The PEP WEB Archive
The PEP WEB ARCHIVE is the PEP Archive 1 version 6 (1886-2003). It spans a period of 120 years and contains both books and journal articles. The book archive includes the full text of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Freud's letters to his major collaborators and the full text of the major works by Wilfred Bion, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott along with other major psychoanalytic authors. The journals in the archive presently include the full text of eighteen premier English-language journals in psychoanalysis. Altogether, there are over 50,000 articles (with over Seventy million words) and 4,000 figures and illustrations that originally resided on more than 400 volumes with a total of 250,000 printed pages.
Also included in full text:
The contents of the PEP Journals and books can be browsed volume by volume as if on a library stack through the "Table of Journals".
Alternatively, you can browse using the "Table of Authors":
But the PEP Archive is something much more than just the information it contains. PEP Web offers superior search and hyperlink jump capacities that mean that the best way to use it is using the superior search facilities built into it. This is a product that takes full advantage of the power of modern searching and hypertext technology and more so than is usual on the web. Using the LivePublish technology (which essentially replicates that used on the PEP CD) users can do rapid full text proximity searches which quickly establish what has been written concerning various terms, texts and ideas. A bibliography can be created and browsed at leisure. There are several million automated cross-references between articles so that now, instead of going to a bookshelf to check a reference, you can instantly jump there:
PEP has a contract regularly to update with the latest Journal volumes and also aims to add over the next few years new journals and important books - all cross-referenced internally and to the existing PEP infobase. It is envisaged that subscribers to PEP Web will automatically receive access to all new material. In effect PEP WEB like the PEP CD Archive constitutes an almost complete library of all the main material published in the psychoanalytic field in English until three years before the current date. [Current material may be available on the Journals' own sites.]
PEP WEB is hosted in the United States on a dedicated secure server accessed by an Internet address off the PEP WEB site. So, once logged to the Internet, users open their usual internet browser and go to the PEP site. They are referred through the security gateway to the material automatically if they log on from agreed and predefined IP ranges; or by referral from a secure web page maintained at their own institution. If they are off campus limited numbers of faculty can be assigned a user identity and password to access from anywhere.
Any article or a bibliography can be printed using the print features that are part of a standard browser.
Any article can be book-marked using the Favourites features of any standard browser.
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PEP Web is intuitive and can be used easily. To demonstrate the potential of the special search templates PEP has developed a HELP section which includes a thirty minute tutorial - this gives a good idea of its advanced functioning and is accessed off a TAB on PEP Help.
PEP also has a telephone customer support line in the US and Europe, open for some hours every working day. Support will be given free to one librarian-administrator per institution.
PEP WEB was launched in trial versions in September 2003. These are the first comments:
PEP WEB contains all the data and most of the search power of the PEP CD. It has been reviewed in the leading peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis:
Different models for subscribing to the PEPWEB Archive are available for Universities and public agencies; professional institutes and membership societies or individuals.