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17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

The largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library, this primary sources database includes more than 1,000 pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period. The collection charts the development of the newspaper as we now know it, beginning with irregularly published transcriptions of Parliamentary debates and proclamations to coffee house newsbooks, finally arriving at newspaper in its current form.  

Gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817), the collection covers more than 200 years of accounts, explanations, and points of views. More than 700 bound volumes of newspapers relate political, educational and economic situations – including English provincial, Irish, Scottish and a handful of papers from British colonies, in the Americas and Asia – relate political, educational and economic situations chosen from more than three dozen cities. 
 

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19th Century British Library Newspapers

Searchable full text of full runs of newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth-century Britain. This primary sources collection includes national and regional newspapers, as well as newspapers from: established country or university towns; the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands; and Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. Penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also included.

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19th Century UK Periodicals

This database includes periodicals published in Great Britain between 1800 and 1900, giving insight into many aspects of the 19th century life--literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions.

Series 1: New Readerships: Women's Children's, Humor and Leisure/Sport
Series 1 charts the rapid rise of publishing in a reading culture expanding with the rise in literary and leisure. The political spectrum of women's writing from Hearth and Home to the Women's Penny Paper offers insight into women’s changing status in the 1800s. Satirical and comic titles such as Punch and Figaro in London illustrate the humor of the period. This release also charts the growth of children's entertainment and education, with Boy's Own and Good Words for the Young, periodicals that helped shape the values of those future empire builders. Titles like Baily's Monthly Magazine of Sporting, Theatrical, Literary and Fashionable World track the explosion in sports and hobbies, from gardening to horse racing, cricket, cycling and golf.

Series II:  Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary and Colonial
The second in the series, this collection covers the expansion of the Empire, addressing the economic as well as the non-mercantile aspects of British expansionism. Drawing from the remarkable primary sources collections of the British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Australia and National Library of South Africa, titles include Capital and Labour, Liberty Review, The Canadian Journal, The Friend of India, The Asiatic Review and Colonial Chronicle.

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19th Century US Newspapers

Contains issues from nearly 400 nineteenth century American newspapers, drawn from a range of urban and rural regions. This primary sources collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.

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Aluka: Struggles for Freedom in Southern Africa

This primary sources database provides over 180,000 pages of documents and images focusing on the liberation struggles in southern Africa, with an initial concentration on Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.  Contents include periodicals, nationalist publications, records of colonial government commissions, local newspaper reports, personal papers, correspondence, UN documents, out-of-print and other particularly relevant books, oral testimonies, life histories, and speeches.  

Note:  The Library has subscribed to Struggles for Freedom, but not the African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes collection.

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America, History and Life
Coverage:1964 to the present

Covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present; 450,000+ citations and abstracts from over 2000 journals; also includes book and media reviews and dissertations.

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American Film Scripts Online

American Film Scripts Online (AFSO) contains 1,009 scripts by 1,062 writers together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts. In addition, the database includes facsimilie images for more than 500 of these screenplays. Most of the scripts have never been published before, and are not otherwise available online.

The rationale behind the database is not only to provide access to many previously unpublished screenplays, but to allow scripts to become part of the established corpus of literary works. Legal, authoritative versions of these screenplays will, the producers hope, be consulted by a wide range of scholars, including historians, sociologists, and those who study literature.

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Artemis Primary Sources

The Artemis portal allows you to retrieve documents from a range of Gale primary source databases, including Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), with links to additional content from ProQuest's Early English Books (EEBO).  Content from Gale includes:

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
  • 19th Century U.K. Periodicals
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • Indigenous Peoples: North America
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online, I-IV
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
  • The Sunday Times Digital Archive
  • The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008
  • Times Literary Supplement Digital Archive
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ARTFL Project
Coverage:13th century to the present

The ARTFL Project is a full-text database consisting of over 2700 French language texts from the 13th to the 20th centuries including texts in literature, philosophy, arts, and sciences. The database includes texts by French women writers, Provençal poetry, Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, French dictionaries from the 17th - 20th centuries, andBayle's monumental Dictionnaire historique et critique (5th edition, 1740).

