Current Trial: Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa

A trial of Struggle For Freedom: Southern Africa is available to the UC Berkeley community for one month beginning today, January 18th 2018. The URL to access the trial is http://www.aluka.org/struggles

The liberation of Southern Africa and the dismantling of the Apartheid regime was one of the major political developments of the 20th century, with far-reaching consequences for people throughout Africa and around the globe. Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa focuses on the complex and varied liberation struggles in the region, with an emphasis on Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa brings together materials from various archives and libraries throughout the world documenting colonial rule, dispersion of exiles, international intervention, and the worldwide networks that supported successive generations of resistance within the region.

The resource consists of 76 different collections of more than 20,000 objects and 190,000 pages of documents and images, including periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, pamphlets, speeches, and interviews with those who participated in the struggles.

The materials in Struggles for Freedom: South Africa were selected with the guidance of national advisory committees consisting of leading scholars, archivists, and public intellectuals in six African countries along with scholars from outside the region.

Please contact Adam Clemons at aclemons@berkeley.edu with your feedback about this resource.


University of Chicago Press Journals currently unavailable via Proxy

University of Chicago Press has currently blocked the Proxy IP from accessing content on www.journals.uchicago.edu due to a suspected breach; we are working with University of Chicago Press to resolve this as quickly as possible. University of Chicago Press content should still be accessible on-campus.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Current Trial: Nikkei Asian Review

A trial of Nikkei Asian Review magazine is available to all UC campuses until March 31. The URL to access the trial is: http://asia.nikkei.com/

The Nikkei Asian Review which began publishing in 2013 brings together stories on politics, the economy, business and international affairs. Leading minds from around the world share their perspectives on Asia, while its Asia300 special provides in-depth coverage of the continent’s 300 most influential companies.

For information about Nikkei Asian Review, please see the links below:

​Nikkei Asian Review Introduction Movie​

​●​ Introduction Nikkei Asian Review (full version) https://youtu.be/fNeUznBVXSU

​●​ Introduction Nikkei Asian Review (full version with subtitles) https://youtu.be/6Pi50oZZza4

If you have any questions and comments on this resource, please contact Toshie Marra <tmarra@library.berkeley.edu>.


Access issues related to Amazon Web Services outage

Numerous library resources have been impacted by the ongoing Amazon Web Services outages. The AWS outage has affected access and functionality across numerous platforms, including JSTOR, Elsevier ScienceDirect, and Proquest, among others. Library users may experience issues accessing web pages or downloading content from impacted resources while Amazon works to fix the issue.

UPDATE: The AWS issue seems to be resolved, and normal access and functionality has been restored to affected resources.


Current Trial: Churchill Archive

A trial of the Churchill Archive is available to the UC Berkeley community until April 21, 2017. The URL to access the trial is www.churchillarchive.com.

The Churchill Archive includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders.

To learn more about using the archive, there is a video available at: http://www.churchillarchive.com/take-a-tour

Please contact Jennifer Dorner at jdorner@berkeley.edu with your feedback about this resource.


Current Trial: Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century (1450s-1701), offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources. This resources focuses on European languages other than English, including Dutch, Danish, Italian, Latin, and French. Of interest to book historians, the scans are of the entire physical object and pages (rather than just the text), including marginalia and binding. You can search by country of publication, language, page features (illustration, musical notation), and source library, and you can include historical and linguistic variants in your search. Books can be browsed in an online Flash-based viewer or downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs.

The trial will last until March 16th, 2017.

Please send your comments and feedback to Stacy Reardon (sreardon at berkeley)


Current Trial: The Digital Karl Barth Library

The Digital Karl Barth Library – http://bart.alexanderstreet.com

The Digital Karl Barth Library supports a new generation of research into the works of one of the 20th century’s most influential theologians. The collection includes the original German version and the English translation of Karl Barth’s magnum opus, The Church Dogmatics, in its entirety. Also included is Barth’s Gesamtausgabe, which includes hundreds of letters, sermons, lectures, conversations, and academic writings.

For more information about the content included in this collection, click HERE.
For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, click HERE.

The trial will run through March 8th.

Please send your comments and feedback to jdorner (at) library.berkeley.edu.


Current Trial: Drama Online

Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.

Content included:
* 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
* Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
* Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
* L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
* Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
* BBC Drama Films

The trial will last until March 24th, and can be accessed at http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/
Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon at berkeley.edu.