Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bibliography of British and Irish History now available

Following very positive feedback during our recent trial, we are delighted to announce that we have now started a subscription to the Bibliography of British and Irish History. Access is available now from and you will find it listed in the library catalogue and in Metalib.

TRIAL: Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2006

We have a trial of the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2006 until 31st March 2010.

To access this trial go to
Cengage Learning's trials site and login with the trial username and password.

The Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2006, is the complete searchable facsimile run of the world's most authoritative daily business newspaper. Every article and advertisement ever printed in the paper can be searched and browsed individually and page by page. This is an essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying public affairs, and economic and financial history of the last 120 years.

Note that we already have access to the FT from 1995 to date via
FT Intelligence.

After trying the Financial Times Historical Archive, 1888-2006, please leave a comment.

Monday, March 08, 2010

TRIAL: Mass Observation Online

We have a trial of Mass Observation Online until 2nd April 2010.

To access this trial go to Off-campus users should use the version of Internet Explorer in the Web or Office folders of AppsAnywhere. If we purchased Mass Observation Online we would make off-campus access available through EZproxy as normal.

Mass Observation Online makes digitally available over 110,000 images of material from the Mass Observation (MO) Archive at the University of Sussex. In addition, it also offers integrated access to full listings of Adam Matthew Publications’ existing MO microfilm collections, and the vast holdings of the Mass Observation Archive itself, allowing the user options to search across the entire Archive or by material available digitally.

Items selected for digitisation in Mass Observation Online were chosen from across all MO material types in order to give users the widest possible access to the differing research methods employed by Mass Observation. All selections were made in close collaboration with staff at the Archive, following their expert recommendations based on accessibility, physical condition and thematic variety.

The Update to Mass Observation Online more than doubled the size of digitally-available material, adding over 130,000 greyscale images to the resource. Material for the update was selected following recommendations from scholars using the resource.

Please note that the ‘download entire document in PDF’ option is not available during four-week trials. However, you are still able to view and print images from the collections.

After using Mass Observation Online please leave your comments below. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Women and Social Movements in the US, 1600-2000 - free in March

March is Women’s History month and to celebrate, Alexander Street Press have made the popular online collection, Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600-2000, Scholar's Edition, freely accessible for the entire month.

To access Women and Social Movements, Scholar's Edition, simply visit

This extensive collection of primary historic documents, books, images, scholarly essays, teaching tools, and book and web site reviews documents the history of women’s activism in public life, and is one of the most heavily visited resources for women’s studies and for U.S. history on the Web. Organized around document projects written by leading scholars, the collection is a powerful research and classroom tool designed to help users develop the skills needed to analyze primary documents and conduct research. Document projects are organized around interpretive questions, each with 20-50 primary documents that address the question.

Some examples are:
How Did White Women Aid Former Slaves During and After the Civil War, 1863-1891?
How and Why Did the Guerrilla Girls Alter the Art Establishment in New York City, 1985-1995?

The Scholar's Edition also includes more than 40,000 pages of full-text sources, including:
Proceedings of all women's rights conventions, 1848-1869
Proceedings of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1874-1898
Selected publications of the League of Women Voters, 1920-2000

Also newly added to the Scholar's Edition are:
Notable American Women, the five-volume biographical dictionary
The Collected Publications of federal, state, and local Commissions on the Status of Women, a digital archive with 90,000 pages of publications, 1961-2005
New content is added semi-annually.

Please also be sure to check out the companion blog to Women and Social Movements,
Women and Social Movements: The Online Discussion, where faculty discuss how they’ve made use of the online collection in the classroom, share syllabi, and exchange ideas.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

TRIAL: Irish Newspaper Archives (1760-Current) - EXTENDED

Our trial of the Irish Newspaper Archive has now been extended until the end of June 2010.

Please leave comments on the
original post so we can keep them all together.