The Illustrated Police News is just one of the many newspapers available in this wonderful archive [Illustrated Police News, May 21 1887]
The latest addition to the Library’s family history e-resources is the British Newspaper Archive, which gives you access to millions of pages of digitised historical newspapers held at the British Library. There are newspaper titles from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and you will find news articles, family notices, obituaries, letters, advertisements and illustrations.
Please note that you need to be within the State Library building to access the British Newspaper Archive and you will also need to register i.e. create your own login and password. Once you have done this you will be able to search, view articles, save (bookmark) articles of interest into different folders and add tags or comments. You will also be able to correct the optical character recognition (OCR) text, making articles easier for other people to find, in a similar way to the National Library of Australia’s Trove website.
We are currently trialling Music Online, delivering all of the music content you need, from the world’s best record labels and music publishers, together in one place. The trial is available to SLWA members until 31 March. Have a look, have a read, have a listen, have a play and let us know what you think by filling out the short survey.
Next time you’re visiting the State Library why not take the opportunity to view this latest batch of new electronic resources! All are available from the library catalogue terminals and from our public pcs (bookings required for public pcs). Click on the links for more information about each resource:
The State Library has purchased subscriptions to two new electronic databases. One is the Illustrated London News which covers the period 1842 to 2003. This publication, which reported both British and world events, is a wonderful addition to our collection and will prove useful for both historians and genealogists. Pictured here is an image of Albany which featured on page 13 of the Illustrated London News for January 7, 1865.
In great news for those with Irish ancestry, the other new addition is the Irish Newspaper Archives. This has 18 newspapers from all over Ireland with the earliest newspaper, Freeman’s Journal, dating back to 1763. The database will continue to grow with more newspapers to be added in the near future.
SEaK – Search Engage and Know Do you feel lost on the information highway?
Don’t know where to start looking for information?
Feel intimidated by the library or the internet?
The State Library has a range of free, practical hands-on workshops where you can improve your research skills and get internet search tips and tricks. All sessions are designed to give you a head start in uncovering the wealth of information available in the Library’s collections and online.
Hooray, we have four new databases available for your delectation!
Literature Resource Center : Information on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world using the world’s most current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource.
Biography Resource Center : An authoritative resource for biographies on notable figures in literature, science, history, government, business, art, religion, entertainment and sports
Science Resource Center : Millions of full-text articles on hundreds of topics from over 200 magazines and academic journals along with thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures, illustrations and links to quality web sites.
Click on the title links to go to the catalogue record with additional information for each resource. To access the databases you will need to visit us at the State Library as access is limited to those searching within the State Library building (except for the Health and Wellness Resource Center). To book a PC you will need to register for a free mylibrary card. You can search for the databases in our catalogue or you can navigate to them from the Electronic Resources section of our website!
For students, teachers and general users. Its broad and diverse collection of resources includes interactive maps,a range of Macquarie dictionaries,daily ABC news feeds, images and interactive Learning Trails
Covering a wide variety of pertinent subjects, including antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and much more, Art and Achitecture provides full-text coverage of more than 250 periodicals and 150 books
One of the the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online offering close to 22,600 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums.
*Headphones are required to use this database and are available to purchase from the bookshop on the ground floor of the library.
A recent update to Grove Music Online focuses exclusively on opera and takes you to “a star-studded, multifaceted world of tragedy and triumph, passion and seduction, intrigue and disaster, jealousy and dreams”. There are 450 new and updated biographies on singers. There is also an index to opera roles, a new resource in the Tools and Resources area of Grove Music Online. The index is designed to allow you to browse major opera roles from A to Z with ease. Each entry also includes hyperlinks to the opera, composer, and singer. You will find entries of Western Australian singers such as Gregory Yurisich and Glenys Fowles. Check out this and other music electronic resources at http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/electronic_resources/categories/Music. Access terminals are available on every floor of the State Library building.