February 2009 the online archives hold issues from 2002 to 2009, totalling some 86 issues. Recent issues present articles in well-designed HTML pages, with most articles striking a good balance between scholarship and popular accessibility. Some articles are in the field of science, but there is also much here to interest those in the arts and humanities, especially history. This is a content-rich and exemplary online magazine, which would be of regular use to scholars in many disciplines. There is also a paid-for paper edition, and a free electronic newsletter associated with the magazine. The magazine offers a sophisticated set of tools for working with articles, including RSS, Digg, StumbleUpon, and print and email options.
The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) is a scholarly society broadly interested in science and representation. The SLSA hosts an annual conference in the U.S.A. and a European conference every other year. Membership is wide-ranging, covering... "sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists". At June 2009 the SLSA website contains the proceedings for the SLSA 2008 conference, including freely available full-text papers such as: 'Subversive Subjectivity in Battlestar Galactica'; 'The Semantics of Letter forms: Linguistic Variation and its Operative Artifacts'; and 'Code, code, on the wall... Spatial(re)Framings'. There are also details of earlier and forthcoming conferences. The next European conference will be in 2010 in Latvia, titled: 'Texture: Electronic Text + Textiles'. Also available on the website are details of the society journal Configurations, published commercially by Johns Hopkins University Press.
This website provides midi files, lyrics and information for songs about the sea. The site is divided into sections such as: sea shanties; tales of the sea, sailors, ships and watermen; other songs that went to sea; liquor and the sea and the sailor's life; and women, sentiment and sadness at sea. The songs are listed in alphabetical order, with information on the lyrics.
Spaces of Identity is an online interdisciplinary journal, which was launched by the members of the research project "Tradition, Cultural Boundaries and the Construction of Spaces of Identity: Case Studies for Central Europe," at the Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. Researchers at the University of Vienna also played important roles in the journal's founding; the primary host of the journal is now York University, Canada. The journal deals primarily with the academic examination of culture and identity in Central and Eastern Europe. It is peer reviewed and appears quarterly, with original articles twice a year and Bazaar debates in the other two issues of every year (in PDF). The journal accepts submissions from scholars who work in various disciplines from history to film studies to anthropology. The editors call for comparative analyses, which allow reconciliation of different approaches to the study of identity.
The editors note that the study of identity is of pressing concern in Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, they see the urgent need for definition and self-definition in the region as part of what they call a larger crisis of identity in both contemporary affairs and academic debates. Some articles reveal this editorial perspective, with efforts made to draw the discussion on Central European society and affairs into the wider study of self-conceptualization, culture, language and identity. The purpose of the Spaces of Identity Bazaar is to sponsor active debate in the field from outside the editorial board and the formal range of submissions and to make it available within the confines of the journal. There is also an annotated links page. The site includes a search engine that allows the user to search both the site and the Web. The journal has a table of contents email alerting service, named the Newsletter. There is also an index of all articles in alphabetical order. Finally there are guidelines for submissions.
Standpoint is a substantial monthly cultural and political magazine published by the UK's Social Affairs Unit think-tank, under independent editorship. The magazine is sold commercially in print form at newsagents, but it also makes all of its monthly content available for free online. At June 2009 there are 13 issues, all freely available online. Recent articles include: 'Give Us Poetic Justice' (Clive James on The Oxford Professorship of Poetry); 'Time to Abolish the Arts Council'; and 'Writers, Visible and Invisible' by Cynthia Ozick, among many others. There are also many book and arts reviews. The contents may be searched by keyword or phrase. The website has full details of the editors, and the Advisory Board.
