We now have access to The Daily Mirror Digital Archive via the UK Press Online web site. This resource provides access to the full text (full page facsimiles) of the Mirror archive from 1903 to the present. You can search by keyword or date and you view each issue as it would have originally appeared (complete with photos, pictures, adverts etc.). A great resource for History, Media Studies and Politics, and useful across many disciplines.
To access, click on Log In near the top right of the page. Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions. You will then see the usual Swansea University Login page - enter your usual university login details.
Take part in our Library Essay Competition to have a chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers! All you need to do is:
Tell us how you feel the Library and its resources are an important partner when researching and writing an assignment.
You can include a variety of resources e.g. print, electronic, staff or building resources.
The essay will need to be 700-1000 words or you can make a submission via other media, such as a video or podcast.
There will be one award each for an undergraduate student and a post-graduate student. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student of Swansea University at the time of submission. For more information, see:http://www.swan.ac.uk/iss/libraries/inperfectpartnership/
We currently have a one year free trial of the Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA for Education). PYMCA contains over 100,000 images - photographs, moving images, texts etc - of Social History, Youth Tribes and Youth Culture, covering more than 150 years. It is relevant to many subjects especially History and Media & Communication Studies.To access:
- click on the Education image on the PYMCA homepage
- on the next page, click on the “Login via Home Institution” button
- login with your Swansea University account details (same as your email login).
Use Google Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 (or a later version) to access the resource. You can search by keyword, browse by subject or use the interactive Youth Culture timeline.
If you need any help using the resource email us at email@example.com
We have trial access to Drama Online, published by Bloomsbury, at computers on campus until 3 May. The url is http://dramaonlinelibrary.com/
We had a trial of Drama Online last May, but it is well worth examining it again as there are more than double the number of titles in the database now. If you click on “About” at the top of the home page http://dramaonlinelibrary.com/ you’ll find a great deal of information about the content. Within the next week or two further titles will be added.
There is no username and password required to get access to the text of plays. However, the publisher points out that users can sign up for free personal accounts which will then allow us to take advantage of the personalisation tools on the site. (To do so first click on “Sign in” on the top right of the home page.)
We have free trial access to Artemis Literary Sources until 31st May 2014
It is available at computers on campus at:
The site, which is in some respects a rival to LION, integrates a great variety of formerly separate sources. It includes 340,000 literary works, together with a large number of critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.
There is further information about Artemis Literary Sources at:
An unusual feature is the Term Frequency tool which allows users to investigate how often a search term has occurred over time. A graph is displayed illustrating the number of documents within Artemis Literary Sources containing that term year by year. The Help pages give a great deal of information about ways in which the website can be used.
Whereas most database trials last for only a month or less, we have been given a much longer trial since it is such a large website and the publisher was keen that it be evaluated and made use of as much as possible. The publisher would like both students and staff to use it.
If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wellcome Library has announced that that it has made freely available over 100,000 high resolution images drawn from its vast historical holdings, including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements.
Fuller details are in the blogpost at http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2014/01/thousands-of-years-of-visual-culture-made-free-through-wellcome-images/
The images are on the Wellcome Images site http://wellcomeimages.org/
We have free trial online access to the Mirror and Express archives within UK Press Online until Monday 3 February. To access it go to http://www.ukpressonline.co.uk
Click on Log In near the top right of the page.Click on UK Federation Log In and select Swansea University in the list of institutions.You will then see the usual Swansea University Login page. Use the username and password you normally use to access the electronic resources we pay for. In the username box type your university email address (or just the part preceding @).
The Mirror Archive has the whole of the paper from its beginning in 1903 onwards. The Express Archive has the paper from its beginning in 1900 onwards.
We have free trial access to Mass Observation Online until 3 February. It is available at computers on campus (by IP recognition).MO Online offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era. This digital project is a multi-faceted resource, offering integrated access to the new online material, existing microfilm series, and the Mass-Observation Archive itself, allowing the user options to search across the entire Archive or by material available digitally.
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 at the Mass Observation Archive, and now on Mass Observation Online, offers an unparalled insight into everyday life in the 1930s and 1940s. This publication opens up a host of essay and project possibilities on topics such as abortion, old age, crime, eating habits, shopping, fashion, dance, popular music, sex, sport, reading, ethnic minorities, and the decline of Empire. It will be welcomed by historians, literary scholars, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists.
You may find the following links to apps helpful:
- The British Library apps - includes the 19th century app which has thousands of books covering arrange of topics.
- French historic books from Gallica via the BNF the national Library of France.
- The New York Public Library collections - apps for their World’s Fair archives and their Frankenstein and Shelley’s circle collection.
The Welsh Experience of the First World War website has been formally launched.
The website is the result of a project led by the National Library of Wales in partnership with other institutions, including Swansea University. 220,000 documents from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales have been digitised. The National Library has a news item about the website’s launch and the BBC has a web page about it.