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Electronic databases - title list C: Available in the Library's Reading Rooms

The electronic databases available in the British Library's London Reading Rooms cover business and intellectual property, the humanities (including rare books and music), manuscripts, maps, science, social science and official publications, newspapers and our Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections.

Owing to licensing restrictions, these resources can only be accessed from British Library workstations within our Reading Rooms and Business & IP Centre.

Except where indicated, titles are available in all the Library's London Reading Rooms.

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Title Brief Description

Format

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 full text documents from the CAB Reviews.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desks

Online resource

Cairn Collection English Interface A special interface enabling internet users to browse and easily find high quality content from peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium without the need to be able to speak French. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics.  The titles of the journals are in French with the content and the search interface in English. An English Language tutorial is available.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Cairn Collection French Interface Collection of high quality, full text peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics. Text and search interface in French. An English Language tutorial is available.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Cambrian Index Online Swansea Central Library's newspaper indexing project contains 400,000 entries, mostly from The Cambrian, published in Swansea from 1804 to 1930. The index covers the major part of the 19th century. All the newspaper's reported birth, marriage and death entries are extracted and indexed, regardless of location. Other articles are indexed by topic e.g. Transport, Ships and Shipping, Disasters and Accidents etc.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Cambridge Journals Online Over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals containing the latest research from a broad sweep of subject areas.
Canadian Research Index This database focuses on periodicals covering Canada and Canadian issues in general reference arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences and current affairs.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Cartoons Database listing over 18,000 cartoons published in British newspapers, 1912-1990, compiled by the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, University of Kent at Canterbury.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Centennia Atlas Historical atlas of Europe showing boundary changes by month and year.
NB: Only available in the Maps Reading Room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.

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Central and Eastern European Online Library Online database which provides access to full text articles from humanities and social sciences journals, electronic books and re-digitised documents pertaining to Central, South-Eastern, Baltic and Eastern European topics.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Cetedoc Christian Latin Texts This database contains the complete Latin texts of the Corpus Patrum Latinorum (including the Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina, and the Continuatio Mediaevalis), as well as the Vulgate, Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, the complete works of Augustine, Jerome, and many others.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.

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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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Chatham House Online Archive, 1920-2008 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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Chemical Abstracts
12th (1987-1991)
13th (1992-1996)
14th (1997-2001)
A five-year cumulative index to chemical and chemical engineering literature. Covers journals, patents, technical reports, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Resource available on a dedicated workstation in the Science Reading Room - floor 3.

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Chemical Abstracts Web Edition
1996 - to date
Covers international journals, patents, technical reports, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations from all areas of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering. Updated daily.
NB: Access is password-protected.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Resource available on a dedicated workstation in the Science Reading Room - floor 3.
Online resource
Chicano Database Identifies, in one place, all types of material about Chicanos and provides uniform subject access. Incorporates the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, a comprehensive resource covering psychological, sociological, and educational literature. Also includes (1992 to the present) the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants. Coverage is mainly from the 1960s to the present, with selective coverage back to the early 1900s.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

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Children's Leisure Activities in Russia Online The material gathered here offers a unique insight into one of the most important and characteristic areas of socializing the young in early Soviet Russia, and a window into the mentality of the `first Soviet generations’ as well. It gives a representative overview of the different trends in children leisure activities and games and runs chronologically from 1917 to the late 1930s.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desks.
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China Academic Journals Full text articles from hundreds of Chinese academic journals on literature/history/philosophy, economics/politics/law, education/social science from 1994 to present. Interface available in both Chinese and English. Many journals in Chinese include English abstracts.
NB: Please note, the Library does not subscribe to the other databases listed; but you can also search for references from the Century Journal Project. However, you can only access the full text for these where the source journals are also included in China Academic Journals
To access full text use the PDF download not the recommended CAJ download).

For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desks.

