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Managing eResources for historians

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This course will take place at the Badia Fiesolana, Seminar 2,  October 26, 2016, 1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Introduction to eResources for Historians

How to access e-resources on and off the EUI campus ?

Regardless of the access method used, users will be asked to login with their Library code and PIN to licensed electronic resources. This verifies the user's current EUI Library status and their right to access these electronic resources.

  • On Campus:

Library users can access most electronic resources from any computer in the Library. EUI members may also use their own laptops in the library through either a PC to LAN Connection or via the Wireless network. For the technical details on how to configure your laptop, refer to the following: PC to LAN connection or Wireless (WiFi) on EUI Campus only.

  • Off campus

  • Off-site (remote) access to the Library's electronic resources is only available to current EUI members (researchers, fellows, faculty and staff). 
  • EUI Alumni are no longer allowed to access these resources because of copyrights rules.
  • There are a few exceptions where off-site access is not possible due to licensing restrictions.
  • Off-site access is available whether connecting to the Internet through a private Internet service provider or using the EUI's VPN Remote Connection,
  • Eduroam network with access to e-resources for EUI members in other European institutions


What kind of Digital History services will you access using EUI eResources? 

  • Using forms fo searching contents through Boolean operations and advanced search equations
  • Selecting better the needed information with limiting procedures. Possibility of reading full-text contents also using "bridges" between resources, a EUI Links service
  • Possible to print selected documents or parts of documents depending on copyrights issues
  • Possible to download/save selected information and documents depending on copyrights issues
  • Possible to send selected information and bibliographies through e-mail and social networks.
  • Possible to select formats compatible with bibliographical information (Zotero, EndNote, RefWorks, MendeleyCITAVI, etc.)
  • Possible to capture full webpage's contents and PDF using Zotero and EndNote, etc.
  • Possible to share and safely load contents using online management tools (Zotero, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc..)

Digital History Resources: 5 different categories 

1.Digital Primary Sources

2.Electronic databases with access to bibliographical references

3.Full-text historiography and scholarly literature: journals, ebooks, thesis

4.Online Reference Tools (no bibliographical databases)

5.Databases with historical data's and statistics 

1. Digital Primary Sources

 1.The HEC Department and the EUI Library Project EHPS

Created in 2008, the European History Primary Sources - EHPS a portal to access primary sources on the history of Europe. The websites listed on EHPS are not only meta-sources, but also include "invented archives" and born digital primary sources. EHPS is a work in progress and new content is regularly added. In order to stay updated on new entries or specific categories it is possible to subscribe to RSS feeds or to follow EHPS on Twitter and Facebook. Information is available here. 

 2. EUI Library databases with access to primary sources 

    • Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS) - U.S.A. includes documents made available through the Freedom of Information Act from the period immediately after World War II following the 30 years rule for opening archival documents to the public. 

    • DBPO - Documents on British Policy Overseas. A database of 20th century diplomatic history produced in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Primary source documents from Britain’s diplomats and policy-makers, from the build-up to WWI and WWII, and the Cold War Documents declassified by FCO’s official historians. Comprised of three individual print collections: British Documents on the Origins of the War, 1898-1914 (Documents the build-up to the First World War), Documents on British Foreign Policy, 1918-1939 (Inter-war period) and Documents on British Policy Overseas (Post-war period & Cold War).

    • Digital National Security Archive - DNSA - Consisting of 36 collections with over 80,000 indexed documents, this is the most comprehensive set of declassified US government documents available. Each of these collections cover the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century

    • Frantext -in the ATILF database- is a major corpus of French texts spanning the 16th to 20th centuries. The database currently contains the full text of approximately 3500 works, of which 80% are literary texts, the other 20% being mainly scientific texts

    • The Early English Books Online, EEBO an online text editions of works originally published between 1473 and 1700, listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-title catalogue, Wing's Short title catalogue or the Thomason tracts. Titles in the collection cover literature, philosophy, politics, religion, geography, science and all other areas of human endeavo

