General academic resources and text archives

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The Oxford Reference Library contains a huge collection of reference works in a wide range of subjects. Unfortunately, Sunderland University is not a subscriber. But many local libraries in the UK are. All you need to log on is the serial number on your local library card. If you belong to Sunderland libraries, click here. If you belong to Newcastle libraries click here. South Tyneside members click here. (If you're a member of any other library, you'll need to visit their website.)

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) – an illustrated collection of more than 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women from around the world who shaped all aspects of Britain's past. Sunderland University does not subscribe, but your local library probably does. Log on with the serial number on your library card. If you belong to Sunderland libraries, click hereIf you belong to Newcastle libraries click here. South Tyneside members click here. (If you're a member of any other library, you'll need to visit their website.)

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) – search the greatest English dictionary of them all. To do this, you'll need to be a member of your local library (Sunderland University does not subscribe). You can log on using the serial number on your library card.  If you belong to Sunderland libraries, click here. If you belong to Newcastle libraries click here. South Tyneside members click here. (If you're a member of any other library, you'll need to visit their website.) 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online is accessible through local libraries (but not Sunderland University) - log on with your library card number.  If you belong to Sunderland libraries, click here. If you belong to Newcastle libraries click here. South Tyneside members click here. (If you're a member of any other library, you'll need to visit their website.)

Zetoc provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals and around 16,000 conference proceedings published per year.

Voice of the Shuttle – a huge collection of resources and links in the humanities (University of California)

The Archives Hub provides collection level descriptions of archives in UK universities and colleges, which can be searched by keyword.

COPAC is a union catalogue providing access to the merged online catalogues of 24 of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, in addition to the British Library, the National Library of Wales and the National Library of Scotland.

The British Library

Symbols.com – online encyclopedia of Western signs and ideograms.

The European Library Webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals – both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – this service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

The Research Channel provides online videos for higher education and research. It offers video programmes from leading American research institutions.

BBC Interviews – hundreds of audio extracts from the BBC archives can be accessed here using Real Player. They feature a wide range of personalities, including Siegfried Sassoon, Alfred Hitchcock, Roald Dahl, George Bernard Shaw, Stevie Smith and dozens of others. It is possible to search alphabetically by name or by professions such as: actors, architects, cartoonists, composers, dancers, film directors, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, religious thinkers, sculptors, sports and writers.

MIT Open Courseware – free access to materials produced by academics at one of the best universities in the world – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

JSTOR – the scholarly journal archive.

JISCmail – national academic mailing list service.

EDINA – providing national online resources for education and research.

Education Media Online – educational films and sound for download (via Athens).

The Nation on Film site from the BBC has clips which can be searched by topic and location – watch (for example) Sunderland’s winning goal in the 1973 FA Cup Final, or Sunderland Oak – a documentary about shipbuilding on the Wear.

OpenLearn - free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world from the Open University.

Open2.net has free online learning materials from the Open University and the BBC.

The University of Glasgow library's Book of the Month Archive - browse text and images from rare and historical books in the library collection.

Publishers' Bindings Online 1815-1930: the Art of Books is a collection of digital images of book bindings from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, hosted by the University of Alabama.

LookSmart - hundreds of online journals, many with free access.

The British Museum

The Natural History Museum

The Science Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The National Gallery

Imperial War Museum

National Maritime Museum

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Tate Museums

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Smithsonian Museums

Harvard University Museums

Tyne and Wear Museums

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

Intute is maintained by a network of UK universities and provides access to web resources for education and research.

Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online are excellent resources on every aspect of the visual arts and music. Sunderland University does not subscribe, but your local library probably does. Log on with the serial number on your library card. If you belong to Sunderland libraries, click here. If you belong to Newcastle libraries click here. South Tyneside members click here. (If you're a member of any other library, you'll need to visit their website.)

Archival sound recordings from the British Library. Over 12,000 recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments. Log-on via Athens.

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

The Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) collects, preserves and promotes electronic resources in the arts and humanities.

British Library online newspaper archive

Guardian century – an archive of articles from the Guardian newspaper 1899-1999.

Internet library of early journals – an electronic archive of eighteenth and nineteenth-century journals (including The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine).

Project Gutenberg – the Internet’s oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Renascence editions – an online repository of works printed in English between 1477 and 1799 (University of Oregon).

The Spectator project – a hypermedia research archive of eighteenth-century periodicals hosted by Rutgers University.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674-1834 – a fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published,containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.

Ad*Access – a huge collection of historical advertisements from Duke University.

The American Memory section of the vast Library of Congress site.

Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports

The Oxford Text Archive works to collect, catalogue, preserve and distribute electronic resources for research and teaching. The site offers access to over 2,500 texts and linguistic corpora as well as advice on creation and use of digital resources.

British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

Search the full text of books at Google Book Search.

MLA (Modern Language Association)

The Free Library

A Vision of Britain through Time - a vision of Britain between 1801 and 2001 derived from census data, including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions.

Newsfilm Online contains over 3,000 hours of historic news footage from ITN's archive division, ITN Source, has been made available to further and higher education institutions in the UK, giving educators and students cost-free access to a century of video material.

VADS is the online resource for the visual arts. The website, which contains over 100,000 images free for educational use, has just been relaunched. You can browse the individual collections or search on specific terms, periods etc.

The Alphabet of Illustrators offers a vast number of digital images of historical illustrations. Clicking on any name provides high quality images of scans from books and publications of the illustrator's work.

Gresham College, founded by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1597, is an independently funded educational institution based in Barnard's Inn, Holborn, in the centre of London. It provides free lectures on a range of subjects which you can watch or listen to.

Clive James's website is here.

Reinvention: a Journal of Undergraduate Research.

TED - watch talks by leading thinkers in a variety of fields.

The British Library interactive timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day.