 

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Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)
Coverage:1976 to present
A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities; it fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and indexes individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. It contains a current total of over 2.5 million records. Subjects covered include archaeology, art, architecture, asian studies, classics, dance, folklore, history, language, linguistics, literary reviews, literature, music, philosophy, poetry, radio, television, & film, religion and theatre. As of January 2000, the Arts & Humanities Index contains searchable, full-length, English-language author abstracts.

Includes access to the Endnote Web citation manager: accounts must initially be created from within the McMaster ip range.
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ARTstor

Online access to approximately 400,000 digital images of visual material from different cultures and disciplines which document artistic and historical traditions across many time periods and cultures, and which focus on, but are not limited to, the arts. As a campus-wide resource, ARTstor is designed to be used by researchers in fields that do not traditionally use images, as well as by art historians, and to support a wide range of non-commercial educational and scholarly activities.

The Collection has been derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars. These source collections include:

  • The Image Gallery: A collection of 200,000 images of world art and culture corresponding to the contents of a university slide library, constructed in response to college teaching needs. Since the images have been cataloged with subject headings, they will be useful both to those in the arts and in many other fields;
  • The Carnegie Arts of the United States: A widely used collection of images documenting aspects of the history of American art, architecture, visual and material culture;
  • The Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts: A collection that richly documents the architectural history of the Western world from earliest antiquity to the present.
  • The Huntington Archive of Asian Art: A broad photographic overview of the art of Asia from 3000 B.C. through the present;
  • The Illustrated Bartsch: A collection derived from the art reference publication of the same name, containing images and data related to more than 50,000 old master European prints from the 15th to 19th Centuries;
  • The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive: High resolution images of wall paintings and sculpture from the Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China, along with related objects and art from the caves that are now in museums and libraries in Europe and the U.S.;
  • Architecture and Design Collection: A comprehensive collection of high resolution images representing the holdings of the Department of Architecture and Design of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
  • Native American Art and Culture from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution: More than 10,000 high-resolution images made from historic photographs richly documenting Native American subjects (portraits, scenes, etc.).
  • Schlesinger History of Women in America Collection: A collection that embraces approximately 36,000 high quality digital images from the Schlesinger Library's renowned photographic archives.

 

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Asian American Drama

This edition of Asian American Drama contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more.
Some 50% of these plays have never been published before. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
In the late nineteenth century, when Asian American drama made its debut, the spotlight was firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge established theatrical conventions by calling attention to issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized.
The plays have relevance well beyond the study of literature, drama, and Asian American studies. They present views of important historical events, such as the construction of the railroads in the nineteenth century, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and the Vietnam conflict. The plays also address sociological issues, such as assimilation, integration, cultural identity in a Western context, and the effect of Western religion.

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Bibliographie de civilisation médiévale Click on Enter databases

Provides a comprehensive, current bibliography of monographs on the Middle Ages worldwide and listings of miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften). The database includes entries for over 50,000 titles published since 1958, and is integrated with a companion database, the International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) which indexes articles:  you can search both together, or select either resource.

 

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Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

The online Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) indexes literature on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.  In addition, special projects have contributed substantian numbers of additional citations to the database, among them references to journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779.

Through 1991, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften.  However, monographs published since 1992 have not been added, and sources such as WorldCat should be consulted instead.

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Bibliography of British and Irish History Online Click "ENTER DATABASES"
Coverage:1900- ; subject coverage from 55 B.C. onwards

Provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55 BC to the present.  Books, articles in books and articles in journals are listed, with some 700 journals and series currently searched for relevant material.

The Bibliography aims to be as comprehensive as is practical for publications since 1900 and has been enriched by co-operation with other projects. Data from the London Past Online project were added to the database in January 2003 and the first batch of data from Irish History Online was added in August 2004, with further batches from both projects being added later. From the end of 2006 the Bibliography has co-operated with teams working under the auspices of the Scottish Historical Review Trust which will henceforth edit the primarily Scottish titles in the database. The complete database now contains over 475,000 records.

