New eResource Trial: Al Mandumah (ends 13 May 2024)

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In addition to our earlier Blog post regarding the trial of ‘Al Manhal’ (which ends on 14th May), the Bodleian Libraries are running a short trial of another Arabic database Al Mandumah.

Please do compare the two and see which one you find more useful and send your feedback to (Nizami Ganjavi Subject Librarian (Middle Eastern and Islamic Collections))

Al Mandumah (Trial ends 13 May 24)

Dar al-Mandumah provides access to a series of databases with full-text content of Arabic scientific conferences, dissertations, and academic journals from 1921 to present day. Content is mainly in Arabic and English. The databases included are:

• EduSearch (education)

• HumanIndex (humanities)

• IslamicInfo (Islamic studies and Islamic law)

• AraBase (language and literature)

• EcoLink (economic and management studies)

• Mandumah Dissertations




New eResource Subscription: Arab Digest

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The Bodleian Libraries now have a one year subscription to the Arab Digest, a newsletter and podcast resource relevant to anyone interested in Modern Middle Eastern Studies

Arab Digest is a source of information and political analysis on current events in the Middle East and North Africa. Arab Digest members have access to articles and podcasts containing a mix of material drawn from a wide range of published sources together with original input from the editor and Arab Digest’s high-level network. Members have the option to sign up to receive the daily newsletter and podcasts direct to their emails or can access them at any time via the website.

Sign in to SOLO with your SSO to access the resource remotely.

New eResource Trial: Al Manhal (ends 14 May)

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The Bodleian Libraries are currently running a trial of the database ‘Al Manhal’, and would love to know your thoughts on the resource.

Al Manhal is a full-text searchable database of scholarly and scientific publications from the Middle East, Africa and Asia giving access to hundreds of thousands of full-text searchable publications, in both English and Arabic (books, peer-reviewed journals, strategic studies, academic dissertations and educational videos) from the Arab world’s leading publishers, across a diverse range of topics. The collection includes coverage of the Social Sciences.

The trial ends on the 14 May. Please send feedback to


New eResource Trial: Subculture Archives

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The Bodleian Libraries are currently trialling Subculture Archives and welcome feedback from students and researchers.

This resource is useful for the study of social and cultural history, visual culture, and more generally, the lived experience of the British youth as they grew up in the 20th century. For more information see the HFL Blog post.

Important: Click on ‘Log in via your University or Institution’. Select ‘University of Oxford’ and enter your SSO.

The trial ends 17 May. Please send feedback to

Our Resource of the Month choice for November: East African Newspapers

Each month, one of our Subject Librarians chooses an electronic resource which they feel will be of interest to you.

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November’s Resource of the Month has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for African Studies.

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Sarah’s choice is East African Newspapers. It was chosen as it features key newspapers from East Africa from the 1940s to the mid-2010s, covering the growth of decolonization movements to Independence. This period was also punctuated by famine, drought, political uprisings, border disputes, and war as countries worked to navigate the post-colonial landscape. This collection includes the Daily Nation (Kenya), The Ethiopian Herald, and The Monitor (Uganda), accounting for over 34,000 issues and over 800,000 pages.

Where can you access the resource

East African Newspapers is available to access via SOLO. A Single-Sign-On (SSO) is required to access this database, so is restricted to Oxford University students and staff members.

Changes to Refinitiv Eikon access

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The Refinitiv Eikon terminal in the Social Science Library gives access to global company, industry and economic data with deep historical time series available. In an effort to provide more flexible access to this resource, the fixed point terminal will be replaced by a remote ID system from Monday 13th November 2023.

Readers will no longer need to visit the SSL in person and will be able to access  Refinitiv Eikon from their own device, by obtaining a time limited ID (email to obtain an ID).

Further information can be found on the Eikon subject guide, Business & Management: Databases subject guide or by emailing or by enquiring at our issue desk.


New eResources: US Department of State documents relating to Middle and Near Eastern affairs

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Oxford researchers now have access to 5 new databases providing access to source materials for Middle and Near Eastern history in the 19th and 20th centuries. The sources are all drawn from the US Department of State records:

  1. Aden: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1880-1906 (Archives Unbound)
  2. Egypt: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1853-1962 (Archives Unbound)
  3. Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1888-1944 (Archives Unbound)
  4. Libya: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1796-1885 (Archives Unbound)
  5. Persian Gulf States and Yemen, The, 1950-1959 (Archives Unbound)

These resources are useful to those researching:

  • the history of many Middle and Near Eastern countries, incl. internal and foreign affairs, economic and social history with US commentary.
  • Arab foreign policy and diplomatic relations
  • Arab-Israeli relations, Palestine conflict
  • the history of US diplomatic and foreign policy, foreign relations and the organisation and management of the diplomatic service.
  • the support by the Department of State given to US citizens living or travelling in the Middle and Near East.
  • the foreign policy of other Western powers
  • Western colonisation and de-colonisation of the Middle and Near East
  • Military history, Suez Canal Crisis 1956, etc.
  • Christian-Muslim relations and conflict
  • Biographical details of Middle and Near Eastern politicians, officials, political or religious activities.

