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Web Resources

Freely available web resources selected by the Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica librarian which will support your research into topics relating to Ancient Near Eastern civilizations, the Byzantine Empire, Semitic languages, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and modern Israel / Palestine

  • General resources

    Reviews in History (Institute of Historical Research) 
    Searchable collection of book reviews on recent publications in all fields of history by academics or specialists in the field. Links to book reviews in other digital media.

  • Open-access publications / digitised texts
    • Aleppo Codex Online
      Website devoted to the oldest extant copy of the Hebrew Bible (dating from around 930). Contains comment and analysis as well as a searchable, digitized copy of the text
    • AWOL (Ancient World Online)
      Directory to open-access historical texts on the Ancient World: includes late antiquity, Byzantium, early Church history, Syriac and Coptic studies, history of medicine
    • E-Corpus
      Collection of digitized documents and rare books from a French archival consortium. Includes “Virtual library on ancient and modern Egypt”
    • Early Hebrew Newspapers Project
      Digitised copies of major titles of the early Hebrew press in the diaspora and Eretz Israel in the 19th and early 20th century. The site is in Hebrew and requires the free image viewer viewONE to be downloaded in order for the texts to be read
    • Internet History Sourcebooks (Fordham University, New York)
      Directory to open-access historical texts on a range of subjects and regions: including Jewish History
    • Internet Sacred Text Archive
      Open access material on sacred texts, and translations of the texts themselves, including Ancient Near Eastern religions and Judaism
    • Oriental Institute (Chicago) : open-access publications
      Link to open-access back catalogue titles from OIC. Includes the Assyrian and Hittite dictionaries and a range of monographs, bulletins and archaeological reports (via AWOL) 
    • SOAS Research Online
      Open access e-print repository of academic publications (articles, book chapters, theses etc.) by SOAS staff and students. 
    • Yiddish Prints
      An online collection of over 800 scanned Yiddish books held in the University in Frankfurt am Main (Universitaetsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main (in German / Yiddish)
    • Compact Memory Judaica Portal Online
      This collection within the digital library of the Goethe Universität (Frankfurt-am-Main) includes access to 110 Jewish German newspapers and journals published in Central Europe between 1806 and 1938. Content includes religious, political, social, cultural and academic aspects of life among Central  European Jewry. Most of the content is in German, but there is a selection of titles in Hebrew and Yiddish or with multilingual material.The database offers advanced search options, downloading and printing of articles.
  • Organizations
    • British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA)
      Aims to bring together professionals and non-professionals with an interest in the archaeology, languages and history of the ancient Near East
    • British Association of Jewish Studies
      Founded to “advance the teaching and research in Jewish culture and history” within Higher Education establishments in the United Kingdom
    • Chabad-Lubavitch Library (Chabad-Lubavitch Organisation of Hasidic Jews)
      An excellent New York Library for European Jewish studies between the 18th and 20th centuries. Also contains many items in Hebrew and Yiddish
    • British Museum
      Showcases the world’s cultural and artistic heritage from pre-history to artefacts of the 21st century. View detailed bibliographic records and photographs of thousands of items from the collection.
    • Hebraica Libraries Group
      Established for librarians and specialists working in the field of Hebraica, but also open to other scholars and researchers interested in the Hebrew language and culture, particularly of the book.
    • London Centre for the Ancient Near East
      Based at SOAS, with the aim to establish London as a centre for the study of ancient near eastern civilizations and to establish a network of academic interest in the region
    • Wiener Library (Institute of Contemporary History)
      Founded in 1933, the Library holds extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era including press-cuttings, photographs and eye-witness testimonies. It also collects on anti-Semitism and on other genocides such those in Rwanda and Armenia
    • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
      The Museum’s website looks at the Holocaust in all its ramifications. Of interest to researchers into genocide studies, Jewish history, social history and 20th century European history.
  • Theses
    • DART-Europe
      Portal to over 300,000 open-access theses from over 430 universities in 24 European countries
    • History Online : Theses
      Part of the Institute of Historical Research’s History Online. Browse or search the database for details of U.K. PhD and Research Masters theses completed since 1970, and for research in progress.
    • Index to Theses of Great Britain and Ireland
      Lists all theses accepted for higher degrees at U.K. universities since 1716, many with abstracts. Check EThOS for availability of full-text.
    • SOAS Research Online: Theses
      Selection of SOAS PhD theses (mostly from 2011 onward). Very recent theses may not be available electronically
    • Theses Canada
      Portal to free full-text access to Canadian theses completed between 1998 and 2002. In English and French.