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Electronic databases - title list W: 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

Wales on Sunday 2002 -
Wall Street Journal Online An International daily newspaper published in New York. Primarily covers US and international business and financial news and latest managerial trends and politics. [Last 90 days]
NB: Some articles can only be accessed if you are logged in; see staff at the Reference Enquiry desk for access.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Business Information Reference Enquiry desk.
Walt Whitman Major authors on CD-ROM: The Brontes, Johnson and Boswell, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
CD-ROM resource
War diaries from the Imperial War Museum: The Great War Diaries from officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates serving in the First World War. Also included are diaries made by prisoners of war and those in non-combat roles.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 The second series of a five-series set. This series lists 50,000 titles covering all subject areas. Scope excludes most government publications and trade or company reports, but includes transportation schedules, almanacs and town directories. Included are titles in any language, published during any part of their life-span in England between January 1, 1800 and December 31, 1900.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Web of Knowledge Multidisciplinary research platform from Thomson Reuters. Provides access to Web of Science (including the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index), Current Contents Connect, BIOSIS Citation Index, Zoological Record, Journal of Citation Reports, Derwent Innovations Index.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

Web of Science Collection of databases providing multidisciplinary literature coverage – including cited references – in the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities. Provides access to the Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Also provides access to information from the Proceedings Citation Index- Science (2006-present) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (2006-present). Online resource
Weekly Law Reports (Justis title) Electronic archive of the Weekly Law Reports (1956 to 2003). Reports of judicial decisions which influence the application and development of law in England and Wales.
NB: CD-ROM available in carrel 18 in the Social Sciences Reading Room.

For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
Welcome to Nagorno Karabakh Welcome to Nagorno Karabakh is a compilation of information on the area's geography, history, government, culture and economy, with accompanying bibliography, documents, maps, video and photo material.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
CD-ROM resource
Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900 An electronic index to the contents of 45 British periodicals, many of which are not indexed elsewhere. The database can be searched by keyword, contributor, pseudonym or periodical title. Links are provided to the full text of articles for selected titles in Periodicals Archive Online and the British Periodicals Collection. Additions to and corrections of the Wellesley Index can be found in the Curran Index.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities - floor 2 Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
Welsh Newspapers Online (Beta) Welsh Newspapers Online Beta is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales which currently lets you search and access over 250,000 pages from 24 newspaper publications from years 1844 to 1910. It will grow to over 1 million pages as more publications are added during 2013.
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.
Wesleyan-Methodist periodicals Reproductions of The Arminian magazine (1778-1797), The Methodist magazine (1798-1821) and The Wesleyan-Methodist magazine (1822-1897). The collection also includes the published minutes of Methodist conferences, and an index to the periodicals.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Western Daily Press
1999 -
From 1999 onwards, the Western Daily Press and the Bristol Evening Post are included in the NewsBank Newspapers database.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
The Western Mail
2002 -
The Western Mail, South Wales Echo and Wales on Sunday from 2002 onwards are included in the NewsBank Newspapers database.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.

 

Western Morning News Full text of articles from the Western Morning News, the regional daily newspaper published in Plymouth.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Westlaw China Full text legal database in English and Chinese for the People's Republic of China . Includes laws, administrative, ministerial, local and military regulations, judicial interpretations, selected articles and other commentary and legal materials.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Westlaw UK Includes EU & UK legislation, law reports & case digests, citators & analysis (commencement, amendment, subsequent treatment, history etc), Legal Journals Index, selected full text journals & legal commentaries, news & current awareness.
NB: Access is password protected. Please ask staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk to log you in.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
What Do They Know? Users can make Freedom of Information requests through this site, and search for information others have requested. 
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
A Wheel of Memory: The Hereford Mappamundi Multimedia version of the Hereford Mappamundi.
NB: CD-ROM 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
Who's Who and Who Was Who Online version of the most recent edition of the British Who's Who together with the complete Who Was Who archive, which contains biographical information for all the people, now deceased, included in previous editions of Who's Who, which was first published in 1849.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Wiley InterScience Over 1400 online journals from Wiley-Blackwell. Online resource
Window on the UK 2000 Satellite imagery and aerial photography of the UK.
NB: CD-ROM 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
Window on the Universe Video, satellite and telescope imagery of of the universe CD1 - The solar system, CD2 - Outer space.
NB: CD-ROM 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
Wing Short Title Catalogue Electronic version of Wing's Short-Title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British America, and of books printed in other countries 1641-1700' (2nd edition). Selected library locations are given for each item described.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

