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.
C19 indexes a wide range of 19th-century British and American books, periodicals, newspapers and other documents such as British Parliamentary papers. C19 also includes Archives USA, an index to archival repositories and description of their collections. With the exception of journals in the American Periodicals series, C19 does not provide links to full-text articles.