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Online collections containing books, records etc. on Burma/Myanmar
Many/most of these will eventually be placed in the Library, but in the meantime, here are some of the sources... Any fresh sources welcome -- please send lists to darnott@iporolink.ch

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Title: Directory of Open-Access Journals (DOAJ)
Description/subject: Full-text articles...120 results for Myanmar, 68 for Burma (March 2012)
Language: English
Source/publisher: DOAJ
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.doaj.org
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2012


Title: Electronic Resources, Hong Kong University
Description/subject: This link is to the keyword search. Other options are in the column on the left. While many documents require a login and password, there are a lot which are free, including material on Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Hong Kong University
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 April 2008


Title: Google Book Search
Description/subject: Google has scanned many thousands of books and placed them on this website, but for copyright reasons the full texts are limited. To access available full texts, put your initial search term, e.g. Burma, Myanmar, Burmah, Birma, Ava, Burmese, Karen, Mon etc. in the first Search box, click on Search then on "Search tools". Click on the "Any view" drop-down menu and choose "Full view". This will provide you with the full texts available, but some can only be read online can be downloaded. Or explore other options.
Language: Mainly English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 05 April 2008


Title: Hathi Trust Digital Library
Description/subject: More than 1,000,000 items...125 search results for Subject: Burma - Full view....Copy of search results in Alternate URL.....The texts can be viewed on screen, but a "partner login" is required to download more than the current page
Language: English
Source/publisher: Hathi Trust Digital Library
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs13/hathitrust-search-Burma-red.pdf
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2012


Title: Internet Archive
Description/subject: Downloadable texts. Search for Ava, Burma, Burmese, Burmah, Myanmar, Kachin, Karen, Shan etc... Results in various formats including pdf.
Language: English and other languages
Source/publisher: Internet Archive
Format/size: html, pdf etc.
Date of entry/update: 11 April 2008


Title: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs (Open Access)
Description/subject: 38 results for "Myanmar OR Burma" - full-text articles (March 2012)
Language: English
Source/publisher: German Institiute of Global and Area Studies Institute of AsianStudies
Format/size: html. pdf
Date of entry/update: 04 March 2012


Title: National Archives (Kew, UK) - online documents
Description/subject: A simple search for "Burma" (not the search in the top line -- this includes hard copy items) produced this search results summary: Family History: WW1 Campaign Medals (2167); Wills (2); Registers of Seamen's Services (13); Victoria Cross Registers (9); Recommendations for Honours and Awards (Army) (6738); Digital Microfilm (13); Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Movement Cards (1); WW1 Merchant Seamen Medal Cards (11); Naval Officers' Service Record Cards and Files (4); Air Ministry Squadron Operations Records (7)... Other Records: Eden Papers (94); Cabinet Papers (295); Looted Art (1)..... So far as I could see, only the Cabinet Papers can be downloaded without cost -- the other records are charged at £3.50 per item
Language: English
Source/publisher: National Archives
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2012


Title: Portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales (persee)
Description/subject: Mike C harley writes: "the portail de revues scientifiques en sciences humaines et sociales (persee) provides free access to the contents of the Bulletin de l'Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient and Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale and 43 other French-language political, linguistic, ethnological, etc., etc., etc., journals as pdf files. Follow this link: http://www.persee.fr/ A search for Birmanie, for example, lists 960 articles, including old materials by Duroiselle, such as "Note sur la géographie apocryphe de la Birmanie, à propos de la légende de Pûrna" (1905), and up to 2003, including for example, Anatole-Roger Peltier's "Regards sur la littérature classique khün de Birmanie" (2000). You can also go through the BEFEO issue by issue, from 1901 until 2003. Start by cutting and pasting the following link: http://www.persee.fr/showIssue.do?issueKey=befeo_0336-1519_1901_num_1_1
Language: French, Francais, English
Source/publisher: Ministère de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 April 2008


Title: Project Gutenberg
Description/subject: Some Burma-related texts...Use the Advanced Search.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Project Gutenberg
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2008


Title: Project Gutenberg Australia
Description/subject: Search for Burma, Burmah, Burmese etc. The search results are a bit confusing and you may have to click on each item to see what's there...Plain text. No illustrations.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Project Gutenberg Australia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2008


Title: Search results for "Burma" in archive.org (Texts)
Description/subject: 387 texts, some very substantial (October 2009)...656 (March 2012...847 (December 2013)
Language: English
Source/publisher: archive.org
Format/size: pdf etc.
Date of entry/update: 23 October 2009


Title: Selective Works on Myanmar History, Culture, Archeology and Literature after Independence
Description/subject: 98 papers (full text pdf files) on the history and archeology of Burma, most in Burmese, some in English, by: U Aung Thaw; Col. Ba Shin; Burma. The Directorate of Archaeological Survey; Daw Kyan; U Lu Pe Win; Takathou Maung Maung Gyi; Thiripyanchi U Mya; U Myint Aung; U Pe Maung Tin; U Sein Maung Oo; Taik Soe; U Than Swe; Dr. Than Tun; Henry Wotten; Dr. Yi Yi; Saya Zaw Gyi; Zeyya.
Language: Mostly Burmese. Some English
Source/publisher: Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Libraries, 2001-
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: April 2003


Title: ShanYoma website
Description/subject: Collection of 500 or so documents on religion, politics, history (and perhaps other themes) in Burmese and Shan.
Language: Burmese, Shan
Source/publisher: ShanYoma.org
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 April 2012


Title: Southesast Asia Visions - a collection of historic travel narratives
Description/subject: Several hundred full-text books covering or with references to Burma. Search for Ava, Burm* Burmah, Burmese, Karen, Kachin, Myanmar etc... Read online or, if you are clever or have special software, you might be able to download. Use the Search Help page at http://dlxs.library.cornell.edu/s/sea/help.php
Language: English
Source/publisher: Cornell University Library
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 April 2008


Title: The Online Books page - archives and indexes
Description/subject: "There's a vast range of online literature beyond what we index individually on The Online Books Page. Below we list some of the major sources and indexes of free online texts, in all languages, both general and specialized...".....Large-scale repositories...Significant indexes and search aids...Significant smaller-scale archives...Foreign Languages...Specialty Archives
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Online Books Page
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2012


Individual Documents

Title: My Thought
Description/subject: Most of English ebooks links did not work, but most of Burmese ebooks links are properly work. Round about 1000 ebooks exist in this site
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ), English
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 May 2012


Title: Wikileaks - Burma/Myanmar
Description/subject: This is a link to the OBL Wikileaks section in Reading Room
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikileaks
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 February 2012