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Databases N

Databases beginning with the letter N.

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Access information: Freely available from University of Nottingham.
Description: More than 7.8 million astronomy and astrophysics, instrumentation, physics and geophysics bibliographic records from journals, conference proceedings, several Observatory reports and newsletters, many NASA reports, and PhD theses. Also, includes scans of more than 200,000 articles from astrophysical publications. Email alerts and RSS feeds available


Access information: Freely available
Description: More than fifty thousand images of the National Portrait Gallery's Collections available for academic use. Low resolution images are available to copy and distribute via a Creative Commons licence and higher resolution ones via a more restrictive Academic Licence. Look at specific pictures' "Use this image" information.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Naver News Library is a full-text Korean newspaper article database containing the following four major newspapers: Tonga ilbo (Dong-A ilbo) 1920-1999; Kyŏnghyang sinmun (Kyunghyang Shinmun) 1946-1999; Maeil kyŏngje sinmun (Maeil Business Newspaper) 1966-1999; and Han’gyŏre (The Hankyoreh ) 1988-1999.
  The database is full text searable with three display options - original text, Han'gul version text and original images.


Naxos Music Library

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Access information: Mac users should use the VPN for off campus access
Description: A music listening service which allows you to search, browse and listen to over 2.2 million tracks of music, including classical, jazz folk, world music and pop and rock.
Note: Lecturers can create institutional playlists.  Please contact library staff for the login and instructions.


Access information. Access on and off campus.
Access information. Mac users should use the VPN for off campus access.
Description. Naxos Music Library Jazz [NMLJ] offers a mix selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented. The recordings in Naxos Music Library Jazz come from over 200 labels, and include the catalogue of Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others. There are three search modes available: browse the library alphabetically by CD title, keyword search by name of artist, track or disc title, and advanced search by a combination of criteria. Access with iPhone or iPod Touch: The Naxos Music Library Jazz App is available through the iTunes App Store.


Access information: Freely available
Description: Some Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings.  Please click the link above to view the list and licensing conditions.


Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Access information: Freely available.
Description: More than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations. Links to full-text may take you to the right repository which you search again for the thesis you want.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The online edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics contains the full text of the 8 volume print edition, the 2008 second edition of which the Library also stocks. The online Dictionary is a dynamic resource for economists containing hyperlinked cross-references within articles, and it features carefully selected and maintained links to related sites, as well as incorporating quarterly additions and updates. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online offers search and browse facilities, both full text and advanced.


New York Amsterdam News

Access information: Access on and off campus through ProQuest. Current content also available on campus and via the VPN through Factiva. Cookies must be enabled on your browser.Click on ’ Source’ and select from A-Z list or search for title.
Description: Founded in 1909, and one of only 50 Black newspapers in the United States at that time, the New York Amsterdam News is one of the leading Black newspapers of the 20th century. This archive collection gives you access to all issues between 1922 and 1993. Issues have been scanned from cover to cover and you can search or browse the database.



New York Times (1980 onwards) via Proquest

Access information: Access on and off campus through ProQuest. Current content also available on campus and via the VPN through Factiva. Cookies must be enabled on your browser.Click on ’ Source’ and select from A-Z list or search for title.
Description: Full text of New York Times, including the full archive from 1851. Some articles written by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available. New York Times Magazine is available to search separately from both ProQuest and Factiva.

1851 to 2013: Historical New York Times via ProQuest.

1st June 1980 to date: New York Times via ProQuest.

1st June 1980 to date:  New York Times via Factiva.


News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive

Access information:

Access on or off campus.


Offering full runs of 15 major 20th-century titles, in full-color, page-image format. News, Policy and Politics Magazine Archive makes newly available and accessible these key sources, for which the archival print issues have not consistently been retained by libraries. Titles include Newsweek, UN Chronicle, NATO Review and New Internationalist.

Coverage: 1918-2015


Access information: Available via LexisLibrary: Select the ‘Source’ tab and select title from the A-Z list. Also available from Factiva. Click on Source and select title from A-Z list or search for title. Cookies must be enabled on your browser.
Description: Full text of Sunday newspaper available two days after publication. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available. Sunday magazine is not available. Sister paper, The Sun, also available from LexisLibrary and Factiva.
Coverage: LexisLibrary: from 26th July 1998
  Factiva: from 7th January 1996.

Additional information

See entry for newspapers below.


Newspapers (general)

Acces information:

LexisLibrary - access on and off campus;

NexisUK - access on and off campus;

Factiva - on campus and off campus and via VPN.


Use LexisLibrary, Factiva or Nexis UK for online access to the full text of the majority of UK national and regional newspapers . Factiva also provides access to full text of the world press. Many titles are archived back to the 1980s. Information on each title is included by clicking the info icon next to the title listing.