This is the electronic version of the scholarly, peer reviewed journal, the Stanford Humanities Review (ISSN 1048-3721). Publication of the journal ended in 2000, although the site is still being maintained. At the time of cataloguing, the full-text of eight issues were available online. The journal's remit is broad and interdisciplinary: contributors come from a diversity of academic backgrounds. Each issue focuses on a particular theme, which have included: Movements of the Avant-Garde; the Athlete's Body (examining the history and sociology of sport, and the mind-body relation to athletic performance); Disciplining Literature (evaluating the relevance and status of literary studies); Cultural and Technological Incubations of Fascism; political membership, migration and identity; religion, culture and politics in the Middle East; artificial intelligence and the humanities; and responses from humanities scholars to the views of cognitive scientist Herbert Simon on the foundations and role of literary criticism. This journal has an exceptionally broad appeal and browsing through the issues is recommended.
This site of the Stanford Presidential lectures and symposia in the humanities and arts, is provided by Stanford University and would be useful to students and researchers of arts and humanities. At Stanford University there are two lectures given a year by leading critical scholars. Notable speakers have included Elaine Scarry; Gayatri Spivak; Wolfgang Iser; Homi Bhabha; Beatriz Sarlo; Isabel Allende; Fredric Jameson; Wole Soyinka; Henry Louis Gates Jr; Hélène Cixous; Marjorie Garber; and Harold Bloom. Each lecturer site includes biographical and bibliographical information about the speaker as well as essays, critical texts, excerpts, and links to other relevant information on the Internet. The site also includes information on past symposia connected to the lectures. These symposia make an attempt to engage the humanities and arts with other disciplines and have been on topics such as Cosmologies and World Views; Limits of Performance; Past-Dependencies; and Special Effects. For each symposium a list of the main speakers is included, with short biographies included, as well as a summary of the main critical issues discussed. A highly recommended site.
The website of the Study Advice Service at the University of Hull, while primarily aimed at on-campus students, has plenty of open access resources of use to any researcher or student needing advice and guidance on their academic writing style. Downloadable as PDF or Word files, the resources available include topics such as: the correct use of apostrophes and capital letters; advice on critical thinking; essay writing tips; and help on preparing for examinations and dissertations. Some topics are designed as quizzes and video material is also available, with advice on: time-management; referencing; and the risks of plagiarism. There is a very wide coverage of topics from the most simple confusions in grammar and punctuation to more complex and high level problems. The site is aimed at students at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. This is a comprehensive and very well considered resource. It is also easy to use.
Surfaces (ISSN 1188-2492) is a scholarly, peer reviewed electronic journal from the University of Montreal. Established in 1991, the journal features articles on all areas of the humanities including philosophy; literature; cultural studies; and critical theory. Articles may be written in French or English, and may be available in a variety of formats: HTML; SGML; PDF; or Word. Users may browse the issues by year or according to a thematic index, which includes such areas as humanities discourse; logocentrism; translation and translatability. Some issues have focused on particular areas including; humanities computing; feminism (and the future of women's studies); electronic publishing; and cold war epistemology. Browsing through the issues is recommended since users (from the fields of philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies in particular) are sure to find material of interest and relevance in this diverse publication. Unfortunately, the journal has been inactive since 2001.
The Sussex Language Institute: Study Skills Web resource is provided by the University of Sussex and is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate international students studying in the UK. Much of the material is also useful for general advice on university-level academic core skills. The material is presented in seven main sections: 'Some Core Concepts' which includes principles of successful communication, critical analysis, and academic essays and conventions; 'Assessment and Tutors' which includes suggestions about the importance of feedback, the aims and usefulness of assessments, and advice on communicating with university tutors; 'Reading,' including note-taking, selective and critical reading, and understanding arguments; 'Preparing for Written Work' which includes advice on how to choose topics and/or essay questions, planning and brainstorming; 'Writing,' including advice on structure and grammar; 'Seminars' which includes frequently asked questions and information on effective seminar participation; and 'Examples and Exercises' which provides some samples of well-written undergraduate and Masters level work. There is also a section which provides links to other useful study skills websites.