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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.
Online resource
Chinese catalogue allegro-C British Library catalogue of Chinese printed materials in the Chinese collections of the Asia, Pacific & African Collections (excluding Chinese language items in other British Library collections), mainly from the 20th century but including some old and rare works. Current and retronconverted bibliographic records are added as they are produced. (Publications not yet included can be searched in the APAC Reading Room card catalogues, periodicals lists etc.)
NB: Access to this database is limited to the workstation in Carrel 36 of the Asian & African Studies Reading Room only.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
Chinese Cultural Revolution Database The largest database for the study of the Cultural Revolution with detailed original documents including CCP memos, instructions, proclamations, speeches and major media commentaries. Searchable in English or Chinese.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Chinese Song Period Resources
960-1279
Song Research Tools is an online research guide that lists and describes reference materials relating to all aspects of Song society. The online edition, last updated in November 2006, is a revised edition of Peter Bol's Sung Research Tools, which appeared first in 1990 and in a second edition in 1996. This online edition, maintained since 2003 by Hilde De Weerdt, contains more than 200 new titles.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Manuscripts or Humanities Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.

Online resource

CINCH (Australian Criminology Database) Australian Criminology Database (CINCH), produced by the Australian Institute of Criminology, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on all aspects of crime and criminal justice from 1968 onwards. Source documents include journal articles, monographs, monograph chapters, conference papers, government documents, book reviews and theses. Statistical publications in serial form such as annual statistical reviews are gradually being added to the database.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Climate Atlas of the Contiguous United States GIS atlas containing datasets for all types of weather and climatic statistics.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Social Sciences Reading Room.

For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
COBRA
(Complete Business Reference Adviser)
An essential encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Includes more than 4,000 fact sheets, plus local area profiles and guides to writing business and marketing plans.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Business Information Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
Online resource
Codex Sinaiticus Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript - the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity - is of supreme importance for the history of the book.
The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
COI Archive Database The Central Office of Information Archive at the British Library consists of a unique collection of over 15,000 free information and guidance leaflets, posters, booklets and other promotional materials dating from the 1940s to 1997. The materials were designed and produced for a range of UK government departments and agencies by the Central Office of Information, which deposited its master set of file copies with the British Library in 2000.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Colonial and Missionary Records Included as part of British Online Archives, this series covers administrative and missionary records of the British Empire. Missionary records, including those of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, detail early European encounters with the peoples of Australia, New Zealand and Polynesia, Africa and the Americas. Commercial interests are represented through estate papers of Jamaican plantations. Colonial annual reports can be found in the African Blue Books collection.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks
Online resource
Columbia Gazetteer of the world Including both modern and historical place names, this site gives locations for places throughout the world. It usually includes a description of the place and its history as well.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Comedies, histories, & tragedies. 'First folio'. Comedies, histories, & tragedies by William Shakespeare. 'First folio' printed in London, 1623. Folger Shakespeare Library copy.
NB: CD-ROM available from the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk for use on a standalone terminal only.
For help with this resource
: see staff at the Rare Books Reference Enquiry Desk.
CD-ROM resource
Comintern Archive An index to the archive and microform collections held at the Russian Centre for the Conservation and Study of Records of Modern History. The Comintern Archive contains original documents from over 35 communist and left-socialist parties, together with other international organisations from 21 different countries. It covers the entire period of the Comintern's existence, from 1919 to 1943.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

