Category Archives: Secondary Sources

New Database: Bibliography of the Hebrew Book

I am very pleased to announce the addition of a new database to Columbia's Jewish Studies collection, the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.  This exceptional resource is a detailed database of approximately 90% of the books printed in Hebrew letters between 1470 and 1960 (Ladino and Judeo-Arabic books are all included; Yiddish books are not – although the database does include books printed in both Hebrew and Yiddish)   The database includes more than 141,000 titles, often with extensive bibliographic information (textual variants, unique pagination, etc.) about the individual books included in the records.

Much of the database, including the records themselves, are in Hebrew.  For help with the site, feel free to contact the Jewish Studies Librarian (

At this point, a proxy (for offsite access) is not yet available.  From a Columbia computer, you can access the site at (I will update when off-site access has been established.)

Update: The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book is now freely available online through the National Library of Israel. 

JSTOR goes current for (some) Jewish Studies Journals!

Starting 1/1/2011, JSTOR will provide access to the complete runs of 174 journals as part of their new Current Scholarship program. In a first for JSTOR, these journals will not have a "moving wall," and JSTOR will provide access up to the current issue. Major presses taking part in this project include Indiana University Press, University of California Press, and University of Chicago Press. This project includes the following Jewish Studies journals (all from Indiana University Press): Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal Israel Studies Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, and Society Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History For more information, see here: Please note that this only applies to the titles mentioned. To access current issues of titles not described here, you must use other databases, such as Project Muse or EBSCO, which provide full-text access to current journals.