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The American Institute of Sri Lankan Studie, which was established in 1996, aims to promote US research and teaching on Sri Lanka and to strengthen links between US and Sri Lankan scholars and institutions. Its main focus in on the humanities, social sciences, and related fields. Freely accessible resources on the AISLS website include a directory of research centers in Sri Lanka; information on universities in Sri Lanka; a curated list of indexes, bibliographies, and digital libraries; other resources for the study of Sri Lanka; resources for studying Sinhala and Tamil; and resources for teaching about Sri Lanka.
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Cambridge University’s Digital Library hosts a selection of digitized manuscripts in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Tamil, and other ancient and medieval South Asian languages pertaining to Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religious traditions.
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Stay up-to-date on the latest academic titles, gain access to exclusive web content, and search through a comprehensive archive of more than 200,000 reviews representing a quarter-century of scholarship. This digital database includes more than 500 new reviews each month, updated daily. Create an individual account to create lists, save searches, receive customizable user alerts, and share titles with colleagues.
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Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire holds detailed information on over 6,000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. One can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by an academic research team. The Colonial Film project united universities (Birkbeck and University College London) and archives (British Film Institute, Imperial War Museum, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum) to create a new catalogue of films relating to the British Empire. The ambition of the website is to allow both colonizers and colonized to understand better the truths of Empire.
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Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA) is part of the University of Chicago’s Digital South Asia Library. DDSA aims to make available the highest quality electronic dictionaries for South Asian languages as free public services via the internet. DDSA encompasses languages of the current nation-states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center External
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Elsevier’s Novel Coronavirus Information Center includes expert, curated information for the research and health community on SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease). All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.

  • For researchers: the latest early-stage and peer-reviewed research on COVID-19 from journals including The Lancet and Cell Press, as well as more than 25,000 related articles free to access on ScienceDirect. These articles are also available to download with rights for full text and data mining, re-use and analyses for as long as needed.

  • For clinicians: evidence-based skill guides and care plans for treatment, safety and patient education, along with emergency prepared webinars by the CDC are under the Clinical information tab.

  • For patients: the 3D4Medical coronavirus video, resources from the CDC and WHO, and information about Elsevier’s Patient Access Program for research are in the Patient resources section.

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The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme seeks to preserve cultural heritage and make it available to as wide an audience as possible. “Endangered” means material that is at risk of loss or decay, and is located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited. “Archives” refers to materials in written, pictorial or audio formats, including manuscripts, rare printed books, documents, newspapers, periodicals, photographs and sound recordings. The Endangered Archives Programme primarily funds digitization projects to record and preserve the content of archives. Our projects create digital material in a format that facilitates long-term preservation, and at least two copies of these are stored: a primary copy that remains at an appropriate repository in the country of origin, and a secondary copy held at the British Library. The EAP website provides access to these digital collections for research, education, and enjoyment. Digital collections reflect archives from many African, Caribbean, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, South American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian countries.
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The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization is a vast and ongoing project launched over fifteen years ago by Felix Posen to gather literature, art, and translate primary sources from biblical times to the 21st century. The goal is to make this unprecedented collection, revealing Jewish creativity, diversity, and cultural contributions around the globe, easily available in English to all.
The selections of The Posen Library, curated by leading Jewish studies scholars, put readers directly in touch with the artist’s work across a vast range of genres: fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, religious and political writing, painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, unmediated by interpretation as would be the case in an encyclopedia. Also available in print to purchase, the Posen Digital Library (PDL) is an interactive database,so it is accessible around the world for all who read English. This free, living library is updated as each new volume of The Posen Library is completed. Access is free but requires individual registration.
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RIPM Jazz Periodicals is an essential, unique collection of American jazz periodicals of great importance to any lover of jazz and its history and a primary source reference and research tool for musicologists and researchers. Undertaken with the collaboration of the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University, which houses the largest collection of jazz periodicals in the world, RIPM Jazz Periodicals will initially consist of 105 rare, out-of-print, full-text American (U.S.) jazz journals and magazines published from 1914 to 2006. Significant journals will include, among others, Cadence, Mississippi Rag, and Record Changer. Coverage of the American jazz press will be expanded by adding seven new titles in 2020; jazz periodicals from Europe and Canada will be added later.
Springer Nature SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Research External
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SARS-CoV-2 is the new coronavirus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness known as COVID-19, which has spread around the world. Springer Nature is committed to supporting the global response to emerging outbreaks by enabling fast and direct access to the latest available research, evidence, and data and by providing free access for the duration of the public health emergency to journal research articles directly related to the focus of the emergency.
The landing page for Sars-CoV-2019 and COVID-19 showcases a mixture of research articles, reviews and wider commentary, all free or open access, as well as highlighting additional resources. The page is updated regularly as new research and information become available.
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This microsite provides links and references to all relevant COVID-19 research articles, book chapters and information that can be freely accessed on Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis ebooks in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into COVID-19. As signatories to NIH’s Access to Research initiative, along with the Wellcome Trust’s coordinated action on sharing research data and findings relevant to the outbreak, Taylor & Francis has been working with WHO to ensure this content is clearly signposted. More research in this field has been collated by colleagues through a dedicated Gateway, F1000Research, which showcases research published in this area, including preprints, to ensure immediate access to the latest research developments.
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Wiley Library Services has identified over 5,000 free/open access scientific articles related to coronavirus. These articles are free to the public on this curated Wiley Online Library microsite.
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