    • Early European Books Online is part of The Early European Books (EEB), which draws together a diverse array of incunables and books from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. It is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials. “All works printed in Europe before 1701, regardless of language, fall within the scope of the project, together with all pre-1701 works in European languages printed further afield. Early European Books builds upon and complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) and is largely concerned with non-Anglophone materials; […].  Single EEB collections are freely accessible by anyone interested within the country where Proquest made agreements with local National Libraries. So,collections 2 –important series of old Italian books-  & only partially collection 3, two collections in EEB, are free when accessing Early European Books from Italy. This is happening because these two old “Italian” books collections are digitized under agreement and with the National Library of Italy in Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze). The first Early European Books collection has been digitised in partnership between ProQuest and the Royal Library in Copenhagen. This collection of books is freely accessible from Danemark but not from any other country. (National Central Library of Florence). This collection of books is freely accessible from Danemark but not from any other country.

    • Electronic Enlightenment  (EE) is an online collection of more than 67,000 letters and documents, representing a wide range of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century. It offers a network of interconnected documents, allowing you to see the complex web of personal relationships in the early modern period and the making of the modern world. You can listen in on the first global social network as more then 8,000 historical figures discuss everything from religious tolerance to animal rights, vulcanology to classical archeology, economic modelling to celebrity culture.

    • ECCO I & II - Eighteenth century collections online provides access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more 

    • Women writers online (Brown University Women Writers Project) contains full-text editions of more than 300 texts by English and American women published between 1500 and 1830.

    • MOMW - The Making of the Modern World provides digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850 belonging to the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature and full-text searching on more than 12 million pages of this collection of material on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport.

    • JSTOR: 19th Century British Pamphlets - This JSTOR collection contains more than 20,000 British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries, providing a rich and coherent corpus of primary sources with which to study the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th century Britain.

    • L'Encyclopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert  was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772, containing 72,000 articles written by more than 140 contributors. 

    • Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 - Complete digital edition of the newspaper The Times (London). Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

    • Proquest Digital Microfilm provides online access to full-image scans of archived newspaper content: The Guardian (London) 01 Jan. 2010- The New York times 01 Jan. 2008- Wall Street journal. Eastern edition 01 Jan. 2008-

      2. E-databases with bibliographical references

  • Web of Knowledge / Web of Science - Citation database providing seamless access to current and retrospective multidisciplinary information from approximately 8,500 of the most prestigious, high impact research journals in the world monitored by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Includes Journal Citation Reports. 

  • OvidSP - Econlit 1969 and International Political Science Abstract 1989-.

  • WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch) - Contains over 100 million records, covering all materials cataloged by thousands of libraries from around the world

  • America: History and Life (in EBSCOHost) is an index of literature covering the history and culture of North America, the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for over 1,700 journals from 1955 to present, this database is an important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. America: History and Life with Full Text also provides full-text coverage of more than 230 journals and nearly 100 books. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.

  • Financial History Review Bibliography The Financial History Review Bibliography is an authoritative guide to works published in the field of Financial History since 1990. The Online database accessible through the Cambridge Journals Platform, is a consolidated version of the printed bibliography that was published in the Financial History Review between 1994 (for the years 1991-1993) and 2009 and is updated online only from that date.

  • Historical Abstract (in EBSCOHost) indexes and abstracts information in world history and the related social sciences and humanities, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Links to full-text articles are included when available (See section 3: Full-Text Historiography). It lists materials covering the history starting from 1450 to the present, (No USA an Canadian History whihc are to be found instead in America, History and Life) including approximately 2300 periodicals published in 90 countries in 40 languages and starting from 1955-. Collections of essays, conference papers, dissertations, and books are also included.

