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17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers This link opens in a new windowWhen accessing this resource off campus, a webpage with a login box will appear. Rather than entering your details, look for the link called “Shibboleth users click here” towards the bottom left of the Screen. Click on it and then click “Login via your home institution”.
The British Library's collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). At more than twelve hundred titles, this is the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media.
19th century British Library newspapers This link opens in a new windowWhen accessing this resource off campus, a webpage with a login box will appear. Rather than entering your details, look for the link called “Shibboleth users click here” towards the bottom left of the Screen. Click on it and then click “Login via your home institution”.
The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of 70 newspapers selected by the British Library to represent nineteenth century Britain. It includes national and regional newspapers and can be particularly useful if you are researching local or family history.
Nexis This link opens in a new windowAccess to hundreds of newspapers and other news sources from many countries around the world, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the USA. NexisUK contains the text of many newspaper articles from the early 1990s onwards. Some newspapers are available full text from the 1970s and 1980s.
Times Digital Archive This link opens in a new windowWhen accessing this resource off campus, a webpage with a login box will appear. Rather than entering your details, look for the link called “Shibboleth users click here” towards the bottom left of the Screen. Click on it and then click “Login via your home institution”.
The Times Archive provides the entire Times newspaper, from its beginning in 1785 up to 2010, including articles, photographs, letters and advertisements.
UK Press Online This link opens in a new windowThe UKPressOnline site provides access to the full text of the Daily Mirror from 1903 to the present and the Daily Express from 1900 to the present. It also includes the Sunday Express, Daily Star and Star Sunday. Full page facsimiles are provided so each issue can be viewed as it would have originally appeared (complete with photos, pictures, adverts etc.).
Proquest US Newsstream This link opens in a new windowUS Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. For academic and public libraries, US Newsstream offers exclusive access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and co-exclusive access (with Factiva) to The Wall Street Journal. US Newsstream also offers one of the largest collections of local and regional newspapers, and is cross-searchable on the ProQuest platform.
Archives & Special Collections
Keeping up to date
Zetoc This link opens in a new windowZetoc is a very comprehensive research databases, giving access to over 29,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.
Dissertations & Theses
Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global This link opens in a new windowDissertations & Theses incorporates two databases which can be searched individually or cross searched. Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland covers theses accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain and Ireland. It covers the years from 1716 up to almost the present. Dissertations & Theses: A&I covers American and International theses from 1861 to the present date. Dissertations & Theses: A & I is strong on theses from the USA but poor for the rest of the world. For post 1997 theses, 24 page previews are included in both databases. For a minority of theses, links to the full text are provided.
EThOS This link opens in a new window
Search over 400,000 doctoral theses. Download instantly for your research, or order a scanned copy quickly and easily.
A political information and news portal with links to political websites. Particular emphasis on UK national, regional and local bodies.
Virtual Library: International Affairs This link opens in a new window
Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics.
Eldis This link opens in a new window
Eldis is an online information service providing free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. The database includes over 40,000 summaries and provides free links to full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers. Can be searched or browsed using Topics or Country Profiles.
Produced by the ELDIS Programme at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.
CAIN This link opens in a new window
The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) Web site contains information and source material on 'the Troubles' and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. There is also some material on society in the region. CAIN is located in Ulster University and is part of INCORE and ARK.
European Sources Online This link opens in a new window
European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database and information service which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on issues of importance to European researchers, citizens and stakeholders
ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies: Resources
The Resources page of the Center for Security Studies website is the successor to the International Relations and Security Network (ISN). It features the publications and analyses of CSS experts, external partners and like-minded institutions in order to promote further dialogue on important international relations and security-related issues.
Parameters Online Resources
The US Army War College’s list of links to websites related to military strategy and international security. The selection has an American bias.
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Primary Source resources
Mass Observation This link opens in a new window
Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation founded in 1937 to record everyday life in Britain. This online resource contains primary material gathered by Mass Observation from 1937-1967, including diaries and questionnaires sent in by its panel of volunteers, and research gathered by paid investigators in the form of File reports and Topic collections.
Mass Observation Project: Mass Observation Project 1981- 2009 This link opens in a new window
Launched in 1981 by the University of Sussex as a rebirth of the original 1937 Mass Observation, its aim was to document the social history of Britain by recruiting volunteers to write about their lives and opinions. Still growing, it is one of the most important sources available for qualitative social data in the UK. This collection consists of the directives (questionnaires) sent out by Mass Observation in the 1980s and 1990s and the thousands of responses to them from the hundreds of Mass Observers. Topics covered are wide-ranging, from the deeply personal (sex, family) to everyday life (shopping, holidays), to global affairs.
Coalfield Web Materials: CWM Project This link opens in a new window
The CWM Project, created here at Swansea University, provides access to materials which capture aspects of the social, political and cultural life of the South Wales Coalfield during the 19th and 20th centuries. The site includes audio and video clips from interviews with miners, politicians and trade unionists and also photographs which illustrate all aspects of life in the coalfield.
Popular culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 This link opens in a new window
This resource contains digitizations of popular culture collections from the U.S. and U.K. between 1950 to 1975. These original archival materials are from various libraries and archives. Topics include student protests, civil rights, consumerism, and the Vietnam War. The collection includes pamphlets, letters, government files, eye witness accounts, underground magazines, visual and video materials and ephemera and memorabilia. Part II contains additional material, such as music, press kits, mail order catalogues, advertising proofs, additional photos from the Mirrorpix archives, and documents on student unrest and the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the National Archives.
Accounts of the Conflict
Accounts of the Conflict is a digital archive of personal accounts of the conflict in Northern Ireland, based in Ulster University. It is designed to provide for the long-term storage of stories related to ‘the Troubles’.