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E-books and E- reference Works in the EUI Library

EUI Library Electronic Resources - Demonstration

Wednesday, 19th Sept 2007- 9.30-13.00,

EUI Badia Fiesolana, Theatre.



E-books and E- reference Works in the EUI Library

Serge Noiret
History Information Specialist

What are "e-books", some definitions

  • "A book in digital format". Wikipedia sais "In computing, an e-book (for electronic book: also eBook, ebook) is the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book"?
  • At the EUI Library, e-Books are available through remote connections to subscribed databases (in and out of the campus) and are also accessible through a CDROM server.
  • Currently the EUI Library does not have a specific policy to purchase e-books instead of printed books (or together with a copy in printed format).
  • A complete list of e-book's collections is available from the library web site .

Academic e-books at the EUI library

Oxford Scholarship online Online resource containing the full text of recent selected OUP books in the areas of Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. (The EUI Library subscribes to the Economics & Finance and Political Science modules only)

ACLS Humanities E-Book (former "History E-Book Project")
The ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a collection over 1,500 books of major importance in the Humanities. All parts of the world and all periods are included. The aim is to include "books that remain vital to both scholars and advanced students, and are frequently cited in the literature." Fields currently included in the database are

  • Area Studies,
  • Historical Studies,
  • Art History,
  • Literature,
  • Political Science
  • Religion.

Some 300 titles are added to the collection annually. Users can search the whole collection or individual books, using words or phrase within the full text, title, subject, or author. You can browse by subject, author, or title and read all or part of the e-book.

The Gutenberg-e prizewinning Ph.D's represent the most distinguished and innovative scholarship delivered with creative and thoughtful use of digital technology. These published theses have undergone a rigorous academic review process by distinguished historians brought together by the American Historical Association. The books represent a wide range of subjects including: Africa, colonial Latin America, South Asia, Europe before 1800, military history, and history of foreign relations.

ebrary E-Book Pilot Project (Trial access until 31 December 2007)
The EUI Library is running an E-Book Pilot Project consisting of a subscription to four (4) collections of eBooks available through ebrary:

  • Business, Marketing and Economics
  • History and Humanities
  • Law, International Relations & Public Policy
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Carrie: A Full-text Electronic Library

Carrie first became operational on 1 May 1993 as a Lynx text-browser site at the University of Kansas, USA. Carrie has undertaken to scan, format and place on-line as many of these works. There is no particular order to the books selected. Some attempt has been made to make works by former members of the Department of History of the University of Kansas available when CARRIE was still at KU, USA, before being moved from April 2006 to the WWW-VL History Central catalogue, European University Institute, Florence, Italy).

Primary sources e-books at the EUI Library

Digitale Bibliothek (selected titles)
A list of selected Digitale Bibliothek titles has been included in the EUI Library Catalogue which may be of interest to EUI members. (Often outside the CDROM server).

Example of academic books also available through our CDROM server

EEBO: Early English Books Online
Collection of online text editions of works originally published 1473-1700, 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 endeavorEarly English Books Online (EEBO) provides full-text images of almost all the books printed in England and her colonies from the beginning of printing to 1700 (about 125,000 titles). You can search for books on your topic by author, title, and keyword, or search just for illustrations printed inside these books if you wish. EEBO includes the items listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661), and additional supplementary materials.

Frantext FRANTEXT 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

Le grand atelier historique de la langue française: les grands dictionnaires de référence du Moyen âge au XIXe siècle. [Marsanne, France] : Redon, [2002] Unique collection of full text dictionaries of the French language from each century, starting in the late Middle Ages to 19th century. Table of contents: Dictionnaire de La Curne de sainte Palaye -- Dictionnaire de Jean Nicot (1606) -- Curiosités françaises / Antoine Oudin -- Dictionnaire français contenant les mots et les choses / Pierre Richelet (1680) -- Dictionnaire Universel / Antoine Furetière (1690) -- Dictionaire étymologique [sic] / Gilles Menage (1694) -- Dictionnaire des arts et des sciences / Thomas Corneille (1694) -- Dictionnaire Universel François & latin vulgairement appelé de Trévoux (1743-1752) -- Dictionnaire de l'Académie française (1762) -- Dictionnaire philosophique et compléments / Voltaire -- Dictionaire [sic] critique / Abbé J.F. Féraud -- Dictionnaire grammatical de la langue française / Abbé J.F. Féraud -- Dictionnaire de la langue française / Émile Littré -- Dictionnaire universel des synonymes / Guizot

L' Encyclopédie de Diderot et d'Alembert Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Diderot, Denis, 1713-1784 and Alembert, Jean Le Rond d', 1717-1783).

Reference e-books at the EUI library

Oxford Reference Online
"Single cross-searchable web database which brings together 100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books, plus an Encyclopedia. Integrated, consistent coverage of a broad range of subjects: everything from General Reference, Language and Quotations to Science and Medicine, and from Humanities and Social Sciences to Business and Professional. 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."

Oxford dictionary of national biography. " The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in association with the British Academy is the first point of reference for anyone interested in the lives of the peoples of the British Isles and their connections overseas, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. It is the product of research instituted at the University of Oxford and funded by the British Academy and by Oxford University Press. It is the achievement of 10,000 contributors and advisers staff in Oxford. The Oxford DNB aims to provide full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life. No living person is included: the Dictionary's articles are confined to people who died before 31 December 2000"

Encyclopedia of Modern Europe (also Scribner library of modern Europe), edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter, is an electronic edition of 3 titles hosted on the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform:

Britannica online consists of a fully searchable and browsable collection of many authoritative references, including Britannica's latest article database, articles not yet in the print Britannica encyclopaedia, Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (tenth edition), and the Britannica book of the year. New resources are frequently added.


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