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The Library is delighted to announce the purchase of 14 new electronic resources supporting multiple disciplines across the Arts and Humanities.  

With access to millions of primary source collections this is a fantastic opportunity to expand your research and knowledge on a wide breadth of subjects, ranging from 18th-20th Irish history to global cultural and encyclopedic knowledge spanning the millennia.  

AM Explorer 

Access millions of pages of primary source collections across the entire portfolio of Adam Matthew Digital, spanning content from the 15th-21st centuries. Award-winning social sciences and humanities collections and research on important themes such as: Borders and Migrations, Gender and Sexuality, Global History, and War and Conflict. 

Benezit Dictionary of Artists 

Since its first publication in 1911, the Benezit® Dictionary of Artists has become one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources of artists’ biographies available. Revered for its global scope and its excellent coverage of European artists, Benezit’s distinguishing features include its entries on obscure artists, historic auction records, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps of sale. 

British Library Newspapers, Part II: 1800-1900 

Part II further expands the range of English regional newspapers and the political views represented in the programme. Researchers can find the newspapers of a number of significant towns and regions included in this collection: Nottingham, Bradford, Leicester, Sheffield, and York, as well as North Wales. The addition of two major London newspapers, The Standard, and the Morning Post, helps capture conservative opinion in the nineteenth century, balancing the progressive, more liberal views of the newspapers that appear in Part I. 

British Library Newspapers, Part III: 1741-1950 

Part III adds even more regional and local depth to the series, encompassing powerful provincial news journals like the Leeds Intelligencer and Hull Daily Mail, local interest publications such as the Northampton Mercury, and specialist titles such as the Poor Law Unions’ Gazette. 

Other noteworthy titles in Part III include the Westmoreland Gazette, whose early editor, Thomas DeQuincy (of Confessions of an English Opium Eater) was forced to resign due to his unreliability. 

British Library Newspapers, Part IV: 1732-1950 

From key early newspaper titles like the Stamford Mercury to what is possibly the oldest magazine in the world still in publication, the Scots Magazine, Part IV offers key local and regional perspectives from cities as geographically diverse as Aberdeen, Bath, Chester, Derby, Belfast, Liverpool, and York. 

In addition, Part IV includes the 1901-1950 runs of papers such as the Aberdeen Journal and Dundee Courier whose earlier newspapers are available in Part I and Part II. 

British Library Newspapers, Part V: 1746-1950 

With a concentration of titles from the northern part of the United Kingdom, Part V deepens the database’s northern regional content, doubling coverage in Scotland, tripling coverage in the Midlands, and adding a significant number of northern titles to the British Library Newspapers series. 

Part V includes newspapers from the Scottish localities of Fife, Elgin, Inverness, Paisley, and John O’Groats, as well as towns just below the border, such as Morpeth, Alnwick, and more. Researchers will also benefit from access to important titles such as the Coventry Herald, which features some of the earliest published writing of Mary Ann Evans (better known as George Eliot). 

British Library Newspapers, part VI: Ireland, 1783-1950 

Part VI adds additional titles published in Ireland in the late eighteenth, across the nineteenth and during the early twentieth centuries. 

A substantial number of these are national publications but many are more regional from cities such as Dublin, Cork, and Galway as well as more rural towns like Waterford, Tuam, Ballinasloe, and Birr. It will facilitate a range of scholarship across Irish Studies and British history, allowing researchers from the variety of disciplines to access several the most formative and informed newspapers and periodicals that illuminate various aspects of Irish history, society, economy, politics, and religion. Key topics include nationalism and Irish independence; Fenianism; The Roman Catholic Church; Irish diaspora; establishment of the Land League; the Irish literary revival; and sport and leisure. 

Churchill Archive 

Explore the archive by topic, place, people, and period. View Winston Churchill’s personal correspondence and official exchanges. 

See his first childhood letters, wartime speeches, historical writings. Themed document portfolios offer insight into the workings of the British Empire between, 1874 and 1965. 
The digitised collection of the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge University. 

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Colonial State Papers 

The Colonial State Papers offers access to over 7,000 handwritten documents and more than 40,000 bibliographic records with this incredible resource on Colonial History. In addition to Britain’s colonial relations with the Americas and other European rivals for power, this collection also covers the Caribbean and Atlantic world. It is an invaluable resource for scholars of early American history, British colonial history, Caribbean history, maritime history, Atlantic trade, plantations, and slavery. 

Digital Theatre+ 

The content is mapped to English and Drama curricula and commissioned and curated with a view to assisting educators and students in their understanding of core texts, characterisation, and the many and diverse facets of performance. 

Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle 

It brings together the latest research in chronicle studies from a variety of disciplines and scholarly traditions. Chronicles are history books written and read in educated circles throughout Europe and the Middle East in the Middle Ages. 

For the modern reader, they are important as sources for the history they tell, but equally they open windows on the preoccupations and self-perceptions of those who tell it. Interest in chronicles has grown steadily in recent decades, and the foundation of a Medieval Chronicle Society in 1999 is indicative of this. Indeed, in many ways the Encyclopedia has been inspired by the emergence of this Society as a focus of the interdisciplinary chronicle community. 

National Theatre Collection 

National Theatre Collection: Volumes I & II bring the stage to life through access to high-definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies. 

Through a collaboration with the U.K.’s National Theatre, the collections offer a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive. 

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online – Classics Modules 

The Library has access to the following modules: Aristotle, Greek Comedy, Greek Tragedy, Herodotus, Latin Drama, Latin History, Latin Poetry, Latin Prose, Plato, Thucydides. 

Poetry, drama, and fiction texts from all periods of English literature, as well as other important writings from across the humanities. 

And the remaining titles from the Art and Architecture collection in Oxford Reference Online: Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists, Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture, The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art, The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts, The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture, The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art.