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Erudit

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ERUDIT have opened up access to their subscribed scholarly journals to enable SPARC to study the growing use of their journals by users in the UK (2 million views per year) in the context of an Open Access transition. It is conducted in collaboration with Raym Crow, Senior Consultant at SPARC (sparcopen.org). Each scholarly journal is independent and is published by Canadian learned societies or university presses and faculties. They are selected by their scientific committee and meet rigorous selection criteria. It represents more than 30 SSHAL disciplines: literature, law, sociology, economics, cinema, etc.

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31/03/2020.

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Universal Database of Ukrainian Periodicals

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The world's first database of newspapers and magazines of Ukraine (UDB-UKR) includes publications in Russian, Ukrainian, and English. They cover a broad range of political, economic, and cultural affairs of Ukraine. Topics include Ukraine's progress along the reform path, the view and positions of various political forces, changes in legislation, ethnic relations, and organizational trends in development of the armed forces. The database also includes news wire reports and other products of Ukrainian news agencies. An integral and unique part of this database is the Ukrainian Book Chamber's editions, which list everything published in Ukraine with detailed bibliographic description.

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15/05/2020.

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South Asia Archive

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The South Asia Archive is a specialist digital platform providing global electronic access to culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within, and about, the South Asian region.  Contains millions of pages of digitized primary and secondary material in a mix of English and vernacular languages dating back to the start of the 18th Century, up to the mid-20th Century.  Contains Journals, Reports, Books,  Legislation documents and Indian Film Booklets.

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01/06/2020.

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American Civil Liberties Union Papers

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Description: This important collection of papers spans the majority of the twentieth century, from 1912 to 1990. Scholars and students in twentieth-century American social history and politics will find this archive of special interest because of its focus on civil rights, civil liberties, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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30/06/2020

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American Historical Periodicals

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Description: This archive provides a history of the American people and a testament to the growth of the nation from the colonial period through to the twentieth century. The periodicals focused on American concerns and were predominantly published in the United States or Canada, though some were published overseas by Americans living abroad. While major issues are covered, the periodicals included in this collection go beyond politics, economics and general history. Alongside titles dedicated to arts and literature, there is coverage ranging from entertainment to agriculture, building a comprehensive and expansive record of the era.  The collection includes unusual and short-lived magazines as well as better-known titles with long runs.
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30/06/2020

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Archives of Sexuality and Gender - all modules

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Description: These archives provide a robust and significant collection of primary sources for the historical study of sex, sexuality, and gender.  The Library already has access to three collections in this archive – this trial provides additional access to International Perspectives on LGBTQ Activism and Culture.
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30/06/2020

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China and the Modern World

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Description: This series comprises digital archive collections sourced from preeminent libraries and archives across the world, including the Second Historical Archives of China and the British Library. The series covers a period of about 180 years (1800s to 1980s) when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic. The collection of primary source materials consists of monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence and letters, historical photos, ephemera, and other kinds of historical documents.
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30/06/2020

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Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920

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Description: This digital archive has more than 2 million pages from manuscripts, books, broadsheets, and periodicals with a focus on the most rapid period of evolution for crime and its associated legal/penal systems. The focus is on the most rapid period of evolution for crime and its associated legal/penal systems: the long nineteenth century, a period of major social upheaval and technological development, from wars to the Industrial Revolution. Almost all aspects of society underwent transformation during this time, and the law adapted to these changes. This resource gathers the raw data about crime, its solutions, and the popular response into one archive.
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30/06/2020

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Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2016

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A complete online, fully searchable facsimile, the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2016 delivers the complete run of the London edition of this internationally known daily paper, from its first issue through 2016. Every article, advertisement, and market listing is included -- shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Each item has been subject- or topic-categorized for fast retrieval and review.

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30/06/2020.

