How is British Online Archives structured?
SeriesPolitics and protest: from major party politics to popular protest and parliamentary historyRepresenting Britain: International relations and diplomacyAmerican Studies: the colonisation of North America and the American revolution CollectionsIndependent Labour Party: Formation and DevelopmentThe Middle East, its division into countries and the creation of Israel, 1879-1919American records in the House of Lords archive, 1621-1917 VolumesILP Minute Books, 1893-1909Papers regarding the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the Zionist movement, and British policy in Islamic countries, 1914-1918Slave Trade, 1641-1838 DocumentsILP Minute Books, 1893-1894Form of proclamation to people of Baghdad, March 1917Evidence to HoL on Slavery part 1, 1789-1790 ImagesImage 121Image 24Image 1000
What is a series?
Each series is a range of collections covering one subject area, such as colonial rule in Africa. In terms of finding information in a library, a series is the same as finding the subject section you need.
What is a collection?
Each collection is an assortment of papers, reports, books or other texts which cover a specific topic such as colonial rule in Nigeria. In terms of finding information in a library, a collection is the same as finding the shelf of books you need.
What is a volume?
Volumes are groupings of papers that are similar in nature. They might all share a theme or they might have been written during the same time period. In terms of finding information in a library, a volume is the equivalent to finding the shelf of books that you need.
What is a document?
Pages scanned from original texts are found in our documents. Volumes are usually divided into documents by the years they cover. Each document will usually cover between one and five years. In terms of finding information in a library, a document is the same as finding the chapter of a book you need.
What is an image?
Images are digital copies of pages from one or more original item(s). The document description says what these images cover. Broader descriptions can be found at the volume and collection level. In terms of finding information in a library, an image is the same as finding the page inside a book you need.