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  • Subject coverage: Science; social science; education; psychology; language and linguistics; arts and literature
  • Size/scope: over 17,000 titles
  • Type of content: journal articles, book reviews, conference proceedings
  • Level of access: Full text of over 10,000 titles.

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Archives Hub

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  • Subject coverage: a unique and reliable source of information about archival collections in higher education institutions in the UK
  • Size/scope: archival collections held by over 140 UK universities and colleges
  • Type of content: catalogue of archival collections.

BFI Player

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  • Subject coverage: National and regional archives of the BFI, including 120 years of Britain on film, capturing our lives and our stories
  • Type of content: thousands of preserved short films and features.

BoB

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  • Subject coverage: access TV and radio programmes from over 65 'free-to-air' channels using a programme guide and a search option. Option to schedule recordings up to seven days in advance and request programmes broadcast over the previous 30 days.  Search BoB to access other users' recorded programmes. Permanent archive of all broadcast content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra. Content plays in your web browser with access available both on and off campus.
  • Type of content: TV and radio programmes
  • Date range: 2007 to present
  • Level of access: BU staff/student login required; registration required on first use. Available off-campus, but not outside the UK.

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British Library Sounds

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  • Subject coverage: archival recordings from the British Library, National Sound Archive of interview and conversations with leading British cultural figures, African music and writing and sound
  • Type of content: audiovisual material.

British Pathe

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  • Subject coverage: news, sport, social history and entertainment
  • Size/scope: 3500 hours
  • Type of content: archive of moving images
  • Date range: 1896 to 1970.

NB: Set up a personal account by using the "Join" button at the top right of the British Pathe page. This will allow you to view the films but not to buy stills.

British Periodicals

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  • Subject coverage: English literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture; British history and culture
  • Size/scope: over 460 journals
  • Type of content: journal articles
  • Date range: late seventeenth century to early twentieth century
  • Level of access: full text.

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The Burney Collection

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  • Subject coverage: news materials gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of English news media. 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
  • Size/scope: over 700 bound volumes
  • Type of content: newspapers, news pamphlets; media
  • Date range: seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Level of access: some full text available.

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Communication Source

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  • Subject coverage: communication studies, mass media, journalism
  • Size/scope: over 1000 journal titles
  • Type of content: journal articles, encyclopaedias, handbooks
  • Level of access: full text of over 600 journals.

Communcation Source replaces Communication and Mass Media Complete (CMMC)

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CREDOreference

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  • Subject coverage: online reference books including encyclopaedias, dictionaries and thesauri in a wide range of subject areas. Search single titles, subject clusters or all titles. 
  • Size/scope: over 600
  • Type of content: ebooks
  • Level of access: Some full text available.

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Early Modern Books

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  • Subject coverage: multidisciplinary database of ebooks
  • Size/scope: 25,000 e-books covering the printed record of early modern Europe, drawing together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries
  • Level of access: full-colour, high-resolution (400 ppi) facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources.

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European Views of the Americas 1493-1750

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  • Subject coverage: printed records about the Americas written before 1750
  • Size/scope: 32,000 records
  • Date range: 1493-1750
  • Level of access: bibliographic.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

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  • Subject coverage: detailed primary sources for the history of Britain, its former colonies and the wider world
  • Size/scope: 200,000 sessional papers
  • Date range: 1688 - 2004
  • Level of access: some full text available.

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The John Johnson Collection

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  • Subject coverage: database of printed ephemera
  • Size/ scope: 65,000 scanned items
  • Type of content: printed ephemera
  • Date range: 1540 -1975
  • Level of access: scanned images.

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JSTOR

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  • Subject coverage: multidisciplinary database
  • Size/scope: 1,500 academic journals indexed
  • Type of content: academic journal article
  • Date range: 1780-
  • Level of access: some full text available.

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Migration to New Worlds

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  • Subject coverage: migration to the New World and Australasia between 1800 and 1924
  • Size/scope: over 250,000 images
  • Type of content: Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories

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Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers

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  • Subject coverage: news
  • Size/scope: 11,000 academic journals indexed
  • Type of content: UK national and regional newspapers of the 19th century
  • Date range: 1800-1899
  • Level of access: facsimile full text.

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Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets

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  • Subject coverage: 19th Century political, economic and social issues
  • Size/scope: 26,000 British pamphlets from the UK research Libraries (Cowen Tracts; Earl Grey Pamphlets Collection; Foreign & Commonwealth Office Collection; Hume Tracts; Knowsley Pamphlet Collection; LSE selections; University of Bristol selections
  • Type of content:Pamphlets
  • Date range: 1800-1899
  • Level of access: facsimile full text.

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Project Muse - Humanities Collection

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  • Subject coverage: articles from journals in the humanities from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies
  • Type of content: journal articles
  • Level of access: full text articles.

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The Times Digital Archive (TDA)

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  • Subject coverage: news
  • Size/scope: an excellent resource for historical and biographical research. TDA provides a full facsimile of The Times enabling you to see the pages as they were published. The paper of record, it is an authoritative source of contemporary reporting and commentary on events for the past 200 years
  • Type of content: newspaper articles
  • Date range: 1785-2013
  • Level of access: full text available.

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Web of Science

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  • Subject coverage: arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences
  • Size/scope: citation databases that allow searching for a specific article by subject, author, journal or author address. It is also possible to search for articles that cite a known author or work
    Web of Science consists of:
    Science Citation Index 1899-present
    Social Sciences Citation Index 1898-present
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975-present
    Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science 1990-present
    Biosis Previews Archive 1969-2008
    Medline 1950-present
    Journal Citation Reports
  • Type of content: academic journal article
  • Date range: 1945-
  • Level of access: some links to full text.

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