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:
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.
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