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International Herald Tribune Historical Archive, 1887-2013

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Description: The International Herald Tribune is one of the most innovative and original newspapers, famous for its objective and clear coverage. Bringing an international perspective, it provides a valuable counterpoint to the Anglo-American press, adding a new dimension to research. The archive features the complete run of the International Herald Tribune from its origins as the European Edition of The New York Herald and later the European Edition of the New York Herald Tribune. The archive ends with the last issue of the International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as the International New York Times.
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30/06/2020

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Making of the Modern World

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Description: This series covers the history of Western trade, encompassing the coal, iron, and steel industries, the railway industry, the cotton industry, banking and finance, and the emergence of the modern corporation.  It is also strong in the rise of the modern labour movement, the evolving status of slavery, the condition and making of the working class, colonization, the Atlantic world, Latin American/Caribbean studies, social history, gender, and the economic theories that championed and challenged capitalism in the nineteenth century.  The majority of the material was collected by, Herbert Foxwell (1849-1936), a preeminent British economist and one of the most important collectors of economics literature. His two main collections form the nucleus of two of the greatest economics libraries in the world, Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature (Senate House, University of London) and Kress Library of Business and Economics (Harvard University), and the basis of this digital series.
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30/06/2020

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National Geographic Magazine Archive

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This comprehensive collection includes National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994. From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. From the iconic National Geographic magazine to the popular National Geographic Traveler and hundreds of books, maps, videos and images, there’s simply no substitute for the depth and quality National Geographic Virtual Library will bring to your library.

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30/06/2020.

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online - All Modules

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This trial opens up access to a vast collection of primary sources material which comprises the following collections:  Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange; British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture; Children's Literature and Childhood; Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest;; Mapping the World: Maps and Travel Literature; Photography: The World through the Lens; Religion, Society, Spirituality, and Reform; Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925; Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, Part II; Women: Transnational Networks.

Please note that the Library provides permanent access to two of these collections: British Politics and Society, and European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection.

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30/06/2020.

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Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

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As a new American nation emerged in the 1800s, the first draft of history was written by those who experienced it and recorded it in newspaper pages from coast to coast. This collection provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers. With 1.8 million pages available, the collection features publications of all kinds, from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century's end. Major newspapers stand alongside those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women’s rights groups, labor groups, and the Confederacy.

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30/06/2020.

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Oxford Law Trove

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Oxford Law Trove facilitates a rounded and complete study of law. Its powerful search facility means you can delve deeper into your title, navigate more easily, and connect with additional resources in your own institution’s library collection. For the first time Law Trove enables you to search and interrogate the wealth of Oxford’s textbook law list.

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30/06/2020.

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Oxford Politics Trove

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Politics Trove facilitates a rounded and complete study of politics. Its powerful search facility means you can delve deeper into your title, navigate more easily, and connect with additional resources in your own institution’s library collection. For the first time Politics Trove enables you to search and interrogate the wealth of Oxford’s textbook politics list.

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30/06/2020.

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Political Extremism and Radicalism

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This archive covers a period of just over a century (1900s to 2010s) and is a compilation of rare and unique archival collections covering a wide range of fringe political movements.  With an extensive scope of content focused on political extremism and radical thought, this archive is one of the first digital archives covering such a broad assortment of both far-right and radical left political groups. It offers a diverse mixture of materials, including periodicals, campaign propaganda, government records, oral histories, and various ephemera, which allow researchers to explore unorthodox social and political movements in new and innovative ways and to understand what impact they have had on today’s society.

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Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement

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Description: Current refugee crises figure prominently in world media. However, the history of refugee crises throughout the twentieth century remains largely untold through primary sources. With Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II, Gale chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950, bringing together over 650,000 pages of pamphlets, ephemera, government documents, relief organization publications, and refugee reports that recount the causes, effects and responses to refugee crises before, during and shortly after World War II.
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Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500–1926

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In 1868, Joseph Sabin produced a prospectus for his famous bibliography of monograph works about the "Americas", and Bibliotheca Americana was produced over the course of nearly 60 years. This archive reaches into all aspects of American history and culture. It touches upon the political and religious life in North America and at times South America and the Caribbean. It features American and European views of the colonization of the Americas, the American Revolution, the days of the early Republic and Jacksonian period, the antebellum period, Civil War, era of Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction, the settlement of the West and the onset of the Gilded Age. Through published pamphlets, tracts, memoirs, congressional legislation, correspondence, broadsides, biographies, histories, fiction and poetry, eulogies, sermons and innumerable other genres, Sabin opens a window onto the Americas through which few get to glimpse.

