SOAS University of London

Trials to electronic resources

9 May 2018

The Library is currently trialling the following databases.

Please test them out and send us any feedback, bearing in mind the following questions:

1) Is the information relevant and useful? How will you use it in your work?
2) Is it easy to find what you need? What did you think of the way the information is set up, and how the search works?
3) Did you have any technical problems? If so, what were they?

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online - Trial available until 22nd May 2018

Online version of the 6-volume print encyclopedia and fully cross-searchable across the Brill reference platform. The work " presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognising the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today"

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Mary Fisk (m.fisk@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online - Trial available until 22nd May 2018

Online version of the ongoing print encyclopedia and fully cross-searchable across the Brill reference platform. The work "aims to make available in-depth critical scholarship on all the main aspects of the Sikh traditions in a number of original essays written by the world's foremost scholars on Sikhs and Sikh traditions". Further content will be made available as it is published.

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Mary Fisk (m.fisk@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

Digitalback Books - Trial available until 31 May 2018

This 'Discover Africa's Stories' platform offers a carefully curated collection of Academic, Scholarly and Trade Titles from across Africa and beyond.

This cross publisher platform offers hundreds of titles covering a wide range of subject areas, notable collections include titles from the Africa Writers Series, Caribbean Modern Classics, Caine Prize of African Writings, Africa Now, Africa Arguments and many more award winning titles promising to offer a multi-faceted perspective on Africa.

The digital collection is available 24/7 online on the website and offline with the Digitalback Books free iOS or Android App.

For the trial period titles can be accessed online on-campus (remote and download access would be available post-trial for purchased titles).

On-campus access

Please send any feedback to Dawn Wright (dw3@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

EBSCO ebook Academic Collection - Trial available until 31st July 2018

This worldwide collection has over 165,000 ebooks with nearly 65,000 coming from university presses. It covers a broad range of subjects including law, anthropology, language and literature, music, history, religions and philosophy.

On-campus and Off-campus access

We welcome feedback on both the content and the platform. Please send feedback to Debbie Barney (db32@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

JSTOR Security Studies - Trial available until 23 May 2018

The Security Studies collection gathers academic and policy research on international and national security problems and foreign policy, encompassing perspectives from around the world. This collection is a tightly curated collection which covers topics including cybersecurity, foreign policy and terrorism & political violence. This interdisciplinary resource will contain 75 journals and 20,000 research reports from more than 100 policy institutes when completed in 2019. 48% of the journals and policy institutes are from international resources.

Titles include North Korean Review, Security Dialogue, and St Antony's International Review.
The journal title list can be found via this link JSTOR Global Security Studies (vnd.ms-excel; 7mb)  

A full title list, including monographs etc, can be via this JSTOR Global Security Studies complete list (vnd.ms-excel; 7mb)   .

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Vicky Bird (vb18@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

JSTOR Sustainability - Trial available until 23 May 2018

With Sustainability, JSTOR seeks to support the increasing number of interdisciplinary programs focused on the environment. Core disciplines covered include environmental studies, business & economics, and urban studies & built environment.
The Sustainability collection will feature a minimum 150 journals, with 105 of these being new to JSTOR, and 5,000 research reports along with existing sustainability content on JSTOR. JSTOR also offers 35 ebook subject collections in the Sustainability discipline, which offers access to 1258 titles. Titles include Climate Change Economics, Environment and Society and Choices.

The journal title list can be found via this link JSTOR Sustainability Collection (vnd.ms-excel; 62kb)  

A full title list, including monographs, can be found via this link JSTOR Global Sustainability Collection complete list (vnd.ms-excel; 1859kb)  

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Vicky Bird (vb18@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies - Trial available until 24th May 2018

This Oxford online bibliography covers the study of China across all disciplines, providing an authoritative guide to the key works across the whole field. Oxford bibliographies are developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, and combine the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia.

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Debbie Barney (db32@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.

Twentieth Century Global Perspectives from the Archives of the Central Intelligence Agency - Trial available until 31st May 2018

This new family of digital resources for 20th-century international studies provides global perspectives on many of today’s most relevant research areas. Each is comprised of primary source documents from around the world, including government publications, magazines, newspapers and transcribed television and radio broadcasts, all collected and translated by the Central Intelligence Agency between 1941 and 1996.

Please send feedback to Debbie Barney (db23@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the questions at the top of the page. When feeding back, please say which of the individual databases you're commenting on

Vietnam Under French Rule, 1919-1946 - Trial available until 23rd May 2018

A digital version of the four-volume document collection from Cambridge Archives Editions Online, giving access to 3500 pages of primary source documents (dispatches, and memoranda drawn from the British Foreign, Colonial, Dominions, and War Offices — supplemented by material from offices of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet) examining from a British perspective the rise of nationalism and the threat of war in the regions that constituted French Indochina and which would eventually become Vietnam. There is a keyword search facility to browse content across the four volumes

On-campus and Off-campus access

Please send feedback to Mary Fisk (m.fisk@soas.ac.uk) or Jotika Khur-Yearn (jk53@soas.ac.uk) bearing in mind the queries at the top of the page.