 

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Bibliography of Native North Americans
Coverage:16th century to present

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. Bibliography of Native North Americans will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the contributions, struggles, and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.

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Black Thought and Culture

Contains approximately 1300 sources from 1100 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material.

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British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries
Coverage:1558-1945

Includes the immediate experiences of approximately 500 women, as revealed in over 100,000 pages of diaries and letters written between 1558-1945. Also includes biographies and an extensive annotated bibliography of sources.

Subjects include what women wore, the conditions under which they worked, what they ate, what they read, and how they amused themselves; how frequently they attended church, how they viewed their connection to God, and how they prayed; their relationships with lovers, family and friends.

Approximately 100,000 pages of published letters and diaries, including several thousand pages of previously unpublished materials, drawn from 290 sources, including journal articles, pamphlets, newsletters, monographs, and conference proceedings. All age groups, life stages, and ethnicities, many geographical regions, the famous and the not so famous are represented.

The collection has been developed alongside North American Women's Letters and Diaries, which uses the same software and indexing to provide access to more than 150,000 pages of American material from Colonial times to 1950.

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British History Online

British History Online provides free access to selected core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.  McMaster does not subscribe to this resource, and access to a small proportion of the content is restricted.

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British Humanities Index
Coverage:1962 to present

Indexes and abstracts over 370 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Major areas of coverage include: architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, cinema, current affairs, education, economics, environment, foreign affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion and theatre.

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British Literary Manuscripts Online, 1660-1900

British Literary Manuscripts Online c.1660-1900 provides an intimate look into the lives and works of Britain’s major writers across more than two hundred years. From the rise of Charles II to the death of Queen Victoria British Literary Manuscripts Online c.1660-1900 contains complete facsimile copies of author manuscripts including poems,plays, and novels, diaries and letters as well as drawings and handwritten drafts. The collection traces the development of literary movements from the classicism of Pope and Johnson to the Romanticism of Wordsworth and the gothic novels of the Brontës.

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CAIRN - French-Language Ejournals
Coverage:From 2001 to present

Provides over 200 fulltext French-language journals in the disciplines of economics, law, history and geography, literature and linguistics, psychology, education, political science, sociology, and sport.

"Retrouvez sur ce site 44 697 articles parus depuis 2001 dans 161 revues de recherche et de débat. Les archives sont en accès gratuit, ainsi que les résumés, sommaires et plans d'articles, et le texte intégral de certains articles récents."

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Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to the world-wide dissemination of knowledge across a wide range of subject areas, and currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals. As well as those journals owned by the Press itself, they publish on behalf of over 100 learned and professional societies.

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Chicago Manual of Style Online
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A new edition (17th) of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) has been released. Here's What's New in CMOS 17.

Provides guidance on citing sources, reference formats, grammar and usage, and manuscript production. Both the 17th (2017) and 16th (2010) editions are available online. 
Note that there are two formats in Chicago style: notes with bibliography, used for the humanities and some social sciences, and parenthetical citations with reference list, used predominantly by the physical, natural, and social sciences.
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China, Trade, Politics & Culture, 1793-1980
Coverage:1793-1980

This primary sources database provides a wide variety of original English-language source material relating to China and the West, 1793-1980. Includes manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic, key documents relating to the Chinese Maritime Customs service, original reports of the Amherst and Macartney embassies, letters relating to the first Opium War, survivors' descriptions of the Boxer War, diaries and personal photographs, extensive and fully searchable runs of missionary periodicals, over 400 colour paintings, maps and drawings by English and Chinese artists, as well as countless photographs, sketches and ephemeral items, depicting Chinese people, places, customs and events.

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Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945

This primary sources collection consists of historical documents from the British National Archives that offer perspectives on politics, diplomacy and everyday life in the German-occupied countries. Includes detailed information indexed by year and section, from the occupied states of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the Vatican, and the neutral countries--Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland--along with a day-by-day chronology of the war, photographs and posters from The National Archives, film footage of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents in France from the Imperial War Museum, links to related resources and three newly commissioned essays by leading experts in addition to a comprehensive introduction by Dr. Michael Stenton.

