Remote access to Early American Newspapers (and more) for British Library readers

The British Library has just announced a pilot offering remote access to three of their electronic resources, which mostly we don’t have here in Oxford.  One of the resources included in the trial is Early American Newspapers (1690-1876).  We have this collection on microfilm (see our microfilm list), but not online access.  All you need to make use of the BL’s subscription from home is a BL reader’s ticket, which you can use to log in to access the resources.  If you don’t already have one, might well be worth a trip down to the BL to get one!  The pilot is due to run for six months, and you can access the resources via the British Library’s e-resources page.

For more information on this pilot, see the British Library Team Americas blog. The other two resources included are the Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports (1974-1996, series 1-4 – Oxford has online access to series 1 and 2 already), and the World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, 1800-1922 (not currently held in Oxford).

Postgraduate training days at the British Library

The British Library is running a series of training days for postgraduates during the autumn, which might interest some of you.

From their newsletter:

The days include a general introduction to the Library’s collections and
services as well as curator workshops involving materials and reference sources
relevant to the specific subject of the training day. There are limited spaces
on each day and also limited travel bursaries available so book early to avoid
disappointment. To book a place on any of the training days or to find out more
information please email

Social Sciences: 13 October
History (Medieval to 18th C): 4 November
History (19th-21st C): 25 November