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  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
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last updated: 6/26/2012

British History Resources

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Research Guides

     Researching the Nineteenth Century

      Researching the British Empire and South Asia

Newspapers and other publications

      17th and 18th Century Burney Collection -- Full-text, fully searchable digital archive of newspapers and news pamphlets from the United Kingdom, 1600-1799

      19th Century British Newspapers -- Searchable full text of full runs of newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth-century Britain.

     AltPressIndex -- Contains articles covering cultural, economic, political and social change. International in scope; over 300 alternative publications are represented. 1991-present.

      Alt Press Index Archive -- This database is a guide to alternative sources of information; international and interdisciplinary in scope. 1969-1990

      British Newspapers 1600-1900 -- Comprehensive digital access to historic newspapers, newsbooks, ephemera and national & regional papers from British Isles.

      British Periodicals -- Searchable full text of British periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth.

      Eighteenth Century Journals I, II, III, IV -- Portal to British newspapers and periodicals of the 18th century

      Nineteenth Century Masterfile -- Indexes to British and American periodicals in the nineteenth century and to British and American official publications, including Hansard and Cobbett's debates

      Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 -- Bibliography of 50,000 publications, 48,000 personal names, 4,572 issuing bodies and 756 subjects--all subjects and languages.


      Early English Books Online -- Contains the fulltext (and page images) of the majority of books published in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States between 1475-1700.


      English Short Title Catalog -- Contains over 400,000 records for books and pamphlets published anywhere in Great Britain or its colonies or in English anywhere from 1473 through the end of 18th century

Government and Politics

     Keesing's Online -- Keesing's Online is an authoritative monthly digest of worldwide political, diplomatic and economic affairs.

     PAIS International -- Index to articles, books, studies, selected official documents and other resources on public policy issues, public administration, law, politics and government

     Peace Research Abstracts -- Contains concise summaries of articles from international publications on peace and conflict studies

     House of Commons Parliamentary Papers -- Indexing and full text of the British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers from the 18th to the 20th centuries

     Index to British Parliamentary Papers -- Indexing to documents from the 1990 sessions onward, including the House of Commons Sessional Papers, the House of Lords Sessional Papers and Hansard's Debates.

     International Political Science Abstracts -- Indexes the world's leading journals in political science, including nearly 900 journals.

 General Databases

     Academic Search -- Provides fulltext coverage of magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journals for almost every academic discipline.

     British Humanities Index -- An abstracting and indexing tool, the BHI includes some 320 UK humanities journals and weekly magazines published in English-speaking countries, as well as UK newspapers. 1962-present

     Historical Abstracts -- Index to journals, chapters and theses about world history, 1450 to present.

     Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective -- Bibliographic database providing access to scholarly journals in a broad array of the humanities and social sciences.

     International Political Science Abstracts -- Indexes the world's leading journals in political science, including nearly 900 journals.

     Periodicals Archive Online -- Previously known as PCI Full Text, Periodicals Archive Online offers backfiles of over 400 humanities and social sciences journals.

     ProQuest Dissertations and Theses -- Comprehensive source for information on doctoral dissertations from universities in the United States and Canada. It also indexes a small number of master's theses.

     ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Uk & Ireland -- Index to dissertations and theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland

     Social Theory -- Contains searchable, indexed full text of books and articles by many important thinkers in sociology and related fields.

     WorldCat -- Database containing the combined online catalogs of most of the libraries in the US and a selection of European libraries.

Libraries and Archives

     Access to Archives -- A2A is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

     British History Online -- British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

     Center for Research Libraries Catalog -- The CRL is a repository for rare and obscure publications, especially journals and newspapers.

     Duke Scholarly Collection -- Electronic access to twenty-nine journals published by Duke University Press in humanities and social sciences

     LibWeb -- links to library home pages and online catalogs. Over 2500 links to library home pages, and library online catalogs, in over 70 countries. Searchable.

     Oxford Scholarship Online -- Oxford Scholarship Online contains e-books in the areas of Classics, Economics and Finance, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.

     Post War Europe: Refugees, Exile, and Resettlement, 1945-1950 -- An archive of primary source documents, covering the repatriation and emigration of the Displaced Persons and survivors of the Holocaust and World War II.

     Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive -- Documents concerning slavery and the slave trade

     The British Library

     The European Library

     Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945 -- Features full-text documents received in the British Foreign Office from all European states under Nazi occupation during World War II.

     Empire Online -- Contains over 70,000 images of original manuscripts (including biographies and chronologies) and printed materials covering Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Oceana, and South Asia.


     British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries -- Collection of British and Irish women's personal writings spanning over 400 years. 1500-1900

last updated: 6/26/2012