Trials and new resources 
SBA Resources and Digital Library (BDA)


Electronic resources

The Library System offers multiple research tools. You can:

  • consult resources and catalogues for finding books and articles in print or electronic format
  • consult databases
  • search theses
  • browse images and documents in digital archives.

These resources and platforms are managed by the Digital Library.

Consult electronic resources from home

You can also access databases, electronic periodicals and e-books from home.
However, you must be recognised as a Ca' Foscari member.
If you do not know how to do this, read the Remote access to electronic resources page.


The Lybrary System periodically activates time-limited trials, during which Ca’ Foscari members can use new online resources in their study, research and teaching activities and assess their content quality and usability.

Depending on the appreciation and cost, some of these resources become part of Ca' Foscari's collections. Feedback from users is very valuable in this selection process.

To request information and send comments and feedback on the trial resources, please write to

Ongoing trials

There are no active trials at the moment

New resources

Scripta Sinica - a project of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica of Taiwan - is full text database dedicated to sinological studies. The archive's aim is to collect the classical chinese texts and provide a complete tool of primary sources for the study of Chinese history and culture from ancient times to 1949. Up to now it comprises an exstensive collection with about 1.500 titles and is constantly updated.

More info: Scripta Sinica Overview; Scripta Sinica Guide.

Al-Ahram Digital Archive is the digital archive (1876-2020) of the Arabic newspaper 'Al Ahram' which has been the official information body of the Egyptian government since 1960 and represents one of the most influential and widespread newspapers in the Middle Eastern world. The resource is available from the University network.

There is a dedicated section to tips for an effective search.

OpenEdition is a portal of humanities and social sciences academic resources that promotes open access and hosts more than 600 journals of which over 98% of the contents are freely accessible. The Library System subscribed OpenEdition Freemium journals allowing you to access from the University network the articles in PDF version of around 200 journals. 

Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online allows to search across the 15 etymological dictionaries of the most important indo-european languages (Latin, Greek, Slavic, proto-Germanic, proto-Celtic, Old Frisian, Armenian, Hittite, Luvian, Persian, Iranian verb and proto-Nostratic).
Each entry is accompanied by grammatical information, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, and extensive bibliographical information when available.
Dictionaries can be cross-searched, with an advance search for each individual dictionary.
The database is fundamental to the the study of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Modern Languages and Literatures.

You can find 72 new Cambridge University Press ebooks by consulting the complete list below or by serching on cerCa' portal.

Last update: 02/07/2024