  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature - IBZ als o known as "The Dietrich", has been published since 1896 and is an international and interdisciplinary bibliography of academic periodical literature mainly from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts. IBZ online contains over 2,553,260 journal articles from about 10,785 journals covering the years 1983ff. Approximately 120,000 entries are added to the database annually (De Gruyter Reference Global)

  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO/PCI) - Database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years (1770) with sometimes direct access to full text contents through PAO (see category n.3). Includes periodicals in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and other Western languages.

  • Historische Bibliographie Online - Index to publications written on history matters in Germany, cumulated from 1990 onward. 
    • Index Translationum "is a list of books translated in the world, i.e. an international bibliography of translations since 1979.
    • Index Islamicus online indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Records included in the database cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam. Material cited in the Index Islamicus includes not only work written about the Middle East, but also about the other main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, plus Muslim minorities elsewhere. Over 3,000 journals are monitored for inclusion in the database, together with conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.

    • Medline: Covers all areas of medicine also in historical perspective as the history of medicine. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts for biomedical literature in English and all foreign languages and is fully indexed

    • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) on the HeinOnline platform. The Index to Foreign Legal Peiodicals is a bibliographical database whose index includes journal articles and book reviews from over 500 legal journals published worldwide, with coverage from 1985. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions other than the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia. The IFLP also analyzes the contents of about eighty individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year. Legal History and Constitutional history are fields dealt with in IFLP

    • European Historical Bibliographies, is "a joint project of fifteen subject-specific bibliographies from thirteen countries [...] so that trans-national historical research is facilitated. The common platform is hosted by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)." The cooperating partners are:
    • Arbeitsgemeinschaft historischer Forschungseinrichtungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Website
    • Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften - Website
    • Centre national de la recherche scientifique - Website
    • Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Website
    • Giunta Storica Nazionale - Website
    • Historický ústav AV CR - Website
    • Institut für Zeitgeschichte - Website
    • Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis - Website
    • Lietuvos istorijos institutas - Website
    • Royal Historical Society - Website
    • National Széchényi Library - Website
    • Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek - Website
    • Universität Klagenfurt - Website
    • Google Scholar - The EUI Library has established a partnership with Google that enables the EUI community to link to EUI-subscribed online materials from within Google Scholar by clicking on the "Full-text @ EUI Library" textual link. Users must set preferences on their own browsers in order to enable the linking to EUI Library resources and maximum two other libraries. 


3.Full-text historiography and scholarly literaturejournals and ebooks

      • The EUI Library provides linking capacities (EUI Links), a service offered that creates links between bibliographic citations and their full-text using the OpenURL standard (SFX):  if available, the full text of single articles in other full-text databases listed below will be accessed thanks to EUI Links. This is also possible from Zotero using the OpenURL standard but you must configure your Zotero software to the EUI LIbrary URL resolver.
      • An updated list of eBook collections that the EUI Library offers is also available.


  • IngentaConnect - Electronic journal platform offering titles from more than 280 publishers. Full-text access for EUI users is limited to those journals to which the EUI has subscribed.

  • Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) - Archive of hundreds of digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text indexes and abstracts information in world history and the related social sciences and humanities, excluding the U.S. and Canada. 

  • America History and LIfe Full Text.  America: History and Life with Full Text is an index of literature covering the history and culture of North America, the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

  • PRISMA: Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanísticas. Comprehensive reference resource providing full-text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America, and the Caribbean Basin.

  • Cairn.info - With over 200 titles in full-text, the Cairn.info platform offers the most comprehensive collection of journals available online in French language for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Project Muse - Electronic journal platform offering scholarly titles from several American university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Full-text access for EUI users is limited to those journals to which the EUI has subscribed

  • HeinOnline - HeinOnline contains full-text legal periodicals for the whole 20th Century.

  • JSTOR  - Digital archive collection of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. The EUI Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII, IX and the Ireland Collection.

  • ACLS-Humanities eBook. is a digital collection offered by the ACLS in collaboration with ten learned societies, nearly 80 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in the Humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars and featuring unlimited multi-user access and free, downloadable MARC records.

  • Rivisteweb - Provides online access to 31 journals published by il Mulino some of them important historical journals.

