SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Electronic books & texts

Major providers

Cambridge Core
500+ e-books from Cambridge University Press available to all Library users on-campus, and SOAS staff & students off-campus (with SOAS id and password)
User guides

Dawsonera [on or off campus]
900+ books from a range of publishers. Available to SOAS students and staff only. Download Dawsonera books to Android or Apple iOS devices. 

Ebook Central (formerly ebrary) [on or off campus]
Access to over 100,000 electronic books covering Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences subjects. SOAS students and staff only.
Ebook Central video guides and print guide  Ebook Central (pdf; 2mb)  

Subject & regional providers

Brill e-books - International Law and Human Rights & Humanitarian Law 2011 collection
70+ titles available for download. Available to all Library users on-campus, and SOAS staff & students off-campus (with SOAS id and password)
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law collection
International Law collection

Chinese ebooks via Airiti - iRead eBook
Over thousands Chinese ebook provided from Taiwan Airiti. you are able to preview up to 10% of each book from iRead eBook webpage. To access our purchased ebooks please click "本館館藏 ".

Chinese e-books via CNKI 
Over thousands Chinese ebook you are able to preview for free from CNKI webpage. To access our purchased ebooks please click "My library". To find out more details please refer to the Chinese ebooks via CNKI manual (octet-stream; 1729kb)  
If you want library to purchase any ebooks please contact the Subject librarian
On-campus / off-campus

Indian Statistics eBooks
It is now possible to access the following seven titles (India Elects -2014, Indiastat India Top 10 Yearbook 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) via our subscription to IndiaStat. Indiastat contains India specific socio-economic secondary level statistical data.
Contact for username and password [SOAS staff & students only] to access the data and/or the eBooks.

IMF elibrary [Available to SOAS staff and students on-campus only currently]
The IMF eLibrary for the UK Data Service offers the entire catalogue of IMF publications in several digital formats. It is an indispensable tool for economics research and analysis including over 10,000 periodicals, books and working papers from 1951 onwards containing information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more.
User guide

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law
Cross-searchable full text of over fifty current editions of books on a wide variety of aspects of international law from Oxford University Press. Updated twice a year with additional texts added.
On-campus / off-campus

Oxford Scholarship Online - Law 
Access to 700+ e-books on Law from Oxford Scholarship Online. Available to all Library users on-campus, and SOAS staff & students off-campus (with SOAS id and password).

Westlaw UK e-books [Available to SOAS staff and students only, on and off-campus]
A small selection of e-books are available from Westlaw UK platform. Titles include: Chitty on Contracts 30th Ed., Clerk & Lindsell on Torts 20th Ed., McGregor on Damages 18th Ed., Palmers Company Law, Redfern & Hunter: Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration 5th Ed.

If you would like assistance with e-books please contact 

Free e-books

CARRIE: Full Text Electronic Library
Free full text access to donated works still under copyright as well as out of copyright works.

Internet Classics Archive
Full text classics from mainly Greco-Roman authors e.g. Aristotle, but other authors include Confucius, Lao-Tzu, Sun Tzu, Sa'di and Omar Khayyum.

Internet Public Library
Collection of over 13000 electronic books. Select "Reading room" for free publicly accessible books.

JSTOR Open Acces e-Books
More than 950 Open Access ebooks are now available at no cost to libraries or users. These titles reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content; we’ve partnered with leading publishers such as University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, ANU Press, and Cornell University Press.

Online Books Page
Digital library of approx. 16,000 English language works. Available free of charge for personal, non-commercial use. Produced by John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania.

Project Gutenberg
Freely available texts from out of copyright books. Good selection of "classics" chosen by Project volunteers.

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004 
Full-text, electronic versions of selected University of California Press books in a range of subjects and areas, including recent publications relating to African, Middle Eastern and South Asian studies.

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
Full text documents on human rights issues with links to over 1200 human rights sites.