Many newspapers also have their own online archive available from their website. Some are free, with others you may have to register or pay a fee to view articles.

The library also has a subscription to the Financial Times online. See separate entry for details.

For historical newspaper content see entries for: Burney Newspaper Collection, Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers, The Historical Scotsman, Palmer's Index to the Times and Times Digital Archive.

Further information: Newspaper content


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: NewsVault is a cross-search facility for newspaper archives from Gale. This enables the simultaneous searching of over 400 years of primary historical sources including: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection; 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century UK Periodicals; British Newspapers, Part 3 and 4, Times Digital Archive; Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive.


Access information: On and off campus.
Description: Access to over 23,000 UK and international news and business sources, financial and market reports, biographical data and thousands of legal and regulatory services. Includes Company Dossier which delivers company information on 100 million international companies and executives.


NHS Scotland e-library

See entry for The Knowledge Network

NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) Clinical Guidelines

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: NICE is an independent UK organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. It provides guidance for health care professionals and the general public in the areas of public health, health technologies and clinical practice. The guidance is drawn up using evidence from NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and academia and made freely available on the web.
Help: Using NICE Guidelines


Nikkei Telecom

Access information: 2 concurrent users.  Access on and off campus.
Description: Nikkei Telecom is an essential resource for various kinds of studies such as economics, politics, sociology and Japanese language. It gives access to a great number of Nikkei newspaper articles from 1975 to the present. Full newspaper images of Nihon Keizai Shimbun from the first issue in 1876 to issues published in 1974 are also available. The database also contains hundreds of daily news articles in English published by Nikkei Inc. and Dow Jones & Company Inc. An English Archive Search is available for Nikkei Asian Review and major Nikkei newspaper articles. In addition to news articles, Nikkei Telecom offers various aspects of business information related to Japanese economy, such as profile information of major Japanese companies, personnel information of executives, Nikkei's survey data, macroeconomic statistics, etc.
Coverage: 1876 to the present



Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers - see entry for British Library Newspapers, Parts I-V (1732-1950)



Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: This project, conceived by the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme, preserves and provides online access to the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries.
  Selected by RLUK, the pamphlets provide a wide focus on the political, social, and economic issues of 19th century Britain. This project has captured as much as possible from a number of smaller collections associated with individuals or families (Durham, Liverpool, Newcastle and UCL) or organizations (Manchester), and supplemented these with pamphlets drawn from larger collections (Bristol and LSE).
Coverage: 19th Century.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The British Politics and Society archive of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) is packed with primary source documentation that enhances a greater understanding and analysis of the development of urban centers and of the major restructuring of society that took place during the Industrial Revolution. The archive is composed of a number of individual collections, drawn together from a variety of sources.


Nineteenth Century Collections Online: The Corvey Collection of European Literature, 1790-1840

Access information:

Access on or off campus.


As part of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO), this unique collection of monographs includes 7,717 works in English, 6,504 in French and 3,640 in German published in Britain and on the Continent during the Romantic period and the early Victoria era. Sourced from Castle Corvey in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Corvey Collection is one of the most important collections of works from the period in existence, with particular strength in especially difficult-to-find or even previously unknown works – by women writers in particular. The collection’s vast archive of materials documents the nature and scope of literary publication in England and on the Continent during the Romantic period and the early years of the Victorian era. Scholars can research and explore a range of topics, including Romantic literary genres; mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers of the period; the canon and Romantic aesthetics.




Nineteenth Century Index

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC), The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index, Periodicals Index Online and the Cumulative Index to Niles' Register 1811–1849 to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.7 million books and official publications, 70,000 archival collections and 22.7 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 13 bibliographic indexes, including more than three million records from British Periodicals Collections I and II, together with the expanded online edition of the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (DNCJ).


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: This includes Series 1 and 2 of a collection of digitised versions of key 19th century UK periodicals sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and other libraries.
  Series 1: New Readerships: Women’s, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport.
  Series 2: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary & Colonial.
Coverage: See the title list below for full details of coverage.

Additional information


Access information Access on and off campus
Description This project provides complete FCO 7 and FCO 82 files from The National Archives, Kew, for the entire period of the Nixon administration, 1969-1974.


Access information: Available on campus or off campus via VPN.
Description: The English North China Herald is universally acclaimed as the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s.
  During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in the major cities. It was published in Shanghai, at the heart of China’s dealing with the Euro-American world and a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy.
  As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first – and sometimes only – point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities.


Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive

Access information: Freely available from The Library at Queen’s University Belfast .

The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA).

NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.

For your information, NIOPA records and documents are deposited with the British Library under the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.