Multidisciplinary databases


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All-New ProQuest
All-New ProQuest is the Proquest research platform that unites the bibliographical and full text databases in a single service.
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An open access archive managed by the University of Southampton for the self-depositing of scientific contributions in the following disciplinary areas: psychology, neurosciences, linguistics, computer sciences, philosophy, biology and fields of physics, mathematics and social sciences pertinent to the study of the cognitive sciences.


DART-Europe E-theses Portal
A European database of hundreds of thousands of research theses in digital format available in full version, in open access. DART-Europe, sponsored by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), is an example of a partnership between research libraries and library consortia co-operating to improve access to European research theses.


Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
An American digital library project in which public libraries and research libraries participate. It provides access to over 10 million digital objects of various types, predominantly the result of digitalisation campaigns of works in the public domain, including governmental materials and other types of grey literature. It is situated at the historical Boston Public Library.


Directory of Open Access Book (DOAB)
A multidisciplinary meta-catalogue of academic level e-books published by institutional or commercial scientific publishers. The requisites for indexing in DOAB, specified by OAPEN Foundation in synergy with the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association, are as follows: the books are distributed with an Open Access licence; before being published, the books undergo scientific validation processes (peer review).


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
A selected archive of peer reviewed e-journals in open access, equipped with a search interface that enables the limitation of the analyses to specific titles, disciplinary fields or publishers. A project curated by Lund University Library (Svezia).


Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Biographical Dictionary of the Italians)
Updated online version of the dictionary edited by Treccani in 100 volumes.


Early English Books Online (EEBO)
A complete-text collection in facsimile format of the literary and scientific texts (125,000 titles) published in English in the first centuries of the Modern Age (1473-1700) catalogued in the historical Short-Title Catalogue of Pollard & Redgrave (1475-1640) and Wing (1641-1700) and in the Thomason Tracts, a compendium of the titles published on the English Civil War between 1640 and 1661.
Included, among other things, are writings by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, Galileo, Harvey, Mercator, Vesalius, Newton, Calvin, Luther, Knox, Drake, Raleigh, Bacon and More.
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Editoria Italiana Online (EIO) > see: Torrossa Casalini full text platform


A database of digital contents relating to the European cultural heritage present in museums, art galleries, archives, libraries and audiovisual collections. Type of resource: images (paintings, drawings, maps, photos and images of museum exhibits); texts (books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archive documents); sounds (music and words from cylinders, tapes, records and radiophonic transmissions); videos (films, news bulletins and television programmes). Consult the themes page to explore the main topics dealt with.


A multidisciplinary digital library project co-ordinated by the Bibliothéque Nationale de France (BNF), with millions of editions from various epochs digitalised following rigorous criteria and searchable by topic, geographical area and collection.


A project of digitalisation of texts possessed by some of the world's most important libraries (biblioteche partner). Not all the documents are available in full text mode.


Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides search tools and access to scientific documents in the academic field, from every disciplinary area, published by academic publishers, professional societies, preprint archives, universities and other research institutes. Type of material: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles.


Gutenberg Project
This is one of the first freely diffused digitalisation services of texts in online format. The collections cover the entire knowledge. Only those publications are included whose copyright has elapsed or in any case published previously to the last 70 years.


HathiTrust Digital Library
A digital library that makes available in open access over 17 million digitalised books of a multidisciplinary nature thanks to the collaborative nature of the project, in which numerous academic and research libraries participate.


Hyper Article en Ligne - Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société (HAL-SHS)
An archive of open access research in Social Science & Humanities, curated by the Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe of the CNRS of France; the articles available in full text are deposited by researchers belonging to various research institutes. The interface is in the French language only.


Index translationum : [international bibliography of translations]
An international bibliography curated by UNESCO of the works published and translated from 1979 to 2009 in all fields of knowledge.


