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Electronic resources in the Boston Spa Reading Room: Titles C-E

Owing to licensing restrictions, subscribed resources can only be accessed from British Library workstations within our Reading Rooms. Freely available resources are indicated below.

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Name Brief Description
CAB Abstracts
1910 to present
Bibliographic database compiled by CAB International. Covers literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, human health, nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources. Includes selected full text documents from the CABI Full Text Database.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Cambodian Genocide Program Since 1994, the award-winning Cambodian Genocide Program, a project of the Genocide Studies Program at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, has been trying to learn as much as possible about the tragedy of 1975/79, and to help determine who was responsible for the crimes of the Pol Pot regime. In Phnom Penh in 1996, for instance the program gained access to the 100,000-page archive of that defunct regime's security police, the Santebal. This material has been microfilmed by Yale University's Sterling Library and made available to scholars worldwide. The team responsible for the program have compiled and published 22,000 biographic and bibliographic records, and over 6,000 photographs, documents, translations, and maps, along with an extensive list of CGP books and research papers on the genocide.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
The Cecil Papers The Cecil Papers are a privately held archive, consisting principally of the correspondence of William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598) and his son, Robert, the 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612). These two men dominated the administration of government during the reign of Elizabeth I.  The database offers full-colour images digitised directly from the original Cecil Papers manuscripts at Hatfield House Archives and a digitised version of the Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquess of Salisbury.
China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London, supplemented by additional sources from Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the Council for World Missions Library, Duke University, the National Archives at Kew, the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand and Yale Divinity Library.  In addition we have included a range of rare printed materials including missionary periodicals, atlases and books which help to contextualize the other sources.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
China/Asia On Demand (CAOD) China/Asia On Demand (CAOD)/Asia Document Delivery is a powerful Web-based research, access and electronic information solution. Provides access to a wide range of journals (9,638 titles), millions of theses and dissertations, patents and conference proceeding papers. Articles can be retrieved and downloaded in their original format including graphs and illustrations.
NB: Depending on the article you require there are two methods of accessing the full text.
Having clicked on the Full text link, click the 'Confirm to continue' button, click 'OK in the Microsoft dialog box and then select the Full text link presented.
If that fails, choose the 'Click here to enter your mail address' option (just above the 'Confirm' button), enter your email address, click the 'Confirm' button, click 'OK in the dialog box and then make a note of the transaction number displayed. Revisit the site later and enter the transaction number into the Order Options Track box on the left-hand side of the screen; then select the Full text link presented. Note that it may take up to 3 hours before the article is available online.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Chinese UK Union Catalogue Includes more than 100,000 records from the catalogues of the British Library's Chinese collections, and those of the university libraries of Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds and the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). Since it is not exhaustive, it supplements rather than replaces these individual catalogues. This site is freely available on the Internet. If items are not found please contact: Dr Frances Wood or Graham Hutt, Chinese section.
Chamberlain Papers Papers of major C.19 and C.20 political figures Joseph, Austen and Neville Chamberlain accessed via Cengage’s Archives Unbound platform. This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Chatham House Online Archive, 1920-1979 Enables users to explore research, expert analysis and commentary from the eminent think tank, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Includes unique access to thousands of hours of audio recordings of Chatham House lectures and their fully searchable transcripts offering valuable insight into the thoughts of key figures.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers This site from the Library of Congress allows you to search and view American newspaper pages from 1860 -1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Churchill Archive Over 800,000 pages of digitised primary source material, including Churchill's papers (owned by the Churchill estate) - correspondence, speeches, and official documents - as well as ancillary and secondary materials related to the career of Churchill.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
CINAHL Plus
1937 to present
CINAHL Plus provides indexing for 3,802 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. It also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,270 journals. Full text material includes nearly 80 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Cochrane Library A compilation of evidence about the effects of health care, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Communication abstracts Communication Abstracts indexes a range of publications world-wide, among them journal articles, reports, papers and books. The database covers a broad span of communications-related themes, including broadcasting, communication theory, advertising, marketing, inter and intra personal communication and the role of technology in human communications.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, 1824-1979 A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. This collection includes the full text of published and unpublished hearings from 1824 to 1979.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection, 1873-1997 Full text of verbatim debates of the US Senate and House of Representatives, with subject heading, speaker, bill and public law number search facilities available.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Congressional Research Documents Collection, 2004-2011 Full text of Congressional Research Service reports and Congressional Committee prints.  CRS reports cover social policy, American law, foreign affairs, trade, defence, science and industry and US government and finance. A committee print can contain anything relevant to the legislative and oversight functions of Congress.  They include research papers, compilations of laws, legislative descriptions and analyses and transcripts of mark up sessions.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
CRD databases A set of three databases which can be searched, individually or together. They are DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness), NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
