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Within the context of literature, a primary source is either an original literary work (i.e. Jane Austen's Mansfield Park) or personal information produced by the author (letters, diaries, manuscripts etc). If you're doing historical research, primary sources are those first-hand, eyewitness accounts that provide an insight into a particular period of history (i.e. The Diary of Anne Frank). Examples include oral histories, contemporary newspaper articles, film footage and government documents.
The Internet Archive is building a non-profit digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts.. This includes 330 billion web pages, 20 million books and texts, 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts), 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs), 3 million images and 200,000 software programs.
The National Theatre Collection brings 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.
Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment.
An off-air recording and media archive service that allows you to record TV and radio programmes scheduled for broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of channels. In addition, you can watch programmes from the archive, create clips, and compile your favourite shows into playlists. Further information Due to E.U legislation, any UK registered students in the EU will not be able to access BoB (apart from the BBC News Channel* ) from 1st January 2021. We will post updates as and when we get them.
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries.The service includes features such as captions, transcripts, clip creation, and playlist creation that allow users to share videos. In order to use the app you must first set up a personal account using a desktop computer browser. Please use your university email address to sign up
In order to use the app you must first set up a personal account using a desktop computer browser. Please use your university email address to sign up
An extensive online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 54,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. Please note: you will need to register on the site to use features such as “My Projects/Bookmarked Projects/Shared Projects”.
This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera held in the Bodleian Library. The collection offers a unique insight into daily life during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and covers subjects such as the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.
The papers of Mass Observation, a pioneering social research organisation. Provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965.
Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation whose papers provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965. The material in Mass Observation Online, offers detailed accounts of everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s. The topics covered include abortion, old age, crime, eating habits, shopping, fashion, dance, popular music, sex, sport, reading, ethnic minorities, and the decline of Empire. For off-campus access, click the "UK Access Management Federation" option, and select "University of Southampton".
A catalogue of over 25,000 nineteenth-century works available on microfiche in the Hartley Library.
This is a catalogue to the Nineteenth Century microfiche collection held on Level 1 of the Hartley Library. It contains English language books and pamphlets of research interest. The coverage extends to materials published in all parts of the world, except North America, between 1801 and 1900. We have much of the General Collection: Society and Culture in the Nineteenth Century. The subjects covered are: agriculture, economics, education, family life and household management, geography and topography, history and archaeology, jurisprudence, medicine, philosophy, politics, psychology, recreation, religion, science and technology. When using this index please make sure you restrict your search to the General Collection, to avoid retrieving references to microfiche we don’t have. Make a note of the microfiche numbers for those items you wish to consult, (e.g. 1.1.762). The fiche are filed in numerical order in the cabinets.
A fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and includes biographical details of 2500 of the convicts.
Black Drama, now in its expanded third edition, contains the full text of more than 1,700 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
A collection of Latin works from Antiquity to the modern period.
The Library of Latin Texts is divided into two series (A and B). Series A, formerly known as the "CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts", contains a diverse range of Latin works from Antiquity, the Church Fathers, the medieval period and the modern period. Series B gathers Latin texts as varied as chronicles, medieval saints’ lives and travel narratives, legal texts, and theological, philosophical and scientific treatises from the early modern period.
Aims to create a comprehensive digital collection of all surviving texts written in Greek from Antiquity to the present era. An individual username and password needs to be created for access. Click on 'register' at the top right of the screen.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.
A collection of medieval sources published by Manchester University Press.
Content includes: The world of El Cid: chronicles of the Spanish reconquest • Ottonian Germany: The chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg • The lives of Thomas Becket • The English manor c.1200-c.1500 • Popular protest in late-medieval Europe: Italy, France and Flanders • Joan of Arc: La pucelle • Saints and cities in medieval Italy • Eleventh-century Germany: The Swabian Chronicles • History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe: The Chronicle of Regino of Prüm and Adalbert of Magdeburg • Crime, law and society in the later Middle Ages • Monasticism in late-medieval England, c.1300-1535 • Friars’ tales: Sermon Exempla from the British Isles • The Papal reform of the eleventh century: Lives of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII
Offers easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and a Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, as well as links to an associated network of electronic resources.
The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present.
Women and Social Movements, International is a landmark collection of primary materials. Through the writings of women activists, their personal letters and diaries, and the proceedings of conferences at which pivotal decisions were made, this collection lets you see how women’s social movements shaped much of the events and attitudes that have defined modern life.
Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 explores prominent themes in world history since 1820: conquest, colonization, settlement, resistance, and post-coloniality, as told through women’s voices - includes documents related to the Habsburg Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the British, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, and United States Empires, and settler societies in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. The collection currently includes 124 document projects and archives with more than 5,100 documents and 175,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by 2,800 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.
Gale Literary Sourcesprovides access to 8 different literature databases including more than 1,5 million critiques, poems, plays, dramas, biographies, articles and quotations. With a series of databases, it supports scholars researching the Western Literature. It includes:
Providing biographical information on more than 149,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Sketches typically include personal information, contact information, career history, writings, biographical and critical sources, authors' comments, and informative essays about their lives and work.
Providing access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.
Providing access to US, European and British writers, and World poets.
Twayne’s Author Series provides access to of frequently-used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors.
Providing comprehensive access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's ‘Something About the Author’ series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 290 volumes, 20,000 entries, and nearly 30,000 images.
Uncover the stories of American military personnel and civilians during the Second World War through their oral histories, correspondence, diaries, photographs, artifacts, and military records. This digital resource offers an insight into the personal experiences of those involved in the conflict, both on the United States home front and on deployment overseas in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Pacific, China, Burma and India.
London Low Life is a full-text searchable resource, containing colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond.
Nineteenth Century Literary Society offers unprecedented digital access to the peerless archive of the historic John Murray publishing company. This digital resource enables researchers to discover the golden age of the company that published genre-defining titles including Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Austen’s Emma, and Livingstone’s Missionary Travels.
Discover what life was like for the poorest communities in Victorian Britain, and explore the government policy, social reform movements and philanthropic efforts of charitable institutions that sought to alleviate poverty.
This digital resource reveals the story of war as told by the newspapers that brought information, entertainment and camaraderie to the forces at home and overseas. Explore over 300 titles from key nations across the globe that took part in the world-changing conflict.
This collection explores changing attitudes towards human sexuality, gender identities and sexual behaviors throughout the twentieth century. Investigate the breadth and complexity of human sexual understanding through the work of leading American sexologists, sex researchers, organizations and the public consciousness.
Victorian Popular Culture is a portal comprised of four modules, inviting users into the darkened halls, small backrooms, big tops and travelling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic, spiritualist séances, optical entertainments and the first moving pictures.
This collection offers access to the works and legacy of many notable and influential women, but also a chance to hear the voices of forgotten and ordinary women. A breadth of printed and manuscript sources over four centuries, providing a multitude of perspectives on the changing roles of women in history.
Important primary sources, offering insight into many aspects of the conflict, including government policy, the war in the Pacific, and the war in Europe. Sources include the records of the Special Operations Executive; and private papers of American General Robert L Eichelberger, from the Pacific war.