Talk of the Nation is an American talk radio show produced by National Public Radio in the USA. Programmes discuss current affairs and cultural issues, and regularly include special features looking at particular subjects in greater depth. The Friday edition of the show, 'Science Friday', is dedicated to discussions of popular science. Some editions of Talk of the Nation concern philosophers or philosophical topics. Past shows have covered such themes as: 'Bioethics'; 'Emotion, Cognition and Consciousness'; 'Undiscovered Mind'; 'Science and Religion'; 'Happiness'; 'Confucius'; 'Philosophy for the Masses'; 'Origin of Language'; 'Thomas Kuhn and Scientific Revolutions'; and 'the Influence of Karl Marx'. Audio files of all programmes are preserved in the online archives, although there is no option to browse by topic.
TechDis is the primary information and advice resource on the inclusion of disabled staff and students, through technology, in further and higher education. The TechDis service works with staff to provide contextualised help and advice on all aspects of technology and disabilities. Resources available from the website include: staff development workshops; an accessibility database containing more than 2,500 items of assistive technology; a connections database that links to people with experience in particular fields; and a knowledge database, containing articles, books, websites, and videos. TechDis also commissions research and case studies to monitor good and innovative practice. They organise monthly workshops and seminars covering a range of technology and disability related issues. TechDis receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Description supplied by the JISC services guide. This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
This website, from the Kelvingrove Review (TKR) at the University of Glasgow, provides free online access to academic reviews of recent publications. The Kelvingrove Review is entirely organised and run by postgraduate students, and the reviews are likewise written by postgraduates at the University of Glasgow. There are a number of 'themed' issues (including: Interstices; Social Engagement; Technology and Humanity; and a number of older issues). The Kelvingrove Review works as part of the University of Glasgow's well-known online postgraduate journal, eSharp. The website is simple and easy to use, the reviews are interesting and well done (and are available as PDF files), and a number of different approaches and subjects are considered.
This is the website of a 2007 conference held at the University of Lincoln in the UK, to consider... "the influence of the Humanities on the processes of design". The organisers of 'The Role of the Humanities in Design Creativity' have since placed all of the conference papers online in full-text form. Over 40 papers are freely available, in PDF format. The website offers papers on historical topics such as: 'Alfred Lord Tennyson and Visual Culture'; 'Nature Choreographed: the 18th century garden'; and on contemporary topics such as 'People & Place: Humanities-based Pedagogy in Architecture and Planning'; and 'The Word Made Flesh: In the Name of the Surveyor, the Nomad, & the Lunatic', among others. The website has details of the Editorial Board for the conference. This will be an especially useful archive of papers for those concerned with... "how the traditional inter-relationship between word and image ... has in more recent years become obscured by the growing dominance of image as the only legitimate means of developing and communicating design ideas".
To The Best of Our Knowledge is an American radio programme broadcast by Wisconsin Public Radio as a service of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin. It features discussions of intellectual and cultural issues, and is regularly hosted by Jim Fleming. Audio files of recent shows are available from the website. The programme's searchable archives date back to 1996, with each archive record summarising the content of that episode and introducing the featured guests. Audio files are not included for all of the earlier episodes, but in most cases users can order cassette recordings from the producers. The show is targeted at the general public, and frequently attracts well-known guests. Past episodes have included: Philosophy from Socrates to Seinfeld; Birth, School, Work, Death (discussing post-war existentialism in the USA); and Libertarianism. There have also been discussions about beauty; grace; the nature of genius; memory and the mind; stupidity; animal morality; and various other issues that might be of interest to philosophers or those looking at the history of ideas.
This is the website of the Toronto Centre for the Book established at the University of Toronto in 1994. The Centre co-ordinates a wide range of interdisciplinary research resources on the history of the book from across collections and initiatives at the University of Toronto. It also offers a programme of lectures and colloquia aiming to bring together all those with an interest in the subject, from faculty, librarians and students to the general public. The most recent of these lectures are freely available to download as podcasts. The Centre particularly seeks to foster postgraduate research by compiling information on research resources in this field; it has links to University of Toronto's Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture. The Centre encourages new membership and joining is free. The information on the website comprises: contact information; a current events list; an archive of past events; a list of committee members; details of current, past and cross-departmental courses; and a few links to related websites.
