postheadericon British Online Archives

This growing gateway to a wealth of primary sources includes:

British Records on the Atlantic World, 1700-1900
This series brings together a wealth of collections spanning two centuries of Britain’s colonial, commercial, missionary and literary relations with Africa and the Americas. Alongside the records of Liverpool merchants involved in the Triangular Trade, there are those of slave plantation owners, of early Anglican missionaries, of naval and customs officials, and of a group of socialists from Lancashire, who maintained a lengthy correspondence over many years with Walt Whitman

Colonial & missionary records
Most of the content of this collection is taken from the archives of the East India Company, and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

Records of the Raj
The collected papers of prominent colonial administrators and soldiers appointed to protect Britain’s commercial and strategic interests in India from the 16th century through to independence in 1947.

Twentieth century politics
Chiefly concerned with both the mainstream and extreme manifestations of British politics from the inter-war period to the end of the century. It contains the papers of the Parliamentary Labour Party between 1968 and 1994. There are also the newspapers and secret files of the British Union of Fascists and, in response to fascism both in Britain and abroad during the inter-war years, anti-fascist newsletters of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

British Broadcasting Corporation
The titles which form this series include all the handbooks, annual reports and accounts published by the BBC during the twentieth century as well as the findings of the Listener Research Department (LRD) between 1937 and 1950.

Communist Party of Great Britain archive

People & Protest in Britain and Abroad, 1800-2000

World War One: Different Perspectives

Please visit  We regret that no off-campus access is available at this time.  

postheadericon South Asia Archive

We now have trial access to South Asia Archive until 4th November.
Please visit from any campus PC for access to this specialist digital platform delivering global electronic access to culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within - and about - the Indian subcontinent.

postheadericon Do not go gentle into Swansea University!

Our international students, in collaboration with ISS, have produced a video of Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do not go gentle into that good night”.    Translated verses are read in Welsh, Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese and French with the last verse being read in English.  The video was produced to promote our Dylan Thomas Collection of translations.  We are also celebrating the Dylan Thomas Centenary in the library with:

  • Quotes from Dylan Thomas’s work around the library
  • Dylan Thomas inspired artwork by Ceri Richards
  • Displays in the Central Hall
  • A poetry reading evening in November

 You will find more information at:

Mae ein myfyrwyr rhyngwladol, mewn cydweithrediad â Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth a Systemau (ISS) wedi cynhyrchu fideo o gerdd Dylan Thomas “Paid â Mynd i’r Nos Heb Ofyn Pam”.  Mae’r penillion sydd wedi’u cyfieithu’n cael eu darllen yn Gymraeg, Mandarin, Arabeg, Portiwgaleg a Ffrangeg gyda’r pennill olaf yn cael ei darllen yn Saesneg.  Cynhyrchwyd y fideo i hyrwyddo ein cyfieithiadau o Gasgliad Dylan Thomas.

Rydym hefyd yn dathlu canmlwyddiant Dylan Thomas yn y llyfrgell gyda:

  • Dyfyniadau o waith Dylan Thomas o amgylch y llyfrgell
  • Gwaith celf gan Ceri Richards wedi’i ysbrydoli gan Dylan Thomas
  • Arddangosfeydd yn y Neuadd Ganolog
  • Noson darllen barddoniaeth ym mis Tachwedd

 Am ragor o wybodaeth ewch i:

postheadericon Literature Online - new interface


Literature Online has moved to a new platform accessible via Proquest.  All the content and search functionality remain the same however, it is now mobile device friendly.  PDF files can be downloaded to a device, and you should be able to read all other files on a range of mobile devices. The new url is:

Enter your Swansea University login details when prompted.  The links in iFind Discover and iFind Research have been updated – there will remain a link from iFind Discover to the classic interface until 28th June.

My Archive – If you have a My Archive account on the old interface, you will have to register for a new account on the new Proquest interface.  Unfortunately, saved searches and citations can’t be transferred so you will need to add the items again.  The url for the old interface is:

If you need any help with this, email us at:

There are links to a guide and short video tutorials about using the new Proquest interface on Blackboard.

postheadericon UK Government Web Archive - Social Media


The National Archives have begun to archive tweets and Youtube videos published by government departments  as part of the project to include social media in the UK Government Web Archive.   See their news item at:

postheadericon British Library “Discovering Literature” website


The British Library is making more than 1,000 of its greatest literary treasures available online.

The Discovering Literature website will include works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and William Wordsworth.  The url is: 

You can view a BBC News video at:

postheadericon Free Routledge ebooks for a limited time


 Until the end of May  Routledge has made nearly 300 books available free as ebooks.   There are books in:

To see them go to:

postheadericon Library Essay Competition - date extended!


The closing date for the Library Essay Competition has now been extended until the end of the Summer term (13th June).   So, if you’d like 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:  

postheadericon Easter Vacation - Library resources


Opening Hours - If you are staying in Swansea over the vacation, you will find our Opening Hours on our web site at:

We are open over the Easter weekend Friday-Monday, 8am-8pm, self-service only.

Vacation Loans – items borrowed for the vacation will be due for return on Wednesday 7th May.

iFind Research - If you are away from Swansea, don’t forget that you can access many resources on the web via iFind Research.  You will need your Swansea University login details (same as your university email details).

eBooks – You can also access ebooks online via the web.  In iFind Discover enter a search and click on “On-line” and “Book” in the Refine Search column on the left of the screen.  The results you are left with will be ebooks.  See our ebooks guide for more information about ebooks.

Help – If you need help, don’t forget that you can always email us at


postheadericon Alexander Street Press videos

We currently have access (until 30th June 2014) to Alexander Street Press videos at:

When prompted, log in with your usual Swansea University login details.

Browse videos by subject by mousing over the tabs at the top of the screen:


You can also search by keyword in the search box at the top of the screen, or you can use the Advanced Search option.  Click on the links below to view video collections for these subjects: