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European Languages

Tribute to Dr Ranginui Walker (1932-2016)

AMPT would like to share our condolences with our viewers at the passing of Ranginui Walker.

Semester 2 General Library tours

Want to find out more about the General Library and how it can support your study?

Come along to a General Library tour during week 1.

Samoan historical newspapers

Yesterday Papers Past added four early Samoan newspapers, just in time for Samoan Language Week (24-30 Me/May).

Italian film series

Over the next few months, the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics will host a special series showcasing contemporary Italian cinema.

Learn more about Italian cinema by exploring the library's collections.

General Library tours

Want to find out more about the General Library and how it can support your study?

Come along to a General Library tour during week 1.

Updated historical newspaper collections

The Library recently updated its collection of historical newspaper databases.

Alain Badiou: In search of the lost Real

Alain Badiou, one of the world’s most prominent living philosophers, visits the University of Auckland next week to present a public lecture.

Germany, Asia and the Pacific

Archives Unbound has a new collection of historical documents relating to European colonialism in Asia and the Pacific.

Essays in Medieval Studies

Brepols Miscellanea Online now includes 2013-2014 publications.

The database contains scholarly works in Medieval Studies, including 7,000 articles published from 1998 to 2014.

Book Citation Index now available through Web of Science

Web of Science has recently been enhanced with the addition of Book Citation Index (BKCI) to the core collection.

Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources now complete

The library recently received the final volume of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, a monumental work which took over a century to complete.

New Catalogue features help to improve searching

A recent upgrade to the Catalogue provides new features to enhance your searching experience.

Artemis Primary Sources

Gale’s new platform Artemis Primary Sources provides simultaneous searching of two databases of historical resources, Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online.

Gale NewsVault: Explore the past through historical newspapers

Looking to search across a wide range of historical newspapers? Try Gale NewsVault.

Open Access Week starts next Monday

From 21-27 October, the University of Auckland celebrates Open Access Week. As part of the week’s events, the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Matt McGregor will be presenting a session on Tuesday from 1-2pm, titled "From Open Access to Open Licensing: Copyright, Creative Commons and Scholarly Publishing".

Project MUSE releases new Advanced Search features

Project MUSE has introduced a new Advanced Search interface, offering users the ability to create detailed yet focused search queries to locate relevant scholarly content.

PressDisplay: online newspapers with a difference

Want to see the NZ Herald’s editorial and letters page from last Monday?

Visit PressDisplay, providing online access to a wealth of national and international newspaper and magazine titles.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah at 2013 Robb Lectures

World renowned philosopher Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah is this year’s guest speaker at the University of Auckland's Sir Douglas Robb Lectures.

Libraries and Learning Services survey

We would appreciate your feedback about Libraries and Learning Services. Fill in a short survey and enter the draw for one of two 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with type keyboard cover. Survey closes 30 August 2013.

Politics Weekly podcast and new writing on Marx

If you’re looking for a weekly dose of political analysis, have a listen to the Guardian’s Politics Weekly podcast.

General Library tours: all welcome!

Feeling lost? Let's change that!

We are offering tours through the General Library during the first week of Semester 2.

NZ International Film Festival starts today!

Auckland film fans are rejoicing as the New Zealand International Film Festival starts today and runs until 4 August 2013. The NZIFF offers up the chance for cinema goers to sample from an extensive array of both new and remastered films, including many by established directors whose previous work you might like to explore.

World Religion Database

The Library now subscribes to the World Religion Database, an online database containing detailed international statistics on religious affiliation.

Explore LGBT Thought and Culture

Explore the Library’s new database LGBT Thought and Culture which contains a wide range of material documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political, social and cultural movements throughout the 20th Century until today.

Department of History's Visiting Scholar Series

From 9-11 July 2013, the Department of History is hosting a Visiting Scholars Series, with three renowned North American-based historians presenting papers on some interesting topics.