The UK Mirror Service contains copies of a large collection of freely available material posted on non-UK websites. These materials include software for several platforms, textual and numerical data, audio material, and static and moving pictures. The service copies or mirrors these collections in the UK, thus reducing download time and costs (UK higher education institutions are charged for transatlantic downloads). The collection is updated daily. The categories of available downloads include: audio and video tools; software documentation; email and messaging programs; File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites; games; Internet tools; programming languages and associated software; security programs; the Unix operating system; web browsers; text tools; miscellaneous utilities; software for the X Window system; and also lists of academic subject-based sites. The UK Mirror Service receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The website Understanding Social Statistics accompanies a book of the same title, published by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey. It was written by Jane Fielding and Nigel Gilbert, published by Sage Publications in 2000. The site includes exercises from the book, downloadable SPSS teaching datasets, statistical tables and a glossary. No registration is required.The website for this textbook provides an introduction to social statistics and data analysis for students across the social sciences. It will be of use for humanities research as well, as it provides: explanations of what is needed to understand the methods; description of analytic tools including graphical techniques and exploratory data analysis, (also the methods such as cross-tabulation,measures of association and regression); an introduction to SPSS (Version 9), "the most widely used statistical analysis program"; examples based on real data sets (with links to these sources on the Internet, enabling students to carry out further analysis). The book attempts to make the use of numbers in social research understandable.
The UNESCO Libraries Portal includes information on types of libraries (such as national, public, and academic and government); and other resources, that include a reference section with directories, portals, publications, and catalogues. Each geographical region is sub-divided into country information on libraries that include cartographic, historical, and cultural resources. There are also links to the Communication and Information sector of UNESCO (of which the Libraries Portal is part); news and events sections, and links to sites of further interest. The site is available in English and French, though sites of individual libraries may only be available in the language of that country.
Part of Alan Wood's Unicode Resources website, this page provides information about a wide range of Unicode fonts. Details are given of the fonts available to Windows users, and links are provided to sites offering free downloads. Unicode fonts (which assign a unique number code to each character, ensuring that the fonts display consistently regardless of which operating system, program, or language is in use) are becoming increasingly widely used, so this site is likely to be of use to linguists, theologians, and others whose work often involves using non-Roman alphabets. The fonts described here cover Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Braille, and dozens of other writing systems. The site is easily navigable: the fonts are categorised according to type, and each group is accessible from a hyperlinked list on the main page. Links are provided to pages giving details of Unicode fonts for Mac, Unix, and Linux users.
The Universal Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress is intended to act as a free database of current doctoral research at institutions around the world. The aim is to avoid duplications, and allow interaction between scholars in similar fields. The service is simple to use: researchers complete an online form giving their personal details and basic information about their study, which is then entered into the site's database, which may then be searched by interested parties. At the time of review around 3000 dissertations were included in the database.
The University Libraries: Digital is a repository of the scholarly output of the Texas A&M University. It collects, preserves and distributes electronic theses and dissertations; faculty papers and books; technical reports; conference proceedings; and digitised maps. The vast collection of texts is searchable but may also be browsed by subject or author. It covers a wide area of subjects and not only arts and humanities. Many of the texts are downloadable in PDF-format. This is a valuable resource for any researcher or students in the humanities.
The website University of California press : e-scholarship editions is a project of the California Digital Library. It features a large selection of over 2000 electronic books, of which a third are freely available to the general public. Subjects include: history; art; religion; fiction; and science. The database of ebooks can be searched by subject, author, or title and a selected title is featured on the search page. Helpfully for the user, the subject list is divided into the full listing and the public only listing. At the time of cataloguing, coverage varied. The best coverage is in the following areas: politics; Middle Eastern Studies; Literature; History; Classics; and Anthropology. Details of the publishing infrastructure is included on the site, such as how the project uses XML, the benefits of their XML publishing infrastructure, and Text Coding Initiative markup guidelines and tags.
