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Databases B

Databases beginning with the letter B.


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Access on and off campus. For off campus access please use the University VPN - Access to the University network via the VPN.


BabelScores gives access to a large and growing library of online contemporary music scores. It selects the works of the most creative, original and innovative contemporary composers offering a wide catalogue to instrumentalists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatoires, and universities.


The Baltimore Afro-American

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The Baltimore Afro-American was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the U.S. Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents. This archive collection gives you access to all issues between 1893 and 1988. Issues have been scanned from cover to cover and you can search or browse the database.


Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition

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The whole Tapestry (and two facsimiles) with full commentary, maps, genealogies, glossary, libraries of textual and visual analogues. Runs in all major browsers on all major computer systems - please note that this online version uses Flash, so it does not work in an i-Phone or i-Pad.

Further information: You may have to enable or download Adobe Flash player to make this resource work properly.


Beck Online Premium

Access information: Available on campus only however during COVID-19 closure, access is available via the VPN see note below. 
Description: Beck Online Premium covers German law and is a leading provider of German language material. Beck Online Premium includes about 500 (full text) handbooks, lexica and commentaries, over 90 (full text) professional law journals and an abundance of statutes and court decisions.

Beck have now authorised the University of Edinburgh for remote access to their database. Please go to read the registration instructions (english language further down the page).

While you are on the VPN and at the login box on the right hand side will display University of Edinburgh (see attachment) and then you can start the registration process using  your University of Edinburgh email address.

You will create your own username and password after that, use it to log into the Beck database whilst still on the VPN.


Beckett Digital Library

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: The BDL is a digital reconstruction of Samuel Beckett's personal library, based on the volumes preserved at his apartment in Paris which currently houses 760 extant volumes and 248 virtual entries. The BDL module, being part of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project,  contains scans of book covers, title pages, all pages with reading traces, flyleaves, colophons, tables of contents, indexes and inserts of various kinds. In addition to facsimiles, it also offers transcriptions of readings traces and links to Beckett's manuscripts. The module is both browsable and full text searchable. The BDL is accompanied by a monograph (Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon, Samuel Beckett's Library, Cambridge UP, 2013) which can be found in DiscoverEd.


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Berg Fashion Library

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: Berg Fashion Library from Bloomsbury Publishing: “the authority on world dress”: an extensive online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to a large and growing range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, 100+ e-books, reference works, and over 13,000 images.
Coverage: Content in the collection dates back to before 500 BCE via the taxonomy search and back to 1600 via the timeline search through to the present day and covers all continents of the World.


Bertolt Brechts Werke

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The first authorized electronic edition of Brecht's writings, Bertolt Brechts Werke (Jubiläumsausgabe) comprises the poetry, drama, and major critical writings contained within the Ausgewählte Werke in sechs Bänden. Produced with the cooperation of German publishers Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, this new literary resource will provide scholars with much broader access to a range of Brecht's works. It will enable researchers to carry out more comprehensive analyses that compare and contrast his approach to the role of drama and his philosophy from his early work during the Weimar Republicthrough his time in the United Statesto his final residence in the German Democratic Republic. This edition is based on Bertold Brecht - Ausgewählte Werke in sechs Bänden - Jubiläumsausgabe zum 100. Geburtstag, which collects Brecht's works and writings in six volumes, with brief notes on each text.


BFI Player

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: BFI Player is an online resource which offers a unique window on Britain’s changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television.
Coverage: 1000 hours of non-fiction moving image titles from 1900 - 2005, alongside 8000 pages of related documents.


Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

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Description: This on-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992, however, have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases such as WorldCat.


Bibliography of British and Irish History

Access information: Access on campus or off campus via VPN. Select "enter databases", then select Bibliography of British and Irish History.
Description: The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present. It is the successor to the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online from 2002 to 2009.
Coverage: 55BC-present.  The complete database now contains over 560,000 records, and is updated three times a year, usually in February, June and October.


Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina (BTL)

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: The BTL Online database provides electronic access to all editions of Latin texts published in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana, ranging from antiquity and late antiquity to medieval and neo-Latin texts. The two databases of Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina (BTL) and Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) are linked by a common user interface, so that the Thesaurus and the Latin texts of the Bibliotheca Teubneriana can be accessed through one panel, which allows various and differentiated searches.


BioMed Central

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from
Description: An independent publishing house committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The University of Edinburgh is a member.
Coverage: Portfolio of 291 journals.


Access information: Access on and off campus. Not working? Try clearing your cookies. Or, use Alternative login (with the VPN service if off campus) and choose BIOSIS Citation Index from "All Databases" drop down menu
Description: The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage: 1926 to present.
Additional Information: Detailed information about BIOSIS Citation Index


Blackwell Reference Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The collections in Philosophy and Religion are available.


