Join Gale Primary Sources workshop Thur 28rd of March and learn to use resources effectively

Magnifying class and a book

Do you want to find more tools to access and analyze the resources offered by the university? Then you are very welcome to join us for the Gale Primary Sources Workshop!

In the workshop, led by Helsinki University’s own Gale Student Ambassador Pauli Kettunen, you will receive a brief introduction into the archives, as well as tips on accessing and using them for your own research.

“Gale’s numerous archives consist of monographs, photographs, and maps, as well as full runs of British and American newspapers, dating from the 18th century up until the present day, a amazing resource when studying languages, social sciences, history, theology… You name it!”

Learn to use Digital Humanities tools of Gale Digital Scholar Lab, which help you to analyze your corpus of documents with visualization tools. There is also time for workshopping your own ideas, asking questions and working together to find out how Gale’s sources could best support you in your work.

You can find the Gale resources here (if you open the link outside Helsinki University network, it requires a log in with your university account).

Time: Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 12:15 – 13:45 PM

Place: Kaisa House, Fabianinkatu 30, Computer lab 5057, 5 th floor


a) non-students by e-form


b) students at WebOodi (for University of Helsinki students only). You will find the course by the code 99914 (Advanced information seeking).

Feel free to send questions or potential topics you are interested in discussing already ahead of time, to be incorporated into the workshop, to pauli.s.kettunen (at)

The workshop is bilingual, English and Finnish.



Edited: the time was earlier incorrect. The right time is: 12:15 – 13:45PM.

Workshop on Japanese Research Tools in Helsinki 11 September 2017

This annual NIAS workshop on using databases for Japanese Studies is this year organized by Helsinki University Library. It is best suitable for researchers or students who know Japanese or are on the way of learning it since most of the content in the databases is in Japanese. The presentations are in English.

As usual there will be hands-on introductions by the vendors to the most important Japanese databases on AsiaPortal: JapanKnowledge, Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo, Nikkei Telecom, Japan Times and Yomidas Rekishikan. The workshop is useful both for new and more experienced users of the databases as the presentations also include new features.

Participation is free, but registration is necessary as seats are limited.

Time: Monday 11.9.2017, 10.00-15.30 
Venue: Siltavuorenpenger 3 A (Athena), 3rd floor, room 302, University of Helsinki


10:00-11:00 JapanKnowledge
11:00-11:10 Short Break
11:10-12:00 Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo II Visual
12:00-12:15 Japan Times Archives
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:15 Nikkei Telecom
14:15-14:25 Short Break
14:25-14:30 Hokkaido University Info (in Japanese)
14:30-15:30 140 Years of The Yomiuri Shimbun

Registration: Latest 5 September to Pekka Karhula, Helsinki University Library by email to For more information, please contact Pekka Karhula.


Social science research method videos and other resources on trial

SAGE publishes resources for anyone doing research or learning how to do research, providing information on writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing a research method, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the findings.

Products on trial:

Trial continues until 30.6.2017 in the Helsinki University network.

SAGE Video presents educational video across key social science disciplines. Each collection includes a breadth of video types to support diverse research and learning needs.

Videoiden hakulaatikko > Bringing teaching, learning and research to life - Search in SAGE video

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool which has been in use in the Helsinki University network for a long while. It contains e-books, encyclopedias and journal articles.

Tietokannan hakulaatikko - What every researcher needs - search field

Feedback: e-library [at]

What is molecular cloning? How does the centrifuge function?

Are you already familiar with the scientific videos of the JoVE Journal?

JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments offers scientific peer review video articles about the following subject areas in the University of Helsinki: Biology, Immunology and Infection, Medicine and Neuroscience. On trial are Chemistry and Biochemistry till13.3.

Some of the videos have open access. And some of them are made by the researchers of the University of Helsinki.

What is molecular cloning?  You will find the answer in JoVE Science Education. Access is available in Basic Biology, Clinical Skills and Chemistry.

You can send feedback to

New resource: Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War

Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War provides access to British government secret intelligence and foreign policy files from 1873 to 1953.

Sourced from The National Archives, U.K., the range of documents – from signals intelligence reports to government-directed policy and strategy – will support teaching and research from the period of Appeasement right through to the early Cold War.

Feedback: e-library[at]

Trial: The Colonial State Papers – a fascinating glimpse into British trade, history and overseas expansion


The Colonial State Papers are a collection of thousands of scanned documents and bibliographic records relating to English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

These documents give fascinating insight into British trade, history and overseas expansion: the earliest English settlements in North America, encounters with Native Americans, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the trade in slaves and English conflicts with the Spanish and French are all covered in this database.

More information

Trial period: 17.8.-16.10.2016


Documents: Selection of papers from collection ‘CO 1’ from The National Archives, available in Colonial State Papers.

Russian and Eastern European Studies Guide – тематические портал

In Russian and Eastern European studies -guide you will find the most relevant sources of information, core databases, journals, articles and news feeds in the area of Russian and Eastern European studies.

The guide provides you also with a collection of databases and portals, tips on using them, news from the special libraries and links to theses, archives and statistical sources etc. The guide is open access although some of the content is only available in the University of Helsinki network.

Picture: CC BY-SA 4.0

Russian and Eastern European Studies –Guide has been compiled as teamwork between the Helsinki University Library, the Slavonic Library of the National Library of Finland and the library of the Aleksanteri Institute.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement!

ResearchGuides  – Library’s information sources from various research fields, expert librarians and help guides


Ejournals and Database Subscriptions Renewed

Helsinki University Library has been able to acquire some e-journals and database subscriptions that were originally cancelled for 2016 due the financial cuts. The purchases are made with extra funding from the University Rector. The subscriptions chosen for renewal were the ones the university community missed the most.

On top of the purchases, the library has received a few subscriptions as donations from the Finnish scientific publishers. Continue reading “Ejournals and Database Subscriptions Renewed”