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19th Century British Pamphlets Project

This collection, created by Research Libraries UK, contains the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries. Pamphlets were an important means of public debate, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. The digitization of more than 20,000 pamphlets from seven UK institutions provides researchers, students and teachers with an immensely rich and coherent corpus of primary sources with which to study the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th century Britain.  

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.

Archive Grid

Thousands of libraries, museums and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. The list of contributors includes the Harvard University, the Cornell University Library and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Researchers using ArchiveGrid can contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials and to order copies.

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Bibliography of Asian Studies

The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is available via library subscription. It references principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971.  

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Conditions & Politics in Occupied Western Europe 1940-1945

The historical documents of this database capture the hidden history of wartorn Europe and offer researchers, teachers and students new perspectives on politics, diplomacy and everyday life in the German-occupied countries. The collection includes detailed information indexed by year and section, from the occupied states of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the Vatican, and the neutral countries – Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, along with a day-by-day chronology of the war, photographs and posters from The National Archives and film footage of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents in France from the Imperial War Museum.  

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture

The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) brings together about 1,000 scholars to write critical essays on women, Muslim and non-Muslim and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present.

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Encyclopedia of the Qur'an

Drawing upon a rich scholarly heritage, Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān (EQ) combines alphabetically-arranged articles about the contents of the Qur'ān. It is an encyclopaedic dictionary of Qur'ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within Qur'ānic studies. With nearly 1000 entries in 5 volumes, the EQ is the first comprehensive, multi-volume reference work on the Qur'ān to appear in a Western language.

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

History compass

Unique in both range and approach, History Compass is an online-only journal publishing original, peer-reviewed state-of-the-field articles of the most important research and current thinking from the entire discipline. History Compass takes all of the past as its purview and solicits articles from every kind of historian. Articles are not traditional reports on historical research but rather surveys of recent historiography, ongoing interpretive debates, of suggestions for fresh directions of inquiry.

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Index Islamicus

The Index Islamicus database contains information on literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. It is edited by a team at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, established to transmit knowledge about Islamic and Middle East studies. The records include over 3,000 journals and cover almost 100 years of publications on the world of Islam. Journals and books are indexed down to the article and chapter level.   

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Index of Christian Art

The Index of Christian Art is one of the most important archives of medieval art in existence and the most specialized resource for iconographers. Based on the resources developed by Charles Rufus Morey in the early 20th century, it is now mainly developed at Princeton University.  

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Israel Messenger

The Israel's Messenger is an important source of knowledge about the Shanghai Jewish Community in the years 1904-1941. It illustrates the daily life and the role of the Jewish community in politics, economics and international trade before the establishment of the Jewish state.

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Kokka 国華

The Kokka Magazine is a monthly periodical on art and architecture, published since 1889. The database is hosted at the database server of the Center for East Asian Studies and can be accessed online (requires password).

Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945

For the database National Socialism, Holocaust, Resistance and Exile 1933–1945, primary sources regarding the National Socialist state and the NSDAP, Nazi ideology and propaganda and related subjects have been digitised. The approximately 40,000 primary sources with about 450,000 pages include administration files and correspondence from the highest authorities of the Third Reich, situation and status reports of the secret state police authorities and Adolf Hitler's speeches.  

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies describing the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC onwards. With more than 10,000 illustrations, researched in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Oxford DNB is the largest selection of national portraiture ever published. 

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library. 

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito. Encompassing over 5,000 A-Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam.

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library.  

Oxford Scholarship Online

Oxford Scholarships Online enables access to 4,254 scholary books of Oxford University Press. The books are related to disciplines such as Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Medicine, and Law.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses - Full Text is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies.

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The Economist Historical Archive

The Economist Historical Archive delivers a complete searchable copy of every issue of The Economist from 1843 to 2006. In more than 8,000 issues since the first publication in 1843, the magazine has presented timely reporting, concise commentary and comprehensive analysis of global news every week.

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Western books on China

This new online collection comprises a descriptive, annotated bibliography of 654 early Western books on Imperial China up to 1850, all to be found in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. The collection is based on the book Western Books on China published up to 1850 by John Lust. The books, in a variety of Western languages, testify to the formidable difficulties encountered by Westerners, who attempted to extend their own familiar historical, linguistic and religious perceptions to the Chinese context.

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Yomiuri Shinbun 読­売新聞 - Meiji 明治 and Shôwa 昭和 Eras

These two databases cover all articles of the daily newspaper in original layout, from 1874.11 to 1926.12. It is hosted at the database server of the Center for East Asian Studies and can be accessed online (requires password).

Encyclopaedia of Hinduism

The “Encyclopedia of Hinduism” provides essays by world’s foremost scholars in this specific subject. It aims at a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today. Presenting the same heralded original essays and research from thematic print edition, the online reference currently includes two of ultimately five volumes.

Access the database via Heidelberg University Library