New resource: British Periodicals 1680s-1930s

The British Periodicals collection, which provides access to full-text electronic facsimiles of more than 500 journals and periodicals publilshed between the 1680s and the 1930s has been activated in eSearch. Access is direct on-campus, and by university username and password from off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

British Periodicals provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images.

Among the periodicals in included in British Periodicals are titles founded, edited or regularly contributed to by a host of important figures – Walter Bagehot, Aubrey Beardsley, Annie Besant, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Frances Power Cobbe, William Cobbett, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Ford Madox Ford, Oliver Goldsmith, Leigh Hunt, Jerome K. Jerome, Samuel Johnson, Sir Roger L’Estrange, G. H. Lewes, Harriet Martineau, Edward Moore, John Morley, John Henry Newman, Margaret Oliphant, W. M. Rossetti, Sir Richard Steele and Tobias Smollett to name but a few. In addition to providing access to the original periodical versions of landmark texts like De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus, Cobbett’s Rural Rides, Bagehot’s The English Constitution, Gaskell’s North and South and Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, the collection offers new ways of exploring the inaccessible, neglected or forgotten writings that formed their original contexts. A wide array of different types of periodical are represented, from magisterial quarterlies and scholarly and professional organs through to coterie art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines.

The British Periodicals collection can be remote-searched and meta-searched in eSearch. Titles in the collection have been activated in SFX, and individual catalogue records for these items will be added to the Library Catalogue at the next update of ejournal records.

A guide to using Shibboleth authentication for the service from off-campus has been added to the eServices Support wiki.

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