An Open Access Repository managed by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (the National Institute of Nuclear Physics), which does not, however, limit the contents to physics, also hosting communities of social sciences, medicine and literature, including the manuscripts of the Federico De Roberto Fund. INFN OAR, an official provider of data of OpenDOAR, is one of the archives attested on the European research portal OpenAIRE.


Internet Archive Open Library
A digital library project that offers access to millions of books, films, sw, music and web sites available in open access or in the public domain advanced search enables the setting up of various search keys (title, author, place, publisher, subject).


ISI Web of Knowledge > see: Web of Science


Journal Citation Report (JCR)
Accessible on the Clarivate platform, JCR is a systematic and objective tool for assessing and comparing indexed scientific publications in the "Arts & Humanities", “Science Citation Index Expanded” and “Social Sciences Citation Index” collections of Web of Science by means of the collection and analysis of the citation indices. Among the parameters considered, of particular note is the Impact factor.
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JSTOR : the scholarly journal archive
A database of full-text academic periodicals normally accessible from the first volume to the exclusion of the more recent years' issues; Licence for the sections: General Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Arts & Sciences II, Arts & Science III, Arts & Science V, Arts & Science Complement, Business, Arts & Sciences XIII, Arts & Sciences XV.
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An interdisciplinary archive of articles focussing on the improvement of the processes of transparency and reproducibility of research. Managed by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).


Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
This project promotes the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and storage in digital format of theses and dissertations issued in paper format. Search interface.


A multidisciplinary collective catalogue, managed by the consortium OCLC, that indexes millions of academic-level publications available in open access. Access to the advanced search form.


OAPEN Library
OAPEN Library is a multidisciplinary open-access archive of e-books; the project, which involves close collaboration with scientific publishers, is co-funded by the European Union within the eContentplus programme and is part of a no-profit foundation sited at the National Library of the Netherlands (The Hague).


A network of archives and periodicals that support the policies of open access. The project, created as a tool through which the European Community and the European Research Council incentivise and put into practice the policies of open access (FP7 and H2020 programmes), claims to be the tool of reference of European scientific communication.
It hosts not only publications but also theses, preprints, images, sound files, patents, primary research data, data related to funding, institutions and research personnel, and other data of European research. The output of SNS research studies funded with European Community grants also migrates to OpenAIRE.


Curated by the British inter-university consortium JISC, OpenDOAR is probably the most complete repertoire of academic archives in open access, indexed and searchable using a search interface refined by filters for scientific and geographical area and type of product.


Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
Direct access to the periodicals published by OLH, a no-profit organisation supported by an international consortium of libraries, which includes the SNS Library, that has the aim of supporting the open-access publication of works produced by the academic community of the humanities area.


Open Research Europe (ORE)
This EU project enables the rapid open-access publication in peer-reviewing mode of the results of research studies in all disciplinary areas funded by Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and Euratom grants; the papers are retrievable in the database through a search interface.


Oxford Scholarship Online
Access to the e-books published by Oxford University Press inserted into the following modules: Classical Studies, Economics&Finance, Political Science, Sociology.
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Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
A retrospective archive of academic periodicals in digital format. It enables access to the full-texts of the retrospective years' issues of over 500 international periodicals in the sector of the humanities and social sciences disciplines indexed in Periodicals Index Online (PIO). For each periodical the complete years' issues are available, from the first issue published up to 1990/2000.
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Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
A continually updated bibliographical database containing the complete indices of over 5000 periodicals with international cover in the sector of the humanities and social sciences disciplines. For each periodical the complete years' issues are available, from the first issue published up to 1995. For some titles, however, the indices of the subsequent years are also available.
In addition, Periodicals Index Online (PIO) is integrated through a system of links both to the data base Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) and to the JSTOR collections subscribed to by the Scuola Normale in order to be able to access directly the full-text citation of the articles contained in these databases.
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Project Muse
An editorial project founded by Johns Hopkins University Press to aid access to collections of full-text online journals published by non-profit publishers, university presses and research societies in the disciplinary areas of the Humanities, and of Human and Social Sciences.
In addition to the titles individually subscribed to, also accessible are those included in the disciplinary collections of the Humanities, Social sciences, History.
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ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT) is a database containing over 2.7 million bibliographical records of theses discussed at the North American universities from 1861 to the present day, and at over 700 academic institutions worldwide. This resource, which covers the various scientific areas, also enables the full-text consultation of over 1 million PhD and master's theses published after 1997.
The documentation is available online for in-depth perusal of the specifics of the database.
The opening of the full text of the theses may not be immediate, on account of the size of the corresponding files.
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Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
Index of open access archives, searchable by disciplinary or geographical area, or by type of content, managed by the University of Southampton.


