Monday, September 26, 2011

TRIAL: Accessible Archives - extended!

Our trial of Accessible Archives has been extended until 31st October 2011.

To access this trial go to For off-campus access use Apps Anywhere (IE8 or IE9 in the Web or Office folders). If we subscribe we will arrange access through EZproxy as normal.

Developed by instructors and students of American history, Accessible Archives' databases contain the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment.

For full details of the Accessible Archives collections and their constituent parts, see

After trying these databases please leave your comments below specifying which collection(s) and/or part(s) you are referring to. You can choose the anonymous option to comment without needing to have a Blogger account, but it helps if you include your name in your feedback so that we can follow up on comments.


Angel O'Donnell (History) said...

This is a fantastic supplement to the Early American newspapers collection, filling in most of the gaps in that database, especially the glaring absence of nearly fifty years of the Pennsylvania Gazette. While scanned images of the actual page would be preferable, the plain text format allows for near flawless search matches and spectacular indexing. Also finding relevant articles is much easier. A brilliant resource.

Angel O'Donnell said...

Apologies. As an addendum to my earlier post; full scanned images of pages are available, though they are a little hidden in the navigation bar.

Keith Mason said...

I fully endorse Angel O'Donnell's earlier comments. This is an invaluable supplement to the other electronic resources we have in the field of early American history and should prove extremely useful for staff, postgrads, and undergraduates working on dissertations.

James D. said...

This really is an excellent resource for undergrad research. The ability to search such a large collection of material so quickly is a great help.

Mark Towsey said...

This represents an excellent addition to our already formidable array of digital resources for both undergraduate and postgraduate research. As Keith points out, it will prove especially useful to American specialists - but it also has much broader appeal, particularly for those interested in newspapers and print culture in the past. As DDPGR in History, it will further strengthen our appeal to prospective research students - many of whom now look for digital resources like these.