Ankara Üniversitesi Gazeteler Veri Tabanı is a modest but nevertheless interesting digital collection of digitized Turkish newspapers published at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Examples of titles included in the collection are: Cumhuriyet, Hakimiyet-i Milliye, Tercüman-ı Hakikat, or Zaman.
At the time of our visit, the collection counted eighteen titles accessible from the main page (click on the title). We were not able to find a description of the project specifying if the collection is a continually updated resource or if it is complete as is.
Issues can be either read or downloaded in PDF format. And a search tool (keyword, title, and author fields) available at the top of each page allows for basic navigation.
Although very simple, this website remains valuable given the content it provides access to. The interface is available in Turkish only.
The McGill Library is currently trialing Arab World Research Source.
Arab World Research Source is an EBSCO dabatase of academic journals, magazines, trade publications, conference papers, and industry profiles that are published in or pertain specifically to the Arab World. Disciplines covered range from Engineering, Science and Technology to Literature and Writing, passing by Law, and Social Sciences and Humanities.
Arab World Research Source includes more than 125 full-text titles in Arabic language, nearly 420 resources, among which 270 academic journals, all published from 1972 to this day. When available, abstracts in Arab World Research Source are included in Arabic, and titles are listed in both Arabic and English. The Arabic content in Arab World Research Source is easily discoverable thank to EBSCO’s enhanced multilingual content search technology.
The trial will end on May 13th, 2017. Check it out, and let us know what you think!
Supported by Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), and developed by Koç University Suna Kiraç Library, BiblioPera is the online union catalogue of the Libraries of nine international Research Centers located in Beyoglu, Istanbul:
Not only BiblioPera brings those multilingual collections together, but also, it aims at promoting historical, archaeological, and social scientific research on Turkey, and providing a unique virtual environment for scholars, research center staff, and librarians to share ideas, experiences, and collaborate on new projects, for scientific and cultural production.
BiblioPera allows to search more than 500,000 print materials, by title, author, subject, publisher, keyword and ISBN. Results can further be refined by library, language, and year of publication.
The website interface is available in Turkish and English.
The ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Series 1 & 2 provides religious and theological literature from the late 13th century to 1922.
Series 1 contains over five million pages from titles dating from the late 13th century through the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, with a majority of 19th century titles. Because religion was such an integral part of the social, political and economic fabric of life during this time period, historians researching a wide range of areas, not just religion, will find invaluable material relevant to their work.
Series 2 contains over five million pages from over 14,880 monographs dating from 1894 to 1922, and provides a broad view of the changing landscape of religion in America at the end of a century of dramatic cultural and political change.
The ATLA Historical Monographs Collection is also accessible in eleven thematic subsets such as:
- Islam in the Modern World, 1804-1918
- Missions and Missionaries Around the World, 1611-1922
- Religion and Social Change, 1723-1921
- Religious Leaders and Thinkers, 1516-1922
This resource will be of interest for scholars working on understanding religious thought and practice, particularly in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Preserved and curated by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the Historical Monographs Collection includes over 29,000 titles in more than 50 languages.
al-hakawati Arab Cultural Trust is an not for profit educational organization based in the United Sates and Lebanon aiming at telling the story of Arab heritage and civilization through folktales, and fairy tales from the Arab and Islamic heritage, biographies of personalities ancient to modern, artists and their arts, architecture, the environment and religions.
Content published on al-hakawati content originates from the 22 states members of the Arab League, and can be browsed/accessed via the ten following sections:
- Stories and Tales
- Cities and Regions
- Arts and Artists
- Histories and Culture
The section Stories and Tales will particularly appeal to Arabic language learners in search of easy texts to practice their reading skills: the Children Literature collection is quite interesting. Similarly, amateurs interested in Arab and Islamic Heritage will find valuable resources on different topics. However, due to the lack of accurate citation and attribution of writings, academics and scholars will not be able to use content published on al-hakawati. The website is available in English and Arabic
SALT Research comprises a specialized library, and an archive of physical and digital sources and documents on visual practices, the built environment, social life and economic history.
Collections at SALT Research focus on the period from the late 19th century to the present day with an emphasis on Turkey -primarily Istanbul- and the geographies of the Southeast Mediterranean and Southeast Europe.
The collections include visual and textual sources and documents on the art history of Turkey post 1950, the development of architecture and design in Turkey since the beginning of the 20th century, and the transformations in society and the region from the last century of the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic up until the 1990s.
SALT Research collections can be browsed and/or accessed (for digitized items) on the website:
The website interface is bilingual Turkish/English.
From February 8th to March 10th, 2017, the McGill Library is trialing Arabic Literature of Africa Online, a bio-bibliography on the Arabic manuscript tradition in the African continent.
ALAO offers authoritative information about African authors, the texts they wrote in Arabic, the manuscripts in which these texts are found, and the locations of these manuscripts, together with bibliographical references to the literature.
Please, check it out and share you feedback with us!
From January 30 to February 28, 2017, the McGill Library is trialing E-Marefah, an integrated database of Islamic studies, Arabic literature & Middle Eastern Studies.
E-Marefah provides acces to full text and comprehensive metadata of over 700,000 journals, research papers, theses and dissertations, conference papers, statistical reports, and e-books in all disciplines, including most recently published titles.
The Islamicate Texts Initiative (ITI) is a collaborative effort to construct the first machine-actionable corpus of premodern Islamicate texts.Led by researchers at the Aga Khan University (AKU), Universität Leipzig (UL), and the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland (College Park) and an interdisciplinary advisory board of leading digital humanists and Islamic, Persian, and Arabic studies scholars, ITI aims to provide the essential textual infrastructure in Persian and Arabic for new forms of macro textual analysis and digital scholarship. ITI is composed of three different projects:
- Open Arabic Project is curated by Maxim Romanov, research fellow at Alexander von Humboldt-Lehrstul für Digital Humanities, Institut für Informatik, Universität Leipzig who has been exploring for years how modern computational techniques of text analysis can be applied to the study of premodern Arabic historical sources2. The Persian Digital Library is managed by Samar Ali Ata, Program administrative specialist and Assistant to the Director at Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland3. KITAB is led by Sarah Bowen Savant, Associate Professor at the Agha Khan University-ISMC who specializes on the cultural history of the Middle East and Iran ca. 600-1100. provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. Although KITAB is currently a closed community, the corpus and search tools can be used upon request.