Through the generous support of Provost Tippens, the library was able to add the British Periodicals database to the library collection this week. British Periodicals offers facsimile page images and searchable full text for approximately 500 British periodicals published from the 17th through the early 20th centuries (1681-1920). Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences and the fine arts: music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture. The collection includes over 5 million pages.
As a Victorianist, Professor of English, Juilianne Smith, describes the significance of adding this database to the library collection. “This database will raise the quality of original research I can ask my English majors to do. Victorian periodicals are a rich and often untapped source of information and illustration that enhances the way we think about an entire range of nineteenth-century authors, literature and cultural events. Access to this database has the potential to shape new approaches to old texts—as well as giving us new texts to examine.”
Numerous faculty members from the Humanities Division supported the decision to add this resource to the collection, including author and University Professor, Ed Larson and Professor of History Sharyl Corrado. Associate Dean of Seaver College, Dr. Constance Fulmer was also very pleased with the acquisition based on her use of the resource elsewhere.
“I am already thinking of ways that this resource will enhance my courses,” said Dr. Corrado. “And of course it opens doors in terms of Summer Undergraduate Research Projects and potential interdisciplinary research as well, since these periodicals can be explored from so many perspectives.”
Learn more about this new resource today by visiting British Periodicals on the library database list.