Historical Research Using British Newspapers

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: D. Bates
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781473859005
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Thanks to digitisation, newspapers from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century have become an indispensable and accessible source for researchers. Through their pages, historians with a passion for a
person or a place or a time or a topic can rediscover forgotten details and gain new insights into the society and values of bygone ages.

Historical Research Using British Newspapers provides plenty of practical advice for anyone intending to use old newspapers by:
* outlining the strengths of newspapers as source material
* revealing the drawbacks of newspapers as sources and giving ways to guard against them
* tracing the development of the British newspaper industry
* showing the type of information that can be found in newspapers and how it can be used
* identifying the best newspapers to start with when researching a particular topic
* suggesting methods to locate the most relevant articles available
* demonstrating techniques for collating, analysing and interpreting information
* showing how to place newspaper reports in their wider context

In addition nine case studies are included, showing how researchers havealready made productive use of newspapers to gain insights that were not available from elsewhere.

1. A Brief History of Newspaoers in Britain
2. The News Chain
3. Content of a Newspaper
4. Factors Affecting Newspaper Research
5. Issues That Affect All Types of Source
6. Preparing to Research
7. Which Newspapers to Start With?
8. Finding Material in On-line Newspapers
9. Historical Studies Using Old Newspapers
10. Some Data Handling Techniques
11. Data Handling Using a Spreadsheet
12. Using Spreadsheets in a Historical Study
13. Illustrations in Newspapers
14. Using Newspapers With Other Sources
A Study in Slander
Research From Newspaper Sources
Appendix 1. Accessing Old Newspapers
Appendix 2. Worldwide Newspaper Websites
Appendix 3. Other Websites for Researchers
Appendix 4. Money, Weights and Measures
Appendix 5. Publicising Results
Further Reading

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