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28 titles matched your search for Title beginning with B.

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BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource.

Collection of programmes and photographs from the BBC's Shakespeare archive. It includes Shakespeare’s plays, poems and sonnets, documentaries, interviews and over a thousand stills of classic Shakespeare productions, as well as entertainment programmes referencing Shakespeare.
In order to play the programmes or see the photos you will need to prove you are part of Oxford Brookes University, using the authentication box which appears once you attempt to play media on the site.

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Available on and off-campus

BCIS online
Building Cost and Information Service online

The Building Cost and Information Service (BCIS) provides online building and construction cost and price data. It is a collaborative venture for the exchange of information so that subscribers involved in design, construction and property can have ready access to the best available data.

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Available on and off-campus

BCIS schedule of rates
Schedule of rates
Formerly: BCIS online rates database.

Online price book data from BCIS for estimating the costs of construction projects, including: building maintenance, alterations & refurbishment, civil engineering, major & minor works, painting & decorating, SMM7 and basic plant charges. Updated annually, this resource allows you to benchmark against 18,500 separate supply prices of which there are over 9,000 material costs and over 8,000 specialist prices collected from independent suppliers.

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Best practices database (Full text)
Un-habitat best practices database

Reports of projects tackling urban problems. Compiled by the Together Foundation & the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements

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Freely available on and off-campus: no password required

Bibliography of British and Irish history

The Bibliography of British and Irish History provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, from 55BC to the present. It lists books, articles in books and articles in journals.

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Bibliography of the history of art

A comprehensive database of references to art history books and journal articles published between 1975 and 2008. This is a free service and no password is required.

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Bioline international

Bioline International hosts over 70 quality peer-reviewed journals from over 15 developing countries. Subject areas include: crop science, tropical medicine, biodiversity, public health and international development.

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Freely available on and off-campus: no password required

BioMed central (Full Text plus some Abstract/Index)

An open access publisher for biomedical research. Original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central are available free of charge. Some other full text articles are also available through this site. There is also access to contents page/abstract information for journals to which we do not subscribe. Articles can be browsed and viewed without registering. If you wish to use the search facility you will need to register (free) with BioMed Central.

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Freely available on and off-campus: no password required

Biomedical & life sciences collection (Henry Stewart talks)
Biomedical and life sciences collection.
Henry Stewart talks - the Biomedical & life sciences collection.

A collection of animated, seminar style talks by leading world experts on all aspects of biomedical and life sciences. The talks can be searched as a whole but are arranged into series such as Apoptosis, Cancer, Epidemiology, Human Genetics, Obesity, Retroviruses, Stem Cells etc for focussed browsing. There are around 1000 talks, which vary in length from about 20 minutes to an hour. The collection will be regularly expanded and updated as new series and talks are added.

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BIOSIS citation index

Life sciences and biomedical research - includes agriculture, animal studies, bio-engineering, bio-physics, botany, ecology, microbiology, pharmacology, zoology and experimental clinical medicine. Over 18 million records. 1969 to present.
Once connected to Web of Science, click on 'All Databases' and select 'BIOSIS Citation Index' from the drop down list.

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Blackwell Synergy. (Full text plus some Abstract/Index))
Continued by: Wiley Online Library

This service provides full-text access to the 2000 to 2003 Blackwell Publishing journals in the science and the humanities collections. In addition, we have full-text access to the current year and previous year of articles in journals we currently subscribe to in print. Also provides access to contents page/abstract information for journals to which we do not have full -text access rights.

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Bookscan (Statistical data. Full text.)
Nielsen BookScan

Sales statistics for the consumer book market in the UK. Data available for individual titles and specific markets or book categories, for example, genre, publisher or author. Please note: Nielsen BookScan works best in Firefox, full functionality may not be available in other browsers.

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Campus-based MA Publishing students will be issued with individual passwords. BA Publishing students will be issued with a password in their second year. If you do not fall into the above categories and need to use this resource please email: (Full-text)

Website of a key trade journal for the book industry in the UK. Access to the latest publishing news, features, blogs, rights news, bestseller charts, profiles and jobs. Much of this content is available only via the website. Online full-text access to the Bookseller magazine is available via Business Source Complete for 4 Jan 2002 - 5 Aug 2011.

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Box of broadcasts (Media archive service)

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an off-air recording and media archive service. BoB stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips, search for programmes coming up in the next seven days by title or keyword, compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.

