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The following databases are newly acquired or being evaluated for a future subscription.
AM Research Skills This link opens in a new window
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AM Research Skills includes hundreds of videos, essays, case studies and practice sources which introduce the key methods and approaches that scholars take when working with historical material. Questions asked include: What are primary sources? How can you use them in your research? Why are some historical documents archived and why did others disappear? Why does it matter today?

Designed to help evaluate primary sources for the first time and work with source materials and historical evidence, the content covers:
Research Skills Foundations
Interrogating Colonial Documents and Narratives
*Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

Trial available until 13th May 2024
Please send any feedback to fq@soas.ac.uk
Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies Online This link opens in a new window
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The Encyclopedia introduces the multifaceted aspects of Taiwan’s past and present in almost 600 entries, authored by more than 300 worldwide scholars who are experts in the archaeology, history, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations, Indigenous studies, literature, gender studies, media studies, cinema and documentary, music, and art of Taiwan.
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The Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection provides an invaluable perspective on this critical period. The press of more than twenty cities is represented, spanning the Chinese mainland and the entire half-century
Lived Places Publishing This link opens in a new window
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Lived Places Publishing https://livedplacespublishing.com/ is a new provider of course-readings delivered in interdisciplinary collections on library-friendly terms. In just over a year, LPP has launched 15 collections, including Disability Studies, Forced Migration Studies, Child Homelessness Studies, Queer and LGBT+ Studies, Black Studies, and more. They have near 50 books signed, with new titles launching monthly. Their editors and authors cover the globe, from Nigeria, UKI, India, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, the United States, and beyond.

Please send any feedback to Farzana Qureshi (fq@soas.ac.uk)
Trial available until 31st May 2024
Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers This link opens in a new window
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From the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have stood at the crossroads of history. The Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers collection includes publications from across this dynamic region, providing unique insights into the history of individual countries, as well as broad viewpoints on key historic events from the late nineteenth century through the present.
South Asian Newspapers This link opens in a new window
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The South Asian Newspapers collection chronicles these conflicts as well as contemporary perspectives on independence movements, early statehood, and the extensive economic and social growth taking place in the region during this time. The collection covers several countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and features multiple languages such as Bengali, Dari, English, Nepali, and more
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