Trial until 5 February: Black Authors 1556-1922

The Vere Harmsworth Library has organised trial access to Readex’s Black Authors: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia (1556-1922).

This collection offers more than 550 fully catalogued and searchable works by black authors from the Americas, Europe and Africa, expertly compiled by the curators of Afro-Americana Imprints collection, the largest existing collection of its kind. Found within are wide-ranging genres, including personal narratives, autobiographies, histories, expedition reports, military reports, novels, essays, poems and musical compositions.

Major subject areas addressed in Black Authors include Literature, Ethnic History, Colonialism, Gender Studies, Slavery, Diaspora Studies and related fields. As a whole, this collection reveals how the creative efforts of black authors evolved over three centuries. The earliest published works of authors of African descent are largely travel narratives and historical works treating the exploration of the African continent and the collision between European powers with the peoples of Africa.

Access is available via OxLIP+ until 5th February 2016 (use single sign-on for remote access). Please send comments or feedback to jane.rawson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

[re-blogged from the VHL blog.]

New: ARTFL – French texts online

Cherchez-vous les sources littéraires et historiques? Voici une solution.

Oxford users have access ARTFL is an indispensable collection of electronic resources for researchers in French Language and Literature, spanning medieval to 19th century, which are also useful for historians. It includes some Italian texts too.

Here is the content:ARTFL

  • FRANTEXT: comprising 3,558 French texts from the 12th to the 20th centuries
  • French Women Writers, over 100 works by French women authors from the 16th to the 19th century.
  • Provençal Poetry, 38 collections of texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • Textes de Français Ancien (TFA), 103 works from the 12th through 15th century.
  • The Journal de Trévoux, ou Mémoires pour l’Histoire des Sciences & des Beaux-Arts. 109 volumes, 1751-1758.
  • Pierre Bayle, Dictionnaire historique et critique (5th Edition, 1740).
  • Louis Moréri, Le Grand dictionnaire historique, ou le Mélange curieux de l’Histoire sacrée et profane, etc. (1759).
  • Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) Database, 1,960 vernacular texts dated prior to 1375, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
  • many lesser-known texts

Searching is a little basic so do make use of the index search options. Access is via SOLO or OxLIP+.

Looking for more French texts online? Oxford users have access to the following:

Corpus de Littérature Médiévale des origines a la fin du 15e siècle

Dictionnaires des XVIe et XVIIe siècles

Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, L’

Géographies du Monde, Les

Textes de la Renaissance

Bibliothèque de la Renaissance