LGBT Thought and Culture now available

The Library now has ongoing access to the database LGBT Thought and Culture, a searchable full text collection holding an extensive selection of material documenting LGBT political, social and cultural movements throughout the 20th Century until present day.

Oxford Bibliographies Online - new modules added

Looking for in-depth and authoritative research guides on a range of subjects?

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) will help you locate reliable information sources quickly, with access to articles, annotated bibliographies, and expert commentary on key topics and concepts.

A number of new modules are now available from OBO, doubling the previous range of subject areas covered.

Daily Mail Historical Archive

Until 31 July 2013, the Library has trial access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive. Covering the period from the newspaper’s inception in 1896 until 2004, the online archive offers facsimile copies of each issue and is fully searchable.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online

The Library now has trial access to a number of modules from Nineteenth Century Collections Online, a fully searchable archive of rare and important primary sources chosen by experts and sourced from the world’s leading libraries.

Anita Desai - an artist's appearance

Celebrated writer Anita Desai was recently in New Zealand for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. During her stay she visited the University of Auckland to spend time with the Master of Creative Writing students from the Department of English.

Chinese Studies added to Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Chinese Studies module is now available from Oxford Bibliographies Online, providing an authoritative guide to key works in the study of China across all disciplines.

Naked Statistics

Looking for a fun and simple guide to statistics? This is the book for you!

Charles Wheelan, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, New York: Norton, 2013.

Can't find items on your reading list?

This new online tutorial will help you identify and locate books, book chapters, and journal articles. You can test yourself to check your knowledge.

How to Not Write Bad

Ben Yagoda says that teaching students to write well may be too ambitious a goal. Instead he aims to improve your writing by eliminating those common errors such as spelling mistakes, poorly chosen words, and train-wreck punctuation. In his book How to Not Write Bad you’ll find lots of helpful advice.

How to Write a Lot

Motivational books are not usually found in university libraries, but one that seems appropriate is How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing. Psychologist Paul Silvia discusses specious barriers to writing (can't find the time... need to do more research first... need a better computer... or just waiting for inspiration), and offers motivational tools and practical suggestions for overcoming them.

Audiovisual Library tours

Do you need to access films and other audiovisual material from the Library collections? Come to the Audiovisual Library and join a 10 minutes tour!

Updates for eHRAF World Cultures & Archaeology

The content of two Library databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology, has been extended recently. 

General Library Tours

Lost? It does not have to be this way. We are offering tours through the General Library during the first two weeks of Semester 1.

Creative Printmaking in New Zealand, 1930-2007: An Annotated Bibliography

Fiona Ward has listed 105 references that record all available published, unpublished and digital material about the history of creative printmaking in New Zealand from 1930 to 2007.

Audio Drama - new video online tutorials

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection provides access to over 300 dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the United States' premiere radio theatre company.

The beauty of Penguins

The merger of Penguin Books and German-owned Random House has received much media attention in October. In a recent Guardian article, Oliver Wainwright muses about the beauty of Penguin Books.

British Academy Publications Online

The Library provides access to a new database, the British Academy Publications Online (BAPO). BAPO is a collection of academic monographs and edited volumes from the distinguished British Academy list, made available by Oxford University Press.

Online crowdsourcing @ OED

The Oxford English Dictionary has recently announced the launch of the OED Appeals, an online initiative to collaboratively trace the history of English words.

Our Scholarship System is Broken. Can Open Access Fix It?

Come and hear from Associate Professor Alex Holcombe, from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, about Open Access and the academic community. His seminar is entitled “Our Scholarship System is Broken. Can Open Access Fix It?”

Undergraduate Research Skills for Faculty of Arts

Would you like some support with your first essay assignments?

Hika Lite - the mobile app to celebrate Māori Language Week 2012

Hika Lite is a te reo Māori learning application for mobile phones, released in partnership with Vodafone NZ for Māori Language Week. It is available as free download for both iPhone and Android mobile.

Student internet monthly data allowance is now 10GB!!

