SOAS University of London

Advice for New Users

The Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) is a digital repository specialising in preserving and publishing endangered language documentation materials from around the world.

The ELAR Catalogue is a good place to start if you would like to search or browse our endangered language collections. It contains more than 400 collections from around the world, curated, in process and forthcoming.

Accessing information about the collections and metadata associated with the resources on the ELAR catalogue is available to all users. To view or download the materials, you will need to register for an ELAR user account. Since endangered languages materials can be associated with sensitivities, you will need to have the right level of access for the particular resource you would like to access: O for anyone visiting the archive catalogue, U for registered users of the catalogue, S for subscribers of a particular deposit who have specifically requested and been granted access to the materials by depositor.

You can read more about our protocol from ELAR's access protocol page.

Useful Links

These pages provide useful pointers to our services and how you can use our collections.