Digitised journals, indexes and other full-text electronic resources, available at both Reading Rooms, including JSTOR, Oxford reference resources and the Times Digital Archive

Digital collections

The Library subscribes to a number of electronic resources which are available to registered readers in our Wroughton Reading Room on Fridays 10.00-17.00.

The links below will not work properly from outside the Museum. These resources are intended for non-commercial research purposes only – any commercial use is prohibited.

  • Complete Dictionary Of Scientific Biography: nearly 800 in-depth articles on famous and influential scientists from ancient times to the recent past.
  • E-Resources: Search here for a majority of our electronic resources - ebooks, e-journals and databases which includes History of science, technology and medicine, previously known as OCLC FirstSearch.
  • The Illustrated London News Historical Archives, 1842-2003: a completely digital version of the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, consisting of 260,000 full colour pages.
  • JSTOR: 1,151 digitised full-text journals (over 5 million articles; over 28 million pages) from a wide range of disciplines, including many science-related journals such as the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: over 57,000 biographies of British people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
  • Oxford Reference Online: 175 language and subject reference works in a single cross-searchable resource.
  • The Times Digital Archive: nearly 7.9 million articles from The Times newspaper published from 1785 to 1985. 
  • Who’s Who & Who was Who: the famous biographical directory of over 100,000 noteworthy and influential people in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide, published annually since 1849.