The Times of India is the world’s largest circulation English-language daily newspaper reaching almost 8 million readers globally.
Documenting key historical events in India, including the rise of Gandhi’s Civil Disobedience movement, Independence, and Partition, the paper has rich research potential for students and researchers across the world. It also covers in depth the study of colonial and post-colonial times, class and gender issues, religion, as well as international economics, international relations and cultural studies.
The University of Bristol recently purchased the Times of India historical newspaper following a successful trial earlier in 2015.
Mary Jane Steer, Subject Librarian at the University of Bristol said, “University of Bristol ran a trial for Times of India in spring 2015, and the database was very well received by those who tried it. Our Historical Studies faculty runs courses on British Empire, After Empire, Colonialism, Postcolonial Africa, Human Rights, etc. and for many of these courses newspaper sources can be an invaluable primary resource, encouraging students to take up more challenging dissertation topics.”
She also stated that academics and students are thrilled that the university has now taken the resource.
One of the academics said, "I would use the archive extensively in every course that I expect to teach next year."
Students across a variety of subjects were keen to express their thoughts on gaining access to the Times of India:
"I loved using it; it was incredibly useful for my dissertation and formed quite a central part of it in the end. It was really easy to navigate."
"It provided a perspective outside of official imperial sources and British news reporting."
"With the broad collection of articles that Times of India provides I now have plenty to go on.”
"I found the archive really useful for my project. There was a lot on Pakistan/India relations but I also found much on issues not related to India at all. Very easy to refine searches, especially when it came to the time frame."
"The site is clear and the quality of the scanned newspaper images very high."
"The Times of India was invaluable in giving a cultural insight to Indian attitudes to the Bhopal disaster on a national, as opposed to regional or international levels. Furthermore, the archive itself was easily accessible and offered a fantastic search engine to quickly find relevant historical material for my essay."
Ms. Steer stated that one of her students claimed the Times of India provided "Overall an invaluable tool for practically any historical research on the Indian subcontinent, as well as offering a different perspective to other global events."
While another student stated, "I used it extensively, and thought it was fantastic. It was so helpful how you could search key words within articles, not just by dates."
The Times of India is just one title within ProQuest’s Historical Newspapers™ program - the definitive digital archive of significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.