British Online Archives – Censorship: Policy and Practice During the Second World War

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Censorship: Practice and Policy during the Second World War explores British postal and telegraph censorship throughout a pivotal era of modern history. The collection contains images drawn from Ministry of Defence files at The National Archives. It begins by surveying the first tentative steps that were taken, following the outbreak of conflict in 1939, to implement and to co-ordinate censorship. Documents reveal how hastily-assembled censorship teams looked back to the First World War for lessons and instructional precedents whilst adapting to the major technological developments that had occurred since. The work undertaken by censorship units — which necessitated keeping a close eye on all communications that could reveal sensitive or dangerous information to the enemy — soon became one of the most important, if somewhat underappreciated, fronts in the so-called “secret war”. Censorship became a wide-ranging, international endeavour. It involved not just Britain, but also the Dominions, colonies, allies (including the USA), and neutral states such as Ireland. Censorship teams sprung-up across the globe, typically employing local people, especially women. Censors from a wide variety of backgrounds became adept at breaking codes and recognising suspect material, even if it was cleverly concealed.

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Bloomsbury Dress and Costume Library (TRIAL)

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Trial ends: 31st March 2024.

 

 

 

The Bloomsbury Dress and Costume Library is an online collection for the interdisciplinary study of dress and costume history, design and making. It brings together resources, including primary source material, authoritative scholarly books and reference works, practical costume-making guides, overview articles, and videos analysing garments in detail, together with a timeline of costume through the ages. Students and researchers of dress history, film and theatre costume, costume design and construction will find an array of material to support their work. This collection aims to promote the study of historical dress via an object-based approach, highlighting the paramount importance of historical accuracy for students and researchers alike.

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nkoda – (TRIAL)

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Trial ends: 19th October 2023.
To access nkoda, it is necessary to download their APP. Links to instructions to do this are available via the Library Catalogue link above.

nkoda is a digital, interactive, sheet music application, which provides access to scores, performance & education resources.

Video tutorials on making the best use of nkoda are available here!

You can find out more about nkoda here!

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Shen Bao Digital Archive – TRIAL

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Trial ends: 13th October 2023.
Archive coverage: 1872-1949
Established in 1872, Shen Bao (申報, historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shen Bao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters. During its existence, Shen Bao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China. Shen Bao’s innovations in printing technologies, specialized use of the telegraph, and dispatch of special military correspondents gave it an edge.

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Renmin Ribao Digital Archive – TRIAL

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Trial ends: 13th October 2023.
Archive coverage: 1946-2012
Renmin Ribao (人民日报, People’s Daily) is the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and the central newspaper of record for the modern Chinese state. Since its founding in 1946, Renmin Ribao has published the official policies and viewpoints of China’s central government and has been the voice of the upper echelons of power in the People’s Republic of China. Renmin Ribao publishes authoritative reports by government and party leaders, politically oriented speeches and articles, and covers major events at home and abroad. The newspaper is also important for the editorials, regarded as rather authoritative statements of government policy, covering politics and culture, communist theory and philosophy, and Marxist economics.

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Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO) – TRIAL

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Trial ends: 10th November 2023.

 

RRIMO provides online access to the seven ongoing Recent Researches in Music series: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th/20th centuries, American (including MUSA), and Oral Traditions. Titles in the series Collegium Musicum: Yale University are also included in RRIMO.

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Wiley Digital Archives: Environmental Science and History – (TRIAL)

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Trial ends: 28th October 2023.

Please Note: Access to this trial is via the same landing page as our access to Wiley’s Royal Geographical Society collection. The trial is only to Wiley’s Environmental Science & History Collection.

Wiley Digital Archives: Environmental Science and History focuses on critical aspects of anthropogenic change, with unique and rare archival collections from multiple, global sources.

This archive includes collections from the following primal sources:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens,
  • The National Archives (UK),
  • The Commonwealth Forestry Institute,
  • CAB International (CABI),
  • Royal Entomological Society,
  • Ecological Society of America.

The collection contains approximately one million pages/images of primary sources, derived from new scanning and digitization, featuring data-heavy collections on Deforestation, Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (Food Production); Ecology, Botany, Biodiversity, and Extinction; Insect Science; Water Sources, Irrigation, Wetlands, and Hydrology.

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Bloomsbury Video Library: Film and Media – TRIAL


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Trial ends: 14th October 2023.

 

The Film and Media collection spans feature films, experimental films, documentaries and interviews with film practitioners (Jane Campion, Milos Forman, Nicolas Roeg, Len Lye, Joseph Losey, Robert Altman, Lindsay Anderson, Agnes Varda, Alfred Hitchcock, the Maysles Brothers), and documentaries on sound and lighting, television editing and beyond. Highlights include ground-breaking avant-garde films by Fluxus, Chris Petit and others.

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Guangming Ribao Digital Archive – TRIAL

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Trial ends: 13th October 2023.
Archive coverage: 1949-2010)
Launched on June 16, 1949 by the China Democratic League, Guangming Ribao (光明日报) originally represented the eight minority “democratic” parties in China. In 1957, the newspaper reported widely on the various forums critical of the Communist Party which followed Mao Zedong’s call to “let one hundred flowers bloom.” As a result, the paper was severely criticized in the Anti-Rightist Movement (1958) that followed. The paper then joined the mainstream of party publications. Today, Guangming Ribao is an influential daily, specifically in the fields of science and technology, education and culture, with readership among state agencies, universities and schools, the armed forces and in intellectual circles. With correspondents resident in many countries worldwide, Guangming ribao also reports on international news from a Chinese perspective.

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Bloomsbury History: Theory & Method – TRIAL

 

 

 

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Trial ends: 14th October 2023.

  • 100 exclusive articles written by authors from 25 different countries across five continents that explore key concepts, thinkers, debates, methods for analysing primary sources, classic and cutting-edge theories, schools of thought and overviews and excerpts from scholarly works which shaped the discipline.
  • 60+ academic eBooks focused on historiography, theory and methods.
  • Historiography: Critical Readings, a four-volume major reference work on the global history of historiography.
  • Navigate and contextualize key content by time and region using the interactive timeline and world map.

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