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Browse, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals on your tablet or iPhone/iPod Touch with the BrowZine app.

Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals, be alerted when new issues are published, and save articles to Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox, and more.

Get started on your tablet (iPad, Android, Kindle Fire HD) or iPhone/iPod Touch in three easy steps:

  1. Go to your app store, search for BrowZine and download for free.
  2. Open the app, and select our library, University of California, Berkeley, from the listing.
  3. Afterwards, use AirBears or set up the campus VPN to begin reading scholarly journals from the Library.

Learn more about BrowZine from our guide and check out the Introduction to BrowZine video from Third Iron.

Happy browsing!

by Jeffery Loo, Cheminformatics Librarian

Contact me at jloo [at]

New Tool: BrowZine – Read scholarly journals on your mobile device

The Library has a new tool available for your use that allows you to view on (most) mobile devices complete issues of scholarly journals that the Library subscribes to. You can choose up to 64 titles for your personal BrowZine library and view entire issues of a publication as you would the print version.  Issues are automatically added when available in our electronic collections and articles can be saved (for reading offline) to your portable device or synced to other services such as Dropbox,, Mendeley, Zotero and RefWorks.

BrowZine currently has interfaces for iPad, iPhone, Android Tablet (Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab) and the Kindle Tablet (Fire HD).  To download a free copy of the application click on the Apple Store, Google Play or Amazon link on your portable device and search for BrowZine.

If you are on campus, once you install the application you can easily access our paid content.  To access it from off campus, you also need to install a VPN client on your device. It may seem complicated, but today during a presentation on the tool I downloaded the VPN client and the BrowZine app on my iPhone, registered my account, and added three journals to my bookshelf within ten minutes.  More information and instructions for installing are available. You are always welcome to contact me for assistance.

new journals in Cairn


This spring Cairn, an aggregator of French-language journals, added about 35 new titles from many different disciplines to its collection. Though these do not yet appear in OskiCat or in the E-Journal Titles A-Z list, they can be accessed directly via Cairn’s website or by clicking on the links below:

The entire list of 370 journal titles are available through the Library’s subscription to Cairn.

database trial to L’Harmatheque


Through its membership in the Center for Research Libraries and more specifically CIFNAL, the  Library has trial access to L’Harmathèque – a large collection of French language ebooks, articles, films and audio files – through Wednesday, May 1.

Collection Content
L’Harmathèque’s multimedia platform offers ebooks, articles, videos, and audio recordings on many subjects in the humanities and social sciences. The content of the ebooks comes from a variety of French publishing imprints, including L’Harmattan, Pagala, Odin, IXE, etc.  A full list of included titles can be downloaded in excel.

Currently the platform contains more than 26,000 ebooks, 17,000 articles, 400 films, and 600 audio files available. At least 2,300 new titles are added to the collection annually (the publishers estimate that around 230 ebook titles are added monthly). This impressive number of ebooks covers a wide range of subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, novels, and children’s books.

According to the description provided on the web site, article content is from journals and book chapters, although no further selection criteria are given. The videos are primarily documentaries and theatrical productions. The audio collection includes many audiobooks, in a variety of languages.

The interface is in French. In the portals, ebooks are divided by subject into browsable bouquets. An advanced search option allows the user to narrow down the large amount of content.

Ebooks can be read either on the platform’s online reader (which requires Flash), or downloaded and read using the free Adobe Digital Editions reader.  Viewing the videos requires the use of DivX and  the audio content is also available through Flash.

In Hathi We Trust

Over the summer library bits, bots, and elves have been hard at work batch loading hundreds of thousands of HathiTrust records for the digitized versions of public domain items into OskiCat. As you search for books and other library materials, you’ll undoubtedly begin to encounter these new records for materials published prior to 1923. Here is just a sampling of the kinds of digitized texts in the HathiTrust Digital Library and that are now discoverable through OskiCat:

  • Blanco y negro (1891-1922) – all issues prior to 1923 for the illustrated cultural journal from Madrid.
  • Chiaroscuro (1921) – Grazia Deledda
  • Dante e Firenze; prose antiche con note illustrative ed appendici di Oddone Zenatti (1902)
  • A comedia portugueza (1888-1889) – illustrated political-cultural weekly published in Lisbon by Marcellino Mesquita with caricatures by Julião Machado
  • La critica letteraria nel rinascimento (1905) – Joel Elias Spingarn
  • Grammaire de l’ancien Provençal ou ancienne langue d’oc (1921) par Joseph Anglade
  • Oeuvres complètes – Honoré de Balzac . – 24 vols. from 1869-79 Michel Lévy Frères edition.
  • I poeti futuristi (1912) … con un proclama di F.T.  Marinetti e uno studio sul verso libero di Paolo Buzzi.
  • Les poètes maudits (1888) – Paul Verlaine ; ornée de six portraits par Luque.
  • Poetes valencians contemporanis (1908)
  • Revue historique de la révolution française (1910-1922)
  • Souvenirs littéraires – Maxime du Camp (1892)
  • When the project is complete, there will be over one million new records in OskiCat. You can limit a search to these by combining “hathitrust” with some other keyword(s), such as hathitrust roma or hathitrust “victor hugo”, etc.