From Monday, 16 July 2012 the internet data allowance for ALL students will increase to 10GB per month.

For more information go to:

New journals available at JSTOR

The Library has new subscriptions for a number of journals that are now available through the database JSTOR.

The Polyglot Club

If you happen to find yourself in Paris, Lille, or Toulouse and want to converse with the locals, make your way to the Polyglot Club.

New modules for Oxford Bibliographies Online

The Library has trial access to new modules for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology, Linguistics, Political Science, and Sociology. The trial runs until 17 June 2012.

Howard Carter's 138th birthday

Today marks the 138th anniversary of Howard Carter's (9 May 1874 - 2 March 1939) birthday. The name of the English artist, archaeologist and egyptologist is primarily associated with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen...

The March of Time - new database

The Library now gives access to over 800 short films from the news reel series The March of Time.

Arab Spring - special section @ Documentary Edge Festival 2012

The Documentary Edge Festival presents 72 films from New Zealand and around the world from 26 April until 13 May 2012. The special section Arab Spring is in the spotlight of this year's festival.

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival coming soon!

In less than two weeks New Zealand's largest literary festival will turn Auckland again into a vibrant meeting point for acclaimed writers, readers and thinkers.

Targeted Learning Sessions - new dates

The Arts Information Services team is offering again Targeted Learning Sessions to Arts students in the General Library.

Sustainable eResources

Reading ejournals instead of print journals certainly saves a lot of trees, but what about other environmental effects?

Two new journal titles in Project Muse

Two scholarly journals have recently joined Project Muse: Interdisciplinary Literary Studies and The Pushkin Review.

Student Internet data allowance increase!

From 16th March 2012 the monthly student Internet data allowance will double to 400MBs for undergraduates and to 800MBs for postgrad students.

How to cite a tattoo

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is a tremendously useful guide to citations and writing style. An interesting, amusing, and occasionally helpful feature is the monthly Q&A section.

German Studies Review joined Project Muse

The German Studies Review (GSR) joined Project Muse and is now accessible through this Library database.

Undergraduate research skills workshop

The Arts Information Services team is offering 10 sessions of the undergraduate research skills workshop to Arts students. Book on the Library website under Library workshops, or ask a librarian at the Enquiry Desk in the Genral Library for assistance.

Romanticism: Life, Literature & Landscape

The Library subscribes to a new database that provides online access to primary and secondary source material valuable to scholars and students studying William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and the English Romantic movement:

Romanticism: Life, Literature & Landscape

Google Scholar Citations open to all

In July 2011 Google Scholar introduced with Google Scholar Citations a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time. This service has now been made available to everyone.

Newspapers of the French Revolution 1848 at Archives Unbound

The Library provides access to a new collection which has been added to the Archives Unbound database.

The First World War: personal experiences

The Library provides access to a new database published by Adam Matthew Digital.The First World War: personal experiences contains digitised primary source documents focusing on the lives and experiences of men and women during the First World War.

Open Access - Practical Tips for Authors

The following tips may be useful to all researchers interested in Open Access publishing.


OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of digital resources. The freely available and easy to search database can be accessed from this WorldCat web page.

Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the port of call for all researchers, authors, publishers, librarians, and readers interested in free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

What is Open Access?

Open Access stands for toll-free online access to scientific and scholarly literature with the aim of ensuring maximum dissemination and rapid availability of research.

Open Access Week 2011

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.

Open Access Week 2011 is coming!

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fifth year, is taking place from 24 to 30 October 2011. The Library is hosting three events for University of Auckland staff and postgraduates.

Index New Zealand Survey

Users of Index New Zealand are asked to provide feedback on additional search limit options.

Participate in the survey - and go in the draw to win a $50 voucher by submitting your feedback!

Religious History Reference Works

The Library has expanded its subscriptions to Brill Online and now provides access to three additional reference works which are relevant to a wide range of academic disciplines.