CD-ROM resource

Women Writers Online The Women Writers Project textbase, containing texts by women writers from the period 1400 to 1850.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
Virginia Woolf Major authors on CD-ROM: The Brontes, Johnson and Boswell, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.
CD-ROM resource
The Works Now Newly Imprinted The Works Now Newly Imprinted by Geoffrey Chaucer published in London (Kelmscott Press, 1896). Bridwell 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
World Bank E-library An online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 5,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 2,000 World Bank publications and over 3,000 Policy Research Working Papers.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room. Access is password protected; please ask enquiry desk staff to log you in.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
World Biographical Dictionary of Artists See Artists of the World Online.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Manuscripts Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

World Biographical Information System Formerly known as World Biographical Index, WBIS is an index to the Saur biographical archives. Microfiche editions of some of the archives containing the complete texts of the biographical descriptions are available from the Reference Enquiry Desk in the Humanities Reading Room. The digitised version of the British Biographical Archive (series 1 and 2) is accessible via WBIS Online.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

WorldCat OCLC WorldCat is a union catalogue created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member institutions in more than 80 countries worldwide, and contains over 50 million online records for material in many different formats. Resources in WorldCat represent hundreds of languages and cultures.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource

World Development Indicators

Provides direct access to more than 600 development indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2005, where data are available.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource
World of Children - Artek Pioneer Camp Archive Publications on the life of young people in the USSR and their subculture. These documents, held in the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (Moscow), relate to the history of the Artek Pioneer Camp, the main Soviet pioneer recreation camp, and include information on various aspects of youth policy and young people's lives in the Soviet Union in the period from 1944 to 1967. They provide an insight into everyday life and the mentality of Soviet children by means of government documents, administrative, medical and financial records, transcripts of meetings, statistical reports, letters from Soviet and foreign children, diaries, etc. The archive is a valuable resource for researchers in such fields as sociology, cultural studies, philology and political history. Published by IDC as part of the series Mass Culture and Entertainment in Russia.
NB. Printing from within the PDF application ONLY (not the web browser).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science, Social Science or Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
World of Learning Information on over 30,000 universities, colleges, schools of art and music, libraries, learned societies, museums and art galleries, research institutes and international cultural, scientific and educational organizations, together with details of more than 200,000 staff and officials.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science, Social Science or Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966 500 hours (8,000 individual items) of cinema newsreels from Japan, France, the Netherlands and the USA, including World War II propaganda newsreels and a complete run of the important American news magazine The March of Time (American release editions). Most of the films have been fully transcribed, with transcriptions available in synchronisation presentation alongside the video. Contents include: Nippon News: 36 hours of Japanese newsreels from 1940-48 with English transcripts; four French newsreels, 75 hours of fully translated and transcribed news items including Les Actualités Mondiales (1940-46), France Actualités (1942-44), France Libre Actualités (1944–45), Les Actualités Française (1945–69); The March of Time: 115 hours of fully transcribed content, 1935-51; United Newsreel: more than 35 hours of 1942-46 American weekly newsreel produced by the US Office of War Information, with transcripts; Universal Newsreel: 200 hours with full transcripts from Universal Studios's bi-weekly series 1929-46; Polygoon-Profliti: 87 hours of Dutch newsreel 1939-45.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Annotated entries for books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced from 1962 onwards.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
World Who's Who Current biographical information on almost 60,000 distinguished people from around the world. Includes details of individuals contained in the following publications: International Who's Who, Who's Who in International Affairs, International Who's Who of Women, International Who's Who of Authors and Writers, International Who's Who in Poetry, International Who's Who in Classical Music and International Who's Who in Popular Music.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Online resource

WorldWideScience.org A global science gateway that enables federated searching of national and international scientific databases. Maintainted by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (part of the US DoE) and a number of other national organisations, including the British Library.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online resource