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Databases accessible through the ELTE network


There are various databases available for academic users to do their own online literature searching for full-text articles, or references to periodical articles or books to help them in their research. These include:

Database Access Contents Licenses
Arcanum Digitális Tudománytár ADT link provides nation-wide, restricted access to 1,6 million pages of full text from 33 Hungarian journals. not applicable
EISZ (Electronic Information Service of Hungary) EISZ link provides nation-wide, restricted access to international databases such as Web of Science (Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index), ScienceDirect, PsycInfo and SpringerLink, as well as Akadémiai Journals Collection, dictionaries and language exam tests. EISZ
Journal Citation Reports JCR link "Journal performance metrics offer a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals. Delivers quantifiable statistical information based on citation data; Provides a variety of impact and influence metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor and EigenfactorTM; Includes rank-in-category tables, journal self-citations, and Impact Factor boxplots." JCR is available under Additional Resources within WoS. EISZ
Scopus Scopus link "Scopus, launched in November 2004, is the largest abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With over 19,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, SciVerse Scopus offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities." EISZ
ERIC, Academic Search Premier, Newspaper Source EBSCO link a full-text version of ERIC is accessible through the EBSCO service: provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals. EISZ
JSTOR (Trusted archives for scholarship) JSTOR link JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary digital archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. EISZ
Literature Resource Center+MLA Bibliography LRC link provides direct access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline in a single Internet-searchable service, including the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database, and the MLA International Bibliography. No user name and password necessary. EISZ
Project MUSE              Humanities Collection MUSE link
Project MUSE offers full text, affordable access to current content from prestigious humanities and social sciences journals. MUSE is the most reliable source of titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, journals with critically acclaimed articles by the most respected scholars in their fields.
World Biographical Information System WBIS link
World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online) is the most comprehensive biographical database available. Based on the digitization of K. G. Saur's Biographical Archives, it compiles biographical articles from printed reference works published from the 16th to the 21st century, and reproduces these original documents as facsimile images on the screen. Thus, WBIS Online features biographical profiles of people from all centuries as well as all countries and regions worldwide. In addition to 8.5 million digitized biographical articles, the WBIS Online database currently provides an index to 57 Biographical Archives totalling short biographies on more than 6 million people.
eBooks from Gale Gale Virtual Reference Library link American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present , 2nd Ed., 4v, 2000
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras , 5v, 2005
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 , 2v, 2004
Contemporary Fashion , 2nd Ed., 2002
Dictionary of Literary Symbols , 1999
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion , 3v, 2005
Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World , 6v, 2004
International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers , 4th Ed., 4v, 2000
Major 21st-Century Writers , 5v, 2005
Modern American Literature , 5th Ed., 3v, 1999
Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature , 2002
Reference Guide to Short Fiction , 2nd Ed., 1999
Reference Guide to World Literature , 3rd Ed., 2v, 2003
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever , 2006 Ed., 2005
not applicable
Educator's Reference Desk ERD link This new site includes the 2000 lesson plans, 3000 value-added pointers to education information & organizations, and 200 question archives you have been accessing at for over 10 years. You can also continue to access the ERIC database at the Educator's Reference Desk. This version of the Database, updated monthly with the latest citations available, provides access to ERIC Document citations from 1966 through February 2004 and ERIC Journal citations from 1966 through January 2004. not applicable
Ingenta Ingenta link provides libraries and researchers with access to the most comprehensive collection of academic and professional content available online not applicable

All SEAS members of staff, full-time and part-time students may access our electronic resources from on-campus locations licenses permitting. Some of the resources are licensed for use by authorized users only. Should access require a password, please request at the SEAS Library Issue Desk or via email.

Electronic ResourceTrials

The following services are/were on trial. Feedback from Library users is welcome. Please try the current service(s) and let us know what you think.
Access to trial service(s) is possible within the whole ELTE domain.

Some trials in the future may only be accessible using special usernames and passwords. Contact any SEAS library staff for the appropriate advice and access information.

Database Period Description

EBSCO Discovery Service

January 16-July 16, 2012 Fast, simple access to all of ELTE's library collections (electronic and print) including: subscription-based foreign journals with access to articles; databases; library catalog (WebOPAC), the latter only from February 15, 2012. Currently available in Hungarian only.

Literature Online

November 4-December 16, 2011 Literature Online is the leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. It is a fully integrated service that combines the texts of over 350,000 works of literature with huge resources of criticism and reference. When combined with the MLA International Bibliography add-on module, Literature Online is the only resource which offers single-point searching of the two leading literary indexes, MLA and ABELL, linked to a growing collection of 150 full-text literary journals. They're the perfect complement.

Literature Online Reference Edition

October 14-December 16, 2011 Literature Online Reference Edition is a fully searchable, ever-growing collection of literature resources, ranging from author biographies, student guides and dictionaries of literary terms to specialist research materials such as current full-text journals and bibliographic citations.

