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Access to the ‘Index to Hebrew Periodicals’ Database (מפתח חיפה)

We are glad to announce that the Muller Library has renewed its subscription to the Index to Hebrew Periodicals. This database is accessible from all the Library terminals – no login information required.


The “Index to Hebrew Periodicals” (IHP) is a multi-disciplinary bibliographic indexing project covering articles from Hebrew periodicals, collections, and some monographs. With an interface in Hebrew and English, IHP delivers content from 1977 in Hebrew, English, and other languages.

The database currently contains over 820,000 items, including:

The Index to Hebrew Periodicals – IHP
Abstracts of all major Hebrew journals from 1977 to date with the exception of weeklies and newsletters. IHP covers a variety of subjects with an emphasis on Judaica, literature, education, arts, law, social studies, public health, and current Israeli affairs (politics and society). Currently adding approx. 15,000 articles per year, from about 450 current titles. More than 50,000 bibliographic records are linked to full-text articles.
The database is not limited to scholarly materials only, and while there is some overlap with RAMBI – The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies.

The Eretz Israel Database – EID
A project of the University of Haifa Library in cooperation with the library of Yad Yitshak Ben Zvi. The purpose of EID is to complement the IHP with additional material relating to the history, geography, and archaeology of the land of Israel. It includes non‑Hebrew articles of all periods, pre-1977 articles in Hebrew, and a number of books, pamphlets, and reports. The Eretz Israel database contains approximately 28,000 items.

The Tel-Hai Index to Hebrew Newspapers -THIHN
A project of Tel-Hai College Library in Upper Galilee, where indexing was produced and then input by the University of Haifa. Newspapers covered: Ha’aretz, Hatsofeh, Al‑Hamishmar, Davar, Ma’ariv, Yediot Aharonot and Hadashot (until it ceased publication). Particular emphasis is given to longer, analytical articles on social, economic, and political topics as well as significant reviews of books, exhibitions, theater, and other cultural events. THIHN contains 188,500 newspaper articles from January 1985 to April 1992, and from April 1994 to February 1997.

Bar-Ilan Indexing Project – BIIP
The Bar-Ilan Indexing Project, carried out by the Indexing Unit of the Wurzweiler Central Library, consists of two parallel projects:
1) An index to articles in the literary supplements of the daily Hebrew press (1985– ). Includes the supplements of Ha’aretz, Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv, Ha’tsofeh, Yated Ne’eman, Ha’modia, Al-Hamishmar, Davar and Hadashot (the latter three—until they ceased publication).

2) Indexes to other Hebrew periodicals: Orlogin (1950–1957), Melila (1944–1956), Bar-Ilan (1965–1989) and Molad (1948–1986). While there is some duplication and overlap with the other components of the IHP, the vast majority of the BIIP’s 84,600 records are unique. They are particularly important in supplementing the THIHN, both in coverage of the haredi (ultra-orthodox) press, and in partially filling in the gap (1992 – April, 1994) in THIHN.

The IHP thesaurus
All four component files share the same common thesaurus of indexing terms. The IHP thesaurus is the largest and most comprehensive thesaurus of Hebrew indexing terms. The thesaurus is used by many other libraries and indexing projects in Israel and abroad. It contains about 228,000 subject entries. Subjects are interrelated using the standard broad/narrow/related term relationships, as well as scope notes and synonyms. The thesaurus terms are written in standard “brief” Hebrew orthographic form (ketiv haser).