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- Free resource
- In-library-use only
- Catalogue record
- British Biographical Archive (Via World Biographical Information System Online)
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Kings and Queens of Britain (Oxford)
- Who's Who in History
- Who's Who in Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon England
- Who's Who in Late Medieval England
- Who's Who in Tudor England
- Who's Who in Stuart Britain
- Who's Who in Late Hanoverian Britain
Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks
- Companion to British History (Routledge) (xreferplus)
- Dictionary of British History (Oxford)
- Market House Dictionary of British History (xreferplus)
- Oxford Companion to Black British History
- Oxford Companion to British History
- English Historical Facts, 1485-1603
- English Historical Facts, 1603-1688
- British Historical Facts, 1688-1760
- British Historical Facts, 1760-1830
- British Historical Facts, 1830-1900
- Historical Atlas of Britain
- Routledge Atlas of British History
- Atlas of Anglo-Saxon England
- Atlas of Roman Britain
Searching the Library Catalogue
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Core and Additional Databases
History Periodical Indexes, Bibliographies, Full-text Articles (Electronic Databases)
Including British history-related material.
- British Humanities Index
- Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective, 1907-1984
- Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
- ProQuest Research Library
- Humanities Full Text
Government Documents (Electronic Databases)
- 19th Century Masterfile - including Palmer's Index to the Times 1790-1905
- 1801-1951 - HISTPOP contains all population reports, including censuses, for Great Britain and Ireland through 1937. (Note: No census was taken in 1941).
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, Great Britain, 18th century onwards
- State Papers Online: the Government of Britain 1509-1714
- Stormont Papers: 50 Years of Northern Ireland Parliamentary Debates Online
Newspapers (Electronic Databases)
- 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
- 19th Century British Newspapers
- Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
Journals (Electronic Databases)
Primary Source Bibliographies, Books (Electronic Databases)
- Defining Gender, 1450-1910
- Early English Books Online (EEBO) 1475-1700
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
- Empire Online
- English Short Title Catalogue
- Mass Observation Online
- Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (NSTC) 1801-1919
- Past Masters
Primary Sources (Other) (Electronic Databases)
Selected Internet Sites
Accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
- McGill University Department of History
- History section, Britannia Internet Magazine.
Has timeline, primary documents, articles, monarchs (geneaology, portraits and biographies), sketches of prime ministers, related links, etc.
- Spartacus Educational
Developed by British History teachers and UK's Schoonet, this site has several major sections: Encyclopedia of British History: 1700-1900, Child Labour: 1750-1900, Parliamentary Reform: 1750-1900, Peterloo Massacre, First World War Encyclopedia, Investigating the Vietnam War, and Emancipation of Women: 1860-1920. Includes many pages of selections from primary documents, short biographies, analyses, glossary, bibliography, and related links.
- Renaissance Faire
Material for "renfaire" workers, covering basic faire accent and pronunciation, costuming, acting, and basic history from the Tudor through Elizabethan period.
- Victoria Research Web
Primary material, bibliographies, guides, links, discussion groups, journal guide, etc. re 19th century Britain.
- Victorian Web
Originally, a resource for Brown University Victorian Literature courses, with essays on political and social history, philosophy, religion, technology, gender, visual arts, theatre, genre; e-books and texts, bibliography, related links, etc. Contributions by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from various countries as well as the United States.
- Romantic Chronology
Mainly literary personnages, events, and movements in the romantic period (17th - 19th century), some with links etc.
- Ursula Stange's ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPY OF CHARTISM
Compiled 1993 for a Master's thesis on Ernest Jones.
- Concise History of the British Newspaper Since 1620 Chronology.
- Imperial War Museum Collections On-line Database
Catalogues of documents, film and sound, with short essays on major historical themes.
Primary Sources (Internet Resources)
- British History Manuscript Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill Univeristy Libraries
- Library Research: Finding Primary Resources
Explanation of primary and secondary sources, by University of California at Berkeley Library.
- National Archives (UK)
Formed by union of Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. Includes links to National Register of Archives, ARCHON, Manorial Documents Register, etc.
- Life of the Industrial Worker in 19th-Century England
Excerpts from several primary documents originally reprinted in Readings in European History Since 1814, edited by Jonathan F. Scott and Alexander Baltzly (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1930).
British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service. Search or browse by subject information from British Official Publications 1688-1995, and read abstracts. Full-text available for a limited number of documents.
- EuroDocs: History of the United Kingdom: Primary Documents
- BBC Audio Interviews
Clips of audio interviews of many prominent global political personalities, writers, philosophers, etc. of the 20th century.
- Internet Library of Early Journals: A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals
Ca. 20 consecutive years of Gentleman's Magazine, The Annual Register, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Notes and Queries, The Builder, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Over 45,000 trials currently online 1674-1913.
- British Pathé, 1896-1976
News and entertainment video film archive.
Maps (Internet Resources)
- Old Maps (old-maps.co.uk)
"Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive", jointly owned by Landmark and Ordnance Survey, Britain's national mapping agency.
Statistics (Internet Resources)
- U.K. Data Archive
Access to over 5000 computer-readable datasets for research and teaching purposes for many different disciplines. Searching and browsing is free but registration is required to access raw data. Other datasets also available through reciprocal arrangements with other data archives throughout the world, including CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives). Umbrella organisation for the History Data Service (HDS) [see below].
- AHDS History
Formerly HDS: History Data Service provides access to historical digital resources (social and economic datasets, mainly U.K.) held by various organisations. Home of the Great Britain Historical Database Online. To obtain data, users must register once: data is sent within 28 days with invoice for any charges and costs.
- Statistical Accounts of Scotland
Wealth, class and poverty, climate, agriculture, fishing and wildlife; population, schools, and the moral health of the people, 1790's and 1830's, based largely on information supplied by each parish church minister.
- Census And Related Materials For Students
Introduction to Victorian censuses. From Staffordshire University.
- British History: a selective list of reference sources
- British North America, 1760-1867: Primary Sources
- World War I: A Select List of Primary Governmental Sources
- British History: A Student's Guide to Reference Resources :
- Part I: General Sources (1978)
- Part IV: Britain Overseas (1978)
- Other parts never published. Print copy only, available at the McLennan Reference Desk.