Oxford research encyclopedias. Latin American history

The Library is glad to announce that we were able to subscribe to the Oxford research encyclopedia of Latin American History. The publisher’s description provides the following glimpse about its contents:

“The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History is a comprehensive digital research encyclopedia that describes regions’ peoples and experiences from pre-Columbian to contemporary times. Its essays make the region’s compelling past come alive by using the latest analyses, and by taking advantage of opportunities not available to traditional printed encyclopedias, such as incorporating sights and sounds, and offering links to original sources”–Publisher’s website, viewed 14 November 2018. The encyclopedia can be accessed here after authenticating using the proxy or VPN if one is accessing it from an off-campus location.


Each entry also links out to the additional relevant external resources such as an entry on the Battle of Ojinaga: Images within the Wheelan Collection.


Trial: Brill’s Medieval Reference Library Online

Until February 10, 2017, the Library has trial access to four electronic encyclopedias included in Brill’s Medieval Reference Library:

Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles
Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage
Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle

Your feedback on this resource is greatly appreciated. Please contact dorner@berkeley.edu.


Resource: Encyclopedia of Empire (online)

The Library has acquired the online version of the Encyclopedia of Empire, a 2015 publication chiefly edited by John M. MacKenzie of Lancaster University. The work includes in-depth and comparative coverage of empire “in ancient, medieval, and modern periods, including European as well as non-European experiences of empire.”

“Entries in this work are written by a team of international, interdisciplinary scholars from fields including history, geography, literature, architecture, urban planning, gender studies, linguistics, anthropology and more. All the contributions have been peer-reviewed and are written in an accessible style for readers new to the field.”

Featured Resource: Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895 and Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present

Two online encyclopedias of African American history are included in the online resource, The Oxford African American Studies Center.

The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass focuses “on the making of African American society from the arrival of the black explorer Esteban, who came with the Spanish in 1527, to the death of Frederick Douglass in 1895…. Entries examine topics that include the laws creating slavery in the seventeenth century, important slave revolts and the slave trade (African and domestic), the antislavery movement, fugitive slave controversies, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.”

The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century focuses “on the making of African American society from the 1896 “separate but equal” ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson up to the contemporary period… [It] traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Brown ruling that overturned Plessy, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape.”

The Oxford African American Studies Center also includes access to thousands of primary source documents, maps, images, and biographical entries, and subject entries from multiple reference resources, including the two listed here. Searching and browsing can be done across the entire site or within the content categories.