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BBC Monitoring was founded in 1939 at the start of WWII. Its purpose was to listen to radio broadcasts and gather open-source intelligence to help Britain and its allies understand global dynamics and assess emerging global threats. Over the next 60 years, the scope of its monitoring grew quickly. Trained specialists transcribed broadcasts of speeches, current affairs, political discussions, and social and cultural events worldwide. Transcripts, in turn, were translated into English, then read by experts who carefully selected critical content for publication. Finally, selections were summarized and curated into daily reports that comprise the Summary of World Broadcasts. These original daily reports often included commentary and evaluation by subject matter experts, as well as synopses and specialist briefings.
This trial runs until 14/4/23
Gale State Papers: Part III This link opens in a new window
Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714.
The documents record the lives of both the rulers and the ruled for researchers today to assess the impact of events on the people, and study a myriad of other topics.
This trial runs until 2/4/23
Alternate Name(s): EPIL
Max Planck is the home of the most trusted reference work in international law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, as well as the recently launched Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. The two Encyclopedias can be searched and browsed together, or separately by using appropriate filters
Nkoda This link opens in a new window
New Trial
Nkoda is a digital subscription sheet music app. The Nkoda Library gives digital access to musical scores from100k plus publisher editions.

For tutorial information on the Android, Mac, and Windows apps, see here -

For iOS Apps, see below.

nkoda Library Tutorials:

nkoda Music Reader Tutorials:
Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) This link opens in a new window
Alternate Name(s): ORIL
Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) has set new standards for currency and coverage of public international case law, reporting on international courts, domestic courts and ad hoc tribunals. Case reports contain the full text of each decision, headnote, as well as analytical commentary and English translations of a number of key non-English decisions. With reports on over 5,500 cases, ORIL is now rightly regarded as a must-have resource for the international law researcher.
Alternate Name(s): OSAIL
Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL) contains over 180 full-text online editions of market-leading reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press, including Oppenheim, and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law.
Reuters News Archive This link opens in a new window
The Reuters News archive gives staff and students unlimited access to over 1m clips to download and use in student films, video essays and coursework, which has never been possible at this scale before due to cost and licensing restrictions. The clips range from 1895 to the present day, covering all genres from historic newsreels to current affairs, with approximately 150 clips added each day.
*Requires registration | This trial runs until 31/7/23
Alternate Name(s): Securities Data Company
Historical datasets on M&A, M&A events, M&A advisors.
Access this via WRDS. Then select Thomson/Refinitiv > SDC.
N.B. our subscription does not provide access to SDC New Issues.
Subculture Archives This link opens in a new window
Subculture archives is educational & cultural research resource of primary sources exploring 100 years of youth culture through the scenes, styles, and sounds that forged them. From Rave, Punk, Rockabilly to Grime.
Subculture archives is formed from the collectons of the Museum of Youth Culture - an emerging museum dedicated to the styles, sounds and social movements innovated by young people over the last 100 years. Championing the impact of youth on modern society, the Museum of Youth Culture is a non-profit Heritage Lottery & Arts Council Funded collection incorporating photographs, ephemera, objects and oral histories celebrating our shared youth culture history. From the bomb-site Bicycle racers in post-war 1940s London, to the Acid House ravers of 1980s Northern England, the Museum of Youth Culture empowers the extraordinary everyday stories of growing up in Britain.