Tag Archives: databases

E-Resources currently on trial

ANB_webAmerican National Biography on trial until 11th February.  This database offers portraits of more than 19,000 men and women — from all eras and walks of life — whose lives have shaped American history and culture. From astronauts to missionaries, chemists to musicians, and cowboys to Vikings, the portraits combine to reflect the rich diversity of American life, from pre-colonial times onward.  More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.



Oxford Reports on International Law new modules • International Law in European Courts and • International Trade Law are on trial until 18th February.  This resource brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals. In this resource, the full scope of international case law is available in one place, accompanied by expert analysis and cross-case navigation via the Oxford Law Citator. New cases are added daily, making Oxford Reports on International Law the most up-to-date source of international case law available.




SAGE Video on trial until 12th March.  This resource supports the teaching and learning needs of undergraduate students, through to the needs of the academic researcher within Counseling and Psychotherapy, Communication and Media Studies, and Education. With new and original video productions, including contributions from our book and journal editors and authors across the world, SAGE Video offers quick definitions, short tutorials and in-depth interviews for a range of academic viewpoints. It also features extensive footage of practitioners in real-life professional settings designed to illustrate best practice and provide a unique insight for students to master the theory, skills and techniques needed to succeed.



Feedback and further info

A list of e-resources on trial can be found on our trials webpage along with links to trial feedback forms – please do fill one out if you found the resource useful as your comments help decide future purchases.  Resources on trial are also added to DiscoverEd – please note an entry for Sage Videos will be added to DiscoverEd later on this evening.

Trial access to Medieval Family Life and Medieval Travel Writing databases

We have trial access to Medieval Family Life and Medieval Travel Writing databases from Adam Matthew until 29th December 2015.  Both databases have been added to our e-resources trials webpage.   Update 2016 – we have purchased Medieval Family Life

CaptureMedFamLifeMedieval Family Life – The Paston, Cely, Plumpton, Stonor and Armburgh Papers.  This resource contains full colour images of the original medieval manuscripts that comprise these family letter collections along with full text searchable transcripts from the printed editions, where they are available. The original images and the transcriptions can be viewed side by side.  Along with the letter collections themselves there are many additional features useful for teaching and research. These include:  A chronology, a visual sources gallery, an interactive map, a glossary, family trees and links to other scholarly free to access digital resources useful for researching the medieval period.


CaptureMedTravWritingMedieval Travel Writing – this project provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel – real and imaginary – in the Middle Ages.

These sources tell us much about the attitudes and preconceptions of people across Europe in the medieval period, shedding light on issues of race, economics, trade, militarism, politics, literature and science. They will be welcomed by scholars in both literature and history as well as by French and German studies departments.

The project combines:

  • Multiple manuscript sources, detailing the journeys of famous travellers from Marco Polo to John Capgrave, and the stories of legendary figures such as Prester John and Sir John Mandeville
  • Translations and supporting materials (all of which are fully searchable)
  • Maps showing the routes of the travellers
  • Introductory essays by leading scholars


Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these databases as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.


Gale Cengage E-Resources on Trial

We are trialling the following 3 databases until the 31st October.  Access the databases via DiscoverEd or the trials webpage.


logoChatham House Online Archive contains the research, publications, speeches and archives of the leading international affairs think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. High level analysis and research on almost 100 years of global events and issues. Includes ‘behind the doors’ insight into the real movers and shakers, influencers and deal brokers. For researchers of international affairs, economics, law, and business, diplomacy, security and terrorism, environment, development, war and peace studies.


logoCrime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790-1920 presents a broad history of crime in the long 19th century derived from French, German, Spanish, Australian, British and U.S. sources. The collection includes trial transcripts, court proceedings, police and forensic documents, photographs, true crime literature and detective novels, and newspaper accounts. This archive appeals to scholars in the fields of history, literature, law and criminal justice, as well as other fields.


CaptureState Papers Online is an on-going programme digitising State Papers or government documents. By linking the original manuscripts to their calendar or catalogue entries, SPO is essential for all early modern research and teaching.

Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these databases as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.

Trial – Nineteenth Century Collections Online


We are currently trialling all sections of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) until 30th November.  Access NCCO via the trials webpage or DiscoverEd.


British Politics and Society

Including papers of British statesmen, Home Office records, ordnance surveys, working class autobiographies, and other unique collections, British Politics and Society is a remarkable resource for scholars looking to explore the political and social history of Britain. Source libraries are the British Library, Oxford University, and The National Archives, Kew.

A small selection of collections included in the archive include:

  • Civil Disturbance, Chartism and Riots in Nineteenth-Century England
  • Discontent and Authority,1820-1840
  • Home Office Papers and Records, 1783-1894
  • People’s History: Working Class Autobiographies
  • Public Order, Discontent, and Protest in Nineteenth Century England, 1820-1850
  • Rare Radical and Labour Periodicals of Great Britain
  • Radicalism, Anti-Radicalism and Reform in England, 1769-1861, Original Papers and Minute Books
  • Selected Papers of the Prime Ministers of Great Britain

British Politics and Society enables researchers to explore such topics as British domestic and foreign policy, trade unions, Chartism, utopian socialism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, leisure and many others. With this archive scholars have instant access to a range of never-before-available primary sources, including manuscripts, maps, drawings, newspapers, periodicals, government correspondence, letters, diaries, photographs, poster, pamphlets and more.


Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These invaluable documents—many never before available—include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; The National Archives, United States; and other collections.

The collections in this archive include:

  • British Foreign Office: Japan Correspondence, 1856-1905
  • Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Osaka and Hiogo (Kobe), Japan, 1868-1906
  • Dispatches from U.S. Consuls in Seoul, Korea, 1886-1906
  • Chinese Missionary Gleaner (1853-1859)
  • History of the Philippine Insurrection Against the United States, 1899-1903, and Documents Relating to the War Department Project for Publishing of History, 1899-1903
  • Missionary Files: Methodist, Episcopal Church Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912 (China, Japan, Korea)
  • Notes from the Korean Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1883-1906
  • Philippine Insurgent Records, 1896-1901, with Associated Records of the U.S. War Department, 1900-1906, 1896-1906

This unmatched resource allows scholars to explore in great detail the history of British and U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; the Philippine Insurrection; the Opium Wars; the Boxer Rebellion; missionary activity in Asia; and many other topics. Asia and the West also includes personal letters and diaries, offering first-hand accounts and revealing the human side of international politics, as well as nautical charts, maps, shipping ledgers, company records, and expedition and survey reports for more than a century of world history.

Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest

Through a variety of official government documents, political papers of prominent individuals, and newspaper accounts, researchers can trace the development of British strategic imperatives, French and Belgian desire for the expansion of trade and raw materials, and Germany and Italy’s late entrance onto the imperial stage. Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest covers exploration, military and missionary activities, and economic and political imperialism in the ninetenth century. Documents are sourced from The National Archives, Kew; the U.S. National Archives; the Library of Congress; the National Library of Scotland; and Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

A small selection of collections included in the archive include:

  • Personal Narratives and Reminiscences of the Exploration of Africa
  • Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Sierra Leone, British Africa, 1858-1906
  • Methodist Episcopal Church Missionary Correspondence, 1846-1912: Africa
  • The East African Standard; Mombasa Times; and Uganda Argus
  • The Bartholomew Archive: Maps on Africa
  • Annual Reports of French Colonial Governments
  • Selected India Office Records on Colonial Africa
  • Joseph Chamberlain Papers Relating to Africa

European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection

European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. The collection is sourced from the remarkable library of Victor Amadeus, whose Castle Corvey collection was one of the most spectacular discoveries of the late 1970s. The Corvey Collection comprises one of the most important archives of Romantic era writing in existence anywhere—including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more—with a focus on especially difficult-to-find works by lesser-known, historically neglected writers.

The archive includes:

  • Novels and Gothic Novels
  • Short Stories
  • Belles-Lettres
  • Short Prose Forms
  • Dramatic Works
  • Poetry
  • Anthologies

As a resource for Romantic literature and historical studies, the Corvey Collection is unmatched. It provides a wealth of fully searchable content with digital research tools that enable scholars to uncover new relationships among authors and works. The inclusion of texts from neglected writers further provides scholars with new topics for exploration. With the European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection, scholars can research a range of topics, including Romantic literary genres; the mutual influences of British, French and German Romanticism; literary culture; women writers; the canon; Romantic aesthetics; and many other subjects.



British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the long nineteenth century, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, are sourced from the British Library and other institutions. Curation is by experts in British arts history. Covering more than a century, and encompassing both the Georgian and Victorian theatre, British Theatre, Music, and Literature is without equal as a resource.

Collections include:

  • Archives of the Royal Literary Fund
  • Archives of the Royal Philharmonic Society
  • Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts
  • Crystal Palace Triennial Handel Festival
  • Drury Lane Theatre Archive
  • J.W. Davison Papers
  • King’s Theatre, Haymarket Archive
  • Konzert-Programm-Austausch
  • London Theatre Archives: Programmes, Receipts
  • Lord Chamberlain’s Plays
  • Manuscript Music from the Library of the Royal Philharmonic Society
  • Royal Albert Hall Archives
  • Sir George Smart Papers
  • St. James Hall Monday/Saturday Popular Concerts
  • Wandering Minstrels

The collection provides a detailed look at the state of the British art world and includes manuscripts and musical compositions as well as documents such as personal letters, annotated programs, meeting minutes, and financial records. It offers scholars an unmatched glimpse into the inner workings of the world of the arts in Britain.


Photography: The World through the Lens Includes images from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Photography: The World through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.