Taylor & Francis full package

April 1-May 31, 2011 Taylor & Francis is part of the Academic Division of Informa plc., and provides access to 1338 current online journals in subject areas including  Arts, Communication Studies, Culture Studies, History, Language & Literature, Media & Film Studies, Politics & International Relations, etc.
OED Online January 27-February 28, 2011 UPDATED: The Oxford English Dictionary is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world, tracing the evolution and use of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations. OED Online gives you not only the latest text of the full Oxford English Dictionary, but also the Historical Thesaurus of the OED, and new ways to explore the English language.
Historical Abstracts with full-text - trial access October 15-December 15, 2010 - covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and much more.

- provides access to the full text of more than 330 journals and 119 books.

ProQuest Central &
Dissertations and Theses
until December 31, 2009 ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated full-text database in the market today totaling more than 12,665 titles—with over 9,745 titles in full text. It boasts over 160 subjects including core subject areas such as:
Business and economics, Health and medical, News and world affairs, Science, Education, Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Literature, Law, Women's studies. Coverage: 1905-present.

While ProQuest Central provides access to millions of much-coveted full text articles from thousands of scholarly journals, it also provides access to information not available in other aggregated resources such as:

  • Over 880 full text U.S., Canadian and international newspapers including exclusive access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times
  • Nearly 30,000 full text dissertations in the areas of business, psychology, physical sciences, health, education and more.
OED Online until October 31, 2009 The OED:
  • provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words
  • traces the usage of words from their first recorded occurrence to the modern period through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international language sources
  • offers the best in etymological analysis and detailed listings of variant spellings
  • uses the International Phonetic Alphabet to show pronunciation
Reference Global until October 31, 2009 Walter de Gruyter is among the first academic publishers in the world to provide electronic access to its journals, books, and databases on a single platform. Subjects covered: History, Art and Music, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics and Communications, Social Sciences and Economics. First digitization project realized: The more than 60 volumes of the "Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK)".
EBSCO A-to-Z until July 21, 2009 EBSCO A-to-Z® is a locator tool listing all of a library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, publisher packages and e-books.
Literature Resource Center+MLA January 9-March 20, 2009 provides direct access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline in a single Internet-searchable service, including the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database, and the MLA International Bibliography. No user name and password necessary.
Web of Knowledge until December 31, 2008 Selected databases in the social sciences inlude the following:

ISI Proceedings: The Social Sciences & Humanities edition provides access to bibliographic information and author abstracts from papers delivered at prestigious international conferences in the social sciences and humanities. Fields covered include psychology, sociology, public health, management, economics, art, history, literature, and philosophy.

Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive and unique resource that allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from more than 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all areas of science, technology, and social sciences.

Akadémia Kiadó online dictionaries until December 31, 2006 All the dictionaries are available on every ELTE network terminals:
  • Angol-magyar pénzügyi szótár
  • Európai uniós terminológiai szótár
  • Magyar-holland kéziszótár
  • Magyar-angol környezetvédelmi értelmező szótár
  • Angol-magyar műszaki szótár
Gale Virtual Reference Library until December 31, 2006 All the available ebooks are included and accessible on every ELTE network terminals:

Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Library Science, Literature, Medicine, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science, Technology

