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What is this product?
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are an essential primary source for Britain, its colonies, and the wider world. They are the working documents of the British government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy. It covers Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers and other materials. Cited in well over 2,000 dissertations, the scholarly importance of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers is without peer. The Papers influenced public opinion and social and political philosophy, and provided a forum for ideas of hundreds of thinkers including Edward Jenner, Matthew Arnold, Anthony Trollope, John Stuart Mill, Michael Faraday, Carlyle, Darwin, and Marx. Before the advent of a fully formed Whitehall departmental system, Parliament was the main source of public information, ordering the publication of papers, returns, reports and evidence on a grand scale. Cited and linked to by Parliament itself, ProQuest U.K. Parliamentary Papers is the preeminent and authoritative source for this essential collection.
For libraries, the U.K. Parliamentary Papers ensures provision of the essential primary sources students need to develop their critical acumen and it supports topics of interest to departments as varied as History, Geography, Public Policy, International Relations, Social Policy and more. For faculty and students, it creates new opportunities for teaching and learning.
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What Has Changed and What Is Yet to Come? New!
On November 30, 2015, the ProQuest House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database went live on the ProQuest Government Platform! Access the new interface here:
Both the new and the legacy site will remain available through the end of September, 2016 so users can get used to the new look and feel of the new interface. During this dual-access period, ProQuest will continue to add functionality while being responsive to the needs and wishes of our customers. Communications will continue to customers to ensure that libraries and researchers are prepared to use the new instance and all documents and searches that need to be saved have been moved over.
Below are just some of the improvements researchers can now experience with the new interface:
- Faster, more intuitive interface
- Post-search filtering
- Ability to bookmark search forms
- Dedicated Search by Number form
- Dedicated Member search form
- Full-text searchable PDFs for immediate download
- Entitlement based Related news content
- MyResearch is now live on the new interface
Customers may request new MARC records via your ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM Account). You simply log in to PAM, click the link in the left column for Title Lists/MARC records, and then on the link Request MARC records. More detailed instructions for obtaining these MARC Records can be found on the Parliamentary Papers LibGuide.
Instructions for saving searches and documents from your MyArchive account over to a new or existing MyResearch account can also be found here.
- Legacy House of Commons Parliamentary Papers will shut down on September 27, 2016 New!
- Product access URL http://parlipapers.proquest.com/parlipapers
- Legacy Usage Statistics and how to access usage via the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM)
Usage stats from the legacy system will not move over. Customers who wish to copy and save that usage data will be able to do so after launch. We expect that legacy usage will be available until the end of 2016. To retrieve usage reports on the new instance, login to PAM, click the link in the left column for usage reports, and then decide on the report type and data covered.
- Obtaining new MARC records
New MARC records for Parliamentary Papers on the ProQuest Government platform will be made available via a ftp site accessible through the ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM). Legacy site record links will be redirected after cut-over. 21st century MARC records for House of Commons Parliamentary Papers are not currently available.
- Accessing the new instance of U.K. Parliamentary Papers via your Discovery Service
19th, 20th, and 21st century data will be discoverable via Ex Libris PRIMO and through ProQuest Summon services. The legacy instance will automatically redirect once the legacy site has been shut down.
- New session materials (21st Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers from the May 2015 election) is being loaded into the new instance on the ProQuest Government platform. Customers with access to these materials are encouraged to update their bookmarks.
- Product Name Change
The name of the overall product suite has changed from ProQuest House of Commons Parliamentary Papers to ProQuest U.K. Parliamentary Papers. This renaming of the overall product will not impact the constituent modules, but is a necessary and logical step to account for the new module, The House of Lords Parliamentary Papers, which launched in December, 2015.
All new trial requests will be on the new instance, and customers will access the entire set of materials, covering 18th-21st century. Request a trial.
- House of Lords Parliamentary Papers Launched in December, 2015
The House of Lords Parliamentary Papers will provide online access to previously unseen and valuable historical documents, and the very first digitized collection of the 19th-century House of Lords Parliamentary Papers. By cross-searching both the House of Commons and the House of Lords Parliamentary Papers, researchers can explore the greater social, political, economic, and foreign policy of the United Kingdom. For additional information, contact us.
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Upgrade – Overview.
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers & House of Lords – Datasheet.
- Live and recorded trainings are available. Check out the schedule here.
- Parliamentary Papers Libguide.
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