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British Newspaper Archive
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BNA This user has access to the British Newspaper Archive through The Wikipedia Library



Account Coordinator: Chris Troutman will be approving accounts and collecting email addresses.

The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) is a newspaper database gathered from the British Library's holdings of newspapers (for more information on what gets digitized see the discussion of the partnership). This database includes the newspapers listed at the "Available Newspapers" subpage and these resources are particularly suited for 18th, 19th and early 20th century British and Global news events and people content: their current collection includes mostly regional papers and very few titles go beyond the 1950s, many stopping in the early twentieth century. The initial pilot generously offered offered 100 accounts distributed in July 2014 and was expanded to 200 accounts in October 2014. All accounts will be issued for a full year.

Requirements[edit]

  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 1 year old
  • You have a minimum of 1000 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You are active in content generation, research, and/or verification work

Expectations[edit]

Approved editors may
  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the BNA website they are accessing
Approved editors will not
  • Share their account logins or passwords with others
  • Mass scrape or mass download BNA content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Use the access provided through the Pilot for any commercial purpose
Private and confidential information
  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. You understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia Library, and British Newspaper Archive. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or British Newspaper Archive), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.

Citation[edit]

Example
<ref> {{cite news |title=Terrific Gale |work=Burnley Gazette |date=2 October 1875 |accessdate=20 November 2014 |url=http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000280/18751002/009/0007| via = [[British Newspaper Archive]]|subscription=yes}}</ref>

Further participation[edit]

Here are a few ways you could help The Wikipedia Library effectively leverage this partnership:

  • Add "{{Wikipedia:BNA/Userbox}} to your user boxes if you have access to this database. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
  • If you discover something valuable or of public interest, the British Newspaper Archive is interested in having guest bloggers on their blog (see http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/). Guest blogging has many benefits: it gives the opportunity for both The Wikipedia Library and BNA to profile our partnership, it gives the guest bloggers a new platform to share their editing experience with others (which is good for the Wikimedia community), and BNA will change the access of the newspaper page in question to Open Access (which is good for public knowledge). To find out more, contact our volunteer coordinator.
  • Alternatively, if you keep your own blog: BNA is willing to release newspaper images for your use on your own blog (with appropriate copyright statements of course).

Completed applications[edit]

As BNA makes more accounts available we'll approve more applicants for use. Even if we have more applications than available accounts, feel free to sign up in the pending applications and waitlist section. Increased Wikipedian participation helps demonstrate interest to our partners, and helps us understand how many accounts might be of use! For an archive of applications for users who received accounts see /Approved

  1. Ruby2010 (talk · contribs · count · email) Active in content creation and have plans to continue expanding biographies of British peeresses of the 19th and 20th centuries (see my to-do list here as well as some of my featured content). This newspaper access would help immeasurably. Thank you! Ruby 2010/2013 03:34, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @Ruby2010: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 02:15, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  2. Jacqke (talk · contribs · count · email) Many of the 19th and early 20th century musician biographies I write would be enhanced by historical newspaper access. An article I just wrote, Seth Weeks, might be flushed out with access to a European newspaper, because the Europeans did not have an issue with him being a successful black-man, as Americans did at that time. He was promoted in Europe and newspaper access would help show that.Jacqke (talk) 20:08, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @Jacqke: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 02:15, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  3. EBY3221 (talk · contribs · count · email) Active BLP editor (reviewer, rollbacker, and active in Articles for Creation) for 7+years. Fixing & adding citations are a particular interest to me. Recently, a few - here,here, and here. I spend hours down reference sinkholes, looking for original articles and reliable sources, especially for new articles by new editors.EBY (talk) 22:22, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @EBY3221: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 02:15, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  4. Andrew Davidson (talk · contribs · count · email) I regularly attend editathons and create content about Britain for which this resource would help. Recent examples include Albert Strange, Catherine Marshall (suffragette) and the Congregational Memorial Hall. Andrew D. (talk) 10:36, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @Andrew Davidson: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 02:15, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  5. Bogger (talk · contribs · count · email) — I will use it for articles relating to Ireland (including Northern Ireland). —Bogger (talk) 11:06, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @Bogger: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 00:46, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
  6. peaky76 (talk · contribs · count · email) Wikipedia editor since 2010; mainly horseracing, particularly interested in 19th century jockey biographies so obits would be useful; also planning to do more local history articles related to Yorkshire and Edinburgh Peaky76 (talk) 22:11, 27 September 2014 (UTC)
    Approved @Peaky76: You have been approved for an account. Expect an e-mail from me shortly with further instructions. Chris Troutman (talk) 00:46, 10 December 2014 (UTC)


Pending applications and waitlist[edit]

Please add yourself to the bottom of the list using #{{user8|USERNAME|Project=code}} (eg. {{user8|Example|Project=en}} and make sure to include an explanation of why you think you would be a good candidate for using the research and how you plan to use it.

  1. Hobbes Goodyear (talk · contribs · count · email). I actively use Highbeam access to improve article content and verification, and I will use BNA access similarly. I will follow the recommended method for citing BNA refs. --Hobbes Goodyear (talk) 11:27, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    @Hobbes Goodyear: Can you provide diffs for your assertions? I don't see evidence that you've used Highbeam to create content. If anything, you seem to use it to confirm deletion votes at AfD. Chris Troutman (talk) 19:17, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
  2. The Discoverer (talk · contribs · count · email) I mostly edit topics related to India, Catholicism, and science. I hope to use these resources to improve the historical perspective of articles. The Discoverer (talk) 13:34, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
    @The Discoverer: You haven't been that active as of late. Can you explain why? Chris Troutman (talk) 19:17, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
  3. Gaurav Pruthi (talk · contribs · count · email) Active since 2011 with 3,500+. I have create 20+ new articles mainly in space sciences domain. I also do categorization and referencing. Access to archive will help me removing [citation needed] tags and places where references are required Gaurav Pruthitalk 04:24, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
    @Gaurav Pruthi: You haven't been that active as of late. Can you explain why? Chris Troutman (talk) 19:17, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
  4. Twobells (talk · contribs · count · email) Active editor in defence and security intelligence along with British and American history, BLP and information technology. I plan to use the BNA to edit and create articles related to my fields of interest and to be frank, BNA will help greatly in my search for legitimate citations in the public domain that are usually either subscription-based or classified. Twobells (talk) 14:02, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
  5. Farrtj (talk · contribs · count · email) Hello I am in the top 2,500 most prolific Wikipedians. My principal interests are in business history. I have created 16 Good Articles. I hope to use the resource to improve articles. Tom (talk) 01:34, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  6. Ashwin147 (talk · contribs · count · email) 2,200 edits, 126 new articles, 2 years and counting. Interested in modern Indian history. Access to the BNA will greatly help with my wiki activities. Also, my current wiki break ends in a week's time, so I shall have even more time for new articles and upgrading existing wiki articles. Ashwin147 (talk) 17:12, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
  7. Egghead06 (talk · contribs · count · email) Active for over eight years, 34,400 edits, 340+ new articles. I mostly edit in the world of football and popular music. I am most interested in people and events from an era before widespread (or any) internet coverage. I have only recently completed articles on 1960s music and 1930s football. There is much more from these eras I would like to write. Access to BNA would greatly help.--Egghead06 (talk) 07:50, 20 December 2014 (UTC)