Research Guide to English-language Materials

The Research Guide in Judaic Studies provides pointers to the print and microform collections, online databases, internet resources, and other resources for conducting research in Judaic Studies at the Yale University Library.

For more information, please consult the Curator for Judaic Studies, Nanette Stahl, 432-7207.

Archival and Manuscript Materials
Biographical Information
Full-Text Databases
General Reference
Indexes and Abstracts
Newspaper Indexes

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Archival and Manuscript Material

Finding aids and indexes to collections of manuscript and archival material at Yale and around the world.

Abba Hillel Silver papers [microform]. Cleveland, Ohio : Western Reserve Historical Society, [1994].

SML, Microform (Non-Circulating) Film B14818

235 microfilm reels; 35 mm.

Baruch Nadel Papers. 1847-1992 (inclusive), 1971-1985 (bulk)

SML, Manuscripts & Archives (Non-Circulating), MS 1393

The Baruch Nadel Papers consist of research materials collected by Nadel for use in his proposed studies of Abraham Stern and of the mass emigration of Jews from Iraq to Israel in 1950 and 1951. The papers also include correspondence, writings, printed material, and other documents pertaining to Nadel's father, Menahem Nadel, the Labor Zionist Movement, and Israeli history. The bulk of the material is composed of interviews and documents relating to Abrhaam Stern, the founder of Lohame Herut Yisrael ("Lehi"), an armed underground organization founded in 1940 which directed its activities against the British Mandatory authorities in Palestine.

Nadel donated his papers to the Yale University Library between 1984 and 1988. The papers are arranged in three series:

  1. Abraham Stern Files, 1929 - 1985
  2. Iraqi Jewish Immigrant Files, 1949 - 1985
  3. Other Papers, 1918 - 1985

Unpublished finding aid is available in the repository. A microfilm guide is also available. The papers (excluding Box 9 and the additions) are also available on microfilm (8 reels, 35mm) from Manuscripts & Archives. Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM208. Gift of Baruch Nadel, 1984-88 and 1992.

Despatches from U.S. consuls in Jerusalem, Palestine, 1856- 1906 (inclusive), [microform]

SML, Microform (Non-Circulating) FILM RG 59 M-453

5 reels. A register of despatches is available on reel one.

Palestine Statehood Committee: "Concerning the campaigns for a Jewish Army; to save the Jewish people of Europe and the establishment of a Hebrew Republic in Palestine" papers, 1933-1972 (inclusive).

SML, Manuscripts and Archives (Non-Circulating) MS 690

1939-1949 (bulk) 15.5 linear ft. (20 boxes, 6 folios, 15 v.) Unpublished finding aid in repository.

Yale Library Finding Aid Database

This directory includes finding aids for collections available in the Yale Collection of American Literature, the Yale Collection of German Literature, the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection (English literature and history), the Yale Collection of Western Americana, and the General Collection of Modern Manuscripts, as well as the text of catalogs for the Yale Papyrus Collection and the collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. (For information concerning other holdings, consult the Beinecke Public Services Department or the appropriate curator.) Finding aids usually consist of a biographical or historical note, a description of the papers, and a list of box and folder titles. Some finding aids include appendices with ancillary information, while others only list manuscripts with an item by item description.

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These are current and retrospective bibliographies of materials in Judaic Studies. Check Orbis or the card catalog to determine if Yale owns the materials listed in these bibliographies.

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1473-1960. (Alexandria, Virginia : Chadwyck-Healey Inc., 1992; CD-ROM)

Location: Judaica Collection - SML335A (See curator)

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Biographical Information

Bio-Base (Detroit: Gale, 1978- .)

SML, Starr Main Reference Rm (Fiche S320)

This microfiche set indexes a large number of biographical reference sources. The guide to Bio-Base abbreviations, next to the Fiche reader, is annotated with Yale Library locations and call numbers.

Biography Index (New York: H. W. Wilson, 1946 - .)

SML, Starr Main Reference Rm Z5301 B56 (LC)

Cumulative index to biographical information in books and magazines. The print volumes cover 1946- present, and the online version goes back to 1984.

Judisches biographisches Archiv (Jewish biographical archive) [Microform]. Munchen : K.G. Saur, 1994.

SML, Starr Main Reference Rm DS115 +J847 1998;

Also on microfiche (Fiche B3902)

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Full Text Databases

These electronic texts are fully searchable. For more information, see individual library or collection.

Dead Sea Scrolls on CD-ROM

SML, CD-ROM Reference Center (LC) CD-ROM BM487 D444 1997

DIVINITY, Reserve CDD0019

800 texts from the eleven caves of Khirbet Qumran, with some 2,700 photographs.

Judaic Classics Library (Chicago: Institute for Computers in Jewish Life, Davka Corporation, 1993)

SML, CD-ROM Reference Center (LC) CD-ROM BM495 S6...

