A significant addition to the resources available to History students are several collections from Adam Matthew Digital. Adam Matthew is a digital publisher of unique primary source collections from archives around the world. Althought they are most relevant to History we have also added these to other gateways. For example the Defining Gender collection is also useful to English and Education students.
Resources from Adam Matthew are discoverable using Summon, but you will probably want to explore the individual collections to get an overview of what is available. The collections are organised by theme. Each collection has a tour of what is included.
Below is a brief description of the collections
Defining Gender - Original primary source material from British archives that explores the study of gender. This is a useful resource for History, English and Education students.
Global Commodities - Original visual, manuscript and printed materials that explore the history of these key commodities: Chocolate, Coffee, Cotton, Fur, Opium, Oil, Porcelain, Silver, Gold, Spices, Sugar, Tea, Timber, Tobacco, Wheat, Wine and Spirits.
Mass observation online - Between 1937 and the mid-50s, the Mass Observation organisation tried to capture the everyday life of ordinary Britons through questionnaires and collections of diaries. In this database, you can search the original sources as well as reports published by the organisation.
Migration to new worlds - The collection presents the personal stories and first-hand accounts of migrants during the 19th and 20th Centuries through letter collections, travel journals and oral histories.
Slavery, abolition and social justice - thousands of original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings and maps from between 1490 and 2007 which explore slavery and the abolitionist movement.
Victorian popular culture - photographs, books, pamphlets, posters and more exploring 4 areas of Victorian popular culture: spiritualism, circuses, music hall and moving pictures.
Women in the national archives - resources from the British National Archives that are relevant to women's studies, and original documents on the suffrage question in Britain, the Empire and colonial territories.
Gale Reference Complete
The Online Library now provides access to Gale Reference Complete, an enormous package of reference materials from Gale, a renowned publisher with over 60 years of experience. Gale Reference Complete contains both primary and secondary sources, including 28,000 periodicals, 1,700 e-books (including encyclopaedias), 13 million pages of historical primary sources and 1.5 million items of literature criticism and full-text literary works. You will be able to find many of these items in Summon search.
When you log in from the Gale Reference Complete page on the Online Library website, you will notice a list of the Gale databases you can access. Each database has a different specialisation, and you’ll easily be able to see the variety of materials you can read. For example, one database contains newspapers from the 17th and 18th Centuries; another database contains millions of peer-reviewed scholarly materials; another database contains primary sources chronicling the development of gender and sexuality since the 16th Century.
You can select some of the databases you want to search across. However, because the materials are so diverse, you cannot search across all of the Gale databases in one search. This means that if you are looking for a specific type of material, it might be a good idea to look at the database descriptions and then search within the individual databases which look promising.
English students will notice a link on their gateway to ‘Gale Literature Databases’. This collection of databases specialises in literature, including databases that contain essays on the lives and works of authors from all time periods, commentary and criticism, and the full text of hundreds of thousands of poems, short stories and plays.
Because of the wide range of topics and disciplines that the materials cover, Gale Reference Complete is an invaluable resource for students on all courses. Make sure you make the most of this wealth of knowledge!
Other resources added in last academic year:
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content. It currently includes 468,570 articles and 1,177,319 chapters by 265 publishers, on a wide variety of topics including education, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, economics, politics and technology. Access using your portal username and password.
Historical Texts contains over 400,000 texts from the 15th to the 19th Centuries. The texts are in three historically significant collections: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection. Access with your Athens account or your Portal username and password.
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