Avenues for Research

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The latest winter Newsletter from the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance and the Scottish Local History Forum, in association with Ayr Writers Guild, has provided a rich seam of research links within their latest round-robin that we, as writers, can use to seek out that extra little fact, that interesting nugget of information, to weave within any of our genres.

Please click on the bolded titles to enter the websites –

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND E-RESOURCES – free membership, free access to – Hundreds of thousands of digitised books, periodicals and manuscripts spanning over five centuries. Millions of records and abstracts via online services and databases. Thousands of full-text newspapers, journals and reports. Hundreds of full-text reference works.

SCRAN (free access until 31 March 2021, or always-free for Scottish library card holders) hosts over 400,000 amazing, fully-captioned images, sounds and film from over 300 museums, galleries, and archives including the V&A, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and The Scotsman to name a few.

CANMORE, Historic Environment Scotland’s free online catalogue to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.

JSTOR (free access until 30 December 2020) offers more than 12 million academic journal articles, 85,000 books, and 2 million primary source documents in 75 disciplines.

To find out more about the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance, a grassroots initiative led by and for people involved in all aspects of heritage in their communities, please click HERE

To find out more about the Scottish Local History Forum, an umbrella organisation that keeps those interested and involved in local history in touch with Scottish activities, please click HERE

To find out more about Ayr Arts Guild, please contact Ayr Writers Club member, and AAG representative, Simon Kekewich.


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