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Electronic resources in the Boston Spa Reading Room: Titles A-B

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Name Brief Description
17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Over 1 million fully-searchable pages of early English news media, 1603 to 1800, representing most of the Burney Collection of newspapers at the British Library. 1271 individual titles including: newsbooks; London, provincial and a some colonial newspapers; pamphlets; and single-sheet ephemera such as broadsides and proclamations.
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This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
1901 Census Online Site offers free searching of the digitised census returns by name, address, institution and vessel.
Searching is free, but access to detailed information and images of original documents is charged.
19th century British Library newspapers Part of the British Library Newspapers collection, 19th Century British Library Newspapers provides researchers with the most comprehensive collection of national and regional newspapers of Victorian Britain available. This full-text, fully searchable digital archive includes 46 papers originating in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library and providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.
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This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
19th Century Masterfile [Formerly Poole's Plus] Indices to Nineteenth-Century Newspapers, Periodicals, Books, Scientific Papers and Government Documents including Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906), Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906) (Editor: W. F. Poole), Index to Periodicals (1890-1902) (Editor: W.T. Stead) and Catalog of Scientific Papers (1800-1900).
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature) ABELL contains over 750,000 records covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards. (In Literature Online)
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ABI Inform Global Contains 2,700 academic journals, newspapers business, management and economics publications. Abstracts from 1971 onwards, full text articles from 1987.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Acta Sanctorum
Online / CD-ROM
An electronic version of the works published over a period of three hundred years by the Société des Bollandistes (work in progress).
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
African Blue Books, 1821-1953 The Blue Books provide an annual statistical record of activity and life in the colonies and protectorates of the British Empire. The volumes provide detailed records of income and expenditure, population estimates, and provide insight into local and colonial policy and administration.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
African Journal Archive This is a retrospective digitisation project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, currently comprising 41 titles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
African Newspapers, 1800-1922 Part of Readex's World Newspaper Archive. African Newspapers includes over 30 fully searchable African newspapers including key publications from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
AGRICOLA A bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Agris
1975 to present
An international multi-lingual database covering all aspects of agriculture.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
AMED
1985 to present
Covers journal articles on allied and alternative health. Subjects covered include: Acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation, herbalism, holistic treatments, Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Analytical Abstracts
1980 to present
Contains references to articles dealing solely with analytical engineering from 3000+ journals.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Ancestry Offers access to C19 census returns, UK & Ireland Parish and Probate Records, England and Wales Civil Registration Records, Pallot Marriage Index and Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrival.
Offers limited free access.
ANNO - Austrian Newspapers Online Anno from the Austrian National Library allows you to browse through digital facsimiles of around 500 Austrian newspapers and magazines from 16th Century to the 1940s. For the period 1704-1872, there is full-text searching available in their Beta system.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) An indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, economics, politics, race relations and education.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Aqualine
1960 to present
Water sciences and hydrology.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Archive of African Journals Digitized full text of articles of eleven social science and humanities journals courtesy of the African E-Journals Project.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Art Index
1984 to present
Art Index, produced by The H.W. Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ARTbibliographies Modern Full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art. Entries date back as far as the late 1960s.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Asahi Kikuzo Online access to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun from 1879 to the present, plus the magazines AERA and Weekly Asahi. Also includes access to Asahi Shimbun's archive of over 10,000 historical photos.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ATLA Religion Database An index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all scholarly fields of religion, featuring articles written in 36 languages. 1949-.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Australian Newspapers
(The National Library of Australia)
