The National Library of Wales has by now been buying access to e-resources for more than fifteen years. One of the earliest we offered was Early English Books Online which, despite the name, also includes every Welsh book from Yny lhyvyr hwnn in 1546 until the end of the seventeenth century.
Newspaper collections are popular with readers who undertake research on history, society, family history and many other subjects. The titles which the Library has access to include Y Faner, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Times.
Another popular resource is JSTOR which includes runs of scholarly periodicals on all sorts of subjects.
One of the considerations when offering resources such as these to users is that there should be enough variety in terms of subjects and interest level. Some of the resources such as CREDO and Encylopaedia Britannica offer general knowledge which is suitable for many people. Others such as British Standards Online offer specialist information for people involved in business, building, industry, local and central government. Statista is a similar resource which offers a variety of international statistics in different sectors. It is important that the Library offers remote access to as many of these resources as possible so that they reach a higher percentage of Wales’ population. These resources are not cheap and restricting their access to the population Wales enables them to be affordable. Despite this, there are some resources that are only available within the Library building. These include Ancestry and Find My Past.
It is important that these resources are used, so if you have any questions or suggestions do not be afraid to contact us.
Head of Collection Development.
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