    Public domain means that the items are not protected by copyright. U.S. government documents and works published before 1923 are examples of items in the public domain. All users can view the full-text of these books online. UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can download the whole book (PDF) by logging in with your CalNet ID.

    This service is possible because the University of California libraries are partners in HathiTrust (pronounced “hah-tee”), a national project to create a shared archive of books scanned into electronic format.

    This is a remixed and updated version of a library blog post from June 18, 2012.

    New Library Subject Pages

    Some of you may have already noticed that the three subject home pages for the Romance Language Collections have gradually taken on a new look and feel this fall. This is part of an effort in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries to transform the functionality of the former static html pages. While the content may appear the same, open-source Library à la Carte software, developed at Oregon State University enables us to quickly update the content and repurpose some of the content modules to create dynamic library course guides such as French 142AC: the Cultures of Franco-America, French 102: Writing in French, Italian 5B, and Spanish 107: Survey of Spanish Literature .

    Continue reading “New Library Subject Pages”

    trial to Digitalia

    The Library has enabled a 30-day trial to DIGITALIA – one of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish language e-book and e-journals on the market. Founded in 2007, DIGITALIA aims to “to be a global leader providing Spanish titles, bringing to libraries, academics, students  and all readers in general qualitative content driven by information technology and the best practices in content management.” At present, there are more than five thousand e-books from Spanish publishers such as Anthropos, Biblioteca Nueva, Calambur, Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, Ocho y Medio, Publicaciones de la Universidad de Alicante, Trotta, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and more.  The e-journal list includes both academic and commercial titles as well as the Colección de revistas históricas españolas. In addition, libraries can subscribe to one or more of the thematic collections.

    Before December 21, 2011, please take some time to check out DIGITALIA and send your comments and feedback to cpotts [AT]

    Revista de Libros edicion digital

    Revista de Libros celebrates its first year in electronic format, providing searchable access to all issues back to the first number. The monthly review first launched in 1996 through an initiative of the Fundación Caja Madrid. For those not familiar with this resource, current issues are also available in print in Doe Library’s Heyns Reading Room. It is an important book review source for Spanish imprints and is not a periodical of general interest, nor does it compete with book sections in daily newspapers. In the words of the editorial staff themselves, "it aims to do what the the New York Review of Books in the United States or the Times Literary Supplement in the United Kingdom have done and provide a cultural opinion filtered through bibliographic commentary." Read more about the journal’s mission here. If authenticated, you can access the electronic version directly at or go through the e-journal title list from the Library’s home page.

    Other current book review sources for Spain and only available in print in the Heyns Reading room include Qué leer (Barcelona) and Insula (Madrid).

    New Article Database


    Through generous one-time support from the Institute for European Studies (IES), the UC Berkeley Library has gained access to – one of the most comprehensive collections of French and Belgian journals in the humanities and social sciences available online. The Library now subscribes to the “Bouquet Sciences sociales” which includes the full text of more than 167 peer-reviewed academic journals. Cairn also provides citations and archival access to more than 60 open-access scholarly journals. For many of the OA titles, current issues (generally the most recent 3 years) of the journals are not yet available.

    Many of the journals such as  L’Année balzacienne, Dix-septième siècle, L’Homme: revue française d’antropologie, and Recherches sur Diderot et sur l”Encyclopédie, the Library already subscribes to in print format but online access through Cairn will increase the discoverability of content. Once titles are added to the Library’s E-journal title A-Z list, article-level linking will be possible from indexes like MLA, Historical Abstracts, Francis, and more. The complete list of journals currently available through Cairn is listed here: (subscribed titles in red and OA titles in green)

    Cairn is a hybrid project, launched in 2005 by private stakeholders – four French publishers (Belin, La Découverte, Erès, and De Boeck) and public ones – the Université de Liège in Belgium, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Centre national du livre. Its aim is to improve the online presence of humanities and social sciences journals published in French while at the same time that it provides an alternative means for scholarly publishers to disseminate their research. To read more about the Library’s commitment to open access and alternative publishing models, please visit the resource pages on scholarly communication.