BLDS (British Library for Development Studies)

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from BLDS.
Description: Depository library at The Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, for publications from international organisations (including the UN system and World Bank) with a strong collection from developing countries.
Coverage: Contains over 150,000 records of documents on economic and social development including serial titles held and monographs acquired since 1987 Journal articles selectively indexed since 1990.

Bloomsbury Design Library

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The Bloomsbury Design Library provides cutting-edge scholarly coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. It offers a range of authoritative reference and book content, alongside a full searchable selection of museum object images.

A valuable research and learning tool for design and visual arts, it will support both students and academics by allowing them to explore the history and context of influential design schools, people, periods, places, and disciplines. It offers cross-searchable access to a broad range of reference works, e-books, images, exhibitions, collections, and more.


Bloomsbury E-book Collections

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Description: Bloomsbury eBook Collections delivers instant access to Bloomsbury’s research publications with unlimited user access and the facility to download and print chapter PDFs without DRM restriction. Collections available include: Anthropology,  Biblical Studies, Christian Doctrines, Christology, Education, Film & Media, International Critical Commentary, Law (Hart Publishing), Literary Studies, Middle East, Political Theory and Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Religious Studies and Second Language Acquisition.


Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive

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Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive is an online resource containing more than 750,000 newly-digitized and high-quality runway, backstage, and street style images, curated by Editor in Chief Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York.

An extensive collection of fashion photographs, for use by students and educators, the archive includes images of international runway shows from the 1970s until the early 2000s, from over 400 designers; key collections from McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, Galliano, etc; rare backstage and front row shots from fashion shows of the past forty years; and street-style images from global fashion cities. The Archive’s index and interactive time line allow students to compare and trace trends, designers, and seasons.


Bloomsbury Screen Studies

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Bloomsbury Screen Studies offers a broad range of content to support moving-image studies. It comprises award-winning screenplays, presented in industry-standard studio format, from ‘Orlando’ to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. It also includes critical and contextual books on film from the late nineteenth century to the present, and an interactive timeline of cinema history. It is an essential resource for academics and students engaged in research and learning around film history, theory and practice.


Access information: On campus or off campus and mobile app access.
Description: BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool from BMJ Evidence Centre designed to support clinical decision making from diagnosis to treatment. The latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
Notes: Further instructions on mobile app installation at please note the library has set up IP address and/or Shibboleth authentication.


BMJ Case Reports

Access information: Access on campus.
Description: BMJ Case Reports delivers a peer-reviewed collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.
Notes: An access code is required to upload any new Case Reports - see link above.


BMJ Learning

Access information On campus and off campus (off campus users: see initial access notes below)
Remote access Initial access: You need to create your own BMJ login for this resource, using either a computer on campus or if you are off campus using the Virtual Private Network (VPN), to register for the first time. After this you can access the information with your user name and password without needing to be on campus or using the VPN. If you already have a BMJ account, you will need to log in with your existing user name and password, either with VPN or on campus, to refresh the account. If you cannot remember your password please click the forgotten password link on the website.  How to set up VPN:
Description BMJ Learning offers online, accredited and peer reviewed learning sessions in text, video, and audio formats for students, doctors and other healthcare professionals. All modules are based on the latest available evidence and are sorted by profession and specialty and can be stored in a personal BMJ portfolio.



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Box of Broadcasts

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Description: BoB (Box of Broadcasts) enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Over 1.3 million images from museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use. Bridgeman Education gives you access to the visual culture of every civilization and every period from Prehistory to the present day across continents and civilisations.


Brill's Companions in Classical Studies Online I

Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: This first online collection of Brill's acclaimed series of Companions in Classical Studies presents the best in current scholarship in a variety of subjects. These 25 volumes, ranging from Homer to Ovid and from Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century BC to Flavian Rome, will be of use to scholars and students alike as excellent starting points for teaching as well as research.


Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

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Description: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its 438 essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that has ancient historical roots with many flourishing traditions today. Including all essays from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now to be regularly updated with new articles and available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format.


Brill's Jacoby Online

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Choose Jacoby Online to access this database
Description: ‘Jacoby’ is short for die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker (FGrHist, or FGrH), a collection of ancient Greek historic texts that were lost, except for fragments (citations, extracts and summaries) found in other sources. Most of these fragments are attributed to a particular author and/or work in the source text, but some remain anonymous and can only be categorized by their subject matter. Jacoby Online contains both Brill’s New Jacoby and Brill’s New Jacoby, Second Edition and is updated twice a year with new content. Most entries in Jacoby Online focus on a lost author, but some entries contain anonymous fragments on a particular era or region, or even a single fragmentary text from a papyrus or manuscript.


Brill's Medieval Reference Library

Access information: Access on and off campus. Choose Brill's Medieval Reference Library to access this database
Description: Brill's Medieval Reference Library includes three major encyclopedias on medieval dress and textiles; medieval pilgrimage; the medieval chronicle.


