Researching Resources Online, and available in other places
There are an increasing number of resources, and guides to resources available online. Try out various search terms on these, and then share your discoveries:
BBC Genome Project: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/
This site allows you to search the listing information in the BBC's Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. Find programmes and programme information for planned radio and television broadcasts on the BBC.
British Film Institute: http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections
The BFI holds a huge collection of films and television programmes, as well as supporting material. This link is to their searchable collections database.
British Library EThos: http://ethos.bl.uk
A searchable database of over 400,000 doctoral theses. If it's not available for immediate download, a scanned copy is easy to order.
British Newspaper Archive: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
A partnership between the British Library and findmypast which is in the process of digitising up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's collection. The OCRing process is inexact, but the pages scanned so far are searchable, and you can add value to any discoveries by making corrections to the OCRed text.
British Pathe: http://www.britishpathe.com/
"The finest newsreel archive in the world", with films from 1896 to 1976 on all kinds of subjects, available free to view online, through a searchable database.
Getty Images/BBC stuff: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/bbcmotiongallery
Searchable database of BBC moving image material. What hasn't the BBC filmed and made films of over the past 90 years?
Searchable access to questions and debates in Parliament going back to 1988.
Imperial War Museums: http://www.iwm.org.uk
A remarkably and perhaps unexpectedly diverse collection of audio, video, photographic and textual material.
National Archives and more: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/catalogues-and-online-records.htm
Search the catalogues of the National Archives, and/or search guides to materials held in over 2,500 other archives.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations: https://oatd.org/
"OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1000 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,138,773 theses and dissertations."
ProQuest dissertations: http://dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb/search.html
Not so open, accessible and user-friendly as it used to be when its origins in "University Microfilms" was still more visible, but nevertheless a huge database of theses and dissertations, copies of which can be ordered online.
The Weaver Brothers (Ashford, Kent) photograph collection: http://www.reflections-images.co.uk/
An excellent source of images for daily life in the area around Ashford in Kent between 1949 and 2005, as well as a developing labour of love: If you can identify anyone or anything in these photographs from the collection of the Weaver Brothers' photography business, please do.
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