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Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons
Coverage:1936-1945

Digitized from originals held by the Library's Research Collections.  The collection contains items originating from prisoners held in German concentration camps, internment and transit camps, Gestapo prisons, and POW camps, during and just prior to World War II. Most of the collection consists of letters written or received by prisoners, but also includes receipts for parcels, money orders and personal effects; paper currency; and realia, including Star of David badges that Jews were forced to wear.

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Defining Gender, 1450-1910

Brings together approximately 50,000 images of original manuscript and printed material, including a strong core of documents from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Ephemeral material such as ballads, cartoons and pamphlets is featured alongside diaries, advice literature, medical journals, conduct books and periodicals. The database is structured into five thematic sections:

  • Conduct and Politeness
  • Domesticity and the Family 
  • Consumption and Leisure
  • Education and Sensibility
  • The Body
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Early Canadiana Online
Coverage:16th - early 20th century
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Early Canadiana Online (ECO) provides access to over 80,000 rare books, journals, and government publications printed in the 1600s up to the 1940s, giving documentary evidence of Canada's early days.  Content is in some 21 languages including English, French, 10 First Nations languages, and several European languages.

This primary source database began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library.  Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were scanned from CIHM's historical microfiche collection.  This part of the collection remains freely accessible to the public.

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Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment.

Contains nearly 1500 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, from 1600 onwards.

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Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Text Creation Partnership Phase I

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

The Text Creation Partnership, which provides highly searchable versions of the texts, made the first 25,000 works freely available in 2015.  This interface, at the University of Michigan, allows proximity and boolean searching within the available works, but does not search the full EEBO database.  

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Early English Prose Fiction
Coverage:1500-1700
Note:The number of concurrent accesses is limited.
Over 200 complete works in fictional prose from the period 1500-1700.
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EBSCOhost Databases
Coverage:varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 25 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects. For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly books and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text.

 

McMaster has access to the following databases on the EBSCOhost platform:

  • AgeLine
  • America: History & Life
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Art Abstracts
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL
  • Communication Source (combines 'Communication Abstracts' and 'Communication & Mass Media Complete')
  • eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary eBooks; all titles in this collection are listed individually in McMaster's library catalogue)
  • EconLit with Fulltext
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • GreenFILE
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • L'Annee Philologique
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Music Index
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Old Testament Abstracts
  • Regional Business News
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Teacher Reference Center
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Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944

Provides original German documents from the London School of Economics and Political Science collection, including:

  • Statistics of the Third Reich analysed, 1933-1944
  • Monatliche Nachweise über den auswärtigen Handel Deutschlands (January 1933-June 1939)
  • Der Aussenhandel Deutschlands Monatliche Nachweise (July 1939); and
  • Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands (August 1939-1944).

These publications illustrate a number of major topics, including: the importance of German trade with Eastern Europe; effect of new trade treaties with Southeastern European states concluded in 1934 and 1935; Germany's economic offensive beginning in1934; growth of a "command economy" and the requirements of the Rearmament Program; balance of payments problem; and the defeat of "the traditionalists" with the dismissal of Schacht and Neurath and the appointment of Ribbentrop. Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands is particularly important as it provides a thorough breakdown of German foreign trade by commodity, volume and value on a monthly basis. The December issue of each year gives a final listing of annual figures.

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO and ECCO II)
Coverage:1701 - 1800

ECCO provides online access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between 1701 and 1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Content consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera, and more.

McMaster has purchased both ECCO and the update, ECCO II, giving us access to over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes).  Subject coverage includes history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science.

 

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Eighteenth Century Journals, I-IV (Adam Matthew Digital)
Coverage:c1680 - 1816

Brings together rare journals printed between c1680 and 1816, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years. Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: the writings of Sir Isaac Newton; the French Revolution; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and coffee house gossip and discussion.

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Empire Online (Adam Matthews Digital)
Coverage:1492-

This primary sources database provides images of original documents related to the British Empire. The content is structured around five thematic sections: Cultural Contacts; Literature; The Visual Empire; Religion; and Race, Class, Colonialism and Imperialism.

