Tuesday, 29 April 2014

New online resources: Times Digital Archive & State Papers Online

Times Digital Archive, 1785 – 2008

The Times of London was first published in 1785 and is the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication. The Times Digital Archive provides online access to the full-text of every page from every issue of The Times newspaper from 1785 to 2008. The resource allows users to conduct simple or advanced searches.  It can also be browsed by date.

State Papers Online, 1509 – 1714

State Papers Online is an archive that provides access to 16th and 17th century State Papers. The University Of Sheffield has access to the following collections:

  • Part I - The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
  • Part III - The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic

The resource can be searched using a range of search limiters including date, reign and language. The resource also provides: a series of essays by leading historians with links to the archival materials; calendars, which provide abstracts or summaries of the documents; an image gallery; links to related online sites; and research tools including lists of abbreviations and a glossary of historical terms.


These resources can be accessed from the Library’s StarPlus catalogue by searching under the University Collections tab (remember to sign in to StarPlus first).  Alternatively, access them from the following links:

Times Digital Archive

You will be prompted to log in to MUSE if you haven’t already done so.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

The unique collection of video was digitised in 2002 and covers major events, famous faces, travel, sport and culture and both the First and Second World Wars.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


The Library has recently purchased BrowZine, an app which enables users to browse and read academic journal articles on tablet devices. 

BrowZine brings together articles from our subscription and open access journals into a single ‘newsstand’ style app.   Users can save their favourite journals, view the tables of contents, and read articles as new issues are released.

BrowZine is designed for current awareness and browsing.  It complements the Library catalogue StarPlus, which can be used for more focused research or searching.

University Of Sheffield members can download the BrowZine app, free of charge, from the iPad, Android and Amazon App Stores, or from the link below.  After downloading, users will need to select University of Sheffield from the list and enter their University of Sheffield username and password when prompted.

Please note: the minimum OS required are iPad version 5.1.1 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). BrowZine is currently available for tablets only. It is not compatible with smartphones at present although this development is expected in the future.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Searching for your research project

Need to search for literature for a research project?

Start with a search for books on the StarPlus University Collections tab.

Then move onto searching for journal articles. The Articles and Databases tab in StarPlus defaults to search Primo Central- a general, multidisciplinary database. This will give you quick, quality results. Make sure you have signed into StarPlus by clicking ‘University members’ at the top of the page.

For a more specific search, use databases. Find the databases useful to you on your Subject Guide: http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/subjects/subjects. Subject Guides also give links to other relevant information sources.

Search tips: Make sure you think about your keywords and any alternative words or spellings that could be used. Learn more about constructing your search here: https://librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/shef-only/info_skills/successful_db.html

Use the ‘Find it’ buttons in databases to check access (Print and electronic) to articles of interest.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014



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