1968 to present
Indexes journal articles, books and reports from 1968 on all aspects criminology and criminal justice, including crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, police, courts and punishment.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Daily Mail Historical Archive
1896-2004
Text searchable access to full page facsimiles of the Daily Mail from 1896 to 2004. The archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Defining Gender, 1450-1910 Defining Gender, 1450-1910 has brought together over 120,000 pages of original documents relating to Gender Studies. The images are sourced from British and European libraries and archives, including a strong core of document images from the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the British Library. There is a good balance between manuscript and printed material and a broad range of document types; written by men and women.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Design and Applied Arts Index Annotated references from more than 500 design and craft journals and data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. 1973-
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia The aim of this project is to provide digital versions of at least one multilingual dictionary for each of the literary languages of South Asia, and a monolingual dictionary for each of the more frequently taught languages. The results of the digitisation are freely available to readers via the World Wide Web.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Digital Library of Historical Directories A digital library of eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century local and trade directories from England and Wales, hosted by the university of Leicester.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Digital National Security Archive The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive collection of primary documents available. The database includes more than 55,000 of the most important declassified documents regarding critical U.S. foreign policy decisions. There are 24 complete collections, each offering specialized insights, including coverage of the Iran-Contra Affair, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Dissertations & Theses Index of North American and European doctoral dissertations and master's theses. A large number of the titles are available in full-text. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Period covered: 1861-.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Drama (Literature Online) A direct link to the drama search page within Literature Online. Works published from 1477 to present, and those performed from 1280 to present, are included. Contains full text coverage.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Drug Information Fulltext
Information from the American Hospital Formulary Service and the Handbook of Injectable Drugs.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Early American Newspapers, Series I (1690-1876) Reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. The collection is based largely on Clarence Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers,1690-1820".
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Early Music Online Early Music Online is a pilot project in which 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music, held in the British Library, have been digitised and made freely available online. You can browse the digitised content in the Royal Holloway's digiral repository. You can also view detailed descriptions of the content via the catalogue records in Explore the British Library.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Earth and environmental sciences e-book collection Springer Online access to c.900 earth and environmental 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.
Ebsco The Library subscribes to over 30 (bibliographic, indexing and full text) databases hosted by Ebsco. The databases cover a range of subjects.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
EconLit with Full Text
1969 to present
Provides bibliographic citations, with selected abstracts, to the international literature on economics from 1969, plus full text for more than 400 journals. It provides indexing and full text for articles in all fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics and much more.
Cross-search EconLit with several databases.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2006 The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2006 ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. In 8,000 issues and more than 600,000 pages, EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers and a selection of exportable financial tables.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Editions and adaptations of Shakespeare Contains: 11 major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6; 28 separate contemporary printings of individual plays and poems; selected apocrypha and related works. Also contains more than 100 adaptations, sequels, burlesques etc. from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Education Index
1983 to present
Indexes articles from English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere from 1983. Covers English-language books on education from 1995.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Eighteenth Century Journals Seamless integrated access to Sections I-IV of the digital Eighteenth Century Journals project. This Portal brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
EMBASE
(Excerpta Medica)

1974 to present
A medical database with particularly good coverage of drug literature. The emphasis is on European sources.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Encyclopaedia Britannica EB Online includes the complete encyclopaedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year and an Internet directory that includes more than 130,000 links to selected Web sites.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Energy Citations Contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies. The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 to the present, with continued growth through regular updates.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 1880-2000 This resource contains digitised sets of the core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theatre together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Key titles include The Stage, Variety, New Musical Express and Melody Maker etc. A full title list with the date ranges covered is available on the home page of the database.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ERIC
1966 to present
Abstracting database consisting of two files: Resources in Education which covers research reports, teaching guides, conference papers and books and the Current Index to Journals in Education.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
ESIS (European chemical Substances Information System) This EU database provides information on chemicals, covering subjects such as classification and labeling, IUCLID Chemical Data Sheets, Risk Assessment and EU Producers/Importers lists.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
ESTAR The British Library's own system, providing integrated access to the full text of over 4000 major journals from a number of publishers. Coverage is mainly in the fields of science, technology and medicine but also includes some humanities journals.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.