Brill's New Pauly

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Choose New Pauly Online to access this database
Description: Recognized standard reference work for students and scholars of the ancient world. Brill's New Pauly is the English edition of the authoritative Der Neue Pauly, published by Verlag J.B. Metzler since 1996, and both versions of the text are available online, fully searchable and cross referenced.

Fifteen volumes (Antiquity, 1-15) are devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and cover more than two thousand years of history, from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe.

Five volumes (Classical Tradition, I-V) are uniquely concerned with the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship.


British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography

Access information: On and off campus access from
Description: Covers with data derived from Index of Archaeological Papers, Archaeological Bibliography of Great Britain and Ireland and British Archaeological Abstracts. Abstracts are available for most publications from 1967.
Coverage: Publications from 1695 to present day.


British Cartoon Archive

Access information. Free access on and off campus. You will be prompted to select University of Edinburgh and then your University Login when downloading images.
Description. The British Cartoon Archive, from the University of Kent at Canterbury, exists to encourage and facilitate the study of cartoons and caricatures published in the United Kingdom. This is achieved by collecting, preserving, cataloguing, exhibiting, and distributing the work of cartoonists and caricaturists, and by encouraging and publishing studies of their art. The BCA database contains details of the main cartoon collections held in the archive which can be searched online. Cartoons can be found under any of the cataloguing terms used (eg cartoonist, publication, date, name or subject). The database gives access to cartoon images and catalogue information. For publication purposes, digital images with supporting copyright details can be ordered through the feedback section of the website.
Coverage. The database is a unique archive of over 140,000 pieces of cartoon artwork published in the UK.


British Education Index

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Compiled and edited at the University of Leeds, BEI provides details about the contents of various literature sources: over 300 education and training journals published in the British Isles, similar report and conference literature, and texts.



British History Online

Access information Available on and off campus. Login required. Click login then select Login using Shibboleth. Type University of Edinburgh into box and click continue. Enter your University Login if prompted.
Description: British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, it aims to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.
Coverage: 11th – 19th Century


British Library Sounds

Access information: Access on and off campus. Choose University of Edinburgh as your home organisation and if prompted login with your University Login.
Description: Archival Sound Recordings offers selections of music, spoken word and environmental sounds from the British Library Sound Archive available online to UK Higher and Further Education. There are currently over 4000 hours of recordings, with more being added over the coming year. Highlights include in-depth oral history interviews, pre-1957 classical music recordings, ethnomusicological field recordings, accents and dialects, whildlife sounds, radio programmes, public debates, and early recordings originally captured on wax cylinders. Archival Sound Recordings offers a broad range of cross-disciplinary, primary source material for researchers. For teachers it provides engaging, thought-provoking material for lessons and a tool for teaching key skills to students of all levels.


Access information: Access on and off campus.

British Library Newspapers from Gale consists of collections from the British Library which span over two hundred years of newspaper publishing in the UK. The rise of newspapers in Britain was a phenomenon which characterised a new age and the huge production of newspapers provides an enormous resource for research on all subjects for all of the UK, both urban and rural. Over 150 regional and local titles are included.

Coverage: 1732 to 1950.  Title lists and further info can be found at
Note: Do we have access to the British Newspaper Archive? (


British National Formulary

Access information: Access on and off-campus.

This essential reference provides up-to-date, practical guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines.

The BNF evaluates clinical evidence from diverse sources with information validated by a network of clinical experts and is published under the authority of a Joint Formulary Committee. The BNF reflects current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines. The resource includes:

Guidance on the drug management of common conditions Details of medicines with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses, and relative costs Guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines The BNF is published jointly by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.



British Periodicals

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
Coverage: from 1680s to 1950s


British Standards Online

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Access on-campus. Use VPN for off-campus - see above.

Description: Full-text of over 39,000 current, draft and historic British Standards, more than 16,000 of which are BSI adopted European and International Standards (ISO) including the full-text of all Eurocodes. An email alert service is available to track any changes in selected current Standards.
Coverage: Updated daily.


British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

Access Information: Access on and off campus. Some resources on BUFVC require sign in - click sign in, enter "University of Edinburgh" in the search box and if prompted sign in with your University Login.

BUFVC provides a range of services to promote the production, study and use of film and related media for education and research. Services and projects include:

  • Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT);
  • News on Screen - a resource for the study of news reels and cinemagazines (1910-1983) complete with Pathe film clips where they exist;
  • the subject-based Moving Image Gateway.
Coverage: International.


Burney Newspaper Collection

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media. The present digital collection provides nearly 1 million pages from approximately 1,270 titles of newspapers, news pamphlets, and newsbooks of the period. They were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
Coverage: 17th to 18th century.


Business Source Complete

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.
Coverage: 1922-present.