Databases useful for English studies This is not an exhaustive list of databases available at Bristol University. Please access all databases via the MetaLib resource gateway. Note that many databases come equipped with useful help and advice pages. Look for a ‘Help’ link or a question mark symbol on the database site. 19th Century British Library Newspapers The 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. The collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention has been paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection. Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) The AHCI is very useful for searching for information across a wide range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. It covers 1975 to the present and contains references, some with abstracts, to articles in over 1144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Arts and Humanities Citation Index is part of the Web of Science and is accessed though ISI Web of Knowledge. Documentation, including workbooks and user guides, is available in the Support section of the Web of Knowledge Web site. British Periodicals Online British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. The collection traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. COPAC COPAC is a union catalogue – in other words, it contains records of holdings in more than one library. In this case, it provides access to the merged online catalogues of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library. COPAC is not a subscription service, and is freely available at http://www.copac.ac.uk/. Early English Books Online (EEBO) From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475- 1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661). Books from the Early English Books Tract Supplement will be added in 2006. All the items are available in full digital facsimile from the Early English Books microfilm collection, and many are also being transcribed. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) contains the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 33 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. Historical Abstracts Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). Indexes over 1,700 journals. Article citations carry abstracts of 75-120 words or, particularly for peripheral journals, annotations of one or two sentences. In addition to articles, includes approximately 3,000 citations annually to useful historical books as reviewed by the most prestigious journals in the field and citations to abstracts of dissertations completed worldwide of particular interest for historical research. Index to Theses A comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees (usually doctoral theses) by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. A very useful resource for finding unpublished scholarship on a topic. International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) The International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) goes back to 1951 and covers four disciplines - Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Current data is taken from over 2400 selected international social science journals and about 7,000 books each year. International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) The International Medieval Bibliography aims to provide a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals, conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften worldwide. Compiled by the International Medieval Institute at the University of Leeds, the IMB now comprises several hundred thousand references, all of which are fully classified by date, subject and location, and provide full bibliographical records. Includes the Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale, covering more than 40,000 monographs, initially focused on the Central Middle Ages with a gradual expansion to the Early and Late Middle Ages. Tips for accessing the IMB. Choose "Enter databases". Remember to logout at the end of your session. Do not download the additional fonts without advice from your departmental computer officer. The standard IMB reproduces most accents from all the West European languages satisfactorily. Intute Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. You can search Intute for keywords, or browse it for subject headings. Free direct access at http://www.intute.ac.uk. Subdivisions of Intute which are most likely to be useful: Arts and humanities http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/ Social sciences http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/ JSTOR JSTOR is a searchable archive of online journal articles from a wide range of disciplines, with particular strengths in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The University has full access to all JSTOR content. The ‘Help’ function is particularly useful, and contains written instructions and video tutorials. As it is an archive, the most up to date content is about two or three years old. See also Project Muse below. Literature Online (LION) Arguably the key general resource for English scholars, LION comprises two elements: Criticism and Reference, and Full Text. Criticism and Reference offers access to many thousands of references to scholarship about English and Anglophone literature, including journal articles, books, chapters and theses. Full Text contains several hundred thousand searchable works of literature. MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography The MLA is a key resource for linguists. It is an index of modern languages, literatures, linguistics and related disciplines such as film studies, and covers the years 1926 onwards. Formats covered include journal articles, books and book chapters, and doctoral theses. Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online The most comprehensive English dictionary available: indispensable for definitions, and for tracking the history of a word’s usage. Project Muse Project Muse provides full-text access to many high quality humanities and social sciences journals from over 60 scholarly publishers. Like JSTOR, it is a full text database, and contains journal articles from the late 1990s onwards. Get it! Some databases will allow you, via two or three mouse clicks, to discover whether you have access to references it has retrieved as a result of a search. Look for the following icon alongside results: A library web page gives you a breakdown of what the Get it! function is and how it can be used. See http://www.bristol.ac.uk/is/faqs/get-it.html for details. Not all databases are compatible with Get it! Those that are compatible are listed at this link: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/is/faqs/get-it.html#databases.