  • Franco Angeli Journals Archive Collection - Journal delivery platform of FrancoAngeli publications containing full-text archive of 67 journals, from 2000 to current year.

  • CEEOL - Central and Eastern European Online Library - Online archive providing access to full text articles from 200 humanities and social science journals, electronic books and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European topics and different languages.

  • DigiZeitschriften - Backfiles for over 110 scholarly German journals in many disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, history, librarianship, mathematics, and biological and physical sciences.

  • PERSEE: Portail de Revues Scientifiques en Sciences Humaines et Sociales - PERSEE is the website for scientific journals in social and human sciences, established by the French Ministry of State Education, Higher Education and Research. Some individual articles listed on the PERSEE site are not available in full-text due to copyright restrictions.

  • Revues.org - A consortium of academic journals, covering many subjects in the social sciences and humanities. Full-text access limited to freely-available content. 


eBooks and theses

  • Brillonline: eBooks from publisher Brill are covering Humanities and International Law. The EUI Library has access to selected titles.
  • De Gruyter eBooks: is a platform for accessing Walter De Gruyter eBooks. The EUI Library only subscribes to a selection of titles.
  • EBL Ebooks Library - a platform for eBooks from wide range of publishers: a complete list of EUI titles is available. The EUI Library has access to selected titles from the catalogue.

  • Gutenberg-e - A series of digital USA Ph.D. Thesis in the field of historical scholarship produced in collaboration with the authors, the American Historical Association and the electronic publishing staff of Columbia University Press. Each e-text offers extensive documentation, hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, search feature, and links to related web sites. 

  • Harmathèque - Online platform of Editions l'Harmattan. The EUI has access to a selection of ebook titles only.

  • JSTOR eBooks: a Platform offering eBooks from many scholarly publishers.
  • LOEB Classical Library: Digital edition of the Loeb Classical Library offering online access to important works of Greek and Latin literature alongside English translations.
  • OpenEdition Freemium BooksOpenEdition aims at developing an innovative economic model for Open Access through the Freemium programme, tailored for libraries. The Freemium economic model combines Open access to an ever growing number of books (free) in HTML version and the marketing of services with added high value (premium) and PDF and EPUB downloadable versions of online books.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Online resource containing the full text of selected OUP books in the areas of Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Business and Management.

  • Palgrave Conect BooksPalgrave Connect offers access to ebooks from Palgrave Macmillan. The EUI Library has access to selected titles.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT): The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection - PQDT Humanties and Social Sciences Collection allows users to search the full-text of over one million citations of dissertations and theses from around the world, dating from 1861 to the present day. The database offers full-text access to most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.

  • SpringerLink online EBooks: the EUI Library provides access to 6 eBook collections from Springer for titles published in specific copyright years. The Library offers access to Business & Economics (2014 - 2015), Economics & Finance (2016), Mathematics & Statistics (2014-2016), Political Science & International Studies (2016), Law & Criminology (2016), and Engineering (selection of 2013 titles).
  • Taylor & Francis eBooks is a platform which offers full-text access to ebooks in Humanities, Social Sciences and Law from Taylor & Francis Group and its associated imprints, including Routledge. Full-text access is limited to those ebook titles purchased by the EUI.
  • Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht EBooks. The platform for Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht eBooks offers access to a selection of titles only, mainly history titles.

 4.Online Reference Tools (no bibliographical databases)

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography   - An illustrated collection of more than 56,521 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past.

  • Oxford Handbooks Online (OHO) is a collection of subject-based research guides containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Each Handbook offers introductions to topics, a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study, and a review of the key issues and major debates. The EUI Library subscribes to the following modules: Economics & Finance, Political Science, Law and History.
  • Oxford Reference OnlineThis is a single cross-searchable database which brings together 100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books, plus an Encyclopedia. The Premium Collection enhances the 100+ books in the Core Collection with an expanding range of key titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

5.Databases with historical datas and statistics

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