See the History Faculty Library blog post for more details and other related resources.


Trial access to database Race Relations in America until 1st March 2023

The Vere Harmsworth Library have organised trial access to the Adam Matthew database – Race Relations in America. The trial will end on the 1st March 2023.

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Race Relations in America

Based at Fisk University from 1943-1970, the Race Relations Department and its annual Institute were set up by the American Missionary Association to investigate problem areas in race relations and develop methods for educating communities and preventing conflict. Documenting three pivotal decades in the fight for civil rights, this resource showcases the speeches, reports, surveys and analyses produced by the Department’s staff and Institute participants.

Key themes covered include:

  • Desegregation of schools, industries and public transport – survey material documents the attitudes of the community towards prospective desegregation, as well as analysing the results. The progress of legislation and legal cases can also be explored within the collection, alongside statistical data used in key Supreme Court Cases.
  • Migration of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers, which had a significant impact on American industry and the labour movement, as well as domestic issues such as housing, overcrowding and poverty.
  • The role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement and in African American communities, from helping to fund organizations like the Race Relations Institute, to the part played in encouraging integration or segregation among their congregations. Other religious and spiritual groups are also covered.
  • Race riots and other racial tensions, which the Race Relations Department worked to diffuse or prevent by aiding communities to identify and address their problems. Alongside surveys created by field workers are reports on specific events, with testimonies from individuals involved in events such as police brutality.
  • Activities of the Civil Rights Movement, including protest marches, sit-in demonstrations, student movements, and legal cases. Reports and correspondence are kept on key organisations, as well as the activities of specific hate groups.
  • Speeches and reports by key figures of the time, including Thurgood Marshall and Rosa Parks, alongside sociologists, activists, psychologists, teachers, ministers, students and housewives.

Alongside this are contextual essays, thematic guides, audio recordings and video interviews, alongside interactive maps of survey locations and data on attendees of Race Relations Institute.

Any feedback or thoughts on the database, please email the Vere Harmsworth Librarian

Box Of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts is an on-demand TV and radio service for education

It allows you to watch and record material broadcast on the TV going back to the 1990s: it covers over 2 million broadcasts, across 65 free-to-air channels, including BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4, Film 4, and more.

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What secrets does this relic from a bygone age conceal?

Struggling to find a film amongst library collections, or looking to analyse a particular era of party political broadcasts? Box of Broadcasts might be the answer!

With it you can also:

  • Create playlists, clips & clip compilations
  • Search programme transcripts & subtitles
  • Cite with one click, for easy academic referencing
  • Experience the horror and joy of vintage TV commercials

It’s available to all current members of the University with your SSO, and can be found on SOLO here

New Primary Source Digital Archives

The Bodleian last year substantially expanded its collections of e-resources with the purchase of several new archives. At the SSL, we wanted to particularly highlight the purchase of several that are relevant to students and researchers in our subjects. Each resource below has a link through to the relevant Gale archive, with institutional access provided by your Oxford single sign on.

Archives of Sexuality and GenderA collage of 20th century newspaper cuttings related to members of the LGBTQ+ community.

We now have access to Archives of Sexuality and Gender, part I: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940.

This resource spans the sixteenth to twentieth centuries and is the largest digital collection of historical primary source publications relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender research and gender studies research.


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We now have access to the Chatham House Online Archive: Module 1: Publications and Archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1920-1979. Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference.


New Newspaper Archives

The following historical newspaper archivesA collage of covers from Punch magazine, featuing the character Punch drawn in a cartoon style. have been purchased:

The Independent Historical Archive 1986-2016

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive, 1888-2013

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992


Updates to Existing Newspaper Archives:

A collage of covers from the Times Literary Supplement, with bylines for several famous literary critics and writers.We’ve also ‘topped up’ our collections of digital archives with these additions:

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 2005-2016

Economist Historical Archive, 2016-2020

Telegraph Historical Archive, 2001-2016

TLS Historical Archive, 2015-2019