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Key Facts

  • Format: Full text, Full image
  • Media: Electronic/Online
  • Coverage Dates: 1681 - 1920
  • Sources Covered: 587 titles, 5 million+ pages
  • MARC Records: Yes

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Continuing a tradition of comprehensive full-run coverage for popular periodicals that began with American Periodicals Series Online, this new  resource offers facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries.  
British Periodicals is available in  two separate collections, British Periodicals Collection I and British Periodicals Collection II, each of which can be purchased separately.
  • British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the ProQuest microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.
  • British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the ProQuest microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology, and architecture.

By providing digital access to the key titles from this time period, British Periodicals opens up research to a much wider audience. This uniquely powerful multidisciplinary database finally gives students and researchers a clear pathway to detailed and exhaustive content previously unavailable onlineAll of this content is available in full page image with searchable full text. Users can filter results down to article type and download articles in either PDF or TIFF. Each facsimile page is available in both a high resolution bitonal version, for ease of on-screen reading, and in a high resolution grayscale version, providing scholars with an authentic and detailed record of the printed source. 

Institutions with access to ProQuest's edition of the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals can instantly cross-search Wellesley indexing with the full text from the British Periodicals interface. Crucially, the addition of Wellesley also makes it possible to search for instances of a word or phrase in a given author's contributions to periodicals even where these originally appeared unsigned or over a pseudonym.  Altogether, British Periodicals provides full text to all 43 important Wellesley titles.

In addition, institutions with access to ProQuest's Periodicals Archive Online (PAO, formerly PCI Full Text) may search British Periodicals' titles with those in PAO, providing users with simultaneous access to hundreds of historical periodicals from one search, as well as the more current literature about those authors and topics in PAO's scholarly journals.
The titles were selected by Professor Daniel Fader of the University of Michigan on the basis of their importance and difficulty of access in American libraries, and issues were sourced from over 100 libraries worldwide.
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