12 December 2014

New e-Resource - English Historical Documents Online

Perhaps the most important historical undertaking of our age... one of the most valuable historical works ever produced.'
Times Literary Supplement 

We're pleased to announce that permanent access to English Historical Documents Online is now available, following a very successful trial.  
EHD Online is the result of a partnership between Routledge, the publisher, and the Institute of Historical Research, at the University of London. 

It offers the most comprehensive, annotated collection of primary source documents on British history ever compiled, covering the years 500 -1914, plus American history to 1776.

A wide variety of sources include  government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries, etc., accompanied by editorial commentary to provide context.

Topics range from political and constitutional issues to social, economic, religious and cultural history. 

Key features include:
  • access to over 5,500 full-text historical documents, selected by leading historians
  • the ability to search at the document level, by Subject, Date, People, Place, etc    
  • scrolling timelines to show events from a clear chronological perspective
  • personalised logins for bookmarking, annotating, saving and managing searches

11 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Pravda Digital Archive

Welcome to our trial of the Pravda Digital Archive (1912-2013), which runs until 31 January 2015.

Pravda ('Truth') was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918-1991. It  began as an underground daily workers’ newspaper, and soon became the main newspaper of the revolutionary wing of the Russian socialist movement. 

It remains the official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an important political faction in contemporary Russian politics. 

The Archive offers over 220,000 searchable full-page images which use the original layout and design, including photographs and graphics.

The 2014 digital year will be added to the Archive in March 2015.


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10 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Cambridge Archive Editions Online

We have a trial of Cambridge Archive Editions Online, a valuable full-text e-book database, until 31 January 2015

Cambridge Archive Editions, an imprint of Cambridge University Press, publishes primary source research collections covering the history of the Near and Middle East, Russia and the Balkans, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and China and the Far East.

CAE Online provides a wealth of historical reference materials which otherwise would remain unknown, difficult to access, or fragmentary. This collection represents many thousands of facsimiles of original documents held in the UK National Archives. It also includes a large number of maps on the national heritage and political development of many countries. 

Topics covered include:

Arab Nationalism
Boundary Disputes and Border Mapping
Constitutional Affairs
Dissent, Ethnicity and Religion
Economic and Social Developments
Historical and Legal Issues
Maritime Issues
Military Intelligence Material
Minority Rights
Official State Reports
Oil Interests
Political and Administrative History
Tribal Information

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9 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Social Science Journals database

We have a trial of Proquest's Social Science Journals database until 8 January 2015.

Social Science Journals is a definitive resource for those with a need to access a wide variety of social science journals. 

The database covers core disciplines across the social sciences, and includes over 1,000 international academic journals, with the majority available in full text.  

A wide range of disciplines is covered, including anthropology, criminology, demography, economics, education, policy studies, political science, psychology, social work and sociology.

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8 December 2014

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española - cross-search with other databases

Bibliografía de la Literatura Española - the 'most complete and current index of scholarship in and related to Spanish Literature' - now has a new, improved search platform.

Improvements include the ability to cross-search Bibliografía with other databases such as the MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography and Proquest Dissertations and Theses.

BLE covers literature published in Spain from the Middle Ages to the present day, literary theory and criticism, linguistics and the history of the book 

It also documents critical writing related to Hispanic and Filipino authors writing prior to independence from Spain.

It includes bibliographic references to monographs, articles, critical editions, book reviews, bibliographies, proceedings, etc. and other miscellaneous material published in Spain or abroad

5 December 2014

Win an iPad4! - enter the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Competition

Just answer 10 questions on 10 people recently added to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be in with a chance of winning: 
  • First prize - an iPad 4 with a subscription to the ODNB online
  • Two further prizes of £100 of Oxford University Press books

The competition ends on Friday 12 December 2014, and winners will be drawn on Monday 15 December.

With more than 59,200 life stories, 11,200 portraits, and 13,900 contributors, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography remains the world’s largest collaborative research project in the humanities.
  • it now offers a free, twice monthly biography podcast, with over 210 life stories now available
  • you can also sign up for a Life of the Day: a topical biography delivered to your inbox
  • or follow on Twitter @ODNB for people in the news

4 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online

Our trial of Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online has just begun, and will last until 2 January 2015.

Edited by Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi, the Encyclopaedia traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. 

Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences. 

The Encyclopaedia is an invaluable resource for both researchers and students, and for all those interested in Neo-Latin studies, humanism, the Renaissance, the Classical Tradition, classical philology, intellectual history, and art history.

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1 December 2014

Trial e-Resource - Westlaw Academic (UK and International)

We have a short trial of Westlaw Academic (UK and International), until 19 Dec 2014. 

Westlaw UK  - provides access to large, searchable databases of case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials.

Search or browse for a topic to get an overview with expert analysis and links to the key related content.

It includes over 400,000 UK case reports and transcripts dating back to 1220, and indexes over 110 English-language legal journals.            

Westlaw International - provides trusted legal, news and business information from around the world.

It combines material from renowned content providers such as Sweet and Maxwell, Thomson West, ELLIS Publications, Lawbook Co and Carswell, to offer a unique collection of authoritative legal and regulatory information resources - case law, legislation, law reviews, treatises, and directories, etc