Trial access: Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

*The Library currently has access to Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) until 31st July 2024 as part of ProQuest Access 350.*

And finally…We currently have trial access to the extensive primary source database Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) from ProQuest. This database unlocks a vast trove of important declassified U.S. government documents providing vital primary source material to advance research in twentieth century history, politics, and international relations.

You can access the database via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th February 2017.


DNSA is currently made up of 50 different collections, these include ‘Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973–1990’, ‘China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998’, ‘Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency: From Shamrock to Snowden’, ‘The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983–1988’, ‘Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968–2002’, ‘The U.S. Intelligence Community After 9/11’, ‘U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq’, and much more.

Please note that the Library has already purchased 7 collections from DNSA, you can find out more about these at Spotlight on Digital National Security Archive and these can be accessed as normal via the Databases A-Z list.

When you access DNSA from the E-resources trials page this will take you to a search page that allows you to search through all 50 of the available collections at one time. If you’d rather search an individual collection or just find out more about the individual collections, then under the ‘Included databases’ heading (beneath the search box) click on ‘Show all’. This lists all available collections, the information button next to each collection gives you more information about it and if you click on one of the collections listed it will take you to a search page where you can search that specific collection.

IFProQuest produced DNSA in partnership with The National Security Archive, a non-profit research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. It provides unprecedented access to declassified government documents obtained through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 15th February 2017.
Feedback welcome.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology