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Digital resources

You will find a collection of general digital resources on the library's 'database' pages - click on 'History' among the Subjects on that page. But the following are particularly useful for this module:

The Burney Collection of 17th and 18th Century Newspapers - the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media.

Colonial State Papers - offers access to over 7,000 hand-written documents and more than 40,000 bibliographic records on Colonial History between 1574-1739. This collection covers Britain's colonial relations with the Americas and other European rivals and also the Caribbean and Atlantic world.

East India Company - A collection of primary source documents from the India Office Records held by the British Library which includes over 1.2 million pages of digitised content. This resource tells the story of East India Trading Company from their charter in 1600 to Indian independence in 1947, including trade with the East, politics and the rise and fall of the British Empire.

Empire Online - providing around 60,000 images of original documents and printed publications from the period 1492-1969, relating to Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceania, and South Asia. Material is arranged thematically and linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies.

Historical Texts - contains the digital fascimiles (page images) for a mass of printed works from c.1500-C19th. It provides access across a number of other databases such as Early English Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

State Papers Online - a searchable archive of 16th, 17th and 18th-century State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Scotland, Ireland. These are from the National Archives.

Times Digital Archive (1785-2012) - archive of the daily newspaper


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