Oxford University Press Digital Archive until August 18, 2006 The following journals of interest are included: American Literary History 1989-, Applied Linguistics1980-, ELT Journal 1946-, English Historical Review 1886-, Essays in Criticism 1951-, Forum for Modern Language Studies 1965-, International Journal of Lexicography 1988-, Journal of Semiotics 1982-, Review of English Studies 1925-, Twentieth Century British History 1990-, Year's Work in English Studies 1919-.
Gale eBooks until March 10, 2006 The available eBooks are as follows:
Biography - Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol. 24, 2 ed., 2005
Encyclopedia of World Biography Vol. 25, 2nd ed., 2005
Literature - Cambridge Guide to Women's Writings in English 1999
Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion 6v, 2005
Major 21st-Century Writers 5v, 2005
Modern American Literature 5th ed., 3v, 1999
Multicultural Studies - Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America 2nd ed., 3v, 2000
Nation and World - Countries and Their Cultures 4v, 2001
Social Science - Encyclopedia of World Cultures 10v, 1996
Encyclopedia of World Cultures Supplement 2002
UMI ProQuest Dissertations and Theses until May 31, 2005 With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses in the US. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350- word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as native or image PDF formats include free twenty-four page previews. UMI offers over 1.8 million titles for purchase in microform, paper or electronic formats.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Sept. 15-Oct. 31, 2004 Gale Virtual Reference Library will offer nearly 200 reference sources until the end of 2004, including encyclopedias, almanacs, series and more. Read more about 'GVRL'.
SAGE Journals Online Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2004 Free access to all journals available in electronic formats including subjects such as Arts&Humanities, Communication&Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Education, Gender&Sexuality Studies, Research Methods&Evaluation.
Biography Resource Center until May 3, 2004 The Biography Resource Center combines nearly 415,000 biographies on over 320,000 people from more than 790 volumes of over 130 respected Gale Group sources such as Contemporary Authors, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Newsmakers, Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Contemporary Musicians, Historic World Leaders, Notable Twentieth-Century Scientists, Contemporary Black Biography, Religious Leaders of America, International Dictionary of Art and Artists, and Writers Directory, with full-text articles from more than 250 magazines including American History, The Christian Century, Saturday Night, and U.S. News & World Report. An added feature is Marquis Who's Who,®
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 until May 3, 2004 Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. The Times Digital Archive has 7,683,312 articles and was last updated on Nov 20, 2003.
Project MUSE until April 30, 2004 Currently, Project MUSE offers nearly 250 quality journal titles from 40 scholarly publishers. As one of the academic community's primary electronic journals resources, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
PCI Full Text until Feb. 29, 2004 Periodicals Contents Index Full Text is a major online periodical archive that makes the backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the page image of a growing number of digitized periodicals
Europa World Nov. 4-Dec. 16, 2003 Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book,  covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
World of Learning Nov. 4-Dec. 16, 2003 Over 30,000 universities, colleges, schools of art and music, libraries, learned societies, research institutes, museums and art galleries - Details more than 200,000 staff and officials
International Who's Who Nov. 4-Dec. 16, 2003 From heads of state, politicians, religious leaders and ambassadors, to the eminent and successful in business, finance, technology, film, music, fashion, sport, literature and the performing arts, The International Who's Who outlines the lives and achievements of nearly 22,300 of the most distinguished men and women from almost every country in the world.
TLS Centenary Archive until July 12, 2003 The Centenary Archive provides online the full text of the TLS from 1902 to 1990, with the identities of hitherto anonymous reviewers revealed for the first time. Fully indexed, it offers a rich slice of twentieth-century cultural history, and an invaluable research tool. Subscribers to the Centenary Archive can:
search an archive of almost 250,000 reviews, letters and poems
access comprehensive biographical information
search articles by book title, author, or subject heading

Off-campus access

ELTE subscribes to several licensed web resources which provide access to thousands of journals and other research materials in the humanities. Through these services you can access full-text articles, CD-ROMs and dictionaries, among other things. Off-campus access to these web resources is now also available to ELTE students, using the authenticated proxy service called Stunnel.

The information at the link below describes how you can reach these web resources from off-campus locations, such as your home:

Username and password to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) for more sophisticated access to online databases from home can be obtained by ELTE faculty and PhD students through the ELTE IT Department's gateway. Details and terms of use (in Hungarian only) are available at VPN szolgáltatás. A similar service called Stunnel can be used by students with their caesar ID. An installation guide (in Hungarian) is available here VPN vs. Stunnel


Username and password to the wireless access at designated areas of the Trefort and Lágymányos campuses (such as libraries, common rooms and halls) can be obtained through the ELTE IT Department's gateway. Details are available at ELTENET WiFi szolgáltatás (in Hungarian) and at Need help with Wifi? (in English). International students can either go to Ügyfélkapu and click on the British flag to access the ELTE Electronic Administration Service directly, or use the EDUROAM WiFi network if their home institution is a member of EDUROAM (a secure international Education Roaming service).


CD-ROMs held in the SEAS Library
The Library subscribes to various databases in CD-ROM format, covering different subject areas. The bibliographic databases will help you to find references to monographs (see Library of Congress CDMARC Bibliographic) and periodical articles (such as the National Periodical Database=Nemzeti Periodika Adatbázis). There are also some fulltext databases (dictionaries, encyclopedias).

CD-ROM local network: a list of CD-ROM databases available in the ELTE University Library.
Other CD-ROM databases are available on the School's local network. List of Titles.

Other electronic resources

Free online study guides from Barnes & Nobles in topics such as Literature, History, Shakespeare, Philosophy, Drama, Film, etc.

Online Article Archive

Internet Resources & Tools (Resources outside SEAS Library)

See also Online Journals Access for electronic journals to which SEAS Library has a subscription.

As of 2005 the PCI database is available only in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Periodicals Contents Index PCI is an electronic index to millions of articles published in 4,250 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences. It reveals the contents of thousands of scholarly journals, published from the latter part of the eighteenth century to the latter part of the twentieth century. PCI Index
Philosopher's Index 1940-2008/09 PI link The Philosopher's Index provides indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, logic, and metaphysics as well as material on the philosophy of disciplines, such as law, religion, science, history, and education. n.a.

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Literature Online As well as a wealth of primary full-text material, Lion also includes over 1,500 biographies of major English and American writers and direct access to the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), with links to the full text of over 70 literary journals Lion link
World of Learning the premier source of information on the academic sphere world-wide, offers access to global institutions of higher education and learning, and to the people who work within them World of Learning

For further details of all services ask in the Library.


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