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English Short Title Catalogue

Lists over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800 mainly in Britain and North America mainly, but not exclusively, in English from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.  Also see "Early English Books Online (EEBO)" and "Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)" for fulltext.

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European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies
Coverage:1991-2007

This database contains the data of two former EBSEES databases, one for 1991-2000, the other for 2001-2006. The new unified database with about 85.500 titles has been developed by the Berlin State Library in cooperation with the Maison des Sciences de l´Homme, Paris. For the years 1975-1990 EBSEES is available in printed form only. Work on adding records to EBSEES ended in 2007, and no further editing will take place after December 2007. The end date for each country’s contribution varies.

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First World War: Personal Experiences; Propaganda and Recruitment

Showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the First World War, from personal narratives and printed books to military files, propaganda pamphlets and strong visual documents. Also provides secondary contextual material, including scholarly essays, case studies and interactive maps.

Material is sourced from archives around the world, including McMaster's Archives and Research Collections which contributed hundreds of personal collections, albums, photographs, trench journals, sheet music, visual sources and trench maps, as well as material from the Vera Brittain Archive and Michael Brisebois collections.

Includes:

  • Diaries and journals
  • Letters
  • Personal narratives and reminiscences
  • Trench literature and soldiers’ journals
  • Postcards
  • Scrapbooks and albums
  • Photographs and 360° views of personal items and objects
  • Sketches and paintings
  • Ephemera
  • Sheet music
  • Photographs
  • War art
  • Cartoons and comics
  • Propaganda and recruiting posters
  • Trench maps
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Foreign Relations of the United States (Incomplete run, 1863 - 1958)

The official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication.

 

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FRANTEXT database

The FRANTEXT database (formerly the Trésor de la langue française) consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, verse, theatre, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy.

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Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters
Coverage:1650-1920

This collection of primary source documents captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of settlers and indigenous people living in colonial frontiers of North America, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand from 1650-1920. More than 20% of the content is Canadian, with over 1,000 documents drawn from the Hudson's Bay Archive and the Glenbow Museum.  

Themed collections bring together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world, allowing scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region. Topic areas include Agriculture & Livestock, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Trade & Commerce, Children & Family, Exploration, Expeditions & Travel, Government & Politics, Health & Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Industry & Technology, Land & Property, Law & Order, Natural World, Religion, Warfare & Military History, and Women’s History.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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Globe and Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844 / Historical G&M
Coverage:May 8, 1844 to 3 years ago

Electronic full-page newspaper archive of The Globe from June 1844, current 4 years embargoed. Coverage includes all the stories, plus thousands of images, advertisements, classifieds, political cartoons, births and deaths from more than 1.4 million pages of Canada's National Newspaper, dating back to the pre-confederation era.

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Heritage: Canada's Archival Collections

Heritage is a growing collection of digitized Canadian primary source documents, chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.  Featured collections include:

  • Aboriginal History: Documenting the government's management of aboriginal affairs from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s, exploring issues of land ownership, law, finances, health, and community development
  • Military History: Documenting the riots, rebellions, and wars in Canadian history, as well as the administrative and service records of military institutions in times of peace
  • Genealogy: Files, indexes, and other records chronicling the rich texture of settlement, land ownership, family history, and community life in early Canada
  • Government Documents: Records from Canada's departments, crown corporations, and government agencies, created during times of intense industrial, political, and social change
  • Landmark Private Papers: From the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada's history.  Politics, arts and literature, labour, social jsutice, and women's history are particular areas of strength
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Historical Abstracts
Coverage:1955 to the present

Indexes and abstracts over 500,000 journal articles, books and dissertations. Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Over 2,000 key historical journals from every major country, and selective coverage of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers and students of history.

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Historical Census Browser

The data and terminology presented in the Historical Census Browser are drawn directly from historical volumes of the U.S. Census of Population and Housing.

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History in Focus

Provides original articles, book reviews, and links to historical resources.

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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain) New interface
Coverage:1801-

HCPP provides a vital historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world, providing detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries.  The database includes House of Commons parliamentary papers from 1803 onwards, Hansard (Commons and Lords), Diplomatic and Consular Reports (1887-1916), and more.

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