Two resources focusing on women's writing are now part of the Library's collection of subscription online journals and CD-ROMs, known as the 'Electronic Resources Network', which is accessible in our George IV Bridge Building.
Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period is a large body of poetry written by 51 women between 1789 and 1832 and contained in more than 60 volumes. The collection presents views that range from 'devout Calvinist moralism to rollicking bawdiness', in everything from sentimental verse to politically committed poetry. Biographical information and selected critical essays add to this unusual database, which features rare volumes held in very few libraries.
The thoughts and experiences of 91 women, covering around 400 years and a rich range of subjects, are brought together in British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries 1500-1900. Famous women make up part of the collection: Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Queen Victoria are among recognisable names. Their writings can be compared with those of ordinary women from all walks of life - coming together in a source bibliography designed to be the most comprehensive in the world on this subject. To be completed in stages during this year, the final database will include more than 100,000 full-text pages, with deep-indexing allowing in-depth browsing and searching.
7 March 2003