New E-resources

The Harvard Library has an astounding number of resources, with new titles coming in every day! For help efficiently navigating it all, make an appointment to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

Among our newest e-resources:

Note: “about” descriptions are taken from the resources themselves.

Bibliographie de la littérature française (BLF)

About: The Bibliography of French Literature, a database produced by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France), the Société d’histoire littéraire de la France (Society of Literary History of France) and published by Classiques Garnier digital. It lists studies published since 1998 on French and Francophone literature, from the sixteenth century to today.

Cairn Pocket Encyclopedias

About: Cairn offers the most comprehensive collection of publications in the French language in the humanities and social sciences available online. In 2014, we expect to place more than 400 journals and around 4,000 eBooks from major French, Belgian and Swiss publishers on the same platform at Students, scholars and librarians all over the world will thus be able to access more than 200,000 full-text articles and book chapters online.

Critique littéraire = Literary criticism

About: This exceptionally rich cultural heritage is now available in a modern edition : 152 works and mixed volumes, 34 authors (including Balzac, Hugo, Maupassant, and Stendhal), 100,000 pages of analysis enable the reader to reconstruct polemics and controversies of this period.

Next to the great critics, who were usually themselves recognised authors, we have made room for university teachers and men of letters who only wrote about other authors’ works.

Our selection begins with La Harpe, who may be regarded as the father of all critics : his Lycée was the standard manual of the 19th century, imposing a “classical” view which served as a reference for all subsequent critical adventures. He represented, in short, the authority that, in this century of revolutions, many critics were to call into question. Covering the whole of the 19th century, our corpus ends with Apollinaire and Proust, who, each in his own way, represent critical literature composed by creative artists, no doubt the richest and the most influential.

The dimensions of the texts presented are extraordinarily varied : from the few pages of Balzac’s Preface to his Comédie humaine to the 28 volumes of Lamartine’s Cours de littérature.; database of Irish excavation reports

About: This site—which, as far as we are aware is unique in Europe and possibly the world—contains summary accounts of all the excavations carried out in Ireland – North and South – from 1970 to 2013. It has been compiled from the published Excavations Bulletins from the years 1970–2010 and will include additional online-only material from 2011 onwards, with a similar format, but will contain an interactive section for excavators to upload their own reports.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)

About: An international consortium of more than 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

Index to American Botanical Literature

About: The Index to American Botanical Literature has provided a service to the American botanical community for over a century, published initially in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club and subsequently in Brittonia. Beginning in 1886, when Elizabeth Britton of The New York Botanical Garden was editor, the Index has provided bibliographic data both on books and articles in periodicals. In 1999, the Index went to an entirely electronic format.

The Index contains entries dealing with various aspects of extant and fossil American plants and fungi, including systematics and floristics, morphology, and ecology, as well as economic botany and general botany (publications dealing with botanists, herbaria, etc.). “America” is defined in the broadest possible sense, encompassing land and marine plants and fungi from Greenland to Antarctica. American territory outside this area, e.g., Hawaii, is not included.

The searchable database includes all those entries published in the Index since 1996, and thus includes botanical literature appearing since late 1995.

Japan Times Archives

About: For the first time ever, the archives of The Japan Times have been made available in digital format. They are searchable and include every issue of The Japan Times published between March 1897 and 2010.

Leo S. Olschki eBooks Collection: Post 2000

About: The publishing house Leo S. Olschki, founded in 1886, holds an important and prestigious role in the panorama of Italian publishing. Following a long tradition, the company is particularly respected for its editorial production in the humanities. The ebook collection contains over 1000 books published after 2000.

Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset

About: This Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset (MCADD) consists of a collection of books, journals and maps related broadly to the Himalayas and its outlying attached ranges including the Hindu Kush, the Karakorams, the Pamirs, the Tian Shan and the Kuen Lun as well as the Tibetan highlands and the Tarim basin. These materials are housed in this site, and are freely available for personal non-commercial use and downloading.

Overview of editions of the Code

About: This site brings together the past editions of the botanical Code, presented as web files, hyperlinked horizontally and vertically. By now, there is over a century worth of editions of the botanical Code. Since mid-2011 it is named the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, but it is best known as the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN), a name it has borne from the 1952, Stockholm Code to the 2011, Melbourne Congress. Earlier, it had been named the International Rules of Botanical Nomenclature or Règles internationales de la nomenclature botanique. Earlier  than that, there were the Lois de la Nomenclature botanique of Alphonse de Candolle.

Pierre Larousse, Grand Dictionnaire universel du 19e siècle

About: The Great universal dictionary (reprint of the Parisian edition of 1866-1890: 15 volumes and two Supplements) counts seventeen volumes, almost 26 300 pages and 500 000 000 signs. It is available on-line, offering from a hidden text mode version hitherto unknown possibilities for research.

The Great universal dictionary by Pierre Larousse remains the most extensive biographical, bibliographical and analytical repertory on all topics related to the humanities. It is the only general reference work which gives, for all important figures, so many details of all kinds; it is also the only general reference work to offer such a detailed and careful study of literary, musical and artistic works.

The Great universal dictionary by Pierre Larousse is a veritable library, equivalent to several thousand works on the following subjects : French language; pronunciation; etymologies; conjugation of irregular verbs; grammatical rules; innumerable word-definitions and familiar or proverbial phrases; history; geography; solutions to historical problems; biography of all outstanding men in past and present; mythology; physical sciences; mathematics and natural sciences; moral and political sciences; pseudo-sciences; inventions and discoveries; literary types and characters; heroes of epics and novels; political and social caricatures; general bibliography, the fine arts; and the analysis of works of art, and including an anthology of French, foreign, Latin and mythological allusions.

SISMEL – Edizioni Del Galluzzo

About: La sigla editoriale SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo è nata nel 1996 con l’obiettivo di pubblicare, in primo luogo, i risultati delle ricerche e delle iniziative culturali promosse o collegate alla Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (, che, costituitasi nel 1984, si è da tempo imposta nel vasto panorama culturale internazionale come punto di riferimento imprescindibile per gli studi sulla latinità del Medioevo.

L’attività della casa editrice si è poi notevolmente arricchita e articolata, accogliendo fondamentali pubblicazioni e negli ultimi anni, la SISMEL-Edizioni del Galluzzo, in accordo con la Fondazione Ezio Franceschini (, nell’ambito delle iniziative dell’Archivio Gianfranco Contini, ha ampliato il proprio settore di competenza, aprendosi all’italianistica e alla filologia romanza con volumi di notevole rilievo scientifico e culturale.

Il nostro catalogo conta ora numerose collane, periodici e pubblicazioni elettroniche che affrontano, fra gli altri, temi di letteratura latina medievale, agiografia, filosofia, paleografia, iconografia, filologia medievale e romanza, italianistica e letteratura religiosa.

You can also view our list of recently activated e-journals.

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