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Current Trial: Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century (1450s-1701), offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. This resources focuses on European languages other than English, including Dutch, Danish, Italian, Latin, and French. Of interest to book historians, the scans are of the entire physical object and pages (rather than just the text), including marginalia and binding. You can search by country of publication, language, page features (illustration, musical notation), and source library, and you can include historical and linguistic variants in your search. Books can be browsed in an online Flash-based viewer or downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs.

The trial will last until March 16th, 2017.

Please send your comments and feedback to Stacy Reardon (sreardon at berkeley)

Current Trial: The Digital Karl Barth Library

The Digital Karl Barth Library – http://bart.alexanderstreet.com

The Digital Karl Barth Library supports a new generation of research into the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential theologians. The collection includes the original German version and the English translation of Karl Barth’s magnum opus, The Church Dogmatics, in its entirety. Also included is Barth’s Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings.

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The trial will run through March 8th.

Please send your comments and feedback to jdorner (at) library.berkeley.edu.

Current Trial: Drama Online

Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.

Content included:
* 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
* Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
* Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
* L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
* Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
* BBC Drama Films

The trial will last until March 24th, and can be accessed at http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/
Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon at berkeley.edu.

Current Trial: Flavius Josephus Online

Flavius Josephus Online is the first comprehensive literary-historical online commentary in English on the works of Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian.

“Flavius Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, is without a doubt the most important witness to ancient Judaism from the close of the biblical period to the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. After fighting against the Romans in the war of 66-73 and surrendering in the earliest phase of the campaign, he moved to Rome where he began a productive literary career. His four surviving works – Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion, in thirty Greek volumes – provide the narrative structure for interpreting the other, more fragmentary written sources and physical remains from this period. Josephus’ descriptions of the Temple, the Judean countryside, Jewish-Roman relations and conflicts, and groups and institutions of ancient Judea have become indispensable for students of early Judaism, Classics, and of Christian origins alike.”

This online collection of Josephus’ texts takes the form of a tree: starting with the four works (Judean War, Judean Antiquities, Life, and Against Apion) one can navigate to the relevant books and sections within these books. Indicated are both the separate sections within each book as introduced by William Whiston, as well as the order of lines as introducted by Benedikt Niese. The buttons at the top and the bottom of every entry enable one to go to the previous or next section, to go back to an overview of the book or to an overview of the entire work.

The editor’s introduction to each separate work can be found under ‘Introduction’. ‘Contents’ holds the original Greek text as well as commentary and interpretation. The tab ‘Appendixes and Bibliographies’ presents an overview of maps, excursus and appendixes to the four works.”

The Introduction, Contents, Appendixes and Bibliography, and How To are available at http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/browse/flavius-josephus-online

The trial runs for 30 days beginning September 12.

NOW ON TRIAL: Classical Performance in Video from from Alexander Street.

Classical Performance in Video is the largest and most comprehensive video resource for the study of classical music. Users experience classical music through 1,600 performances, including 200 full operas and 75 dance titles, as well as masterclasses, documentaries, scores, and interviews. Video as a learning tool provides a rich experience for music students, and all patrons use the multimedia tools in this collection to research, analyze, learn, and enjoy the classical music genre.

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Our trial runs from August 31st to October 1st.

Please send your comments and feedback to John Shepard.

NOW ON TRIAL: Incidence and Prevalence Database

IPD: Incidence and Prevalence Database is the most efficient way to look at the world’s epidemiology data.

The database covers over 4,500 diseases, procedures, symptoms and other health issues for incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, comorbidity, treated or diagnosed rates, cost and much more.  Updated monthly, all data are linked to the primary source.  Sources include medical journals, trade journals, audits, on-line databases, registries, and market investment reports.

Our trial runs from February 2 through March 6, 2015.

Please send comments and feedback to Debbie Jan.

NOW ON TRIAL: GIDEON: Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network

Updated on a continuous basis, Gideon is a great resource for global infectious diseases, including worldwide distribution, disease outbreak information, and surveys.  The Infectious Diseases module has 5 sections: Diagnosis, Diseases, Travel, Drugs, and Vaccines.  The Microbiology module covers Bacteria, Mycobacteria, and Yeasts.  Content comes from peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts of major international meetings, and other gray literature.

 

Our trial runs from January 23rd to March 6th.

 

Please send your comments and feedback to Debbie Jan.

NOW ON TRIAL: Berg Fashion Library

The Berg Fashion Library

The authority on world dress

The Berg Fashion Library is a unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. For a full list of content click here.

Students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles will find the Berg Fashion Library a treasury of fascinating insights into people and cultures all over the world.

The Berg Fashion Library will be updated at least three times a year.

Our trial runs from 23 January through 28 February 2015.

Send comments and feedback to Kathryn Wayne.

NOW ON TRIAL: Japan Times and Japan Chronicle Weekly

A UC-wide trial to the Japan Times Archive and the Japan Chronicle Weekly is available through December 31, 2014.

More than a century of Japanese history, as it happened, in English, is available in The Japan Times. Every issue published between March 1897 through 2013 is available.

The English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly (1902-1940) is the newspaper of record for Japan’s engagement with modernity and its emergence, through war, political and social upheaval and seismic social change in East Asia, onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century. Historians of East Asia have long seen the Japan Chronicle as a uniquely valuable resource.

Please send comments and questions to Toshie Marra.

NOW ON TRIAL: Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic

Our trial to this resource will end on November 12, 2014 (extended from October 29).  Send feedback and comments to Shayee Khanaka.

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Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic is a new groundbreaking resource for those with an interest in the Arabic language. Structured by Oxford’s renowned language research and compiled by an international team of expert advisers, the dictionary is based on language as it’s used today.

Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic contains the latest vocabulary in technology, business, media, and the arts in both languages to ensure you have the most up-to-date words at your fingertips.

Key benefits include:

  • Over 330,000 words, phrases, and translations
  • 70,000 real life example sentences
  • Vowels in all Arabic text
  • Fully searchable in Modern Standard Arabic and English
  • Regular word and content updates to ensure this resource is the most up to date bi-directional Arabic and English dictionary available
  • Incorporates extra content including tables of Arabic verbs, numbers, and dates
  • Modern and user-friendly design is optimized for use on a phone or tablet

 

Visit the Oxford Dictionaries | Arabic website to explore the Arabic language, learn more about the language situation in the Arabic speaking world, learn how to write dates in Arabic, and more!

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