Australian online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more. Inlcudes historic Australian newspaper pages from 1803 -1954, digitised as part of the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Project.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. The American and international journals indexed include not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage is mainly from 1934 to the present, with selective coverage back to 1741.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Bibliografia de la Literatura Espanola desde 1980- A resource for scholars of Spanish literature comprising a comprehensive bibliography of all related documentation published in any language. 1980-.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Bibliography of American Literature Recognised as one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship, the Bibliography of American Literature describes in exhaustive detail the works of America's most important literary writers from the time of the Revolution to the 1930s. More than 37,000 works are listed, essentially the complete printed record of American literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Bibliography of the Hebrew Book Comprehensive interactive bibliography of all books printed in the Hebrew Language between 1470 and 1960. It includes over 100,000 titles and 12,000 authors.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Bibliography of the History of Art Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealer's catalogues, and articles from over 1,400 periodicals. The product of collaboration between the Getty Research Institute of the J. Paul Getty Trust and the French Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. It includes and extends the coverage of its two predecessor art indexes: Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie (RAA) from 1973 to 1989 and International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) from 1975 to 1989.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina The BTL online database provides electronic access to all editions of texts published in the Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina, ranging from the classical period to medieval and neo-Latin texts.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Biological Abstracts
1985 to present
Covering journal articles on all aspects of the life sciences, Biological Abstracts is the electronic equivalent of the print version of Biological Abstracts, the leading abstracting and indexing reference publication for life sciences information.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Biomedical and life sciences e-book collection - Springer Online access to c.1,800 biomedical and life sciences e-books with copyright years 2005-2010. Covers eBooks, eBook series and eReference works, including large multivolume encyclopaedias and handbooks.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Book Review Digest Plus A bibliographic database that cites and provides excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Period covered: 1983 to date.
Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1908-1982 A bibliographic database that cites and provides excerpts of reviews of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction in over 500 key English-language popular magazines, newspapers and academic journals from 1905-1982.
Bridge to Japan A comprehensive source of Japan-related Internet resources.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
The British Cartoon Archive Online Catalogue
1904 to date
The British Cartoon Archive Online Catalogue contains images and details of over 120,000 cartoons published in the British press from 1904 to date. The records are of cartoon artwork, newspaper cuttings, photocopies etc held by the British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
British Columbia Historical Newspapers 1865-1924 University of British Columbia project providing access to 24 historical newspapers from British Columbia dating from 1865 to 1924.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
British Humanities Index Indexes 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. Covers 1962 to date.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
The British Newspaper Archive The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages over a 10 year period. Approx 200 newspaper titles are already available with new pages and titles being added every day.
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British Newspapers 1600-1900 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection newspapers and 19th Century British Library Newspapers in a full-text, fully cross-searchable digital archive. 1271 Burney titles: London and provincial newsbooks, newspapers, periodicals and other material, 1600-1800; 46 newspapers from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 1800-1900. Each database is also separately searchable.
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This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
British Nursing Index
1985 to date
Indexes the most popular English language nursing journals published primarily in the UK.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
British Online Archives Access to digitised copies of archives held in Britain, with a detailed finding aid for each archive held. At the start of 2008, collections held are the Parliamentary Labour Party papers, covering the period form 1968/69 up to 1993/94, and reports of the BBC Listener Research Department 1937- c1950. Collections to be added include the institutional archives of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Future collections will cover government publications, the industrial revolution, and records of Britain's relationship with the Americas, Asia and Africa.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
British Periodicals Collection I and II This collection when complete will include 460 British journals published between the 1680s and the 1930s. The latest list of titles is available on the publisher's website.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
British Politics & Society Digitised primary source material related to political and social history of 19thc Britain. This is one collection within the Gale Cengage platform Nineteenth Century Collections Online, which contains British Library content.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
British Theatre, Music and Literature: High and Popular Culture Digitised primary source material related to the arts in Victorian-era Britain, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. This is one collection within the Gale Cengage platform Nineteenth Century Collections Online, which contains British Library content.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Byzantinische Bibliographie Byzantinische Bibliographie cumulates the annual bibliographies published in the Byzantinische Zeitschrift from volume 98 (2005) onwards. It contains around 30,000 entries in total, with about 4,000 new entries added each year. Users can browse the bibliography by subject or search by keyword, author, publication type, publication year, publisher or  ISBN/ISSN.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.