Global Studies E-Resources & Library Guides at Columbia under COVID-19, Part 2


Part Two of a roundup on 2020-2021 Global Studies e-resources (digital collections and e-reference works) and library guides encompasses news on Jewish studies ; Latin America & Iberia ; and South & Southeast Asia.


Michelle Margolis Chesner, Columbia’s Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies, reports the acquisition of two new collections of early printed Jewish books: the Sephardic Editions collection, featuring 278 books printed in Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Dutch, German and English prior to 1820, and the Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic Printing in Baghdad Online collection, featuring rare imprints from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Columbia has also added access for alumni to the Bar Ilan Responsa Project, a critical database of Biblical and Rabbinical literature.

Over the last year, some important reference e-books in English were added to the library catalog, including:

The Cambridge companion to the Hebrew Bible and ethics. (2021)

The Cambridge companion to Jewish theology. (2021)

Encyclopedia of modern Jewish culture. 2 vols. (2005)

Historical dictionary of Zionism. (2012)

The Jewish world in modern times : a selected, annotated bibliography. (2019)

The Palgrave handbook of Holocaust literature and culture. (2021)

The Oxford handbook of Israeli politics and society. (2021)

The Routledge companion to Jewish history and historiography. (2019)

Readers are encouraged to routinely consult the List of New Books in Jewish Studies in the library catalog and utilize the Jewish Studies Research Guides which are frequently updated.

For more in-depth news and commentary, read the blog Jewish Studies @ CUL.



The Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian Sócrates Silva maintains an extensive array of online guides for research at Columbia. Of particular interest in this time of COVID-19 are the links to “Digital Resources” (primary sources, e-books, e-journals, and digital libraries) and the remarkably enabling guide on “Art of the Américas”.

Recently, Columbia acquired access to the 2nd part of Brill’s selections from the archives of the Casa de las Américas in Havana: Cuban culture and cultural relations, 1959-. Part 2, Writers, completing the set begun with Cuban culture and cultural relations, 1959-. Part 1, “Casa y cultura”

Reference e-books in English new to Columbia this past year include:

Caribbean literature in transition, 1920-1970. (2020)

Encyclopedia of Latin American religions. (2020)

Handbook of Caribbean economies. (2021)

Handbook of Central American governance. (2014)

Handbook of South American governance. (2017)

Handbook on Cuban history, literature, and the arts : new perspectives on historical and contemporary social change. (2016)

Latin American and Latinx philosophy : a collaborative introduction. (2020)

Medieval Iberia : an encyclopedia. (2016)

The Mexico handbook : economic and demographic maps and statistics. (2019)

The Oxford handbook of Spanish politics. (2020)

The Routledge companion to Iberian studies. (2017)

Routledge handbook of law and society in Latin America. (2019)

The Routledge handbook to the culture and media of the Americas. (2020)

The Routledge Hispanic studies companion to colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, 1492-1898. (2021)

The Routledge history of Latin American culture. (2018)



Gary Hausman, Columbia’s South & Southeast Asian Studies Librarian, announced just last month the acquisition of Pakistan from Crown Rule to Republic: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1949, a companion archive to India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1949.
Together these collections trace the end of British India and the emergence of modern Pakistan.

During the pandemic, Columbia has acquired access to quite a number of other digital collections, including: several titles in Gale’s “Archives Unbound” series:
Ambassador Graham Martin and the Saigon Embassy’s Back Channel Communication Files, 1963-1975
Cambodia : Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963
FBI File: American POWs/MIAs in Southeast Asia
India-Pakistan conflict : records of the U.S. State Department, February 1963-1966
Laos : records of the U.S. Department of State, 1963-1966
South Vietnam : records of the Office of the Defense Attaché, 1973-1975
…And, from Adam Matthew, Foreign Office Files for Southeast Asia (1963-1980);
and, a recent update to the online archives of the East India Company

Notable e-reference books in English recently added to Columbia’s holdings include:

The Cambridge companion to Rabindranath Tagore. (2020)

The handbook of contemporary Cambodia. (2017)

Handbook of Hinduism in Europe. (2020)

Historical dictionary of Hinduism. 2nd ed. (2020)

The learner’s dictionary of today’s Indonesian. (2020)

Religion and politics in South Asia. 2nd ed. (2020)

Routledge handbook of China-India relations. (2020)

Routledge handbook of contemporary Pakistan. (2018)

Routledge handbook of contemporary Thailand. (2020)

The Routledge handbook of English language education in Bangladesh. (2021)

The Routledge handbook of exclusion, inequality and stigma in India. (2021)

The Routledge handbook of Hindu-Christian relations. (2021)

The Routledge handbook of Indian defence policy : themes, structures and doctrines. (2020)

Routledge handbook of Indian transnationalism. (2020)

Routledge handbook of South Asian religions. (2020)

Routledge handbook of contemporary Timor-Leste. (2019)


For more information, contact:
Michelle Margolis Chesner ( ; Sócrates Silva ( ; and Gary Hausman (

***See also: Part 1 of this series on Global Studies e-resources


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