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Illustrated London News Archive Now Available

The Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper, debuted in 1842. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, exploration, theatre, literature and the arts. In 1855 it launched the world’s first color supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history. Now a full digital facsimile of the entire archive is available to Cornell students and faculty. The full text is searchable, and page images, which were scanned from print copies, are in full color. Access the ILN through the Library Catalog record or via this direct link:

Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedias of Literature Now Online

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literature is an ongoing scholarly resource comprising individual titles covering key literary genres and periods, from the Medieval period to the present. Each contains signed, authoritative articles by recognized literary scholars accompanied by substantive bibliographies.  Olin Library Reference holds print editions, but we’ve now added full text online access.  The currently accessible volumes include:

Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature

Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789

Encyclopedia of the Gothic

Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature

Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature

Encyclopedia of the Novel

Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction

Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English

Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory

Clicking on the blue icon in the upper-left corner of any one volume will connect to an interface that allows searching across the entire set.  Additional volumes will be made accessible to Cornell patrons as they become available.

East India Company Database Now Available

Whether you’re studying British literature in the context of colonialism or researching postcolonialism from a global perspective, the East India Company database will open up a wealth of possibilities. It provides full-text access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library: royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, charting the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1600 to 1947.  A guide detailing the contents and various searching options may be found at

2017 Cornell Summer Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities Now Accepting Applications

This program provides Cornell graduate students with hands-on experience using digital tools for humanities research and scholarly communication. Over a 6-week summer period, library staff will help fellows plan, develop, and execute small-scale digital projects related to their own research and teaching interests. No advanced technical skills required! Sponsored by Cornell University Library and the Society for the Humanities, this program provides:

  • Tutorials in digital scholarship tools and communications platforms, tailored to participants’ interests and prior skills
  • Orienting readings and discussion of historical and current issues in digital humanities
  • An introduction to practical aspects of developing, implementing, and managing complex digital humanities projects, ranging from technical considerations to broader scholarly impact
  • Ongoing guidance and technical support for participants developing their own digital projects
  • A stipend ($1,000).

See the web site at for more information and an application form. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 noon on April 15, 2017.

Digital Collections Grants Program Seeks Applications

Digital scan of punk concert flyer in the Library's Punk collectionThe seventh round of the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, a program funded by the College of Arts of Sciences and coordinated by Cornell University Library, is now open for applications from faculty and graduate students. The goal is to build enduring digital resources in support of scholarly and teaching activities in the College of Arts and Science and at Cornell in general. The process does not require any technical expertise – all you need is a good idea!

Information about the program’s goals, selection criteria, process, and timeline is available on the grants program website:

The website also includes a list of the inspiring projects funded during 2010-2016:

The application deadline for 2017 grants is March 17, 2017.

New Content in British Periodicals

Cornell Library access to the British Periodicals database now includes the magazines collectively known as the “Great Eight” during the late 1800s and early 1900s:

The Illustrated War News
The Sketch
The Sphere
The Tatler
The Graphic
The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News
The Bystander

Most if not all of these were heavily illustrated publications, so the visual content in particular is quite rich. This group of publications should be an especially welcome addition for those studying 19th and 20th century popular culture and the arts in the UK.

Do You Need an ORCID iD?

If you are a Cornell faculty member, graduate student, postdoc, or research associate who publishes in scholarly journals, the answer is Yes!  ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and ensures that your work is recognized by linking you to your professional activities. Unlike other research IDs, your ORCID iD is universal. It’s not tied to any institution or database, and it can follow you wherever your research takes you. More than 3,000 journals are already collecting ORCID iDs from corresponding authors. Creating your ORCID iD is easy. Go to the Library’s ORCID guide to find out how, or contact Help@ORCID at Once you’ve created your ORCID iD, it’s easy to add your scholarly works to your ORCID record, enable automatic updates, and delegate management of your record to someone else. Be identified with the good work you do: get your ORCID iD.

Oxford Handbooks Online

oxfrdhandbooks Now available online to the Cornell community, the Oxford Handbooks series offers in-depth articles by prominent scholars across the humanities and social sciences. Each Handbook includes thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field of study. Articles review the key issues and major debates, and provide an argument for how those debates might evolve. Among the many titles focused on literature are volumes exploring ecocriticism, global modernisms, postcolonialism, indigenous American literature, Milton, science fiction, the Victorian novel, Wordsworth, and African-American slave narratives. Volumes can be accessed individually by title through the Library Catalog or collectively through the database link.

Rotunda Digital Literary Editions

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The Library now offers access to all the critical digital editions available in the University of Virginia’s Rotunda Literature and Culture collection, including:

  1. The Digital Temple: a documentary edition of George Herbert’s English verse.
  2. Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences: a born-digital textual inquiry
  3. Clotel by William Wells Brown: an electronic scholarly edition
  4. Typee by Herman Melville: a fluid-text edition
  5. The Letters of Matthew Arnold: a digital edition
  6. The Letters of Christina Rossetti: a digital edition
  7. Journal of Emily Shore: revised and expanded

Each title may be accessed through its Library Catalog record, or through the main Rotunda web page.

18th Century Journals Now Available Online

18thcentjournalsCornell’s 18th century scholars now have online access to Eighteenth Century Journals, a portal to periodicals and newspapers published between 1685 and 1835. Gathering material from rare collections at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, the Harry Ransom Center, Cambridge University, and other repositories, the database includes the full text of not only British titles such as The Bee and The Lady’s Magazine, but serials from India, the Caribbean, Ireland, and Poem from The BeeCanada as well. This rich complement to Eighteenth Century Collections Online illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. The topics covered include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature, theater, and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

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