The University of Minnesota (USA) study skills Web pages provide detailed advice and information on various aspects of university core skills. The website is aimed at undergraduates at the University of Minnesota but the online resources are open-access and contain much that would be useful to any higher education students. Extensive advice is offered on the following: exams; general study skills (including memory skills and learning styles); motivation and concentration; note taking; reading; stress management; themes and term papers; and time management. Each section includes links to more in-depth advice and there are numerous quizzes and step-by-step guides to facilitate learning and implementation of the skills. There are also specific sections for foreign language learning and maths and science. Each section is available to download as a printable PDF.
This website describes the special collections held at the University of Sheffield Library. Built up since the University’s foundation these extensive collections encompass a wide range of material and subjects supporting the University’s research interests, including architecture, through history, literature, international studies, local studies, politics, music, law and geography. Each collection (listed both alphabetically and by subject) is accompanied by a detailed description of its contents, together with item finding and access arrangements.
This is the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts, in London (UK). Information is provided about the museum's collections, opening hours, events, and services. Selected images provide an introduction to the museum's exhibitions, and a searchable database offers images and details for over twenty thousand objects from the museum's collections. There is further information about the museum's branches: Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood which houses an extensive toy collection, the Theatre Museum which collects materials related to the stage, and the Wellington Museum, Apsley House, the nineteenth century home of the First Duke of Wellington. Information is also provided about the National Art Library, a reference library and a curatorial department of the museum. The website offers a range of resources for educational professionals and students, and details are given of the museum's Learning and Interpretation Department, which runs study days for further education and higher education students, as well as a programme of continuing professional development for lecturers.
Vascoda is a German central online access gateway for scientific and scholarly information, launched in summer, 2003. Sponsored in part by the German government, Vascoda contains the combined resources of over 35 German libraries, research centres and institutes. These are, according to the site, essentially all the main publicly-funded institutions devoted to specialised study and research. The site is interdisciplinary, allowing users to search according to the categories of: Engineering and Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Economics and Social Sciences; and Humanities and Area Studies. Access to over 10 linked websites and all their information is free. Access to published materials and commercial databases is fee-based. The site claims that Vascoda will form the basis of a German Digital Library.
The Humanities and Area Studies section leads to sites with notable online primary and secondary sources. Areas covered include: Anglo-American cuture; Art; Dutch Culture; Eastern Europe; Ethnology, Social Anthropology and Folklore; General History; Ibero-America and Spain; Middle East and North Africa; Pedagogy; and Linguistics and Literature. A bit of direct use of the site's search engine helps to clarify its workings better than the Help sub-site. The search engine allows users to save all information as they browse and then print their results.
The Wabash Center's Teaching and Learning Resources guide is a selective, annotated online database of material likely to be of interest to educators. While the Center's focus is on theology and religion, the vast majority of the resources listed here are not discipline specific, and so will be equally valuable to teachers of other subjects. The database is divided into two main sections: one for Web resources, and one for published resources, which includes books and articles. The links and references are categorised into several dozen specific topics to aid browsing. Areas covered include: pedagogical theories; assessment; classroom strategies and techniques; professional and personal development; and technology. This is a useful resource for those wishing to learn more about the theory and practice of teaching.
This Web page outlines an AHRC-funded collaboration between the University of Warwick (UK) and Duke University (USA). The project's title is 'Beyond utility and markets: Articulating the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century' and it aimed, through two 2009 research workshops, to "examine the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century from the perspectives of the academy and the wider world", in particular ways of measuring and articulating the contribution humanities make to society. The Web page includes further details of the scope of the project and biographies of each workshop's participants.
The Water Spirit Legends website offers a collection of legends about water creatures from various European countries, translated and edited by an enthusiast. Included are Scottish Water Demons, the German legend of the Lorelei, and the Water Snake from Russia. There are links to related texts and also to a seperate section on The Mermaid Wife. This is part of a site, maintained by an enthusiast, which contains electronic texts from folklore and mythology.
The Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals is a significant subscription-based bibliography of nineteenth-century British newspapers and periodicals. Searches of the bibliography may be conducted by title keyword, person, place, subject, or issuing body, and the metadata associated with each record is rich, including information about such matters as editors, contributors, illustrators, dates, political and religious orientations, and locations of holdings. There are over 50,000 publications covered in total, many with facsimile reproductions of title pages (but not full texts). An interesting feature of the Directory is it's 'family trees', indicating the relationships between publications arising from mergers, title changes, and so forth. Although not cheap, this is undoubtedly a valuable resource for researchers of 19th-century Britain.
The 'Web Curator Tool' is a free open-source software application for 'web harvesting' (aka 'site ripping' or 'site archiving') of complete websites. It was developed as an academic tool by the National Library of New Zealand and The British Library, and is free to download and use. It includes features that allow the automatic download of an entire website, and the software then reworks all hyperlinks so that the copy will work from a local hard-drive. Annotation and profiling tools are also built into the software. At April 2009 the latest version is v1.4 (2008). The software comes with full documentation, and the website also has details of the project team and the external consultants used for the project. The software is... "designed for use in libraries and other collecting organisations" but also... "supports collection by non-technical users".
This site provides free access to a growing collection Webcasts from UC Berkeley. They include examples of lectures, debates and conferences held at the University of Berkeley. They cover all areas of the social sciences, humanities and sciences. They include materials from the Institute of Government Studies and Institute of International Studies from approximately 2002 to the present day. They cover a wide range of current affairs and political topics including international security, globalisation, the war on terrorism and United States foreign policy. Copyright and technical information is displayed on the site.
The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900, is a subscription bibliographic database of articles in nineteenth-century periodicals. It primary use is to identify authorship. It was common during the Victorian era for articles by periodical contributors to be published anonymously, or under a pseudonym. The great achievement of the Wellesley Index was to provide provenance details and evidence to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocation details of the attributed authors. Periodicals covered in the Index include: the Westminster Review; Bentley's Miscellany; Blackwood's Magazine; the British Quarterly Review; the Dublin Review; Fraser's Magazine; the Monthly Chronicle; the Oxford and Cambridge Magazine; the Rambler; and the Theological Review, along with twenty or so others. The Wellesley Index does not attempt to attribute poetry appearing in the periodicals. The online version of Wellesley incorporates the additions and corrections made by Eileen Curran, known as the Curran Index.
This website, which provides access to a wealth of recorded lectures on various subjects, is the home page of the WGBH Forum Network, which was named after the American civilian broadcasting call-signs and the 'Great Blue Hill' on which the original transmission mast was built. Specifically, WGBH is a Bostonian broadcasting company, is supported by the Lowell Institute, and aims to provide free public lectures to the citizens of Boston. The WGBH Forum Network provides access to lectures by scholars, authors, artists, scientists and policy makers. On the left-hand side of the page, there are links to the various broad subject categories (such as politics, philosophy, science, education and technology). The lectures are available for download in various formats (such as audio only, low-quality video, high-quality video, and MP3) and require RealPlayer.
'White Rose Research Online' is the joint open access repository for works produced by students and staff of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. At May 2008 this public repository is said to contain over 2,800 texts. Although users are invited to create an account, many areas allow anyone to freely download a text. Some areas do, however, require free registration. Texts are full-text and in PDF format. It is possible to search by simple or advanced methods, or to browse by year or an A-Z listing by academic unit. At May 2008, examining this A-Z listing shows more than 250 items of likely interest to those in the arts and humanities. There are 121 items from the School of Humanities at Leeds, with 90 of these drawn from the School of Philosophy at Leeds. This early website seems likely to grow over future years into an increasingly useful resource. There is also an associated weblog, for news of new developments.
