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ACLS Humanities E-Book

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Alternate title

American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book


A growing collection of more than 5,000 titles across the entire range of the Humanities, including Area Studies, Art, Film & Media Studies, History, Literature, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Women Studies. All titles have been chosen by scholars rather than publishers, so while titles from more than one hundred publishers (among them Cambridge UP, Columbia UP, Harvard UP, MIT Press, NYU Press, Oxford UP, Princeton UP, Rutgers UP, Stanford UP, plus other academic, commercial and society presses) are included, it is a selective rather than comprehensive collection. The collection combines classic works and new scholarship. The titles are available for unlimited course reserve or classroom use.

While the bulk of the collection comprises print books later scanned and available as page images, there is also a small but growing collection of XML books-"born digital" works with additional features (links to additional resources, enlargeable images).

User tools and features

Browsable by author, subject, and title; Searching by keyword or phrase across entire collection, including Boolean and proximity. Downloading and printing are governed by fair-use rights, and printing is limited to 10 pages at a  time. Citations can be saved for e-mailing or downloading, but only for the duration of a search session. Does not appear to support exporting to bibliographic management software like RefWorks or Zotero. Complete bibliographic records will be loaded into the library catalog, allowing full discoverability from catalog searches.

Dates covered

1857+ (most from the 1970s onward).

Updating frequency

Annual releases of additional titles (perhaps in the range of 200-300 per year).


Print books recommended by scholars for inclusion in the ACLS collection.

Type of coverage

Most books provide full-text in three formats: page-image, text, and PDF (the last primarily for limited downloads/printouts of no more than 3 pages). A small but growing collection of XML books also includes links to additional resources and enlargeable images.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Rutgers University Libraries has most of these titles in print.

Producer/content provider

American Council of Learned Societies

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

MPublishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library

Core Subject(s)

Supplementary Subject(s)