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Electronic databases - title list D: 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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Daily Express 20th Century Archive 1900 - 2000 Part of UKpressonline, the archive of the popular UK national newspaper, the Daily Express, is now under construction. Around 180,000 pages covering selected dates between 1900 and 1982 are currently available. When complete the archive will provide full coverage of the Daily Express from 1900 to 2000.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Daily Mirror
Available in NewsBank 2000 -
Full text of articles from Daily Mirror, the national daily tabloid. Also includes its sister paper, Sunday Mirror.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Daily Mirror Digital Archive
1903 -
Text searchable access to full page facsimiles of the entire archive of the Daily Mirror, the UK national tabloid newspaper, from 1903 to the present day.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Daily Post (Liverpool)
From 2002 available in NewsBank
Full text of articles from the Daily Post, regional daily newspaper published in Liverpool.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Daily Record (Glasgow)
Available: 1994 onwards
Full text of articles from Daily Record, the Scottish daily tabloid. Also includes its sister paper, Sunday Mail.
NB: Available from the standalone terminal in the Newsroom.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Social Sciences or Newsroom Reference Enquiry desks.
Daily Star / Star Sunday Part of UKpressonline, the archive provides text searchable access to full facsimiles of the popular tabloid newspapers, the Daily Star May 2000 to date and the Star Sunday September 2002 to date.
The Daily Telegraph
1996 - 2000
Available in NewsBank 2001 -
Full text of the national daily broadsheet newspaper and its sister paper, Sunday Telegraph.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Dance in Video Vol. I
Dance in Video, Vol. II
Dance in Video, Vols. I and II, contains 741 dance productions and documentaries featuring some of the most influential performers and companies of the twentieth century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. This service includes 922 videos, equalling 657 hours.
NB: For access to these videos use any multimedia terminal in the Library’s reading rooms.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Data Citation Index Indexes data studies and datasets from a wide range of international data repositories across the humanities, social sciences and sciences and connects them with the literature to track data citation. Includes access to the Science (1993-present) and Social Sciences & Humanities (1993-present) editions.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Data.gov Data.gov provides access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government.
NB: This site is freely available on the Internet.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Data.gov.uk Data.gov.uk seeks to provide a way in to a wealth of UK government data and to facilitate re-use. Access to nearly 3,000 datasets, and rising.
NB: This site is freely available on the Internet.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project allows users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Deccan Queen Deccan Queen describes the Cantonment, the Civil Lines, the Sadr Bazar and part of the 'Native City' of the Western Indian Settlement of Poona in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Contains historical maps overlaid with demographic data derived from address directories. This model has been used to explore socio-spatial patterning in the city of Poona and the presented analysis concentrates particularly upon issues that concern racial and functional segregation within the local population.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Delorme street atlas USA Street atlas covering the entire USA.
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

Delorme topo USA 2.0 Vector topographic atlas covering the entire USA with Digital Terrain Model (DTM) allowing for 3D visualisations of the landscape.
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

Dentist Register Searchable database of registered dentists and dental care professionals in the UK.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Derwent Innovations Index Provides international patent abstracts written by professionals. Includes facilities for searching by 'owning company', forward and backward citation and some status information. Covers many countries, starting from 1963 (pharmaceuticals), 1968 (other chemistry) and 1973 (all).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Business & IP Centre Floor 1 Reference Enquiry desk.

Online resource

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-
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) Contains over 40,000 biographical articles on British figures.
The text of the original DNB is also included in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Dictionary of Old English / Old English Corpus A complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts. There are 3037 texts in the corpus.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Directory of Open Access Journals Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and languages.
NB: This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
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-.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Dissertations read to the Royal Medical Society, Edinburgh Over 200 volumes of hand-written dissertations, presented between 1751 and 1899. The dissertations provide a rich source for the history of medical education and of the development of medical science.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Domesday Explorer Contains the modern Phillimore translation of the Great Domesday Book, edited by John Morris; high resolution images of the Latin manuscript; mapping of all the searches; searchable indexes; search, navigation and management tools.
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
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.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Drug Information Fulltext Information from the American Hospital Formulary Service and the Handbook of Injectable Drugs.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.

Online resource

Dutch printer's devices, 15th-17th century Dutch printer's devices, 15th-17th century by Peter van Huisstede & J.P.J. Brandhorst (1999). Printed volumes at: RAR 686.224.
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