Karen Jackson and Zbig Gaś write on electronic resources useful for CAL students
These are what we consider the top 10 electronic resources for students in the College of Arts and Law. There are, of course, many more listed under the subject categories on eLibrary (www.elibrary.bham.ac.uk).
A useful tool for finding material when you don’t know where to look. It will find academic material and, if you access it via the eLibrary, it will tell you which articles you can read for free.
ProQuest (new interface)
This is a collection of 30 bibliographic databases in nine subject areas including Arts, History, Language & Literature, and Social Sciences – some which include full-text of articles. You can search within selected areas, or across them all.
ABES (Annotated Bibliography for English Studies)
Finds key articles and books in any area of English Studies. The annotations in each entry explain why the work is important and where it fits in with other studies of the subject. An excellent resource for finding your bearings in an unfamiliar topic.
Literature Online (LION)
The essential resource for the study of literature. LION contains a substantial corpus of full-text English literary works from Anglo-Saxon times to the present, as well as references to publications about all aspects of English literature. Our LION interface also connects to the MLA International Bibliography which covers European literatures as well.
Don’t be put off by the name! This is a vast database of references to articles, books and conference papers in all subjects – arts and social sciences as well as science, engineering and medicine. A useful feature of it is that it can find other articles which have cited the ones you find on your search, so it moves your research forward in time.
Covers The Guardian and the Observer from 1791 to 2003 – right from the first issue. Read original news coverage of the sinking of the Titanic, Jack the Ripper or Charles and Diana’s Royal Wedding – the perfect way to find primary source material.
This archive covers The Times newspaper from 1785 to 1985 and contrasts nicely with the Historical Newspapers resource. Search for world events such as the Battle of the Somme or read reports about Napoleon. A great resource for getting ahead in your research.
Contains the documented workings of the House of Commons (bills, command papers, reports of commissions, etc.) from 1688 to the present day. A unique collection of primary source materials for historical and political studies.
This is where you can find the statistics to back up your arguments. ESDS contains over 5,000 datasets resulting from a range of surveys conducted by governments, banks, academics, statistical and market research agencies.
This is the union catalogue of the major national and university libraries in the UK. If you can’t find a book or periodical that you need on our library catalogue, try COPAC next. You can search COPAC using the library catalogue’s own interface or, better still, COPAC’s own search screen which can be found on eLibrary.
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