Historical Texts and Journal Archives 2020-2023

  • Start: 1 Aug 2020
    Expiry: 31 Jul 2023
  • Description:

    The Historical Texts and Journal Archives services consolidate and host the book and journal archives which Jisc have licensed on behalf of the education community.

Product overview

Journal Archives

More than 5.7 million articles from the archives of over 600 journals of major publishers and societies - published by Brill, Cambridge University Press, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor & Francis - along with 400-plus historical publications in ProQuest's British Periodicals Collections I and II.

The service also contains the British Library-digitised archive of "Spare Rib" magazine, available as an open access resource.

Historical Texts

The full-text of over 460,000 texts published in Great Britain from between the late 15th Century and the early 20th Century. Historical Texts brings together the significant Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) digital archives, in combination with 65,000 free texts from the British Library's 19th Century collection and the 66,000-book UK Medical Heritage Library, also available on open access (and with its own standalone access point).

Publisher selection policy

Both Historical Texts and Journal Archives are in a programme of continuing improvement, to enhance their functionality to reflect subscriber and user needs and to add updated content as it becomes available.

In the current year (2019-20), we have already added the huge British Periodicals Collections I and II to Journal Archives and we are plan to supplement Historical Texts with the Burney Collection of British Newspapers, before the end of the year, as well as launching new usage-reporting tools (including COUNTER 5 compliance) for both services.

Update Type

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Update Notes

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Accessibility

Historical Texts accessibility page

Journal Archives accessibility page

Jisc is committed to delivering services that meet the needs of our users. The Historical Texts and Journal Archives services have been designed with web standards in mind and aim to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/) and be compliant to the A and AA standard wherever possible.

In line with the requirements of the the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2); Accessibility Regulations 2018 we are currently undertaking accessibility testing for WCAG 2.1 compliance. This site was developed in 2015 and if it is not compliant we will provide a roadmap towards compliance.

What is the maximum font size and does text reflow when you enlarge the font?
There is no maximum font size, and yes - text does reflow in the new responsive template.

Can the background/foreground colours or contrasts be changed, and if so, how?
If the researcher uses a high contrast browser plugin, then the site uses standard CSS so views will change to be high contrast.

Are there keyboard-only equivalents for all mouse actions? Where could I find a list? Are there short cut keys to reduce tabbing round links?
No, only standard controls are available.

Is text marked up so it can be navigated in a meaningful way (for example by heading level)?
Text markup is standard and semantic where possible.

Can text be selected and read by text-to-speech tools?
Yes, with the proviso that Journal Archives and Historical Texts are a Javascript applications and the text-to-speech tools must understand DOM structure (so the text-to-speech tools must be recent).

Are text descriptions available for all relevant graphics and images?
All graphics and images on our Home, About and Support pages now have text descriptions.

Where can I find guidance for all these features?
The accessibility pages for both Historical Text and Journal Archives services (from which these answers have been sourced) can be found at:

Authentication

Historical Texts

Authentication is via the UK Access Management Federation or IP address range.

Journal Archives

Authentication is via the UK Access Management Federation or IP address range.

Federated searching

Historical Texts

Federated Searching is not currently available with Historical Texts. The service itself fully integrates and cross-searches collections from various sources to mitigate the need for federated search solutions.

Journal Archives

Federated Searching is not currently available with Journal Archives. The service itself fully integrates and cross-searches collections from various sources to mitigate the need for federated search solutions.

Full text linking

Historical Texts

Each item in Historical Texts has a stable (permanent) URL, available via the "Share" function, which can be used to link directly to that item.

Journal Archives

Journal Archives is OpenURL Version 0.1 compliant. Each journal article also has a stable (permanent) URL, available via the "Share" function, which can be used to link directly to that item.

Marc records

Historical Texts

MARC Records are available for nearly all of the items in Historical Texts. Please contact the Historical Texts service desk to obtain them.

Journal Archives

MARC records are not available to Journal Archives items.

Personalisation

Historical Texts

The service uses cookies to remember some user preferences. For example, if a user opens both side panels in the viewer, these will automatically be open the next time they view an item from the same machine. For users accessing via UK Federation authentication, there is a My Texts feature enabling them to save searches and save records for future sessions.

Journal Archives

The service uses cookies to remember some user preferences. For example, if a user opens both side panels in the viewer, these will automatically be open the next time they view an item from the same machine. No other personalisation features are currently available.

Post search options

Historical Texts

After performing a search, a range of filters can be used to narrow the focus of results. A histogram displaying the date range distribution of results is shown above the results list. Searches and individual items can be saved to be retrieved again at a future point if required. Texts can read on screen using the viewer or they can be downloaded. Entire books can be instantly downloaded as a pdf. Historical Texts also offers the ability to download single images of the pages in JPEG format and users can download bibliographic information in RIS format for use with reference manager tools.

Journal Archives

After performing a search, a range of filters can be used to narrow the focus of results. Users can also browse through the Journal titles, 2018 we are currently undertaking accessibility testing for WCAG 2.1 compliance. This site was developed in 2015 and if it is not compliant we will provide a roadmap towards compliance.

Search options

Historical Texts

Standard and advanced search options are offered to users of the Historical Texts service. The standard search box allows users to input complex searches. Alternatively, users can take advantage of a wide range of advanced search features which allow for straightforward searching of specific fields, including: Author, Title, Bibliographic Reference Number, Publisher, Subject, Genre and Place of Publication. Additionally, Historical Texts offers variant spelling and Fuzzy search options so that items are not missed by spelling variation and/or poor Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Full details on all the search options can be found on the Historical Texts help pages.

Journal Archives

Standard and advanced search options are available, allowing users to search by Author, Article and Journal Title, Volume, Year and Date. Journal Archives also includes the option to search by DOI. The search box supports complex searches, and more help on all the search options can be found on the Journal Archives help pages.

Usage statistics

Historical Texts

New usage reporting tools, including COUNTER 5 compliance, will be added to the service this year.

Journal Archives

New usage reporting tools, including COUNTER 5 compliance, will be added to the service this year.

Login information

Administrative support

Please contact the Jisc Collections Helpdesk for support.

Product documentation

The Jisc e-collections service website provides information on the two platforms, centralised FAQs, updates and customisable materials to help librarians promote the service to users.

Documentation is also available on the platforms:

Subscription help

help.digitalresources@jisc.ac.uk

Technical support

Training materials

Training materials are available on the platforms: