postheadericon Routledge Handbooks Online Trial

Swansea University staff and students now have trial access on campus until 12th March to Routledge Handbooks Online.

Routledge Handboooks Online aims to bring “together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today”.

To gain access, using a computer on campus, go to

This new site has over 300 Handbooks, with collections in many subject areas, including these:
• Archaeology & Classics
• Communication, Journalism, Media & Culture
• History
• Linguistics
• Philosophy
• Politics
• Security Studies

Further general information about Routledge Handbooks Online is given at

postheadericon Trial access to Early American Newspapers

We currently have trial access at computers on campus to Early American Newspapers, 1801-1900.  This archive provides wide ranging coverage of the United States during the 19th Century from all 50 states.  To access, go to:

On-campus access is login-free.

For off-campus access, please email for a username and password.  

This trial is until February 13th, 2015.

postheadericon Digital Theatre Plus


We now have a subscription to Digital Theatre Plus.   This resource contains a growing number of full-length films of leading productions, including plays of Shakespeare performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and modern dramas.  It also includes interviews, documentaries and study guides.

To access Digital Theatre Plus go to

No username and password are needed on campus.  If you would like to access it off campus, email us at for login details.

postheadericon Early European Books

Collections 1 – 4 of Early European Books Online, to which we recently gained access at, are a superb resource for many researchers. They contain scanned images of over 20,000 books printed before 1700 from several major European libraries (the National Central Library of Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Royal Library in Copenhagen, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Wellcome Library in London which is strong in the history of science). Every page in each book has been scanned to a high quality from the original volumes rather than from microfilm. The specialist search options are impressive. Each individual book in Collections 1 – 4 has a record in iFind Discover the library catalogue, with a direct link to each book.

Most of the books in Early European Books Online are in European languages other than English. It thus complements Early English Books Online (EEBO) which includes 125,000 books published in English up to 1700 and is available to us within the Historical Texts website. Historical Texts contains EEBO, Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 19th century books digitised from the British Library’s collections. Historical Texts, launched this year, replaced JISC Historic Books whose interface had been widely criticised. There are links to Historical Texts in iFind Research and iFind Research.

Both Early European Books Online and Historical Texts can suggest many possibilities for research. Further developments are planned in both sites.

postheadericon Digital Theatre Plus Trial


We have trial access to Digital Theatre Plus from now until 4 December.    The url is

On campus there is no username and password required. If you would like to use it off campus, email us at for the login details.

Digital Theatre contains a growing number of full-length films of leading productions, including plays of Shakespeare performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and modern dramas.  It also includes  interviews, documentaries and study guides.  To see a brochure on it click here.

Ian Glen

postheadericon Referencing and Endnote sessions

Dear Arts and Humanities students,   We will be running Referencing training sessions at the following dates / times: 

APA Referencing  

Thursday, 20th November, 12-1pm, Training Room 3 in the Library
Thursday, 27th November, 1-2pm, Training Room 3 in the Library  

MHRA Referencing
 Thursday, 20th November, 1-2pm, Training Room 3 in the Library
Tuesday, 25th November, 11-12 noon, Training Room 3 in the Library 
We will also be running Endnote sessions at the following dates / times: 


Thursday, 20th November, 2-3.30pm, Training Room 3 in the Library
Monday, 1st December, 11-12.30pm, Training Room 3 in the Library 

These are drop-in sessions so no need to book. 

Best wishes,
Arts and Humanities Team

postheadericon Chatham House Online Archive - trial access

Swansea University staff and students have free trial access until 5th December to all parts of the Chatham House Online Archive, 1920-2008. This can be of value to many researching in international relations, politics, war and peace studies, development studies and many other aspects of 20th century history.To access it go to To get the username and password email

Chatham House Online Archive contains the publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920 following the Paris Peace Conference.

The Institute’s analysis and research, as well as debates and speeches it has hosted, can be found in this online archive, subject-indexed and fully searchable. There is material concerned with all continents of the world.

postheadericon In our crafty sullen arts Poetry evening

In honour of the poet Dylan Thomas, Swansea University Libraries present:

“In Our Crafty Sullen Arts”

Join our celebration with refreshments and relaxed readings from poets who are all students or alumni of the Creative Writing courses here. Many of the invited writers are already published and all are established contributors to the Swansea spoken word scene. You may never again get the chance to see these talents all together in one show. Event is free but ticketed as space is limited. So book as soon as you can to guarantee a place.

Venue : John Smith’s Bookshop (Taliesin Building)

Date: Thursday 6th November, 2014

Time: 6 pm start refreshments at 5.45 pm

Click here to book your ticket.

I anrhydeddu’r bardd Dylan Thomas, mae Prifysgol Abertawe yn cyflwyno:

 “In Our Crafty Sullen Arts”

Ymunwch yn ein dathliadau gyda lluniaeth a darlleniadau rhwydd gan feirdd sydd naill ai’n fyfyrwyr neu’n gyn-fyfyrwyr cyrsiau Ysgrifennu Creadigol yma. Mae llawer o’r ysgrifenwyr sydd wedi cael gwahoddiad wedi cyhoeddi eu gwaith ac yn gyfranwyr profiadol at faes y gair llafar. Efallai na chewch chi’r cyfle eto i weld y doniau hyn gyda’i gilydd mewn un sioe. Mae’r digwyddiad yn un rhad ac am ddim, ond mae angen tocyn gan mai nifer cyfyngedig o lefydd sydd ar gael. Archebwch cyn gynted â phosibl i sicrhau lle.

Lleoliad: Siop Lyfrau John Smith (Adeilad Taliesin)

Dyddiad: Nos Iau 6 Tachwedd 2014

Amser: Dechrau am 6pm, gyda lluniaeth ar gael o 5.45pm

Cliciwch yma i archebu eich tocyn.

postheadericon English Historical Documents Online Trial

Swansea University staff and students now have trial access (at computers on campus) to English Historical Documents until 20th November. No username and password are needed.While we have volumes from this series in print form, it is good to have temporary online access. It is possible to search and browse in a considerable variety of different ways.

English Historical Documents Online contains over 5,500 expertly indexed and fully searchable primary documents from 500-1914.

General information:

  • Online version of the standard series of primary source documents in British history, conceived in wartime and with volumes published since 1953
  • Over 5,500 documents from 13 volumes including American Colonial Documents (previously out of print)
  • Documents selected by generations of eminent historians, and their comment provides context for each document
  • Sources include government and cabinet proceedings, military dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, personal and official letters and diaries
  • Covers political and constitutional topics and social, economic, religious and cultural history
  • Each document has been indexed and classified by experts at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Highly discoverable content through Quick and Advanced search
  • Explore content by Subject, Date, People, Place
  • All documents are available to print and download for use in coursework
  • Print, share and cite entry tools

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.