• Documents on British Policies Overseas Customer Resources
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    Documents on British Policy Overseas is a fully searchable collection of primary source documents from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shedding light on diplomatic history throughout the twentieth century. It is based on three distinct print series which form a record of British peacetime diplomacy since the end of the nineteenth century: British Documents on the Origins of the War 1898-1914, Documents on British Foreign Policy 1918-1939 and Documents on British Policy Overseas. Documents are selected and edited by the official historians of the FCO, with many documents specifically declassified for inclusion.

    The Documents on British Policy Overseas database is produced in collaboration between ProQuest and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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    Key Benefits:

    Tens of thousands of UK diplomatic documentsRead the original correspondence, memos etc that are essential to an understanding of British foreign policy
    Search for authors, recipients, and place of origin of communications, as well as keywords and titles, dates, document type, or use post-search filteringUsers can quickly find the most relevant content either by searching or filtering. Keyword searching enables discovery that would not be possible with print indexes
    Browse by collectionSee the documents as organized into volumes by the FCO historians and benefit from their editorial expertise
    Updated regularlyGet the latest volumes of diplomatic documents published by the FCO historians including previously classified material
    Permanent access, available online to unlimited authenticated users at all timesPrint volumes on which DBPO is based are often a heavily used part of library collections online access ensures they are always available to all researchers

    What To Expect:

    • Dual Access period to start in July, 2017 and last until Fall 2017
    • Both new instance and legacy products will remain available during this dual access period
    • Customers will need to save searches and documents from their MyArchive account and either create a new MyResearch account or move information over to an existing MyResearch account
    • Obtaining new collection-level MARC records
      • The legacy instance of Documents on British Policies Overseas have database level records only
      • Non-journal records will be made available via ProQuest’s FTP site for downloading. We will provide more information when those records are available
    • Discovery services – Both Ex Libris PRIMO and SUMMON will enable the new feed to the new access URL when dual access starts so they can support queries to both the legacy and the new instance until the end of the dual access period. At that time, the instance on the legacy site will be disabled and customers will have to select the new instance



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