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Communist Party of Great Britain archives The archive includes records from the Executive Committee, National Congresses, the Industrial Department, International Department, Political Committee and Women's Committee. The collection also has the papers of General Secretaries Harry Pollitt and John Gollan, alongside other individuals such as Dona Torr, Ben Bradley, Ivor Montagu, and JT and Molly Murphy.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
CommunityWise Consists of the following six databases: Community abstracts, People in Parliament, Research in Volunteering, Social Strategy Plans (full text), Voluntary and Community Sector Research, and Community Organisations.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Compendex
(Available through Engineering Village)
Compendex is a comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database, covering the entire spectrum of engineering, with abstracts from over 5,000 journals, conference papers and proceedings, and technical reports. Online resource
Conference Papers Index
1982 to present
Conference Papers provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world. Subject emphasis since 1995 has been in the life sciences, environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material also covers physics, engineering and materials science. Information is derived from final programs, abstracts booklets and published proceedings, as well as from questionnaire responses. Records include complete ordering information to obtain preprints, abstracts, proceedings and other publications derived from the conference, together with title and author information needed to track the specific papers.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Confidential Print: Africa 1834-1966 Confidential Print: Africa consists of the core records relating to British government decision-making on Africa between 1834 and 1966, and is an invaluable source for historians of this period. It includes correspondence and other records that were printed and circulated for discussion within UK government departments. Three hundred maps from other record series have also been added. The resource includes well over 1,000 files and bound volumes, and is free-text searchable.
For help with this resource
: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Congressional District Atlas of the United States Maps and tables cover all 50 states, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
NB: Only available from the standalone terminal in the Maps Reading Room.

For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
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.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition, 1817-1994 Reports, documents and journals of the US Senate and House of Representatives in full text, 1817-1994.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
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Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition, 1817-1994, Maps Search and view the maps published as part of U.S. Congressional Serial Set publications. Though focus is on U.S. locations, there is worldwide coverage of variuos themes.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Maps Reference Enquiry desk.
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Contemporary Authors Gives biographical details for over 100,000 modern writers. Writers covered include: novelists, poets, playwrights, non-fiction writers, journalists, scriptwriters. Also some photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, and graphic novelists. Writers in languages other than English are also covered provided that their works have been published in the U.S. or translated into English. (Online within Literature Resource Center)
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select Selected criticism from the print series.
(Online within Literature Resource Center)
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari [Corpus of Coptic Literary manuscripts] contains the descriptions of literary Coptic manuscripts in the Casalini Library (Italy) compiled by Prof.T.Orlandi. This database compliments the published Catalogue of Coptic Literary Manuscripts in the British Library acquired since the year 1906 prepared by Bentley Layton (London,1987). These two collections together form the largest and most important resources for Coptic studies in the west.
NB: This resource is password protected. Please ask staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry Desk for the password.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Coventry Telegraph
27 Nov 2000 -
Full text of articles from the Coventry Evening Telegraph, the regional evening newspaper published in Coventry.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
CPM Plus This catalogue contains over 755,000 entries and cross references for printed music published between 1503 and 1996 housed in the British Library.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

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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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.

Online resource

Croatian National Bibliography The catalogues of the National and University Library of Croatia list books, serials, articles from journals and newspapers.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Croner i-Human Resources Provides in-depth legislative and compliance information, guidance and advice, sample forms and policies, daily news.
NB: This resource is password protected. Please ask staff at the Science Reference Enquiry Desk for the password.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
CSIRO Publishes journals presenting the latest research by leading Australian and overseas scientists and covering a broad range of subjects.
Online resource
Cult of Body Online This collection comprises unique material on sports and physical culture in Russia, 1891-1919 and is particularly significant because sports provided opportunities for transitions from tradition to modernity: athletic competition broke down class barriers, brought women into public spaces, and encouraged new modes of behavior and self-presentation.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Current Contents Connect Current awareness database that provides access to tables of contents, abstracts and bibliographic information from leading scholarly journals, as well information from evaluated websites and documents.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
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The Current Digest of the Russian Press Digital Archive 1949 to the present. In English CDRP is a comprehensive retrospective digest of the news presented to the Soviet and Russian public for more than a half century, from the beginnings of the Cold War through the emergence of Russia in the new balance of power. Articles translated for the Current Digest include important news and information from the leading dailies and government reports of the day. During the Soviet era, hundreds of other special interest journals and authoritative sources were also scoured for relevant articles to include. Published with this care weekly since 1949, the CDRP paints a broad picture of Soviet and post-Soviet times, including coverage of domestic affairs and social issues.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Enquiry desks.
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Czech National Bibliography Used to search for: books (from 1900 to the present time), periodicals, maps, musical scores, audio and electronic materials (from 1990 onwards) published on the territory of the Czech Republic.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Enquiry desks.