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30/06/2020.

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery

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Comprising four parts, this archive includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.  Sections include 1. Debates over Slavery and Abolition; 2.  Slave Trade in the Atlantic World; 3. The Institution of Slavery, and 4. The Age of Emancipation. Slavery and Anti-Slavery.  This database contains: 5.4 million cross-searchable pages: 12049 books, 170 serials, 71 manuscript collections, 377 supreme court records and briefs and 194 reference articles from Macmillan, Charles Scribner's Sons and Gale encyclopedias. Links to websites, biographies, chronology, bibliographies, and information on key collections, to give users background and context for further research.

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30/06/2020.

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State Papers Online Parts I, III and IV

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State Papers Online, 1509-1714 offers researchers a groundbreaking online resource for understanding two hundred years of British and European history, from the reign of Henry VIII to the end of the reign of Queen Anne. The trial comprises three of the modules:

  • STATE PAPERS ONLINE, 1509-1714: Part I: The Tudors, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic - Part I delivers the complete series of State Papers Domestic for the Tudor era, encompassing every facet of early modern government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions, and intelligence.
  • STATE PAPERS ONLINE, 1509-1714: Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic - Part III is a collection of English government documents originating primarily from the seventeenth century. The Stuarts' internal struggles come to life through a wealth of primary source documents from one of the most compelling and turbulent eras in Britain's social, political, and religious history.
  • STATE PAPERS ONLINE, 1509-1714: Part IV: The Stuarts: James to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Foreign: Ireland, Scotland and Registers of Privy Council - Part IV is a collection of English government documents originating from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The Stuart era was witness to great changes, civil war, and transformation, particularly affecting matters of religion and politics that are still influential today.

NB the Library has already purchased access to two of the modules of State Papers Online - Part II and the Stuart and Cumberland Papers.

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30/06/2020.

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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 Parts I-IV

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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782 represents the final section of the State Papers series from the National Archives in the UK before the series was closed and replaced by the Home Office and Foreign Office series in 1782. The trial comprises four of the modules:

  • Part I: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and the Registers of the Privy Council - Part I focuses research on British domestic politics and society in an age punctuated by plots, rebellions, uprisings, and financial crises.
  • Part II: State Papers Foreign- Low Countries and Germany - Part II contains the papers written or received by the secretaries of state in the processes of British diplomacy in the Low Countries and Germany through the eighteenth century.
  • Part III: State Papers Foreign: Western Europe - Part III includes the State Papers series relating to France, Dunkirk, Portugal, Spain, Malta, the Italian States and Rome, Genoa, Tuscany, Venice, Savoy and Sardinia, Sicily and Naples, as well as supplementary records of the Levant Company in Aleppo and the Aleppo consulate. It also includes the Royal Letters and Treaties series.
  • Part IV: State Papers Foreign: Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Turkey - Part IV presents, digitised for the first time, the letters, memorials and treaties pertaining to Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Saxony, Prussia, Russia, Turkey and the Barbary States.

NB the Library has already purchased access to two of the modules of State Papers Online - Part II and the Stuart and Cumberland Papers, and has other modules currently on trial.

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30/06/2020.

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Sunday Times Archives (1811-2016)

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The nineteenth-century run of the Sunday Times remains fairly inaccessible outside of this collection, and its content had been relatively unknown. For the first time, the Sunday Times Historical Archive 1822-2016 brings this wealth of rich, historical social and cultural content to researchers' fingertips.

The twentieth-century run of this newspaper is powerful in its hard-hitting and investigative journalism, with in-depth information and widely researched, long-term news stories. It is an important resource for all humanities and social sciences courses, especially in history, media studies/journalism, literature, cultural studies, politics, and performing arts.

The Sunday Times Historical Archive 1822-2016 brings two centuries of news together in one resource, providing the complete run of the newspaper up to 2016, including all of its supplements, in one cross-searchable and browseable platform.

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30/06/2020.

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The Daily Mirror

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Founded in 1903, the Mirror plays a pivotal role in the history of journalism. Peaking in 1967, with a daily circulation of 5.25 million, the newspaper has had a history full of highs and lows. Today, it is the only mainstream left-wing tabloid remaining in the UK. Gale's Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000 features more than 800,000 pages of brand-new, full text searchable, scans of the complete run of the Mirror from 1903-2000, including the Sunday Mirror.