A complement to the Responsa Project, the Library includes the Talmud Yerushalmi, the Zohar, and commentaries on Chumash, among many other texts.

The Responsa Project: The Global Jewish Database (Ramat-Gan, Israel: Bar Ilan University, 1992)

SML, CD-ROM Reference Center (LC) CD-ROM BM495 O87 1997; BM501 B37 1997

This CD-ROM database, compiled by Bar Ilan University, brings together over a thousand years of Jewish scholarship: Tanach, Midrashim, the Babylonian Talmud, Rashi, Rambam, and 253 books of rabinnical responsa.

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General References

This is a selection of ready-reference sources, including dictionaries, directories, and general guides, that are currently available in electronic format. Consult with a reference librarian for information about additional printed reference materials.

Books In Print (New York: R.R. Bowker, 1948- )

Index to books in print, forthcoming books, and recently out-of-print books. The current printed volumes are available at the following libraries: Art & Architecture, Divinity, Engineering and Applied Science, Forestry, Geology, Kline, Law, Medical, Music, Social Sciences Library, and Sterling Memorial Library.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online includes the following:

Britannica Online and Book of the Year articles -- More than 65,000 subjects are addressed in articles ranging from concise explanations to comprehensive expositions and from historical treatments of subjects to current-events coverage.

The Index to Britannica Online -- More than 400,000 references have been compiled, edited, and hypertext-linked to text articles for easy navigation. Additionally, there are more than 10,000 links to imagesand tables.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary -- The best-selling dictionary, with itscomprehensive treatment of words, has been included for your convenience.

Languages of the World (Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing, 1993)

DIVINITY, Reserve CDD0008

Multilingual dictionary.

Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

SML, CD-ROM Reference CD-ROM PE1625 O87 1994

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Electronic Indexes and Abstracts

Use these databases to locate articles in journals, monograph series, dissertations, and much more. To locate a specific article or title at Yale, search in Orbis or in the SML Card Catalog. The online databases and CD-ROMs are available for the Yale community only.

Art Abstracts and Art Index Retrospective (New York: H. W. Wilson, 1929- )

Art & Architecture, Reference, Index Z5937 A78 (LC)

SML, Starr Main Reference Rm Z5937 +A78 (LC)

An author and subject index to articles and book reviews in the fields of archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, fine arts, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape design, photography and film, and related subjects. Quarterly with annual cumulation. CD-ROM and online databases cover Sept. 1984-present. The printed index goes back to 1929.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Philadelphia: Insititute for Scientific Information, 1975-)

SML, Stacks, Z5937 +A795 (LC)

An international interdisciplinary index to the literature of the arts and humanities, indexing the contents of about 6,100 journals, covering about 1,000 fully and about 5,100 selectively. Those selectively covered are titles in the sciences and social sciences indexed by Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index, from which articles of possible interest in the arts and humanities are drawn. Published in three parts:
* Citation Index (through which you can find what later articles have cited earlier books or articles)
* Source Index (an author index)
* Permuterm Subject Index (which offers keyword access to the titles of articles)
The database covers 1978 to the present, and the print volumes go back to 1975.

Dissertation Abstracts International (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1861- .)

SML, Starr Main Reference Z5055 +U49 +D57 (LC)

Lists Dissertations accepted for the Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees by American and Canadian degree-granting institutions. Dates of coverage 1861 to the present. Issued in three parts after 1969:
* Dissertation Abstracts International. Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences (1969-present)
* Dissertation Abstracts International. Section B: Sciences and Engineering (1969-present)
* Dissertation Abstracts International. Section C: European Abstracts (1976-1988) and Dissertation Abstracts International. Section C: Worldwide (1989-present)
See also American Doctoral Dissertations (Z5055 +U49 A62 (LC))

Film Index International (Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1993- )

SML, CD-ROM Reference Center

This CD-ROM, produced by the British Film Institute, includes cast lists, summaries, and citations to articles about 90,000 films and 30,000 persons, 1930-present.

MLA Bibliography (New York: Modern Language Association of American, 1921- )

SML, Starr Main Reference Z7006 M63 (LC)

The MLA Bibliography indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore.The database provides access to citations from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. The print volumes go back to 1921 and the database covers from 1963 to the present. The MLA Bibliography continues the Modern Language Association Annual Bibliography. For earlier volumes, check the SML Card Catalog under "Modern Language Association."

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Newspaper Indexes

This list includes electronic newspaper indexes, as well as full text newspapers available in electronic format. Lists of Yale's newspaper holdings are available at the SML Reference desk and in the Microtext Center in SML.

Full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
Comprehensive coverage of news sources, broadcasts and transcripts from hundreds of international sources. Coverage from 1996 to the present.

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