Time Travel

Rossella Proscia, marketing director at Cengage Learning EMEA, turned back the hands of time during a tour of the State Papers Online, one of Gale/Cengage Learning’s latest research resources. The State Papers Online brings primary documents from the British government (1509-1714) to life. When the four-part project is completed in 2011, users will have access to nearly 3 million pages of reports, letters, memos, and parliamentary drafts from these two centuries.

Part I now covers from critical events for the Tudor era from Henry VIII’s separation from Rome to the defeat of the Spanish Armada; Part II will be released in April with Parts III and IV expected to be released in 2010 and 2011. Users can search via Calendar (abstract) entries for specific events or select a reference in the index, then jump to the exact spot in the actual document. The Related Resources on the homepage offers links to the Image Gallery, References & Links, Key Documents, and more for access to "more content, more functionality."

Proscia credits the Advisory Board with helping supply the richness and depth of the offerings. "Our Advisory Board includes many experts including Dr. Stephen Alford from the University of Chicago and Professor Norman Jones from Utah State University," she says. "This is a resource that appeals to researchers and students alike with quality, vetted content."

Also new to Gale/Cengage Learning is the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Part 2: New Editions, bringing nearly 45,000 new titles to "the world’s largest digital library of the printed book." And the other new offering is  Global Issues in Context resource for libraries and reference centers, offering students global perspectives on world issues and events in the 21st century. "Global Issues in Context ties together sources that reach into the social, military, economic, and political worlds with interactive maps, podcasts, news streams, and more," she says.

"Its customizable interface has less text and more graphics to give students a look at important global issues from different angles."

Barbara Brynko
Editor in Chief
Information Today

2 Responses to “Time Travel”

  1. Event Organizer January 14, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    Thank you for all of those state papers sources.
    Helped me alot today.

  2. B Tate December 5, 2008 at 4:20 am #

    There are several areas where users can get online access to state papers, some run by private companies, some run by university departments. They include (but are not limited to) the Fine Rolls project at King’s College, London http://www.finerollshenry3.org.uk/, Tanner Ritchie http://www.tannerritchie.com/, British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/, Proquest’s Colonial State Papers http://colonial.chadwyck.com/, and (depending on where you are) Google Book Search http://books.google.com/.
    Whilst cost is important, quality also varies so you should always check for accuracy (and comprehensiveness) before you make a decision.