A citational and multidisciplinary bibliographical database produced by the publisher Elsevier providing bibliographical recordings and abstracts taken from the scrutiny of over 15,000 peer-reviewed periodicals (531 of them in open access) published from 1966 onwards by over 4000 international scientific publishers. The Citation Tracker, a new tool for the search for bibliographical citations, and the direct link to the full text of the Elsevier periodicals, are available.
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Torrossa : Casalini full text platform
A search service for the full-text contents (journals and monographs) of Casalini Libri, mainly in the disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences, of some of the most important Italian and non-Italian publishers.
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Web of Science (WoS)
A platform consisting of several citational databases covering all fields of scientific research, although the English language production of the STM area is prevalent. Among these is the WoS Core Collection, a bibliometric resource that enables the retrieval of indicators such as the citation index) or the h-index which measures the impact of the authors within the scientific community of reference on the basis of the number of publications and the number of citations received. The Core Collection enables access to the following:
* Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) --1970-present
* Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1970-present
* Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) --1975-present
* Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present
* Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) --1990-present
* Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) --2015-present
On the WoS platform the following databases are also available:
* Inspec
* KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980-present)
* MEDLINE (1950-present)
* SciELO Citation Index (2002-present)
A simultaneous search of all the resources can be carried out, or else of an individual database.
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An open access multidisciplinary repository that enables researchers to deposit research documents, sets of data, research software, reports and any other digital object correlated to research. Developed at EU level within the European OpenAIRE programme and managed by CERN, it enables the assigning to each datum deposited of a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which renders the archived objects easily citable.



Field of Sciences e-Print archive
An ample archive of open access pre-prints covering the areas of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Non-linear Sciences, Biology and Financial Mathematics and Statistics. Since the 1990s it has been a respected reference point, especially for mathematicians and physicists who, like many scientists of the Scuola Normale, deposit their works there.


A bibliographical database produced by the IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology, involving the fields of Physics, Electronics, Computer Science, Engineering and Information technology. The database, which is updated weekly, covers the period from 1969 to the present day.
Inspec is hosted on the Web of Science platform and hence searches can be carried out that are integrated with the other databases available in WoS.


Novel Materials Discovery (NoMaD) Repository and Archive
An open-access repository of research data in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Materials Science. It enables the confirmatory data analysis of the materials and their re-use. All the data are available in raw format, and as a product of the underlying code and in a common, machine-processable and well-defined data format.


Open Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (OpenKIM)
An accurate repository of interatomic potentials and analysis to render reliable, reproducible and accessible the classic molecular simulations of materials. The contents are open source and referable generically to the area of the hard and applied sciences, with particular relevance for the sectors of Molecular Chemistry, Computer Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Materials Science, Optics and Engineering Sciences.


SciFinder ⁿ
An updated and enhanced version of SciFinder, a bibliographical and factual database enabling the consultation from a single interface through a variety of sophisticated search strategies (by subject, chemical structure, names of authors and organisations, chemical reactions, etc.) of the databases produced by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). The disciplinary sectors covered are those of Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Agrarian Sciences, Engineering, Materials Sciences and Physics. Access is valid using the same credentials as those utilised for SciFinder. For new recordings the form prepared by the publisher will need to be completed.
Contact the Library for further information.
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Field of Humanities

Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura (BEIC)
(European Library of Information and Culture)

Because of the abundance of its contents and the rigorous standards adopted, the section of the digital collections of the BEIC, is a reference point for digitalisation projects of the Italian cultural heritage.


