The Arcadian Library Online platform makes available to students and researchers the collection of the Arcadian Library, a privately-owned library focusing on the shared cultural heritage of Europe and the Middle East. Materials in the Arcadian Library’s collection cover a wide-range of topics among which: travel accounts, history of science and medicine, literature, history, etc.In addition to rare printed books, the Arcadian Library also owns manuscript and documentary material of great importance and rarity.
The History of Science and Medicine collection “includes manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books and monographs from the 10th to 20th centuries. The collection showcases the contribution of early Arab and Persian scientists, doctors and thinkers; their translation, reception and influence in Europe and their lasting influence on the development of Western scientific and medical knowledge. It includes:
- Texts on agriculture, astronomy, chemistry, herbalism, mathematics, medicine, natural history, pharmacology, philosophy, physics and surgery
- Texts on the plants, animals and natural environment of the Middle East
- Texts on travel and scientific expeditions exploring the Middle East
- Texts in Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Persian and Spanish.”
The Arcadian Library Online displays colour images in high resolution. Materials can be saved, downloaded, printed, shared, and cited directly from the viewer.
The interface is bilingual English/Arabic, and the database searchable in both languages.
The McGill Library is trialing the EBSCO ebook Arabic Collection until June 3, 2017.Serving the countries and territories of the Arabic League and beyond, the Middle Eastern collection from EBSCO includes over 4,400 Arabic e-books covers a broad range of academic subjects, including art, biography, business, child development, education, medicine, social sciences, humanities, Islamic studies, history, law, music, religion, political science, technology, engineering and more.
The collection includes content from noteworthy publishers as well as award-winning authors including Abbas Mahmoud El Akkad, Fatima Naaot, Mohamed Awad Aidi, and Ibrahim Abdel Qader Mezni.
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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!
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.
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.
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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 Islamic Studies Library is currently trialing the Records of the Kurds: territory, revolt and nationalism, 2831-1979. British documentary sources collection. This set of 13 volumes includes documents tracing “early insurgencies of the Kurdish people directed against regional and metropolitan powers, their inter-relations with neighbouring tribes and other ethnic groups, while also depicting the extent of territories pertaining to the Kurdish homeland. The period witnessed the origins of Kurdish nationalist sentiments through a series of disparate revolts in the 19th century, through to a larger, more cohesive and discernible movement launched in the aftermath of World War One.”
Documents are in Arabic, English and Kurdish (Sorani). The trial will be open until January 9th, 2017: try it out and let us know what you think!
The Islamic Studies Library is trialing Al-Manhal datatabase for ebooks and ejournals in Islamic Studies from May 26 to June 25, 2016. Al-Manhal’s Islamic Studies collection includes approximately 1850 monographs, and 50 peer reviewed journals with back issues of 4 years in average.
During the trial period, 100% of the content is available. Download, however, is subject to restrictions. The database can be accessed using the following link: http://platform.almanhal.com/.
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Through May 27th, 2016, the Islamic Studies Library is trialing the Middle East and North Africa: Global Perspectives, 1958-1994 database.
This fully searchable digital collection from the archive of the Central Intelligence Agency spans 19 countries and four decades, including both firsthand reporting and deep analysis on global and regional issues. It is currently about 90% complete and will continue to grow over the next several months as the documents are digitized. A full description of the database can be found here.
The trial can be accessing using the following URL: http://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/readex/welcome?p=TOPMENA.
And as usual, we thank you for sending any feedback you might have!
McGill Library is currently trialling the Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1974 database. The trial will end on May 3rd, 2016.
This collection includes diplomatic correspondence, minutes, reports, political summaries and personality profiles covers events in the Middle East during the 1970s: conflicts such as the Arab-Israeli War, the Lebanese Civil War and the Iranian Revolution are examined in detail, as are the military interventions and peace negotiations carried out by regional and foreign powers like the United States and Russia. Commercial interests are also examined, with in-depth analyses of Middle East nations’ economic stability and reviews of international arm sales policies. The activities of oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are closely monitored, with particular reference to the Gulf States and members of OPEC.
To gain access, please click on this URL, and if necessary enter the log-in details listed (please note that details are case sensitive): Username: McG8973 / Password: AM1699a. You can also gain access via the ‘trial access login’, which is located on the homepage and throughout our website at www.amdigital.co.uk. Simply select the name of the resource from the drop-down list, enter your username and password, and click ‘login’. If you experience any access difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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