A small selection of collections included in the archive include:

  • Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the Royal Archives, Windsor
  • Early Rare Photographs from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • British Journal of Photography and Annual, 1854-1914
  • The Photographic News, 1859-1908
  • Photographs from the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine
  • Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period
  • Photographs from the National Media Museum
  • Photographs from the Science Museum

Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925

Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1780-1925 features more than 3.5 million pages of journals, books, reports, and personal documents that explore the rapid acceleration of scientific, technical, and medical knowledge during the nineteenth century. Source libraries include the Huntington Library, the Burndy Library, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

A small selection of collections included in the archive include:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Electricity and Electromagnetism
  • Civil Engineering
  • Evolution and the Origin of Species
  • Color Theory and Practice
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia: Minutes and Correspondence
  • American Medical Periodicals

Women: Transnational Networks

Including a wide array of primary source documents—serials, books, manuscripts, diaries, reports, and visuals—Women: Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective. Source libraries include the Library of Congress, the London School of Economics and Political Science Library, and the Library of the Society of Friends.

A small selection of collections included in the archive include:

  • The Journal of the American National Women’s Trade Union League
  • Papers of Carrie Chapman Catt
  • Action Sociale De La Femme Et Le Livre Francaise
  • Britannia: Official Organ of the Women’s Party
  • Suffragist
  • Quaker Women’s Diaries: 18th-19th Centuries
  • British Birth Control Material at the British Library of Political and Economic Sciences: 1800-1947
  • The Diaries of Elizabeth Fry, 1797-1845

Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these e-resources as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.

ProQuest E-Resources on Trial

We are trialling the following 3 collections until the 30th November.  Access the trials via DiscoverEd or our trials webpage.

CaptureCapture2The Cecil Papers is a collection of documents, principally from the reigns of Elizabethan I and James I/VI, privately held by the Gascoyne-Cecil family at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The Cecil Papers contains nearly 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil (1521-98), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury. Occupying some of the highest offices of state in the land (both men were Secretary of State to Elizabeth I and Robert Cecil also served her successor, James), these two men were at the heart of events during one of the most dynamic periods in Western history.  Further details can be found at http://media2.proquest.com/documents/cecil_papers.pdf.


CaptureCapture2Colonial State Papers offers insight into the colonial history of North America and the West Indies. It includes the National Archives collection CO 1– papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade during 1574-1757. More than 7,000 hand-written documents and more than 45,000 bibliographic records give fascinating insight into British trade, history and overseas expansion between the 16th and 18th centuries.  Further details can be found at http://media2.proquest.com/documents/csp.pdf.


CaptureCapture2Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War is an archival research resource containing a vast collection of rare magazines by and for servicemen and women of all nations during the First World War. Over 1,500 periodicals written and illustrated by serving members of the armed forces and associated welfare organisations published between 1914 and the end of 1919 are included. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover, in full colour or greyscale, and with granular indexing of all articles and specialist indexing of Publications.  Further details can be found at http://media2.proquest.com/documents/trench.pdf.


Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of these e-resources as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.

Wireless access to e-resources

We are receiving a number of reports about loss of access to e-resources via the wifi network (Eduroam).  If affected please use the library links which are set up to pass through our EZProxy server or the VPN rather than accessing the e-resource directly.

Access the e-journals A-Z, e-books A-Z, databases A-Z, catalogue or searcher webpages here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources

VPN info at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/vpn/vpn-service-summary

We will post further updates to this issue here.

Update 23/4/15: Most e-resource providers have now been updated with the new Eduroam IP addresses.

China Local Gazetteers and China Economic Statistics – New E-Resources

wanfang data logoFollowing a successful trial on the Wanfangdata platform, we now subscribe to China Local Gazetteers and China Economic Statistics.

China Local Gazetteers is a collection of Chinese local gazetteers published after 1949, covering all regions of China. There are over 26,400 volumes of e-books included in this database which contain a range of information covering various aspects of local economic, social and political life.

China Economic Statistics offers time-series records on macro-economic data, industry and sector data, regional data with over 10,000 economic indicators.

Both e-resources have been added to our Databases A-Z list as well as the Economics and East Asian Studies A-Z subject lists.  They will be listed on our catalogue and Searcher next week.

Web of Science Downtime Sat. 13th Dec

wos-logo_webPlease be advised that Web of Science will undergo scheduled maintenance on Saturday December 13 2014, to release new search functionality in the WoS version 5.16 release. During this time, access may be intermittent. Thomson Reuters apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Detailed release notes for version 5.16 are can be found at



Trial access to PsycINFO and PsycARTICLEs via Ebsco platform

logoEhostWe have trial access to psycINFO and psycARTICLES via the Ebsco platform until the 21st December.  We currently have access to both of these databases via the Ovid platform, we are interested in gaining feedback on using these databases on the Ebsco platform.

PsycINFO – 1806 onwards. Abstracts, citations and controlled vocabulary for contents of approximately 2,500 journals publishing behavioural science and mental health.

PsycARTICLES – Full-text from APA journals (mostly volume 1 onwards) and related imprints. Indexed in PsycINFO.

Feedback and further info

We are interested to know what you think of this platform to access these databases as your comments influence purchase decisions so please do fill out our feedback form.

A list of all trials currently available to University of Edinburgh staff and students can be found on our trials webpage.