Database Trial – Illustrated London News Historical Archive

ilnWe’re offering another venerable newspaper archive in electronic format this month, in the shape of the Illustrated London News Archive 1842-2003.

On Saturday 14th May 1842, a publishing revolution occurred. The world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper was born: The Illustrated London News. Its founder, Herbert Ingram, was an entrepreneurial newsagent, who noticed that newspapers sold more copies when they carried pictures. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, and exploration. In 1855 it launched the world’s first colour supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history.

To access the archive go to: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=ILN – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

galeSocial science students may find the latest database trial of considerable interest.

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender, LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 is the largest collection available in support of the study of gender and sexuality, enables scholars to make new connections in LGBTQ history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research.

To access the archive go to – http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=AHSI – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphThis month we’re trialling the electronic archive of one of the UK’s most popular broadsheet newspapers, the Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings. However, this shifted in the late 1870s, when the newspaper began to support British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli over the Eastern Question.

Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the newspaper published widely on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led to The Telegraph’s coverage of Henry Morton Stanley’s expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which it co-sponsored with the New York Herald in 1874. Its dedication to foreign news coverage was evidenced by its employment of several renowned special correspondents over the years; Winston Churchill, who reported from India in 1897, Rudyard Kipling, who braved the trenches of the First World War, and Clare Hollingworth, who, as the first female war correspondent, relayed the start of the Second World War from Poland.

The Telegraph Historical Archive 1855-2000 has over 1 million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961.

To access the archive go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=TGRH – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until November 18th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Bloomberg Businessweek Archive

digitalarchives_logoAs a companion to the Forbes Archive trial we’re running this month, we’re also trialling an archive of the popular Bloomberg publication, Businessweek.

The Bloomberg Businessweek Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Businessweek, beginning with its first issue in 1929 and ending in December 2000.

To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=bwa

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/bloomberg-businessweek

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn  – s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk – with your comments.

Database Trial – Forbes Archive

logo_ehostThis month we are trialling a database containing the archives of one of America’s most popular business magazines, Forbes.

The Forbes Archive contains indexing, abstracting, and full text for the complete archive of Forbes, beginning with its first issue in 1917 and ending in December 2000.
To access the trial go to:

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=uid&user=s4589342&password=password&group=main&profile=ehost&defaultdb=fba

Please click the hyperlink below for the subject coverage, title coverage list and other information for the resource.

https://www.ebscohost.com/archives/magazine-archives/forbes

The trial runs until 28th October 2016, you have access to the full range of content that would be purchased through an annual subscription.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( mailto:s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk ) with your comments.

Explore Ancient Greece With the British Library

blHave you ever wondered what books looked like in antiquity? Perhaps you have pondered why some manuscripts are written on paper and some on parchment? Did you know that the ancient Greeks thought up machines and robots powered by steam? These issues and more are taken up on a new web resource launched by the British Library today dedicated to the study of Greek written heritage, Greek Manuscripts.

Intended to complement and promote the hundreds of Greek manuscripts digitised by the British Library in recent years, the website contains articles on a wide variety of subjects relating to Greek papyri and manuscripts, written by experts from the UK, continental Europe, and North America. Additionally, several videos provide short visual introductions to key topics. Collection items discussed in the articles are given separate item pages, with links to the online catalogue entry and full digital coverage on Digitised Manuscripts.

For more information, visit the British Library site here:

http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/09/the-british-librarys-greek-manuscripts-project.html

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

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On this day in 1916 began the Somme Offensive, the largest battle of the Western Front and one of the bloodiest and most notorious battles in history, resulting in more than one million men killed or injured on both sides.

Commemorations are being held today across Britain and France, beginning with a two-minute silence conducted at 7.30am this morning, marking the exact moment the whistles blew for the offensive to begin.

The Library possesses a vast stock of information about the Battle of the Somme and the history of the First World War among our history collection on Level 2 and our databases available through Library Catalogue Plus, including actual newspaper reports from the day via our electronic newspaper archives.

A variety of external, free-to-browse historical resources about the conflict are also available, including the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War archive and the Europeana 1914-1918 digital archive, a pan-European project involving the British Library.

Get With the Times – Read All About It!

ttronslien-8953Looking for US-related historical primary source material? Need to search first-hand accounts of past events? We can help!

The Library holds the entire digitised archive of the New York Times, 1851-2012. Full-text and full-image articles are available in downloadable PDF format. History, raw and at your fingertips!

For more recent articles, try Nexis UK.

Image courtesy of Morguefile.

 

Database Trial – 19th Century British Newspapers

brandWe’re turning the clock even further back with our second newspaper archive trial this month, with the 19th Century British Newspapers collection, volumes 3 to 5.

The 19th Century British Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. This new collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

To access the newspapers go to http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=BNCN – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

Please note that the library already has access to parts I-II of this collection.

The trial will run until April 15th.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn (s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk) with your comments.

Database Trial – Telegraph Historical Archive

telegraphFacebookWe’re running another couple of newspaper archive trials this month, starting with the venerable Daily Telegraph.

Launched in 1855, The Telegraph was the first 1d (one penny) morning paper (The Times was 7d). By 1876, The Telegraph was the largest-selling newspaper in the world, with a circulation of 300,000. The newspaper was directed at a wealthy, educated readership and is commonly associated with traditional Toryism, despite its more ‘liberal’ beginnings.

The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 has over one million pages of content and includes the Sunday edition from its inception in 1961. The archive offers a fundamental insight into domestic and international affairs and culture over a timespan of almost 150 years.

To access the newspaper go to: http://infotrac.galegroup.com/default/loughuni?db=TGRH – for off-campus access you will need your Athens username and password.

The trial will run until April 15th 2016.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.