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British Periodicals Collections (Proquest).

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This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Why use it?

If you are studying literary culture, this database is excellent for the following:

  • The Periodical Press
  • Victorian periodicals
  • Popular culture
  • Literary Journalism
  • Essays and Belles-Lettres
  • Illustrated Periodicals
  • Literary Criticism
  • Political Satire
  • Politics / Political Science
  • Fine Arts

Where can I find it?

  • Go to LibrarySearch or access it from the Library web pages which are accessible via the University Services on your Blackboard.
  • Log in using your CCCU username and password. If you are away from campus, or connecting with your own device over Wi-Fi, you will need to include after your CCCU username.
  • Select Find Databases A-Z, then click on B for British Periodicals Collections I and II (Proquest) , finally click on the link to the database to open it in a new tab.

How do I use it?

You can perform a Basic or an Advanced Search or search by publication title. Use Advanced Search to look up authors or limit by date. You can also limit by document type or illustrations. e.g. all articles featuring the word cycling which are illustrated.

Apply your learning

Try searching British Periodicals Collections I and II by following the steps outlined below. You’ll practice using some of the most common functions and be ready to search for information for your assignments.

  1. Search for the word Folkestone. How many results do you find?
  2. Using the left-hand panel, limit your search results to those published in  Publication title: Bow Bells: a magazine of general literature and art for family reading. How many results do you find?
  3. In the article ‘Holiday Haunts’ who visited Folkestone in 1892?
  4. Find an interesting article from your results list and see if you can access the full-text of the the article.
  5. Reflect on the type of information appearing in your search. How will you use this information in your assignments? How could you make your search more specific?


After you have accessed British Periodicals (Proquest), go to Accessibility at the bottom right hand side of the page.

Further help

Your Learning and Research Librarian will be able to help you make the best use of online resources. Email with your query or, for detailed guidance, book a tutorial.