Author Archives: Meredith Levin

Traveling abroad? The Columbia Libraries are still available to you…

All members of the Columbia community with valid UNI/passwords who are traveling (or are simply off-campus) can still access library resources. We are pleased to share the Columbia Global Library Services Research Guide, an overview of the electronic resources and services that you can access from anywhere in the world.

This guide is a work in progress and we’d love to include tips and helpful links from all of you Columbia scholars who have studied or done research abroad. Please email Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian,, with your suggestions.

Humanities & History Librarian Updates

As of July 5, 2016, our Western European Humanities Librarian, Meredith Levin, is the Interim Head of the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary for this academic year.

She is still reachable via email ( and in her office at Butler (309I) on Mondays and most Friday mornings but she will be at the Burke most other times (office on the 3rd floor, phone: 212-851-5611).

For reference questions or purchase recommendations related to Western European history, Scandinavian languages & literatures, or the history of science, please contact Ian Beilin (

For reference questions or purchase recommendations related to French language & literature or comparative literature, please contact John Tofanelli (

All Italian history, language & literature questions can still be directed to Meredith.

Database Trial: ArKyves

Arkyves is a database designed for scholars interested in the History of Culture. It is a single access point for thematic searches across a wide variety of cultural heritage collections, contributed by partners like the Dutch Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Art History, the Herzog August Bibliothek, and the university libraries of Milan, Utrecht, Glasgow, and Illinois. Very rich but standardized subject information is offered as all collections share the use of ICONCLASS, the most widely accepted multilingual classification system for cultural content.


The trial will run until January 8, 2015. Please send feedback or questions to Meredith Levin,

Trial to Mango Languages

The Columbia University Libraries have trial access to Mango Languages, a language-learning database. Mango Languages includes over 60 foreign language and 17 ESL/ELL courses with native speakers and essential dialogue. It features: 20 award-winning international films; free mobile apps; cultural specialty courses i.e. Medical Spanish, Oktoberfest German, etc.; phonetic pop-ups, voice comparisons, grammar and cultural notes.


The trial will run through December 6, 2014. Please send comments, questions or feedback to Meredith Levin,


Trial to DigiZeitschriften

The Columbia University Libraries have trial access to DigiZeitschriften, a database featuring 200 German academic journals spanning 19 disciplines. The database has 500,000 articles, 16 million pages, and is growing constantly!


The trial will run through November 30, 2014. Please forward questions or comments to Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, at

Trial to OpenEdition Freemium for E-Books


The Columbia University Libraries currently have trial access to OpenEdition’s Freemium platform for e-books until December 31st, 2014.

OpenEdition Freemium is a program for the development of open access academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences. This partnership aims to create an innovative and sustainable economic model. All income generated by the program is reinvested in the further development of open access academic publishing.

The platform disseminates open access content – journals, books, research blogs and academic announcements – complemented by premium services and formats available exclusively to institutions and their users. Freemium content is available to all Internet users in open access HTML format, while users of partner institutions (like Columbia) can download the PDF and ePub formats. No DRM or download quotas are applied.

The materials are mostly in English and French but include other European languages and cover broad disciplinary areas in the humanities and social sciences.

To access this platform, go to

  • username: columbia
  • password: x7UtAq36 (case-sensitive)

For any questions or feedback, please contact Meredith Levin,, Western European Humanities Librarian.


Grand Corpus des Dictionnaires du 9e au 20e Siècle is a Classiques Garnier database that includes 24 French-language dictionaries spanning the 9th to 20th centuries. It is the largest existing collection of electronic French dictionaries and includes significant works like the Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du 9e au 15e siècle by  Frédéric Godefroy and several editions of the Dictionaire de l’Académie françoise from 1687-1935, among others.  


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Our trial subscription extends through July 28, 2014. Please send comments or questions to Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, at

Database Trial: Numerique Premium


We are currently trialing a new database of French e-books, Numérique Premium, through April 12, 2014. The collection contains nearly 850 full-text titles in a variety of fields, including history, religion, philosophy, politics, literature/literary theory, film, and architecture. Publishers include:  Belles Lettres, Canadian Scholars Press, CNRS éditions, ENS éditions, Gallimard,Flammarion, Nouveau Monde, Picard, Presses universitaires de McGill, Association française pour la recherche en histoire du cinéma, Association des Professeurs d’Histoire-Géographie, Société des études robespierristes, Fondation Napoléon, Fondation Charles de Gaulle, Institut Napoléon…

This resource is currently only available on-campus until April 12, 2014. Please send any comments or questions to Meredith Levin, Western European Humanities Librarian, at

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