Trial access to French newspaper archive RetroNews

newspapersRetroNews is an online archive of digitised French newspapers produced by the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF). It includes 700 newspaper titles published between 1631 and 1950. You can search by title, and by theme, so includes a range of articles related to history, politics, society and culture which you can explore directly and through curated collections.

Access to RetroNews is available off-campus until the 1 September.

Help us to decide

Please send feedback about the archive to Kim Coles, Academic Liaison for Languages and Cultures (French, German, Italian and Spanish)-

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team


System Upgrades this Summer: some services disrupted

During the summer some of our systems will be ‘at risk’ for maintenance and upgrades on the following dates:

• 22 – 23 June  (Enterprise, Library catalogue)

• 29 – 30 June (EZproxy server – some e-resource authentication)Computer keyboard

• 20 – 21 July (Enterprise, Library catalogue)

• 27 – 28 July (Symphony, Library management system)

There may be additional ‘at risk’ periods.

Details of how you can continue to access Library resources and services throughout the ‘at risk’ period will be posted on the Library news blog before each ‘at risk’ period.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Colonial history via Empire Online trial

We currently have a trial to Empire Online. If you’re interested in colonial history, society, trade and travel, politics and culture, then take a look! The database gives an insight into the rise and fall of empires around the world from the late 15th to early 21st century. It provides access to primary source material from American, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, German and British perspectives, and also includes documents from Africa, India and North America. As well as primary documents, which range from diaries, exploration logs, government papers, maps, and much more, the database contains a range of secondary learning resources, including scholarly essays.

Access to Empire Online is available off-campus until the 5 August.

Help us to decide

Please send feedback about the database to Charlie Carpenter, Academic Liaison Librarian for Classics, History and Philosophy at

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Problems accessing resources

We are currently experiencing problems with resources that we link to via DOI. A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. An example of a resource that links via DOI is this,

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Unfortunately one of our authentication methods is currently interfering with such linking and preventing users from accessing content. If you find a link with this problem it will take you to a webpage with a ‘Bad Gateway’ error message. This is affecting resources that are using our Proxy that link via DOI, and as such may appear in Talis, Enterprise or Summon. We are aware of the urgency of this problem and are working with the company that manages this authentication system to resolve the situation. In the meantime we have changed links in Talis and Summon so that they no longer authenticate with the proxy, these changes may take up to 48 hours to complete. Once on a platform you may need to login to a resource via the institutional sign in.

If you come across such an error message you can still access the resource by using our A-Z databases list to search for the platform the eBook or article is on, and then search the database using the title or author to find the resource.

I apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Lindsay Warwick, E-resources Team

Resolved – problems with Lexis

The problems we were experiencing accessing international content and news content on Lexis Library have now been resolved.  Open laptop

You can now access these two platforms by using the links below.

For International content these are the new on campus and off campus links.

For News content these are the new on campus and off campus links.

We will be updating the Library website with the new links shortly. In the meantime please use the above links for access to Lexis’ international and news platforms. To access all other areas of the Lexis platform please use the links found on the A-Z database.

If you are still having any problems with access, please contact us at or submit an e-resources problem report form.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Lindsay Warwick- E-resources Team