Europeana app for iPad: digital resources on European culture at your fingertips

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Europeana app. Click to download from iTunes

Europeana fans and those who looking for digital resources relating to European culture will be delighted to know that there is a free app “Europeana Open Culture” for the iPad.

What is Europeana?

Europeana is a vast and growing digital library capturing digital cultual resources of Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections.

It Includes many different types of materials:

  • images of paintings,
  • drawings,
  • maps,
  • photos and pictures of museum objects;
  • texts of books,
  • newspapers,
  • letters, diaries and archival papers;
  • sounds of music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts;
  • videos, films, newsreels and TV broadcasts.

There are also themed collections, e.g. Europeana 1914-19.

Which countries are covered?

The list of contributing libraries, museums, etc. is long but very interesting. It gives you an idea of the countries involved and scale of the operation.

Looking to use some images? Some resources are free for re-use but please check on terms & conditions first.

If you are reading this from an ipad, then you can download the app from iTunes.

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The United States’ answer to Europeana for Europe, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. “The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.

Trial until 16 May: Early European Books

Oxford readers are now invited to trial the complete Early European Books. Note that Early European Books 2 (Italian collection) is already held in Oxford.

EEBEarly European Books provides scholars with new ways of accessing and exploring the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. 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.

Let us know what you think!

Trial ends 16 May 2013. You can leave feedback on the History databases desiderata or email Isabel Holowaty.

Easier access to CD-Roms in Upper Radcliffe Camera

Our consultation space

Access to some key history CD-Roms has been added to the library PC in the consultation space in the Upper Radcliffe Camera, next to the Bodleian History Faculty Library Staff Office. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Luther’s Works
The Luther’s Works CD ROM (the 55 volume American edition of Luther’s Works, ed. by Jaroslav Pelikan and Helmut Lehmann)  for SS Luther and the German Reformation has been loaded on to the PC in the consultation space, and by clicking on the icon “Libronix Digital Library System” readers can access it with no need to request the CD from the office or spending time installing it.

This CD-Rom makes available the entire 55-volume set of Luther’s Works, a magisterial translation project published jointly by Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House in 1957.  It includes the entire Luther corpus, the KJV Bible, and the Book of Concord (Tappert edition).

Enduring Vision
The Enduring Vision CD has  been installed but readers  still need to request the CD from the office before the programs can be used.

The CD is an electronic version of The Enduring Vision by Paul Boyer, et al., a history textbook of the American people. In addition to the text and appendixes in the printed textbook, this interactive edition also contains audio, video, maps, charts, and software tools to explore the text and data.

Gandhi
The Gandhi CD  CD has also been installed but readers  still need to request the CD from the office before the programs can be used.

The CD offers four multimedia presentations: Introducing Gandhiji, Landmark events, Gandhian concepts, and the electronic book, containing the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in chronological order.

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New to Oxford users: Anti-Calvin / The Huguenots

Oxford users now have access to two new resources from the Brill Primary Sources Online series. They are particularly relevant to early modern historians, theologians and historians of the Reformation. There is very good presence of digitised French texts. The images of the scans can be viewed as pdfs and printed or downloaded. Texts can also be exported as zip files.

Anti-Calvin

John Calvin

This database comprises the writings of French Catholics against the doctrines of John Calvin (1509-1564) and other protestant leaders. France was a major centre in the clash between Catholics and Protestants during the sixteenth century. Much of the Protestant literature was in French in the hopes of converting the French people. In response, the Catholic Church preserved its position in France with these documents. This archive includes both sixteenth-century attacks on Calvinism and Protestantism as well as defences of the Catholic doctrine.

Anti-Calvin is now available to Oxford users.

The Huguenots

This collection offers a comprehensive survey of the original writings of the French Huguenot authors, from the first stirrings of radical dissent in the 1530s through to the end of the century. The selection privileges first and foremost original writings of authors writing within France and for an exclusively French audience. Thus whereas Calvin’s Genevan writings are not included, the tracts penned by Theodore de Bèze as part of the polemic exchange during the Colloquy of Poissy (1561) do appear here.

All told the writings collected here reveal an intellectually vibrant movement, meeting unprecedented challenges and later hardship with that mixture of confidence, aggression, and resolution in the face of adversity that characterises Calvinist churches of this era throughout Europe.

The Huguenots is now available to Oxford users.

Other related resources:

Early English Books Online offers free training webinar

Early English Books Online (EEBO) – Training Webinar
 
Hosted by Rebecca Price, ProQuest Training and Support Team

EEBO homepage

EEBO homepage

Digitised directly from the UMI Early English Books collection in microform, Early English Books Online (EEBO) presents classic early English works as they appeared in their original format and includes works ranging from Galileo to Purcell to Shakespeare. Join an online session to get an introductory overview of this database and interface or to refresh your awareness of how Early English Books Online (EEBO) can support your research into early modern literature, language, culture and history. This webinar covers content, functions and features, as well as tips for using Early English Books Online (EEBO) on the Chadwyck-Healey interface. It will also try to answer any questions and show you how to access support, including tutorials, help pages and documentation. The session is scheduled for 60 minutes to cover:

  • Print to electronic – the EEBO collections
  • Content examples
  • Key and specialist functionality
  • Live demo
         – Basic, Advanced searching
    – Variant spellings & Variant forms
    – Browsing by author, Thomason Tracts, Periodicals
    – Output options
  • Review & questions

Dates and times

Two sessions are being held in March and both will cover the same material. Select whichever session suits you best:
– Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
Participants will need to register here:
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– Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:00, GMT Time (London, GMT)
Participants will need to register here:
https://proquestmeetings.webex.com/proquestmeetings/onstage/g.php?d=718043094&t=a

On registration, you will be sent an email with full instructions on how to join the online meeting. Following the session is easy – just listen via our audio broadcast or call in to the teleconference. All details will be provided in the registration email. Participation is free of charge.

 Early European Books, the acclaimed sister resource to EEBO, allows researchers to extend their survey of early modern printed sources into continental Europe.
A free Early European Books training webinar is also now open for bookings – click here for details.

Trial until 15 May: Early European Books (EEB) Collection 1

We have started a trial of Early European Books (EEB) which complements EEBO. It currently only includes Collection 1 (Danish early printed books):

“Early European Books allows scholars to access and explore the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. 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. Currently only Collection 1 (drawn from the Royal Library, Copenhagen) is available.”

Collection 2 (Italian early printed books) will not be available until later this year and others (German, French, etc.) are still to follow.

EEB can be accessed from OxLIP+. The trial will run until 15 May. If you have any feedback concerning functionality or content, please e-mail Isabel Holowaty by 15 May. It should be said that we currently have no funds to pay for a subscription, but will use your responses to help prioritise the desiderata list.