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Finding Primary Sources

When studying literature, a "primary source" can be the text itself, or relevant documents (letters from the author, historical documents from the time period, etc.) that help interpret meaning.  Search the following databases to locate primary materials from 20th Century England. Please note that finding primary sources online may be difficult for more current publications and older publications still under copyright laws.

  • British Periodicals - [UW restricted]
    Full-text of core British magazines and journals. Regarding the modern-era you will find journals that cover up to the 1930's. Subjects cover literature, art and architecture
  • Times (of London) - [UW restricted]
    Full-text access to the London Times from 1785-1985. Does not include text of Times Literary Supplement.
  • Empire Online - [UW restricted]
    Approximately 60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. The sections cover Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969 (2003); Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire (2003/4); The Visible Empire (2004/5); Religion and Empire (2005/6); and Race, Class and Colonialism, c1783-1969 (2006/7)
  • Modernist Journal Project
  • Full-text access to a variety of literary magazines publish in Britain in the early 20th century. This project is conducted by both Brown University and the University of Tulsa with the stated goal of providing full-text access to the public.

Rudyard Kipling

Selected Literary Jouranls