African American Newspapers

A new collection of newspapers chronicling the African American experience from 1827 – 1998. has been added to the Library’s collection. This resource  provides access to over 250 US newspapers and is invaluable for those researching life in the Antebellum South; the spread of abolitionism;  the Jim Crow Era; the Harlem Renaissance; the Civil Rights movement; political and economic empowerment and more.

This collection is available through the Online Resources Link via the Electronic Library.


Increased archival access to Sociology journals

A new Taylor & Francis backfile collection means that we now have increased access to older issues of sociology journals such as Identities, Women’s Studies and the Journal of Intercultural Studies. Coverage for all of the titles in the collection starts from the first volume and issue, and they can be accessed on the online journals A-Z via the Electronic Library.

Reader’s Guide Retrospective

Search popular general-interest publications from 1890 to 1982 through the Reader’s Guide Retrospective. This new addition to our resources indexes a range of the most popular US based publications from Atlantic Monthly to Vogue.

Access the Reader’s Guide is through the Online Resources option from Electronic Library

Scientific American archives available

Issues of  Scientific American from 1948 onwards are now accessible through our online journals A-Z via the  Electronic Library

Westlaw additions and enhancements

New and improved resources available on Westlaw include:

•  Company Law Newsletter Journal
Scottish Criminal Law Journal
•  Extension of Arbitration Journal archive
•  Additional Law Reports available in PDF
•  New supplement to the White Book 2010

Historic Digimap – new mapping and download facilities

Two new beta services have recently been launched to benefit users of Historic Digimap:

  • Ancient Roam, an online mapping interface based on the Roam mapping client available from Digimap’s OS Collection
  • Historic Download, a facility allowing users to select and download larger quantities of historical map data

Ancient Roam

Ancient Roam is a new mapping facility within Historic Digimap, based upon the Roam mapping client available from Digimap’s OS Collection, and includes features such as ‘slippy maps’, and zooming.

Features specific to Ancient Roam include selecting historical maps from any decade (depending on availability) using a ‘timeline’, an easier means of identifying and selecting maps in areas where County Series overlap and single-clicking to display the year the map was published along with other information.

New Town Plan Maps

The large-scale Town Plans are now available in both Ancient Roam and Historic Download. These are the largest scale historical maps available from Digimap, at 1:500, 1:528 and 1:1056 scales.

Only settlements with a population greater than 4000 at the time of surveying were mapped at this scale.

African Writers Series

This new resource provides online access to over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction prose from key African authors. It collects all the texts published as part of the Heinemann African Writers Series, many of which are now out of print and only available in specialist research libraries.

African Writers Series is available through the Electronic Library.