Monday, 23 February 2009

New online resources at AU: the Burney Collection and British Periodicals Collection I and II

Digitised in 2007 through collaboration between the British Library, Gale/Cengage and the National Science Foundation, the Burney Collection was acquired by the British Library a year after the death of Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817), a classical scholar and schoolmaster. The online collection contains 1,270 titles and consists primarily of parliamentary papers, London newspapers, periodicals, English regional papers, Irish, Scottish and American newspapers.

British Periodicals Collection I and II consists primarily of the digitised UMI microfilm collections Early British Periodicals, English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts and consists of nearly 500 titles from between the 1680s and the 1930s. Editors and subscribers include William Cobbett, Daniel Defoe, George Eliot, and Samuel Johnson, and the periodical versions of stories such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South in their original context. Subject areas include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, the social sciences, music, drama, archaeology and architecture.

These resources have been made available free of charge for online access by UK HE, FE and Research Councils until December 2013 via JISC Collections. Please find them in the A-Z of Electronic Information Resources and eLibrary.

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