Category Archives: General

Trial – East View Russian digital archives: Niva and Vestnik Evropy

We are trialling East View’s digital archives of two Russian periodicals – Niva and Vestnik Evropy – until 12 December 2021.

Niva was a popular journal of late 19th-century Russia.

Niva an illustrated weekly journal of literature, politics and modern life, was published from 1870 to 1918 in St. Petersburg, before being shut down by the Bolsheviks after the Russian revolution. The journal was widely read by an audience that extended from primary schoolteachers, rural parish priests, and the urban middle class to the gentry. It was especially popular among the middle class in the Russian provinces. Niva contained large coloured prints of art by famous Russian artists, works of famous Russian authors, as well as articles on science, politics and culture. It also had a special children’s section as well as a section on Russian classical writers: Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many others. The Taylorian has only a few issues of Niva in our holdings (stored offsite).

The Vestnik Evropy digital archive, covering the years 1802-1830, complements our printed set of Vestnik Evropy (Viestnik Evropy) held at the Taylorian which starts in 1866 and continues up to the Revolution. The journal Vestnik Evropy is among the earliest and most influential literary and political journals of Russia. The founder of the journal was the writer and historian Nikolai Karamzin. We have a set of Vestnik Evropy (1866-1917) (in over 300 individual volumes) in the Taylorian Basement.

Please send any feedback on the trials to nick.hearn@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Tillich Online – (trial until the 30th of December 2021.)

We now have access to Tillich Online – (trial until the 30th of December 2021.)

database: Tillich Online

Tillich Online is the first bilingual database to make the entire work of the important German-American theologian Paul Tillich (1886–1965) electronically accessible. In addition to Tillich’s extensive German-language oeuvre, users can access original English material authored by Tillich, as well as translations from the German, which are gradually being added to the database.

Please send feedback to Hilla Wait.

 

Trial – Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries

We have trial access to Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries until 30 December 2021.

Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary 

  • A major Bible dictionary, six volumes of approximately 1,200 pages each.
  • More than 6,000 entries, 7,000,000 words, and nearly 1,000 contributors.
  • Endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites.
  • Articles on pseudepigraphic and apocryphal texts, Nag Hammadi tractates, and individual Dead Sea Scrolls, including the most recently published sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls as well as articles illustrating the literary artistry of the biblical text.

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries

  • Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries span over 86 volumes and is one of the most long-running scholarly commentaries series for Biblical Studies scholars.
  • Includes a book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha to make available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible.

Please send feedback to to Hilla Wait.

New resource – Complete Si Ku Series 全四庫系列

We now have access to Complete Si Ku Series (全四庫系列), which provides full-text access to about 14,000 titles from ancient (pre-Qin Dynasty) to pre-modern China (Qing Dynasty). This database consists of the following five widely known collectaneas works (叢書):

  1. Si ku quan shu (SKQS; 四庫全書): completed in 1792, this is the greatest collection of ancient books in China’s history encompassing 3,503 titles or 79,337 volumes of works on all subjects organised into the four broad categories.
  2. Xu xiu Si ku quan shu (續修四庫全書) is the sequel to SKQS. It contains works which had not been collected by SKQS and the works written since the completion of it in the late 18th century. This sequel database contains the digitised version of 5,443 book titles consisting of 1,800 volumes.
  3. Si ku wei shou shu (四庫未收書) is a collection of ancient books that were discovered after the completion of SKQS. The current digital version contains 167 titles.
  4. Quan Si ku cun mu (全四庫存目) is a collection of ancient books that were intentionally excluded from SKQS by its editors. The current digital version contains 4,561 titles.
  5. Si ku jin hui shu (四庫禁毀書) is a collection of books that were prohibited or destroyed in the process of compiling the original SKQS. The current reorganised digital version contains 620 titles.

Trial – China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949

We have trial access to China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949 via Gale until 30 November 2021.

China and the Modern World: Records of the Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854–1949 provides an excellent primary source collection, mainly in English, for the study of China and its relations with the Imperial West in the late Qing and Republican periods. The records included in this collection– official correspondence, despatches, reports, memoranda, and private and confidential letters– constitute invaluable and often unique evidence of Chinese life, the economy and politics through the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion, the Revolution of 1911, the May 30 Movement, the two Sino-Japanese Wars, and the Chinese Civil War.

Please send any feedback to Mamtimyn.Sunuodula@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.