Gale/Cengage Learning: Archiving Chapters in History
Brynko, Barbara, Information Today
The State Papers Online, one of Gale/Cengage Learning's latest digital collections, turns back the hands of time. The latest collection brings a host of British primary documents to life from the Tudor and Stuart government and society from 1509 to 1714.
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 the 16th through the early 18th centuries.
Part I now covers critical events between 1509 and 1603 for the Tudor era (from Henry VIII's separation from Rome to the defeat of the Spanish Armada); Part II, which will be released in April, covers the foreign Tudor State Papers with Ireland, Scotland, Borders and Registers of the Privy Council, and more; and Parts III and IV, which will be released in 2010 and 2011, respectively, will focus on the 17th century State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Ireland, Registers of the Privy Council, and more.
Navigation options on the site allow users to 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 (users can rotate or magnify images), References & Links, Key Documents, and more for access to "more content, more functionality," according to Rossella Proscia, marketing director at Cengage Learning EMEA. …