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Pierrot le Fou

Il s’appelle Pierre Loutrel mais on le connaît sous le nom de « Pierrot-le-fou ». Ce criminel violent, passé de la « Gestapo française » à la Résistance, restera dans les mémoires comme le chef d’un redoutable gang français de l’après-Seconde Guerre, les Tractions Avant.

Écho de Presse le 19/05/2020 par Michele Pedinielli


Since April 15, the UC Berkeley academic community has had access to a 60-day trial of RetroNews. While much of this historical French language news collection is freely available through Gallica, the advanced functionality and added content is only available to subscribers. An initiative of BnF-Partenariats, which is a subsidiary of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), RetroNews aims to increase the digitization of its paper press collections which are increasingly at risk of serious damage over time. To explore all of its features, it is necessary to create an account (s’inscrire) after authenticating with your CalNet ID.

RetroNews, a unique digital resource for research and education

RetroNews, which is the French national library’s platform dedicated to historical printed press, offers a vast online archive of French and francophone periodicals. The collection features over 600 newspapers, journals, magazines and reviews, published between 1631 and 1950: the most important titles of the daily press (Le Petit Parisien, Le Journal, Le Matin) but also periodicals of the political spectrum, regional publications and satirical magazines.

Please create a free account, experiment with the resource and send your feedback and comments before June 15, 2020 to Claude Potts [cpotts AT berkeley DOT edu].


New e-resources for the Romance Languages

Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism

Digital resources are regularly added to the Library’s holdings. Here are some noteworthy ones acquired in and/or related to the Romance languages this past year:

Beckett Digital Manuscript Project – Digitized collection of Irish author Samuel Beckett’s original manuscripts, as well as a digitized collection of his personal library with his annotations.

BiGLI Online – Online version of the fundamental print bibliography and discovery tool for Italian language and literature. Includes texts, critical and historical surveys, philogical and linguistic notes, essays, monographs, bibliographic reviews, etc. (1981-present).

Brill’s Medieval Reference Library (MRLO) – Contains over 4,000 entries and 200 plus illustrations covering pre-modern European history and culture. The database includes complete coverage of four medieval studies encyclopedias: Encyclopedia of Medieval Chronicle, Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1450, Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, and Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Searches can be performed across encyclopedias or limited to one title.Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959-

Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations, 1959-  Primary-source collection of ca. 45,000 fully-searchable documents from the Casa de las Américas in Havana, documenting the culture and cultural relations of Revolutionary Cuba and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Includes articles, newspaper clippings, cable messages, interviews, conference memorabilia, etc. This collection is Part 1: Casa y Cultura” of the so-called Archivo Vertical held in the library of the Casa de las Américas. (Brill) [1959 to present]

Encyclopedia of Semiotics – Encyclopedia and guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies such as theories, theorists, schools of thought, issues in communications, cognition, and cultural theory. (Oxford University Press)

International Directory of Medievalists – A directory listing names and addresses of approximately 15,000 medievalists and scholars in fields relating to the Middle Ages in 70 countries. This online title continues the print edition.

Italian Reformation Online – Collection of primary texts from the Italian Reformation digitized from the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. Selection of more than 100 rare works offers a synopsis and theological profile of the diversity of the printed manifestations of the Protestant Reformation in the Italian states. (Brill) [15th-17th centuries]

Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals Online – This collection contains the periodicals that have been accumulated by the Austrian anarchist, historian and collector Max Nettlau (1865-1944), together with a number of later additions, held at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. The collection of 971 titles provides a richness of documentation pertaining explicitly to the formative anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist episode in the history of Latin American labor movements. The collection contains numerous rare, and in many cases, unique titles that are also discoverable individually through OskiCat. Included, among many others, are the Argentine periodicals La Protesta, La Vanguardia and Acción Obrera; the Brazilian O Exempio, Jornal do Povo and Battaglia; the Chilean Voz del Mar; and the Mexican Ariete, Redención Obrera, Revolución Social and El Sindicalista. (Brill) [1890-1920]

Routledge Encylopedia of Modernism – The REM is a cross-disciplinary resource for students and researchers covering several subject areas: literature, architecture, visual arts, music, dance, theatre, film and intellectual currents. Over 1,000 articles and over 100 images are included. Browsing by subject, movement and place is available to find information across fields and topics.

All new databases are listed on the Library’s A-Z Databases page.

Extreme Heat Events and Health: A New Website from the National Library of Medicine

To learn best practices for preparing and responding to dangerously hot summer weather, visit the new Extreme Heat Events and Health page from the National Library of Medicine. This resource page includes links to information from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Medical Department, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and many more. Some multi-language links are included to materials in Spanish,
French, and Russian.

Topics covered on this page include:

Health issues and extreme heat
Preparedness and response
Worker and responder safety
Specific populations (children)
Health resources for the public
Multi-language resources
Animals and extreme heat

ERF Update – February 2011

Current number of records in the ERF: 1027

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  • none

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ERF Update – April 2010

Every month, the manager of the Electronic Resources Finder (ERF) sends out an update of new and deleted ERF resources. From now on, we’ll also be making a post in the Collections blog so that the information is archived.  (No more searching though your email files to try and figure out whatever happened to, say, Books in Print or Encyclopedia Britannica.)

Current number of records in the ERF: 964

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DELETED since last update

  • Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History (no longer free)

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ERF Update – June 2010

If you ever want to know what’s been added to the Electronic Resources Finder recently, you can always click on the What’s New link in the sidebar.

– Margaret

Current number of resources in the ERF: 971

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DELETED since last update

  • InfoTech Trends (ceased publication)

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ERF Update – August 2010

Current number of records in the ERF: 985

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  • Landolt-Bornstein: Numerical Data in Science and Technology (no longer subscribe)

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ERF Update – September 2010

Current number of records in the ERF: 990

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DELETED since last update:

  • CEIC Global: subscription cancelled
  • Dance on Disc
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (via Britannica online): subscription cancelled
  • Oxford Scholarship Online – Philosophy: separate entry deleted; now listed under Oxford Scholarship Online

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ERF Update – March 2011

Current number of records in the ERF: 1039

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DELETED since last update

  • CrossFire Beilstein and CrossFire Gmelin (replaced by Reaxys)
  • Women Writers Project (cancelled)
  • Faculty of 1000 Medicine (merged with Faculty of 1000)

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ERF Update – May 2011

Current number of records in ERF: 1037

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  • CiteSeer (replaced by CiteSeerX)
  • Acronym and Abbreviation Server
  • Classic 164 Currency Converter
  • Headlinespot.com
  • Berkeley Public Library Catalog
  • Oakland Public Library
  • SFPL Online
  • Google Image Search
  • Google Maps

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