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Archive for April, 2011

Marandet Collection of French Plays

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

This University of Warwick Collection includes over 2000 plays from the period 1700-1830 and a similar number from the period 1830-1900. In 2005-06, 301 plays from the French Revolutionary decade (1789-99) were digitised and are freely available to the public.  The database also includes a link to the online journal Marandet matters which includes original research on plays included in the Collection.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource provides full record information on the Pre-Raphaelites and allows users to examine 3000 images in detail. The database is a joint JISC / Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery project.

Online Historical Population Reports

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. You can browse the Collection by date or geography, or searching the content directly. There are essays, each with useful bibliographies, for example Language questions in Ireland by Matthew Wollard. There are recommended external links such as British History and the Census, the Victorian Census Project, The Victorian Web and The Workhouse in Ireland. The database is a University of Essex project.

American presidential papers

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Manuscript Division of Library of Congress has  the papers of twenty three United States presidents.  In 1996, the  Division embarked on a programme to digitise them. The following papers are available: The George Washington Papers; The Thomas Jefferson papers; The James Madison Papers and The Abraham Lincoln Papers. Other collections will follow. Library of Congress has also prepared a presentation called “I do solemnly swear…”: presidential inaugurations. Other useful resources for the researcher include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which has extensive digital archives; The American Presidency Project with over 90,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency and with links to other presidential libraries; and the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project which has useful links to other sites.

Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The IVRLA is a digital Humanities and Social Sciences repository, which draws on the extensive resources of archival and rare material held in University College Dublin, and allows researchers to access this material in a digitised format, from a single virtual location. The material is arranged in curated collections which can be browsed or searched.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We have access (by University of Ulster IP address)  to this database for a trial period.  You can use site at http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/ until 10 May, 2011.

Oxford Scholarship Online is a vast and rapidly expanding cross-searchable library which now offers quick and easy access to the full text of over 4,000 of the very best scholarly Oxford books in Biology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work.Oxford Scholarship Online

New blog for researchers

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

‘What’s up doc?’ is a new blog which provides a forum for postgraduate researchers to share experience, give information and tips on matters relevant to them in a fun, yet informed way. (Hosted by Vitae).

Digitised Music Archives in European National Libraries

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Promotional photographs of Dutch pop music; The Danish National Digital Sheet Music ArchiveMusic in the National Library of Spain This digital collection of printed books of music is composed of musical codex from the 12th and 13th century, choral books for organs, ‘zarzuela’ manuscripts, editions of Spanish opera, textbooks to study different instruments such as vihuelas, harps, violins, guitars, pianos and dancing. There are also books of Renaissance, Mannierist and Baroque musical theory; The Digital Library of the National Library of France scores & sound recordings; Digitised Heritage in the National and University Library, Croatia Sound recordings; Sound recordings in the Hungarian National Digital Data Archives  ; Digitised songs from Slovenia; New chords: digitised Slovenian music journal ; New music: which continues, New Chords; Music manuscripts of Alphons Diepenbrock; Self-playing musical instruments from the 15th to 20th centuries along with relevant musical programmes and documentation

New Look for Global Marketing Database

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Image of GMID marketing database logoThe Global Market Information Database (GMID) is a powerful reference tool for any business researcher.  It is a one-stop source for international statistics, market reports, company reports and information sources for country, market and consumer profiling.  The search interface has recently changed with improved usability.  Although the interface looks different the content remains as before with the facility to search by country and product/service.  On accessing GMID,  there is a short introductory video from the ‘Help’ option to familiarise you with the new interface and the additional functionality.

Cabinet Papers 1915-1980

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Cabinet Papers, a joint JISC / National Archives project, includes Cabinet memoranda supplied to Cabinet before meetings, Cabinet conclusions and decisions, and Cabinet Secretary’s notebooks since 1942. The papers may be browsed by theme, for example Limited war and the politics of defence, and Law liberty and society. This is a very important resource for research into twentieth century Britain.