Online Resource of the Month: Gale Primary Sources

Gale Primary Sources

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SUBJECTS PARTICULARLY USEFUL FOR: American Studies, Archaeology, Criminology, Education Studies, English Language, English Literature, Film Studies, History, Journalism, Law, Liberal Arts, Media & Communication, Politics.

Formerly known as Artemis, Gale Primary Sources brings together the collections of 5 databases:

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • 19th Century UK Periodicals
  • British Library Newspapers
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
  • The Times Digital Archive

Each of these collections offers high quality, full searchable digitisations of materials published across the last 300 years, enabling you, as a researcher, to have access to printed publications contemporary to the historical period you are researching. This makes it an important resource for students of not only history but also literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

Advanced search features on the database enable users to focus in on exactly what they want to find, whether that be material from a specific time period, by a particular author or creator, by place or publication or by content type. All this will help support students and staff in locating the information they need. Other advantages of Gale Primary Sources include the subject indexing of materials within the collections. This means that when searching you are not only retrieving items which contain the exact word you are looking for within the title or text of the document. So, for example, if you searched for items on “disease” you will be presented with pamphlets on “influenza” which clearly are relevant but don’t contain your search term within them.

You can also visualise your results as graphs in order to see trends over time to discover when topics were trending most frequently. For example, football was at its most talked about in 1899 with other 15,000 documents within the databases discussing the sport.

Access Gale Primary Sources here to being searching and using their excellent content.

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