Oxford researchers will be pleased to know that Ambix: the Journal of the Society for the Study of Alchemy and Early Chemistry is now available online, starting with volume 44 (1997). For issues before that date, you will need to consult the printed copy.
“Ambix is an internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed journal and the leading specialist publication in its field, which is viewed as a major outlet for current research. Published four times a year, in February, May, August and November, its remit is to facilitate the publication of high-quality research and discussion in all areas relevant to the history of alchemy and chemistry, including:
- ancient, medieval and early modern alchemy
- the Chemical Revolution
- the impact of atomism
- the rise of organic chemistry
- the chemical industry
- quantum chemistry
- interactions between the chemical sciences and other disciplines
The Journal’s scope extends to the history of pharmacy and chemical medicine, environmental studies of the chemical industry, and the material and visual culture of chemistry. ” (https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=yamb20, accessed 15 May 2018)
Ambix also publishes reviews in English of books dealing with any aspect of the history of alchemy and chemistry.
I am pleased to report that Oxford researchers now have online access to Das Historisch-Politische Buch: ein Wegweiser durch das Schrifttum (ISSN: 0018-2605), starting with vol. 65 (3), 2017.
This review journal started publication in 1953. The printed copies can be requested from the offsite storage to Bodleian Libraries reading rooms.
More than 1,000 international scholars publish reviews (Buchbesprechungen) in the journal on a regular basis, reviewing over a 1,000 current publications annually. While focusing on history and political science the HPB covers related disciplines as well.
The topics range from medieval to post-1945 history and include non-European history also. The reviews are either by publication or gathered in themes, e.g. historical methods, regional and urban history, military history, education, environment, gender, religion and church, etc.
The journal provides scholarly guidance of the historical literature for researchers and librarians. The reviews summarise the content of the book, comment on the subject and place them in the research context. This is a great resource to discover the German historiography of a wide range of publications on history and politics and to locate book reviews.
The reviews are in German and are full-text searchable.
Nick Hearn, French and Slavonic Subject Specialist in the Taylor Institution Library, is running a trial of the online Vestnik Evropy. The journal is not just a literary one but contains much of interest about Russian politics and foreign relations. This might therefore be of interest to historians. The trial is now available via OxLIP+.
This electronic resource, 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.
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Is the thought of researching and writing your Thesis over the summer giving you sleepless nights? Don’t know where to begin with defining your subject, finding your sources, or finding primary source material?
We have History-specific events for you in Trinity Term to help you out!
Thesis Fair, 26 April, 2-4pm at Exam Schools
This highly popular event has Librarians, Academics, Information Skills advisors, Subject Specialists and lots more – covering many different subjects and aspects of your Thesis prep. Come and talk to dedicated specialists and find out what there is on offer in Oxford and further afield!
If you are in a college beginning letters B-N, please come at 2pm; all other colleges should try to come at 3mp – but if you can’t make it during your time slot, just come when you can.
Research Skills for your Thesis, 2-4pm, History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George St.
This 2-hour session is designed to equip history graduates with key information skills in order to make best use of electronic information and discovery resources. A range of databases, e-journals and web portals will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Time for hands on practice will be included.
Book now (SSO required)
There is also a full iSkills timetable running this term – details and booking links can be found on the iSkills Libguide.
Oxford Libraries have an extraordinary range of resources available to help with your research – but it can feel impossible to know where to begin! To help you out, we run User Education sessions to try to give you a head start with our collections. Here are a few which might be of use to Historians:
The full list of iSkills classes can be found on the iSkills LibGuide.
“We’re delighted to announce that Oxford users now have access to the digitised archive of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1865-1984 via Readex’s America’s Historical Newspapers platform. Access is now available via SOLO or OxLIP+ (remote access for University members via single sign-on).
Though it was Northern California’s “newspaper of record,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s influence was so far-reaching that it was known as the Voice of the West. With colorful reporting and commentary on news ranging from the aftermath of the Gold Rush to the effects of World War II to the counterculture boom of the 1960s, the Chronicle offers an unparalleled glimpse into the issues and events that shaped the West Coast for over a century.” > Continue reading on the VHL blog
Also of interest:
Our colleagues in the Vere Harmsworth Library have arranged permanent access to the online American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection (1684-1912). They write:
“We’re delighted to announce that Oxford users now have access to all five parts of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection from EBSCO.
The collection provides digital access to the full text of thousands of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912, digitised from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. Titles cover a broad range of subjects and interests related to every aspect of American life and culture, from politics to religion, science, law, literature and the arts.
>>More information on the AAS periodicals collection
Access is available via OxLIP+ – use single sign-on for remote access.”
From the VHL Blog post [accessed 15 March 2018]
From Monday 5th March you may start checking books out for the Easter vacation!
You can borrow up to 15 books but from Thursday 8th March the limit goes up to 20 including short loans.
Please return or renew your current loans loans by Wednesday 7th March and remember to pay your fines.
Vac loans must be returned by Monday of first week in Trinity Term (23 April). Please don’t leave them at home!