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Finding Journal Articles / Film, Images, Sound /
Key Resources in Merchiston Library /
Internet Resources: a selection to explore
Finding Journal Articles
The best way to find journal articles is to try keyword searching in LibrarySearch, using the Everything tab. However, you may also want to try searching directly in some of the databases that contribute to LibrarySearch. Here's a list of the best ones for the subject area.
With over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with the definitive online criticism and reference library, Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism.
JSTOR Language & Literature
The Languages & Literature collection spans the literary cultures of many different countries, containing articles in several languages, including Arabic, Italian, and German.
Gale Academic OneFile Select
This database covers research in all academic disciplines, combining indexing, abstracts, full text and images.
This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
Periodicals Archive Online
Periodicals Archive Online makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available online. The database spans more than two centuries of content, 37 key subject areas, and multiple languages.
Vision of Britain through Time
A Vision of Britain Through Time website gives access to over two centuries worth of facts, figures, surveys, maps, election results and travel writing showing how 15,000 UK places have changed.
JSTOR 19th Century Pamphlets
The digitized collection of more than 26,000 pamphlets from seven UK research libraries provides researchers, students, and teachers with an immensely rich and coherent corpus of primary sources with which to study the socio-political and economic landscape of 19th-century Britain.
The complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling the location of images by garment type, designer and brand names.
Early European Books
Early European Books draws together a diverse array of printed sources from the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. It opens the door to some of the world's most significant collections of early printed books.
Key Resources in Merchiston Library
Key reference books
These can all be found in Merchiston Library: search for them in LibrarySearch to find the shelfmarks.
- Encyclopedia of post-colonial literatures in English
- The Oxford companion to English literature
- The Oxford companion to theatre and performance
- The Longman companion to Victorian fiction
- A companion to Victorian literature & culture
- Encyclopedia of literature and criticism
- The Norton anthology of theory and criticism
- The Penguin dictionary of literary terms and literary theory
Quick guides to print out
Film, Images and Sound
Box of Broadcasts IMPORTANT: How to access your saved programmes
BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. It contains over a million items, including an archive of all BBC TV and radio content dating from 2007.
BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any scheduled broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. You can also edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into Moodle, share items via social media and generate reference citations.
Please note that our BoB licence is for educational purposes only, and only for use within the UK.
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Arts on Film Archive
Arts on Film Archive offers online access to a large range of films on art produced in the UK since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making.
For instructions on how to play films on student pcs, please see this document for details.
The definitive guide to Britain's film and TV history.
Please note that BFI Screenonline is only for educational purposes and for use within the UK.
British Library Sounds
The British Library's Archival Sound Recordings website gives UK Higher and Further Education staff and students free access to over 12,000 recordings in a variety of subjects.
Scran is a charitable online learning service with over 370,000 images and media from museums, galleries, and archives. Its charitable purpose is "the advancement of education by enabling public access to Scottish cultural resources and related material.
Internet Resources: a selection to explore
- Project Gutenberg- over 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. A grand total of over 100,000 titles is available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources. You are advised to check that books are out of copyright in the UK (or your home country) before downloading.
- Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians A British Library project bringing together a wealth of the British Library’s greatest literary treasures, including numerous original manuscripts, first editions and rare illustrations. 1,200 Romantic and Victorian literary treasures, new insights by 60 experts, 25 documentary films, 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.
- The Victorian Web- "dedicated to “literature, history and culture in the age of Victoria”. Useful background material for 19th century literature.
- The Poetry Archive- "The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work."
Period images, historical background and a bit of fun. Danger - seriously fascinating! Do check any facts for accuracy. As is the way with blogs, they are not all currently being updated. Suggestions for additions welcomed.
- Backstage - US site " For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information"
- Spotlight - "Spotlight was founded in 1927 and is the UK's leading casting resource with unrivalled knowledge and contacts at the heart of the industry."
- ActorTips - "ActorTips is a free site that provides advice to beginning actors. It was founded in the late 1990s as the informational newsletter of New York-based Inverse Theater"
- AceYourAudition: the actor's resource - tips, techniques, free monologues
- The Stage - news, reviews, castings etc.