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Very Short Introductions (VSI) is provided by Oxford University Press and offers
concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable. Lund University Libraries currently subscribes to one subject module, Arts and Humanities, which contains about 220 titles. Titles available in fulltext for users from LU are marked with an open, green padlock 

Please note that:

  • This module is only available for five (5) concurrent users. If you are user number six you will see this message: "The simultaneous user limit associated with your subscription has been exceeded."
  • It is not possible to download ebooks or chapters from VSI, but if you create a personal profile (choose 'Create' at the top of the site) and then click on the 'save' icon save, the title or chapter is saved to your My Work account.


Name Very Short Introductions: Arts and Humanities
Publisher/Provider Oxford University Press
Subjects included Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Biography, Classical Studies, Egyptology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Society and Culture.
Type of resource Platform with ebooks in fulltext.
Fulltext format HTML
Accessibility Via IP address
Login authentication required No, not on LU-campus. If you are off-campus you will be prompted to login via LU's Central Authentication Service (CAS) with a Student Account or LUCAT-ID.
Number of concurrent users Five (5) concurrent users.
Download required No
Must be borrowed No
Number of days for download - -
Download and read offline No, but VSI is mobile optimized, please use the mobile site: http://m.veryshortintroductions.com/
Download to a portable device No
Copying No, it is not possible to download and copy ebooks or chapters.
Printing Authorized users (registered students and staff) at Lund University may print individual items solely for educational, personal, scientific, or research purposes. By individual item is meant one (1) article or chapter.
Text to speech No
Export references Yes
Export formats Export as RIS File. Citation format: MLA, APA, Chicago, AMA.
How do I suggest a purchase Students and staff: Please contact your faculty library.
Librarians: Se Förvärv av elektroniska resurser för mer info.
Restrictions Walk-in users: Users not affiliated with Lund University may be permitted access to VSI fulltext content, but only within the physical premises of Lund University Libraries from designated terminals.
Interlibrary loan / Fjärrlån No, ILL or any distribution of copies to other libraries in either print or electronic form, is not allowed.
Text and Data Mining Policy  
Miscellaneous Please note that some tables in VSI are wide and so require 1024x768 screen resolution. News and comments from authors of VSI's can be found on the OUPblog.