Bivio : Testi e immagini dell’Umanesimo e del Rinascimento
(Bivio: Texts and images of Humanism and the Renaissance)

An online virtual library that offers rare texts in the most important editions and translations, rendered consultable by computer systems enabling searches at various levels. The project arose from the collaboration between the Istituto di Studi sul Rinascimento (the Institute of Renaissance Studies) and Signum - Centro di ricerche informatiche per le discipline umanistiche (Signum – Centre of IT research for the Humanities disciplines) of the Scuola Normale of Pisa.
To consult the INSR web sites, you will need to register (free) on the web site.
This semantic digital library project, developed thanks to a grant from the European Research Council co-ordinated by Maurizio Ghelardi (Scuola Normale Superiore), hosts the critical editions of the letters sent to Jacob Burckhardt, thus making available in open access one of the most important European correspondences of the nineteenth century.


CLIO - Catalogo dei Libri Italiani dell'Ottocento (1801-1900) su CD-ROM
(CLIO – Catalogue of nineteenth-century Italian books (1801-1900) on CD-ROM)

A digital version of the homonymous work on paper in 19 volumes. It provides the examination of some 13 million catalogue cards, the consultation of dozens of bibliographies and repertories and the recording of around 650,000 titles of books published in Italy and in Ticino in the nineteenth century.
CD-ROM on the local network: the resource may take a few seconds to upload.


A database that, by means of a federated search of various archives of correspondences, aggregates the metadata relating to sender, date, addresses and locality of despatch and of reception of the letters present in academic editions and publications in print or in online digital version. The metadata of the letters are provided by academic projects of various institutions in a standardised exchange format based on TEI-XML. Currently, the period of time of the correspondence data aggregated ranges from 1500 to the 20th century, with no geographical limits.


International bibliography of humanism and the Renaissance
Continuation of the repertory Bibliographie Internationale de l'Humanisme et de la Renaissance published from 1965 to 2013 by the publisher Droz.
The indexation of periodicals, monographs, conference minutes etc. that have as their subject Humanism and the Renaissance in their historical, literary, philosophical, religious, artistic, juridical, technical, economic, and political manifestations.
In the section Brepolis Medieval and Early Modern a common interface enables an integrated search with the IMB International medieval bibliography.
To consult only the database selected (International bibliography of humanism and the Renaissance) and ignore the integrated search, you will need to take off the check mark at the top in correspondence with IMB International medieval bibliography.
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International Medieval Bibliography Online
An interdisciplinary bibliographical database of the Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (400-1500), covering the period from 1967 onwards. Each recording is classified by subject and by geographical area.
In the section Brepolis Medieval and Early Modern a common interface enables an integrated search with the International bibliography of humanism and the Renaissance.
To consult only the database selected (IMB International medieval bibliography) and ignore the integrated search, you will need to take off the check mark at the top in correspondence with IBHR International bibliography of humanism and the Renaissance.
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Licence | Contratto


A digital library offering a large collection of literary works and corpora in full edition and in a hypertext format enabling access to concordances, frequency tables and statistics; the works are distributed with a Creative Commons licence.


Iter Italicum
An online edition of the monumental repertory curated by Paul Oskar Kristeller and published in printed edition in six volumes between 1963 and 1992. Iter Italicum is a systematic index of the manuscripts stored in collections that are not catalogued or that are badly catalogued, present in libraries and collections worldwide.
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Manus OnLine (MOL)
A database encompassing the description and digitalisation (full and/or partial) of the manuscripts stored in Italian public, ecclesiastical and private libraries. The census, started in 1988 by the Istituto centrale per il catalogo unico e le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU) (the central institute for the single catalogue and bibliographical information), aims at identifying and cataloguing manuscripts (Latin, Greek, Arabic, and others) produced from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age, including correspondence.


