postheadericon This week in 1945…

News headlines for this week in 1945 announced that the Labour Party had won the general election.  As a result Clement Attlee’s Labour government ushered in a series of measures in health, housing and education etc. that collectively became known as the Welfare State.

You can read newspaper articles from the post war period by accessing our historic newspapers databases:

Times Digital Archive

This resource provides the entire Times newspaper, from its beginning in 1785 up to 2009, including articles, photographs, letters and advertisements.  You can access the resource via iFind or the News and Newspapers part of iFind Research (Swansea University login required).  You may find our Times guide useful.

The Daily Mirror Digital Archive

The Daily Mirror Digital Archive provides access to the full text (full page facsimiles) of the Daily Mirror from 1903 to the present. The interface has recently been upgraded with improved access on phone or other mobile devices (the site scales accordingly and is more responsive).  There are links to the resource from iFindor the News and Newspapers part of iFind Research (Swansea University login required).  You may find our Mirror guide helpful.

If you would like any help using these resources, email our Arts and Humanities librarians at

Image courtesy of UKPressOnline.

Ar y diwrnod hwn ym 1945 dihunodd y pobl Prydain i’r newyddion bod y Blaid Lafur wedi ennill yr etholiad cyffredinol. O ganlyniad cyflwynodd llywodraeth Lafur Clement Attlee gyfres o fesurau iechyd, tai ac addysg etc. y daethpwyd i’w hadnabod ar y cyd fel y Wladwriaeth Les.

Gallwch ddarllen erthyglau papur newydd o’r cyfnod ar ôl y rhyfel drwy fynd i’n cronfeydd data papurau newydd hanesyddol:

Archif Ddigidol The Times

Mae’r adnodd hwn yn cynnwys papur newydd The Times yn ei gyfanrwydd, o’i ddechrau ym 1785 hyd at 2009, gan gynnwys erthyglau, ffotograffau, llythyron a hysbysebion. Gallwch ddefnyddio’r adnodd drwy iFind neu adran Newyddion a Phapurau Newydd iFind Research (mae angen manylion mewngofnodi Prifysgol Abertawe). Efallai y bydd yr arweiniad i The Times yn ddefnyddiol.

Archif Ddigidol y Daily Mirror

Mae Archif Ddigidol y Daily Mirror yn rhoi mynediad at destun llawn (ffacsimilïau tudalen lawn) y Daily Mirror o 1903 hyd heddiw. Diweddarwyd y rhyngwyneb yn ddiweddar i wella mynediad ar ffôn neu ddyfeisiau symudol eraill (mae’r safle’n newid maint y cynnwys ac yn fwy ymatebol). Mae dolenni i’r adnodd o iFind neu adran Newyddion a Phapurau Newydd iFind Research (mae angen manylion mewngofnodi Prifysgol Abertawe). Efallai y bydd yr arweiniad Daily Mirror yn ddefnyddiol.

Os hoffech unrhyw gymorth wrth ddefnyddio’r adnoddau hyn, e-bostiwch lyfrgellwyr y Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau:

postheadericon Extra Study Space During Exams

Extra study space has been made available during the examination period.

These areas are silent study areas for exam preparation, so please respect others in the room by being quiet.

postheadericon Mannau Astudio Ychwanegol yn ystod Arholiadau

Mae mannau astudio ychwanegol wedi eu creu ar gyfer y cyfnod arholiadau.

Mannau astudio tawel yw rhein i baratoi ar gyfer eich arholiadau, felly dangoswch barch i eraill a cadwch yn dawel yn y mannau astudio.

postheadericon Dylan Thomas Collection video

Just a reminder, on International Dylan Thomas Day, that our international students 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. You will find more information about the collection, with a link to the video, on the following page:

postheadericon Digital National Security Archive Trial

We are very pleased to be able to offer our staff and students on-campus trial access to the above database until 20th May this year.

The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 44 collections consisting of over 104,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 733,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century. Together, these collections offer unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time. Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included.

No username or password needed.

postheadericon Help with TurnItIn and Submissions

Next week, in the foyer of the Library and Information Centre, the SALT team will be offering assistance with the use of TurnItIn and submissions.

The team will be based at the table opposite Hoffi Coffi cafe and available during the following dates and times:

Monday 20th April

12:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 21st April

10:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 22nd April

10:00 – 12:00

14:00 – 16:00

Friday 24th April

10:00 – 12:00

14:00 – 16:00

postheadericon Chatham House Online Archive trial

Swansea University staff and students have again free trial access (until 26th April) to  the Chatham House Online Archive, 1920-2008. This can be of great 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 The Vogue Archive

We are happy to be able to offer Swansea University students and staff searchable access to The Vogue Archive database.

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.  The latest issue will be added each month with no embargo period giving a fascinating way to compare past and present. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists, and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history - past, present, and future.

The database will allow students to find inspirational images, but will also cater for academic study. Students will be able to research the history of a brand identity by viewing every advertisement for a brand such as Revlon, Coty, Versace, or Chanel between specified dates. Researchers in cultural studies and gender studies will be able to explore themes such as body image, gender roles, and social tastes from the 1890s to the present.
Users will be able to conduct powerful searches to reveal results in all text, captions, and titles throughout the magazine, including advertisements, covers and fold-outs.  Researchers will be able to see every page in full, including original ads, photographs, articles and illustrations, for context and understanding.

The resource is available via iFind Discover or iFind Research.  Off-campus access requires Swansea University authentication.

postheadericon Daily Google (Search) Tip No5

Google Art Project is a collaboration between Google and over 150 galleries from across the world.

You can take a virtual tour of a gallery and zoom in on a painting to see the brush strokes.

You can view paintings and drawings by gallery or by artist.

Warning:  highly addictive!

Hope you found our week of Google Search Tips useful, but please get in touch if there is anything further that we can help with.

Have a good weekend!

postheadericon “Online Journalism and the Law” talk and discussion

Swansea University Libraries Present:

‘Online Journalism and the Law: Spotting the dangers that could end your career’

A talk by Andy Collinson

Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales

Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 4pm

Richard Price Lecture Theatre, Richard Price Building, Swansea University

“Journalists rightly spend time considering the sometimes opposing rights of privacy and freedom of speech. But they also have to remember many other restrictions on what they can write.  The session will review some of the main constraints including the reporting of court cases and copyright. It will also identify ways of avoiding problems, without unnecessarily restricting what is written.”


Andy Collinson is Programme and Digital Editor of ITV News in Wales, winners of the 2014 Bafta Cymru Award for Best News Coverage.  The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

All staff and students are welcome and admission is free.  Please click here to book a place.
Refreshments will be available afterwards in the SURF room.