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Creative & Media Writing - Recommended Sources

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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A project from the University of California, Davis, which makes available e-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women from 1789 to 1832

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If you want to trace details about a specific person or place, or perhaps need inspiration for creative writing, this could be just what you need!  Connected Histories provides an all-in-one search across electronic content available on various sites such as 19th Century British Pamphlets, the Clergy of the Church of England, Charles Booth Archive, Convict Transportation Registers, Proceedings of the Old Bailey, British Newspapers 1600-1900 etc. If you find something useful on a resource we pay for e.g. British Newspapers, you may need to follow the link to that resource from the Finding Articles page within these Subject Pages.

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A high quality alternative to Wikipedia – also containing dictionaries - which even shows you how to reference items found. Try out the 'mind map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

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A brilliant source containing essays, maps, primary sources and an interactive chronology on the theme of Empire across the last 5 centuries

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Use one search to look across over 18 million digital items from 48 libraries across Europe.

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A cultural gateway into documents and images from across Europe.

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The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas.

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If you need to check what certain terms mean quickly, this site will help.

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A very useful site put together by the British Library containing images, plus essays by leading academics on different aspects of gothic literature.

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The full text of thousands of books published in Britain from 1475 to 1900. This collection comprises Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), plus nineteenth century books from the British Library collection.

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Access 441 mainly Greek and Latin texts in English translation.

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An online archive of printed material covering aspects of everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. You will find posters and handbills for theatrical and non-theatrical entertainments, broadsides relating to murders and executions, book and journal prospectuses, popular topographical prints, and a wealth of different kinds of printed advertising material.

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The national record of over 58,000 men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century – extremely useful for detailed biographies about literary figures.

You can log onto this using your Public Library membership number in the Library Card Login box.

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Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

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42,000 out-of-copyright books online.

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A set of online research tools – including chronologies, indexes, concordances and bibliographies - created by academic experts for the study of the Romantics, their contemporaries, and their cultural contexts.

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A wide ranging archive which includes US Supreme Court records, books, pamphlets, newspapers and facsimiles of letters by the English abolitionist William Wilberforce etc

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This archive preserves thousands of electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education. Texts available range from Treasure Island and Moby Dick to Tristram Shandy and Shakespeare plays.

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A fantastic online collection containing everything from the full-text of books, to posters and performance tickets. Highly recommended by Portsmouth lecturers

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A highly-rated American academic site about all aspects of UK Victorian literature and culture. You will find primary and secondary texts (including scholarly book reviews) covering Victorian economics, literature, philosophy, political and social history, science, technology, and visual arts (painting, architecture, sculpture, book design and illustration, photography, decorative arts, including ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metalwork, stained glass, and textiles, costume and various movements, such as Art Nouveau, Japonisme, and Arts and Crafts).

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An international public resource that provides unified access to major works of visual and literary works that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility.

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Details about the life and work of this important nineteenth century figure. Links to his work are included as well as full-text, critical articles about his work.

American literature
crime fiction
English & Old English languages
English & Old English literature
literary philosophy & theory

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You may also find relevant resources listed under: Literature.

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