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 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


LGBT+ Database Trials: Let us know your views

Trialling of LGBT+ Databases

Throughout February and early March the Bodleian Libraries will be trialling a selection of LGBT+ related eResources and databases, which are listed below. All are accessible via SOLO, click on the resource names below to go directly to their SOLO record and gain online access (logging on with your SSO if required).

Archives of Sexuality and Gender: Gale Cengage (On trial until 4/3/20)
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. Documentation covering disciplines such as social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world are included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities to support research and education.

LGBT Magazine Archive:Proquest LLC (On trial until 2/3/20)
The resource archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type.  The complete backfile of The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time.  As one of the very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement. LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times.

LGBT Life Full Text from EBSCO (On trial until 28/2/20)
LGBT Life with Full Text is a specialised database for LGBT studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBT publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines and newspapers. It also includes a specialized LGBT thesaurus containing thousands of terms.  Content includes more than 140 full-text journals and nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials.  In addition, more than 260 abstracted and indexed journals and more than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works.

Please let us know what you think of these eResources, as this will help guide whether we should purchase any of them and extend their access. Send your views to Helen Worrell, the Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian and Vice-Chair, Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group.