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Products and Services

We are developing new ways of collecting and presenting social science research.  Our products and services aim to engage with researchers and practitioners in collecting and creating new works, and to explore ways in which we can make new research available when and where you need it.

Management and Business Studies Portal

The Management and Business Studies Portal was developed with the help of researchers and managers.  So, whether you are researching management or a busy manager, the portal is designed to deliver access to the library's collections of digital and print material for UK management research and practice.  The portal has a powerful search interface to help you find and download the latest management research reports, papers, summaries, articles and other material instantly.  Once you have subscribed you can receive alerts tailored to you particular subject areas and interests.  It is fast, easy and free to use.

Social Welfare Portal

The Social Welfare Portal provides a single point of access to the library's vast print and digital collections of research and information on all aspects of social welfare policy development, implementation and evaluation within the UK and overseas.  It also incorporates a monthly current awareness bulletin, 'Welfare Reform Digest', which keeps you up to date with the latest policy debates, controversies and developments within the field.  The portal is designed to meet the needs of social policy practitioners, researchers and students.

Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the Women's Liberation Movement

This interactive learning website is part of a wider Leverhulme Trust funded project which aims to create an original and extensive oral history archive of the lives of feminist change-makers of the 1970s and 1980s.  It provides the resources for new studies of this important social movement and its legacy.  It includes 60 audio interviews and ten documentary films. These recordings represent a diverse range of voices from Spare Rib to Greenham, Southall Black Sisters to the Northern Ireland Women's Right's Movement.

Playtimes: A Century of Children's Games and Rhymes

'Playtimes' is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project entitled 'Children's Games and Songs in the New Media Age'. Documenting children's culture from 1900 to the present day, the website includes footage of 'traditional' children's games and songs from the twentieth century to children re-enacting scenes from TV shows, computer games and pop videos.  Explore the site to discover the continuities and changes that have marked children's games over time and to recognise the ways in which culture, political and environmental context influences the imagination.

Voices of the UK

This project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and took place between 2009 and 2012.  It made use of the BBC Voices recordings from 283 locations across the UK to produce detailed descriptions of spoken English at the start of the 21st century.  The audio files and descriptions are available via the British Library Sounds website.

Sport and Society

This website was developed to look at the Olympics and Paralympics, especially the the games of London 2012, from a Social Science perspective.  It includes information and articles on the research issues arising out of the games through the lens of subject areas such as education, law, politics and sociology and also contains a complete record of parliamentary involvement and legislation relating to London 2012.  It provides guides to, and bibliographies of, the library's sports related collections and links to external resources.

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