University of Sydney named as JSTOR’s 2013 Highest Usage Award recipient in Australia

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Published on: 4 July 2014

JSTOR logoThis award recognises the University of Sydney’s commitment to a high quality research experience for students and scholars. As the highest institutional JSTOR user in Australia (and the 19th highest user worldwide), the University of Sydney logged the highest number of PDF downloads for archival content on the JSTOR platform in 2013—more than any other participating institution in Australia.

Digital news: JSTOR

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Published on: 29 May 2014

JSTORYou can now access the complete collection of over 290 major Arts & Sciences scholarly journals from your Library!

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eBot Plant Sciences Collection

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Published on: 25 November 2013

eboteBot provides access to a rich research collection of plant sciences images contributed by staff and students of the University of Sydney. Researchers, gardeners, bushwalkers, artists … everyone is welcome to use eBot within the service’s terms and conditions.

Free for all to access > here





Australian Digital Collections

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Published on: 18 November 2013

ADC This collection of Australian fiction, poetry, plays and non-fictional works ranging from the 17th century to early 2000s has been funded from a number of national grants and institutional collaborations. The collection comprises a number of special interest collections which may be browsed and searched separately.

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Digital collections: Archaeological fish-bone images

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Published on: 11 November 2013

fishbone156The collection contains images of selected diagnostic anatomical elements from fish taxa commonly found on archaeological sites in the Sydney region, supplemented by taxa of the same family or genus from elsewhere where modern reference skeletons of Sydney taxa were not readily available.

Link to the collection > Archaeological fish-bone images



Images from the National Gallery, London, now available by the Library’s ARTstor subscription

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Published on: 2 September 2013

ARTstor and The National Gallery, London have collaborated to share images of every painting in the museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library.


The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. Composed of more than 2,300 works dating from the 13th century to the early 20th centuries, the collection encompasses most major developments in Western painting. Highlights include Cézanne’s Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Piero della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ, Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34, Holbein’s The Ambassadors, Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, and Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus.

The importance of this collection cannot be overstated, with works by masters such as Fra Angelico, Bellini, Botticelli, Bronzino, Courbet, Corot, Constable, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Degas, Delacroix, Duccio, Anthony van Dyck, Piero della Francesca, Caspar David Friedrich, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Ghirlandaio, Goya, Frans Hals, Hogarth, Ingres, Fra Filippo Lippi, Manet, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Monet, Pissarro, Poussin, Raphael, Renoir, Rubens, Seurat, Titian, Turner, Veronese, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vuillard.

You can see them all via the Library’s subscription to ARTstor.

Database on trial: Art and Architecture in Video

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Published on: 9 July 2012
The Artist Was A Woman

The Artist Was A Woman
© Copyright © 1988. Used by permission of Filmakers Library. All rights reserved.



Art and Architecture in Video, via Alexander Street Press, is a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. Trial ends 3 August 2012

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Unleash numbers! Social media and OA repositories

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Oscar Wilde famously stated “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” This is quite poignant when one considers the open access institutional repository movement, for what is the point of archiving and making your research available on open access if nobody knows it’s there!


Trial database available until 16 April 2012

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Published on: 23 March 2012

‘Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life. There will be regular additions to the database to bring it to its final complement of 150,000 pages of documents.


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The Library has expanded access to primary source materials through the acquisition of the following digital collections. Access to the collections is available to currently enrolled University of Sydney students, staff, and walk-in users of the Library.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online  (1688–present)
Full text access to over 300 years of parliamentary debates, bills, command papers and reports and accounts, providing important historical record of the government of Britain and its colonies, as well as its impact on the wider world. It’s a valuable source of primary material encompassing all areas of social, political and economic policy. The 18th Century collection will be of great interest to those studying the early colonial history of the Americas, India and Australia. The19th Century collection provides access to the ideas and agendas of prominent 19th century thinkers, campaigners and innovators such as Anthony Trollope, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage and the Brunels. The 20th Century collection covers topics such as the World Wars, the formation of NATO and the United Nations, the end of Apartheid and the impact of September 11.


portrait of a womanThe Grand Tour and Travel writing, spectacle and world history
We continue our exploration of travel with the addition of these collections. The Grand Tour explores the British response to travel on the Continent for pleasure, business and diplomacy between c1550 and c1850. The collection provides access to manuscript, visual and printed works including letters, diaries, guidebooks, paintings, sketches and architectural drawings drawn from private and public archives, including the British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre. Travel writing, spectacle and world history includes women’s travel diaries and correspondence of the 19th and 20thcenturies from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Image title: Portrait of a woman, traditionally identified as Margaret Stuart, Lady Hippisley Artist: Batoni, Pompeo Date: 1785 Reference: B1981.25.37 Source: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-80
Provides access to the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong and Taiwan from the National Archives Kew. The collection includes coverage of key events in 20thcentury Chinese history  from the foundation of the People’s Republic, in 1949, to the death of Zhou Enlai and Mao, the arrest of the Gang of Four and the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.
Victorian Popular Culture contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe between 1779 and 1930. The collection is divided into three sections: spiritualism, sensation and magic; circuses, sideshows and freaks; music hall, theatre and popular entertainment, and  draws on collections ranging from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature and the W.H Crain Barnum & Bailey Circus Collection.

Slavery, abolition and social justice, 1490-2007
is a portal for slavery and abolition studies bringing together documents and collections relating to slavery and its impact in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The collection provides access to original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and U.S. Court records relating to slavery.

Mass Observation online provides access to the original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The collection provides an important insight into the social history of Britain between 1937 and the mid 1950s.

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