History 2N06 (Britain: 1500-1970)

Assignment: This is an exercise in the analysis of early modern British primary documents, London newspapers of the period 1700-1710. Methodology: take the day and month of your birthday; identify on microfilm in Mills Library all editions of three London newspapers (different newspapers), which were published in that week. (If a newspaper had no publication during the week, take the next week in which publications took place). The year to be read depends upon the first letter of your surname: A B = 1700; C D E = 1701; F G = 1702; H I J = 1703; K L = 1704; M = 1705; N O P = 1706; Q R = 1707; S = 1708; T U V = 1709; W X Y Z = 1710. Perform a content analysis of the newspapers (what? and why?)

The newspaper collection on the 3rd floor does not cover this time period, so students should go to the Research Collections area on the lower level of Mills Library to do their research. Research Collections is open Monday - Friday between 9 am and 5 pm only.

Students will be asked to consult several binders in order to identify the names of newspapers and the dates held by the library.

In order to give students a head start, we have compiled a partial list of London newspapers published between 1700 and 1710 which are held in Research Collections. This list is by no means complete, and students are encouraged to consult the binders for additional titles and dates.

Newspapers on microfilm can be photocopied by using the reader-printers on the 3rd floor of Mills Library.


TITLE RESEARCH COLLECTIONS HOLDINGS
British Mercury

(London)

(1710) - (1715)
Daily Courant

(London)

(1702) - (1726)
Evening Post

(London)

no. 155, 162, 165, 201, 204 (1710);
Female Tatler

(London)

July 8 (1709) - March 31 (1710)
Flying Post, or Post-Master

(London)

Aug. 18 (1701) - (1702)
London Gazette

(London)

(1665) - (1800)
Observator

(London)

(1704) - (1709)
Rehearsal

(London)

(1704) - (1709)
Review of the Affairs of France

(London)

(1704) - (1705)
Review of the State of the British Nation

(London)

(1708) - (1712)
Review of the State of the English Nation

(London)

(1706) - (1707)

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