This website freely offers an archive of the famous and influential book series 'The Whole Earth Catalog' and its associated magazine 'CoEvolution Quarterly'. These publications are generally credited with establishing a template for the (then-uninvented) Web. When first launched, this website archive was basic and seemed to contain only the text of these publications - but this has since been rectified and scans of all the original pages are now available through an intuitive (if somewhat frisky) Flash interface. Scans can be zoomed so that the text becomes readable and images seen with reasonable clarity. The Flash interface can also be made to appear in full screen mode. Pages can be located by typing the page number into the Flash interface. When compared to this reviewers' paper copies, scans do not appear to have been censored to accomodate certain modern sensitivities over drugs, sexuality, and forms of direct action. Articles can also be browsed by theme and title, and then found in plain text form. The website has a history of these influential publishing ventures, and profiles of the editors and other people connected with them. This will be a vital resource for those interested in a wide variety of topics. It will also be interesting to those investigating the influence of the English-speaking counterculture on the early Internet.
'Wikiquote' is a free online collection of quotations, which would constitute a useful resource across a range of disciplines. Available in over 30 languages, the site includes quotes from: literary works; films; proverbs; and television shows amongst other sources. The English version of this site includes translations from non-English material and has over 4,000 pages, with thousands of quotations listed. The collection can be browsed by source media (and within that title of work), or searched via the alphabetical index. The site is a collaborative project, like its sister site Wikipedia, and pages may be edited or added to by the site's users. Comprehensive guidelines as to how this is put into practice are given on the site, as are requests for new entries and queries about quotations from as yet unknown sources. This open access policy appears to be carefully monitored but necessitates careful checking of sources before they are used for referencing. However, as a means of tracking down a source, or finding quotations on a particular subject, this site is a very useful starting point. While the guidelines for involvement are a little complicated, general use of the site is straightforward and its overall layout is well-constructed.
The website "Wirtualny wszechświat" is a commercial site in Polish published by Prószyński i S-ka SA, one of the biggest publishers in Poland. It has a wonderful range of information on most subjects, but is particularly strong on humanities. There is a search engine and details of the books that the firm publishes. The site is easy to navigate and straightforward, with clearly marked sections. Much of the material aimed at school children is placed online and is free. There are excellent sections with basic summaries on: Art; Polish literature; Classics; Philosophy; History; as well as the sciences. This site is excellent for Polish speakers or for those with intermediate or advanced Polish, who want reading practice.
"Women writers : the reception of their works" is an online database which provides information on over 2,500 women writers, focusing in particular on the reception of their works by male and female contemporaries. The database arose from the NWO research project "Women Writers and their Audiences (1997-2004)" and is described as a work in progress. In turn, the database forms the basis for the subsequent project "The International Reception of Women's Writing. Women authors from Holland and abroad read by Dutch audiences (1700-1900)", which ran from 2004 until 2007. The Women writers database provides information on book titles, facts, and starting points for interpretation for literary publications by European and North American women writers up until 1900 and on the contemporary reception of these works, as well as the opinions of literary historians. Access to the factual information is freely available; to access the whole database, however, it is necessary to email the director for a password (in this way, it is hoped that users will contribute towards the database). Information contained within the database can be freely used by researchers, although citation is necessary. Users can search by author or work, or can browse a list of authors; it is also possible to search by reception, including by type, with categories such as: press article; dedication; censorship; egodocument; handwritten comments in copies; intertextuality; and proof of influence. A "Reports" section provides an interesting summary of various issues, which cover many individual authors in depth - issues include an author's: international presence; position between predecessors and followers; and connection to her readers. Other reports deal with specific countries' receptions of authors and works; finding receptions and authors on websites; finding receptions in libraries; finding places of receptions; and a work's international presence. In sum, this resource is invaluable for anyone examining the reception of writing by women up until 1900, in relation to European and, in particular, Dutch authors.