On the BoB homepage, click on the blue Log in button, then type “Oxford Brookes University” in the search box and select from the drop down list.

If you are prompted to login when you’re searching BoB, just click on the option ‘Log in using your Oxford Brookes University account’ to proceed.

Further information on the service is available from the BoB Help page.

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Off-campus access is only available in the UK.

Brad connect.
Brad insight.

The BRAD Insight database gives advertising rates and other data for U.K. newspapers, business and consumer magazines, TV, radio and other media.

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First time users need to register. See - (Further details for BRAD)

Bridgeman education

Bridgeman Education provides art historical images useful for a wide range of subjects including art, history, geography, architecture, literature, science, religion, and anthropology. Bridgeman Education images are available for educational purposes to Brookes students and staff. The images may be viewed, printed or downloaded for reproduction in coursework, for classroom presentation, or into WebCT. Any images downloaded from Bridgeman Education should be credited with the wording ‘Copyright The Bridgeman Art Library – London, New York, Paris’. Images are only available for educational and research purposes and may not be made public. They should not be made available on the internet or used for publication or lectures outside Brookes.

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Brill archive online (Full text)

Brill Journal Archive Online provides full-text access to over fifty thousand articles from more than eighty journals published by Brill before 2000.

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The British Architectural Library Catalogue (Index)

British architecture.
Books and journals held in the British Architectural Library, RIBA - book and periodical collections. Includes the Architectural Publications Index (API) , which is an index of architecture journal articles and papers.
You can also search for photographs, and the pictures held at the V & A museum.

Podcasts are available for examples of a SIMPLE SEARCH and an ADVANCED SEARCH

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The British Architectural Library Catalogue is a free service available from the Royal Institute of British Architects

British Cartoon Archive (Cartoons and documents)

The British Cartoon Archive provides access to a wide range of cartoon artwork covering a variety of topics. The collection dates back to 1904. Images can be used by Brookes students and staff for educational purposes.
Note: First-time users will need to register using the link. To download images please first run a search. After searching, click on 'Use this image', select 'non-commercial educational context in the UK' (if appropriate), pick Brookes from the list of institutions and read and agree to the terms and conditions before proceeding. Please login with your Brookes username and password. You will then be presented with the option to download the image.

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British education index (Index)

350 British & selected European English-language periodicals in education and training, plus developing coverage of national report & conference literature. Covers material published since 1975.

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Print version in library:
Harcourt Hill J 016.37/B (Vols.1-11, 1954-1975)

British history online (Full text)

Description: British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. It is produced by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.
Please note, British History Online has a premium content section to which we do not subscribe.

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Freely available on and off-campus: no password required

British Library Sounds
Archival sound recordings

Music and spoken word recordings available for listening and downloading. The collection is particularly strong in the following areas: interviews with artists and writers, oral history, African music, key classical composers, soundscapes, the history of recorded sound, wildlife recordings, English phonetics and dialects.

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British Newspapers 1600-1900 (Full text)

Digital archive of British newspapers covering two databases:Nineteenth century British Library newspapers and Seventeenth & Eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers. The databases can be searched separately or together.

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British Nursing Database (Full text plus some Abstract / Index))
Formerly: British Nursing Index with Full-Text.

Information about nursing, midwifery and community health care, mainly from UK journals. Abstracting and indexing for approximately 270 journals with full text for 150.

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British periodicals (Full text)

An archive of hundreds of full text periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. The database consists of two collections: British Periodicals Collection I includes more than 160 journals covering the fields of literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. British Periodicals Collection II contains more than 300 journals including titles in the fields of literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture. A wide array of different types of periodical are represented, from magisterial quarterlies and scholarly and professional organs through to coterie art periodicals, penny weeklies and illustrated family magazines.

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British standards online (Full Text)

Complete set of over 38,500 current, draft and historic British Standards, more than 16,000 of which are BSI adopted European and International standards.

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Burney Collection.
17th-18th century Burney Collection newspapers.
Seventeenth-eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers

The newspapers and news pamphlets, gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817), represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available from the British Library. The collection, approximately 1,270 titles, includes pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Newspapers include the London Chronicle, the London Morning Penny Post and the British Chronicle.

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Business source complete (Full text plus some Abstract / Index)

Covers all aspects of business including including marketing, management, accounting and economics. In addition to journal articles (many of which are full text), content includes books, industry reports, country reports and company profiles.

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Please note: there is an embargo of 3-18 months on the provision of current issues for 60% of the full text titles

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