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Saturday, March 28, 2009

19th Century British Pamphlets Project

"This project, created by the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme, provides online access through JSTOR to the most significant British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries. Pamphlets were an important means of public debate in the 19th century, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. They are a valuable primary resource relevant to a wide range of disciplines. They have been underutilized within research and teaching because they are generally quite difficult to access - often bound together in large numbers or otherwise hard to find in the few research libraries that hold them. JSTOR will make these pamphlets searchable alongside current collections to enhance discovery and use across disciplines. These pamphlets are now freely accessible to all JSTOR participating institutions through June 30, 2009 as we work to evaluate delivery, presentation, and use of the content, and develop an understanding of how best to address the needs of researchers and students working with it. There will be regular releases of additional material during this pamphlet trial period"

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