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Eresource of the month

Each month we highlight a new electronic resource which you might not have explored. These resources feature British Library collections.

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House of Commons papers January 2014: House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are vital to the historical record of Britain, its former Colonies and the wider world. They are among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the past two centuries, and are fundamental to an understanding of current legislation, policy making and the political environment. This resource provides access to parliamentary papers from 1688 to the present day, including Bills, Reports of Committees, Reports of Commissioners, and Accounts and Papers.

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December 2013: State Papers Online

State Papers Online, 1509-1714, gives you the opportunity to explore two hundred years of British and European history, from the reign of Henry VIII to the end of the reign of Queen Anne. The largest digital manuscript archive of its kind, State Papers Online gathers together 16th- and 17th-century British State Papers and links these rare historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable Calendars, giving unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes workings of the Tudor and Stuart governments.

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Lady's magazine November 2013: Eighteenth Century Journals

Eighteenth Century Journals provides full-text access to rare periodicals and newspapers printed between c.1685-1835, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth century social, political and literary life. Many documents are ephemeral and run for only a handful of issues, others run for several years and are available in their entirety in this resource. The collection covers a wide range of topics including fashion, London coffee house gossip, and provincial and rural affairs, which can be explored through a multitude of periodicals, colonial newspapers, poetic reviews and a multitude of other unique material.

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