Arts, humanities and social sciences

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List of useful resources for researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, related to the RIN’s remit:

  • AIM25 - (archives in London and the M25 area) provides on line access to descriptions of collections of more than 110 institutions holding archives including all HE insitutions, the royal colleges, scientific and cultural bodies and the London Metropolitan Archives
  • Ancient World online - focuses on noting open access material relating to the ancient world
  • Archway provides access to information on archaeology journals holdings in over 20 university, museum and private libraries in one searchable resource. The website has not been fully updated since August 2005 however, although the journal locator section is static, the citation index and the ToC index are updated as new journals are made available online. ARCHway is widely used by the academic community
  • Art in Parliament - The Parliamentary art collection online
  • - hub for research and teaching in the digital arts and humanities, includes forum for discussion, blogs by members and events calendar
  • Association for German Studies blog - news from German studies in UK and Ireland
  • A vision of Britain through time - A vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001, including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions
  • Backstage - a performing arts gateway for the UK. Backstage contains the Theatre Museum’s Directory of theatre resources. It provides a central access point for finding and searching performing arts collections in the UK and covers items such as playbills, posters and costumes
  • CASBAH - identifying and mapping research resources for Caribbean Studies and the history of Black and Asian people in Britain. Despite not being updated, the CASBAH website still provides a useful link to resources relating to Caribbean studies
  • Centre for History and New Media - develops publications and applications to define digital humanities for scholars, librarians and museum professionals
  • Concert Programmes Project Online (phase 1) - online database of holdings of concert programmes in the UK and Ireland. Currently, it holds 5,500 collections of music related ephemera held by 53 institutions including the British Library, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the national libraries of Scotland and Ireland and the Bodleian Library and Trinity College Dublin. It includes material from the end of the 17th century to the present day. Its detailed search facility allows users improved access to previously inadequately catalogued and therefore underused material
  • Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities blog - blog by the Director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and a historian who explores, and tries to influence through theory, software, websites, and this blog, the impact of computing on the humanities
  • Digital Scholarship in the Humanities - blog exploring how digital resources and tools are affecting scholarship in the humanities and consider the potential for digital scholarship
  • DiRT: Digital Research Tools - a wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively
  • Economic and Social Research Council - academic section, contains information about ESRC funding, policy, news and events for the academic community
  • EGIL - Electronic Gateway for Icelandic Literature and descriptions of the collections of The British Library, the University of Leeds, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford, English Faculty Library and the Bodleian Library and University College, London. Several important texts have also been digitised and are available through the website for teaching and research
  • EU Screen - the EUscreen project aims to promote the use of television content to explore Europe’s rich and diverse cultural history
  • FLAG - a collaborative Internet gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities and national libraries and is free for all to use. It is a database of foreign legal holdings of over 60 UK libraries in terms of categories of legal literature, such as law reports, legislation and treaties
  • FLARE - produces a series of Research Guides to the law of foreign jurisdictions, and has published a Union List of holdings of European Legal Gazettes in major research libraries. The participating libraries have agreed collection development policies that will improve coverage of European and central European law as a national resource
  • Helpful humanities resources - on the Guide to Online schools Website (US based)
  • History on the web - UK-based publishing platform for historians and freelance writers to publish their work. The site has been established to offer authors a revenue for their work, while allowing them to retain full copyright and control over their publications 
  • Institute of Historical Research Digital blog - information about inline services at the IHR, the UK’s national centre for history
  • Intute social sciences gateway - finds and reviews web resources for studies and research
  • JURN - free scholarly e-journals in the arts & humanities search
  • Links to classical and historical resources - University of Cambridge
  • The Media Archive for Central England - a public sector moving image archive for the East and West Midlands, United Kingdom
  • NACSIS/UK (European) union of catalouge of Japanese books project - additional information is available on the Japan Library Group website
  • Nereus - access to European economics resources
  • Pre-Raphaelite resource - A digitised collection accessible to the online education community by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and funded by JISC
  • RASCAL - is a gateway to research resources in Northern Ireland. It covers the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region and consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences including details of content, location, format and access
  • Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) - blog discussing issues about the dissemination of research in economics
  • Social Research Association - an organisation open to social research practitioners and trainees from all sectors, as well as others with an interest in social research, has useful links pages.
  • Smart History - developed by Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the static traditional Western art history textbook
  • Society of Legal Scholars - website of the society
  • Stoa Consortium Blog - news, projects, and links for digital classicists
  • UKIRA (previously Mapping Asia) - provides support for research on Asia, the Middle East and North Africa identifying the existence and availability of resources housed in university, public or specialised libraries in the UK. It has created a searchable database for resource discovery in all subject areas of the humanities and social sciences relating to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa

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