Penguin Classics @ Literature Online

Literature Online, a desk-top library that provides access to primary and secondary literature, added nearly 400 volumes with more than 1000 individual works from the Penguin Classics series to its collections.

DigiZeitschriften: German Journal Archive

DigiZeitschriften is an archive of journals published in Germany, including some English language material.

Bridgeman Education: High-quality art images

The Library currently has trial access to Bridgeman Education, a searchable database of over 300,000 images from the Bridgeman Art Library.

Arts Information Services on Facebook

Arts Information Services has a  NEW Facebook Page!

L.A. Theatre Works - now searchable through Library Catalogue

Individual records from the database Audio Drama: the L.A. Theatre Works Collection can now be retrieved straight from the Library Catalogue.

Contestable Funding Guide / Ngā Pūtea

This Guide is for artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations who are interested in applying to Creative New Zealand (previously known as Arts Council of New Zealand / Toi Aotearoa) for financial support from the ‘Contestable Funding’ programme. The Guide explains whether Contestable Funding is available to you and your proposed arts project and how to go about applying.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926

Sabin Americana 1500-1926

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 is a searchable full-text collection based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography Bibliotheca Americana, containing works about the Americas published from 1500 to the early 1900s.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete includes non-English literatures.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online concentrates on American and British authors but also includes non-English literatures.

Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature

The Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature has recently joined Project MUSE and is now online.

YCGL is dedicated to the publication of theoretically informed research in literary studies with a comparative, intercultural, or interdisciplinary emphasis.

JSTOR gets current in 2011!

The current issues of 174 journals will be available on the JSTOR platform from January 2011.

Other new features include new content formats, multimedia files, journal-related news and information and new personalization features.

The Maori: A History of the Earliest Inhabitants of New Zealand

Vaggioli, Felice. 2010. The Maori : a history of the earliest inhabitants of New Zealand. Translated by John Crockett. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday as the academy honoured one of the Spanish-speaking world's most acclaimed authors and an outspoken political activist who once ran for president in his tumultuous homeland.

Corpus Christianorum - Fully Indexed and Easier to Find

The Corpus Christianorum is an important scholarly collection of the writings of Christian authors from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The texts are in Latin. These treasures are far more accessible because now they have subject headings describing the works. It is now much easier to find within this collection the volumes which are commentaries on each book of the bible, and also writings concerning such topics as anger, penance, humility, chastity, riddles, Judaism, saints, cosmology.

Journal of War and Cultural Studies

The Journal of War and Cultural Studies has a broad but clearly-defined research field: the relationship between war and culture in the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first, primarily in Europe but not excluding other areas involved in conflict, although these will retain a focus on their relationship to Europe.

Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft

BDSL Online wird von der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main als Schwerpunktbibliothek für Germanistik erstellt. Sie ist die wichtigste bibliographische Informationsquelle für Germanisten mit dem Schwerpunkt Literaturwissenschaft.

BDSL Online is produced by the University Library Frankfurt am Main Library and is the most important bibliographic resource for Germanic literatu

Literature Online: New Content

The latest release of Literature Online includes 24 new full-text journals and 40 new or revised biographies. Enhancements have also been made to the design and functionality of the Literature Online interface.

New Edition of MLA Handbook Now Available

The MLA has published the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

Herta Muller's Nobel address

Herta Muller is the Nobel laureate for literature for 2009.

Claude Levi Strauss dies

The French intellectual, Claude Levi Strauss, has died at the age of 100.

Latin American Women Writers

Latin American Women Writers will now be available through the Library's website.

Library Customer Satisfaction Survey

Complete the Library's Customer Satisfaction Survey before the 28th of August and go in the draw to win a 120GB Apple iPod Classic.

A New European Union Prize for Literature

The winners of the new European Union Prize for Literature were announced by Commissioner Ján Figel.

Latin American, Asian, and Caribbean Literature

Latin American Women Writers, South and Southeast Asian Literature, and Caribbean Literature are all part of the Alexander Street Literature Package which enables researchers to explore the literary heritage of diverse cultures from across the globe. The library currently has trial access to these databases which will run until August 1st.