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30/06/2020.

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The Making of Modern Law

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This series covers the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, exploring almost every aspect of American and British law, and significant content covering other world regions.  It complements the traditional study of law with books from the most influential legal writers throughout history.

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The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926

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The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926 provides researchers with instant, full-text access to primary source documents previously found only at the largest and oldest repositories. Coverage is primarily from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but there are also several hundred classics in European international law since the seventeenth century.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926 brings together foreign, comparative, and international titles in a single resource. Its International Law component features works of some of the great legal theorists, including Gentili, Grotius, Selden, Zouche, Pufendorf, Bijnkershoek, Wolff, Vattel, Martens, Mackintosh, and Wheaton, among others.

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The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources

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Fulfilling legal historians' needs with superseded codes in an easy-to-find online form, this series complements the collection of treatises found in Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600-1926. It provides an interpretive analysis with books on codes, the "primary sources" of law. Jurisdictions include Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, as well as other countries in northern and Eastern Europe.

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30/06/2020.

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The Making of Modern Law: Landmark Records and Briefs of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1950-1980

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This collection expands the range of legal primary source documents available to researchers. It deepens critical understanding of social, economic, political, and historical issues by surfacing over half a million pages of briefs from appellants, appellees, and supporters (amicus briefs), with their respective replies, as well as appendices, memoranda, petitions, plaintiff statements, transcripts, and more from the various circuits of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

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The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources

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Comprising two parts, Primary Sources contains information for researchers of American legal history.  Part I: 1620-1926 provides a fully searchable digital archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests, and more. The collection brings together in one place many of the important documents that have been lost, destroyed, or previously inaccessible to researchers of American legal history around the world. Part II; 1763-1970 supports research in legal and social history, from the eighteenth century to the era following World War II.  It consists of US state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional conventions and compilations.  Those interested in America's common-law heritage will find this resource useful for tracing major legal topics across all states and territories.

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The Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926

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This collection describes the courtroom dramas that gripped American society, the British Empire, and the world. This fully-searchable digital collection includes unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs, and arguments; and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration sessions. The collection also supports studies in government, psychology, critical theory, theater and performance, gender studies, race studies, and journalism.

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The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016

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The Telegraph Historical Archive is the fully searchable digital archive of what was once the world's largest-selling newspaper. Researchers and students can full-text search across 1 million pages of the newspaper's backfile from its first issue to the end of 2016, including issues of the Sunday Telegraph from 1961.

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Women's Studies Archive

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Much of history is one-sided, focusing mainly on the male perspective and leaving women's voices unheard. Bringing women’s stories to light, the Women’s Studies Archive connects archival collections concerning women’s history from across the globe and from a wide range of sources. Focusing on the evolution of feminism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the archive provides materials on women’s political activism, such as suffrage, birth control, pacifism, civil rights, and socialism, and on women’s voices, from female-authored literature to women’s periodicals. By providing the opportunity to witness female perspectives, this is an essential source for researchers working in Women’s History, Gender Studies and Social History.

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A&AePortal

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The Yale A&AePortal is an authoritative eBook and image resource that features important works of scholarship in the fields of history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. With innovative functionality, including smart image searching, and extensive metadata, the site includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from some of the world’s finest academic and museum publishers

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Nineteenth Century Literary Society - The John Murray Publishing Archive

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Nineteenth Century Literary Society offers unprecedented digital access to the peerless archive of the historic John Murray publishing company, and is an unparalleled resource for nineteenth century culture and the literary luminaries who shaped it.

Held by the National Library of Scotland since 2006 and added to the UNESCO Register of World Memory in 2011, the Murray collection comprises one of the world’s most important literary archives.

This digital resource enables researchers to discover the golden age of the company that published genre-defining titles including Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Austen’s Emma, and Livingstone’s Missionary Travels

Key figures who feature in the Archive include, Jane Austen, Isabella Bird, Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli,  Elizabeth Eastlake, William Gladstone, David Livingstone, and Sir Walter Scott. 

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