Mare Magnum
It contains the digitalised reproduction of the Mare magnum of Francesco Marucelli, a work in 111 volumes indexing seventeenth-century universal knowledge, dividing it by subjects, and the full text of the Indice del Mare magnum edited by Guido Biagi.
CD-ROM on the local network: the resource may take a few seconds to upload.
At present there are problems of malfunctioning, which have been reported to the web site manager.


Mirabile : archivio digitale della cultura latina medievale
(Digital Archives for Medieval Culture)

A digital archive created by the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL) (International Society for the Study of the Latin Middle Ages) enabling searches both in the databases produced by SISMEL and in the main publications of the Edizioni del Galluzzo .
The databases consultable in Mirabile are: Medioevo latino (MEL): a bibliographical bulletin of European culture from Boethius to Erasmus, sixth to fifteenth centuries; Bibliotheca Scriptorum Latinorum Medii Recentiorisque Aevi (BISLAM): a repertory containing bio-bibliographical and name cards of Latin authors or those whose works are translated into Latin up to 1536; Medioevo Musicale (MEM): a bibliographical repertory of the studies on the musical culture of the Middle Ages between the fifth and fifteenth centuries; Compendium Auctorum Latinorum Medii Aevi (CALMA): a bibliographical repertory of the medieval authors whose works are datable within a time frame stretching between the end of the sixth century and the first thirty years of the sixteenth century.
The online periodicals available in Mirabile are: Documenti e studi sulla Tradizione filosofica medievale; Filologia Mediolatina; Hagiographica; Iconographica; Itineraria; Micrologus; Stilistica e Metrica Italiana.
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Oxford Bibliographies Online. Medieval Studies
The Medieval Studies section of the Oxford Bibliographies Online database provides annotated and commentated bibliographies on general topics and on specific authors of the Middle Ages.
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Oxford Bibliographies Online. Renaissance and Reformation
The Renaissance and Reformation section of the Oxford Bibliographies Online database provides annotated and commentated bibliographies on general topics and on specific authors of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
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Springer Books Literature, Cultural and Media Studies 2016 - 2021
Access to all volumes published by the publisher Springer from 2016 onwards included in the disciplinary collection Literature, Cultural and Media Studies.
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Monolingual and bilingual dictionaries

Diccionario de la Lengua Española de la Real Academia Española
Online full version of the 22nd edition (2001) of the dictionary of the Real Academia Española (RAE). The dictionary, thanks to the collaboration of 21 academies that, with the RAE, form the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española, claims to be the pan-Hispanic linguistic standard.


Grande Dizionario Hoepli Inglese/Italiano (Hoepli Large English/Italian Dictionary)
A bilingual dictionary by Fernando Picchi.
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Langenscheidt e-Handwörterbuch Italienisch : Italienisch-Deutsch, Deutsch-Italienisch
A bilingual Italian-German German-Italian dictionary.
CD-ROM on the local network: the resource may take a few seconds to upload.


Lingua Portuguesa Online
A dictionary with around 100,000 terms, 13,000 verb conjugations, identification of the inflected forms and an online grammar; curated by Priberam Informatica.


Merriam-Webster online
Online version of the 10th printed edition of the renowned dictionary complete with definitions, pronunciation, etymology and use of the lemmas; a thesaurus is also available.


Oxford dictionaries. Arabic
An online English-Arabic dictionary consultable within the Dictionaries section of Oxford University Press.
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Oxford English dictionary
An abbreviated edition of the renowned monolingual dictionary.
CD-ROM on the local network: the resource may take a few seconds to upload.


Wörterbuch der deutschen Umgangssprache
A monolingual dictionary of the colloquial German.
CD-ROM on the local network: the resource may take a few seconds to upload.


Wortschatz Lexikon
A current online dictionary of the German language. A projet curated by the University of Leipzig .