The Persee Program

The Persée portal provides free public access to the full text of entire collections of peer-reviewed journals, from the first issue published. The program has become the largest website dedicated to French academic journals in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

Electronic Enlightenment

Electronic Enlightenment is a collection of letters from eighteenth century writers, thinkers, scientists and politicians and their families, friends, bankers, booksellers, patrons and publishers.

L'Annee Philologique 1924-1948

L’Année philologique now has interim records for volumes 1-19 (1924-1948), adding nearly 140,000 references to the online database.

Photographic Collection Of Cuba's Revolutionary Government

Historic photographs of the Cuban Revolutionary Government have been digitised by Duke University's Special Collections Library and are accessible online.

Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All!

Are you having difficulty finishing your dissertation? Are you feeling stuck after trying various approaches, or panicky about the entire enterprise? It is unlikely that your cognitive abilities are to blame. More likely, the culprits are anxiety, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, and the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that accompany these difficulties. This book was written for you.

Miller, A. Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All! Washington: APA, 2009

Leisure Time in OECD Countries

Do people from OECD countries have the same amount of time for leisure? Not according to the latest OECD report.


The University of Auckland Library has launched LibrarySearch, the pilot version of a new search environment that simplifies and enhances access to the Library's resources, and which more closely matches current user expectations of web searching. University staff and students are invited to try out the new environment and give us feedback.

Which authors are the most performed in France?

The classical authors Shakespeare, Molière, Racine, Marivaux come in the top places of those dramatists whose plays appear on the French stage.  Brecht is among them representing the early 20th century.  France's Centre national du théâtre has produced a report showing who is in and who is out among the playwrights.

Juan Marsé honoured with the Premio “Miguel de Cervantes.”

The Cervantes prize, the Spanish-language equivalent of the Nobel prize for literature, has been awarded to Catalan novelist Juan Marsé for a body of work focusing on the hardships of life in post-civil war Spain.

Miguel Syjuco wins the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize

A panel of three internationally acclaimed authors and experienced literary judges named Filipino author Miguel Syjuco winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado, a fictional account of a young Filipino caught within a notorious scandal spanning over the Philippine history.

Afghan author Atiq Rahimi wins French literary prize

An exiled Afghan writer won France's top literary prize on Monday for his novel about the misery of a woman caring for a husband left brain-damaged by a war wound. Atiq Rahimi was awarded the Goncourt prize for "Syngue Sabour," Persian for "Stone of Patience," a title derived from a folk tale about a black stone that absorbs the distress of anyone who confides in it.

Brill's New Pauly Online

Brill's New Pauly is an encyclopedia of the ancient world and is now available on the Library's website.

Perdita Manuscripts Database

The database Perdita Manuscripts is now available from the Library website. It contains full digital facsimiles of sixteenth and seventeenth century manuscripts.

Germanica Pacifica

The latest addition to the Germanica Pacifica series is Following a South Seas Dream: August Engelhardt and the Sonnenorden by Sven Mönter, a PhD candidate with the Anthropology and History Departments.

France will recognise its regional languages

The clause “Regional languages are part of France’s heritage”  will be included in Article 75 of the french constitution.

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries, 1500-1950

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries, 1500-1950 is a searchable online database of primary material from Alexander Street Press, providing over 100,000 pages of personal writing that bring together the voices of women from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

Cambridge Histories Online

Cambridge Histories Online features over 250 volumes published since the 1960s, including such important works as The Cambridge Ancient History.

Blackwell Reference Online

Blackwell Reference Online is a searchable collection of online reference books from Blackwell Publishers,, comprising around 300 works in the humanities and social sciences, business and management.

Each individual title will be added to Voyager, the Library Catalogue, in the future.

Eighteenth Century digital resource

Major new 18th century resource added to the Library's digital collections.