The website "Women writers' networks" presents information and invites research on European women's writing before 1900. It is based on the database "WomenWriters" compiled by the University of Utrecht. The database, which is linked to from this site, deals with the study of the reception of women's writing on a national and international basis. However, the focus of the database is currently on the reception of women's writing in the Netherlands. Detailed descriptions of the project's development and scope are given, as are short articles arising from research undertaken using the WomenWriters database. Material is divided into categories, including: "Writing Side", focusing on the author herself; "Reading Side", which looks at attitudes towards the literature; and a bibliography of related works divided by country. Parts of the site were still under construction at the time of cataloguing. The project directors make it clear that this site is very much a work in progress; the site is updated frequently. All in all, this resource provides a useful companion to the WomenWriters database and would be of use to anyone researching European women's writing pre-1900, with a particular emphasis on the Netherlands.
World Lecture Hall is a useful website offering a collection of annotated links to course materials in a variety of subjects in the humanities and sciences. The project has been running since 1993 at the University of Texas at Austin, and includes only sites produced by university and college lecturers. It contains predominantly English material, but also links to a small selection of courses in other languages, including Spanish, Dutch, and German. Coverage is not uniform: there tend to be a greater number of courses available for more popular subjects. The sites can be browsed by keyword or area. Subjects covered of use to humanities students and teachers include: anthropology and archaeology; classics; comparative literature; history; various languages and area studies; linguistics; philosophy; religious studies; and women's studies. While this is a valuable resource for higher education teachers seeking inspiration, the site is unfortunately not particularly frequently updated, resulting in some broken links.
This is a guide for graduate students writing a thesis or dissertation. It aims to help them in thinking through the many aspects of preparing, writing and presenting a thesis or dissertation. The guide is well organised and clear, and the advice it gives, such as 'print each draft on a different color paper' is simple, but very practical and useful. What may seem trite and self-evident to the experienced academic is often essential to the student who faces a range of new and unexpected problems in writing a dissertation. The topics are organised into the following chapters: thinking-about-it stage; preparing the proposal; writing the thesis or dissertation; the thesis or dissertation defence. The guide is also available as a PDF file for printing, and has a Spanish; a Portuguese; and an Arabic version.
"Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database covers 1993 to date, and is updated on a daily basis. It includes an email alerting service, so that users can receive notification of relevant new data. Zetoc is free to use for members of JISC-sponsored UK higher and further education institutions." "The zetoc service is provided by Mimas at The University of Manchester on behalf of the British Library and the JISC." An institutional subscription is required for access.
Zetoc is a searchable database of nearly 15 million article titles from over 20,000 of the most important research journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published each year, covering every field of academic study. The database spans the years from 1993 to date and is updated daily. Zetoc Alert allows you to be emailed the table of contents of your chosen journals each time a new issue is added to the database. Freely available to ac.uk addresses, an additional username and password is required for off-site access and Zetoc Alert. Conditionally free. Registration required.
This is the home page of the Österreichischer Austauschdienst (ÖAD), or Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research, an organisation which has offered funding and information on study exchanges within and between Austria since 1961. Among many other similar programmes, this site gives a helpful and comprehensive view of a wide variety of workshops; seminars; talks; international cooperative efforts and networks; and summer schools. Online study guides explain opportunities for study in Austria at various levels, but especially at selected universities. A good grants database is available with users able to select field and level of study, as well as country of origin. The site's clear menus lead users to practical information regarding entry and residence and life in Austria. Also listed are opportunities available through the European Union and a number of educational projects and networks, with an apparent special focus on the region of Central Europe.
Those seeking further details should check the site's collection of online publications and contact the ÖAD's domestic and international cultural and educational partner organisations, including such bodies as the British Council, the Fulbright Commission, and the Academic Cooperation Association. A links index connects users to many sites relevant for specific academic fields, ranging from the Humanities to the Social, Applied and Pure Sciences. The site's accommodation advisory and ÖAD housing office are also noteworthy, as is the subsite for programme alumni. Some information on the site is available in German only; users would be advised to consult both the English and German versions to gain a full idea of the ÖAD's activities.