eResource of the month: Gale Primary Sources

Each month we spotlight one of our databases to highlight the range of resources available to our users. This month, Business Faculty Librarian Ben Taylorson discusses Gale Primary Sources.

Gale Primary Sources is an interactive research environment that allows researchers to cross-search Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) and the substantial newspaper archives we have via Gale Newsvault.

Content includes:

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online – English and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from North and South America.
  • Nineteenth-Century Collections Online – A multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century. It is comprised of numerous collections and a variety of material types including monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more–in one cross-searchable location.
  • Archives Unbound – A multi-disciplinary resource. Collections cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages forward: from Witchcraft to World War II, to twentieth-century political history. Particular strengths include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Collections are chosen based on requests from scholars, archivists, and students.
  • Declassified Documents: Twentieth Century British Intelligence – Britain began the twentieth century with a vast global empire. The spheres of influence of the British government stretched from the UK and Ireland to mandates, protectorates and colonies in the Middle East and Africa, from the islands of the West Indies to British Malaya and Singapore in South East Asia, as well as to the sub-continent of India, and the self-governing Dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This resource allows researchers to explore the role of signals intelligence, human agents, diplomats, politicians and the armed forces in the gathering of intelligence from across this empire and beyond, and to explore the impact this had on crucial events and decisions throughout a turbulent century.

As well as numerous newspaper collections:

  • British Library Newspapers 
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2016)
  • The Economist Historical Archive (1843-2011)
  • Financial Times Historical Archive (1888-2016)
  • The Independent Digital Archive (1986-2016)
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000)
  • The Times Digital Archive (1785-2010)
  • Sunday Times Digital Archive (1822-2016)
  • Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive (1902-2011)
  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive (1842-2003)
  • Picture Post Historical Archive (1938-1957)
  • The Listener Historical Archive (1929-1991)
  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
  • 17th and 18th century Nichols Newspapers collection (1672-1737)

You can search all of the collections at once, or you can limit your search just to one particular collection, or just to the newspaper collections. One big advantage of searching Gale Primary Sources for newspaper articles is that your results include facsimile copies of the original article, meaning formatting, context and any accompanying illustrations are included.

A Daily Telegraph newspaper article from March 1st 2004

You can access Gale Primary Sources via Discover (each of the individual content packages – e.g Nineteenth Century Collections Online – are also all catalogues individually). You can also access it via the Collections tab (under newspapers) in your subject guide.

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