History

Primary/Contemporaneous Documents

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers (Gale)

    Description:

    Contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of 19th century British society.

    Includes national and regional newspapers, as well as those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

    Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule.  The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection.

    Link: 19th Century British Library Newspapers

  • 19th Century Masterfile (Paratext)

    Description:

    Over 70 seminal as well as lesser known contemporary indexes to English-language publishing prior to 1930.

    The Library subscribes to all 5 sections: I. Multi-title periodical indexes -- II. Book indexes -- III. Newspaper indexes -- IV. Complete individual periodical indexes -- V. US Patents; Hansard's; US and UK Historical Government Documents.

    These indexing sources cover the following subject areas: History, Philosophy, Literature Studies, Classics, Legal Studies, History of Science, Religion, Psychology, Engineering Technologies, Art Studies, Culture, Medicine.

    Link: 19th Century Masterfile

    Coverage: Pre-1930

  • 19th Century UK Periodicals (Gale)

    Description:

    Covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world.

    Series I on New Readerships provides access to close to 100 periodicals for the study of British life in the 19th century - from women to sports and leisure, and from children to humour.

    It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

    Link: 19th Century UK Periodicals

  • British History Online

    Description:

    British History Online contains primary and secondary sources for the history of the British Isles. You can find a diverse range of sources here, such as: nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey maps; journals of the House of Lords and House of Commons; the Victoria County History of the counties of England; the Survey of London from English Heritage; calendars of state papers; letters, diaries and more.

    Link: British History Online

    Coverage: Includes material from the C11 to C19

  • British Literary Manuscripts Online (Gale)

    Description:

    Provides an intimate look into the lives and works of Britain's major writers across two hundred years.

    From the rise of Charles II to the death of Queen Victoria, British Literary Manuscripts Online contains complete facsimile copies of author manuscripts including poems, plays, and novels; private correspondence, diaries and journals; as well as drawings and handwritten notes.

    Access is for 1 simultaneous user.

    Link: British Literary Manuscripts Online

    Coverage: c. 1660-1900

  • Classics (Oxford Bibliographies Online)

    Description:

    In addition to a vast body of scholarship, Classical Studies has been quick to move online so that today's students and researchers have ready access to key primary source texts and a range of electronic resources.

    Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) includes narrative guides to subject areas, which provide an overview of the subject; and bibliographies and supporting texts.

    Link: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics

  • Early English Books Online (ProQuest)

    Description:

    Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

    Link: Early English Books Online

    Coverage: 1473-1700

  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (Gale)

    Description:

    This full-text collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue, a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private and public libraries worldwide.

    Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere.

    Over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes). Includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

    Link: Eighteenth Century Collections Online

  • Eighteenth Century Journals 1685-1815

    Description:

    This Portal brings together rare journals printed between c1685 and 1815, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.

    Many are ephemeral, lasting only for a handful of issues, others run for several years.

    Topics covered are extremely wide-ranging and include: colonial life; provincial and rural affairs; the French and American revolutions; reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe; political debates; and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

    Link: Eighteenth Century Journals : a portal to Newspapers and Periodicals c1685-1835

    Coverage: 1685-1815

  • The Times Digital Archive (Gale)

    Description:

    Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page.

    The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

    Link: The Times Digital Archive

    Coverage: 1785 - 1985

Secondary/Current Commentary

  • America: History and Life with Full-Text (EBSCO)

    Description:

    Database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

    With selective indexing for over 1,700 journals from 1955 to present, and full-text coverage of more than 230 journals and 100 books.

    Link: America: History and Life with Full-Text

    Coverage: 1955+

  • Atlantic History (Oxford Bibliographies Online)

    Description:

    Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) includes narrative guides to subject areas, which provide an overview of the subject; and bibliographies and supporting texts.

    Link: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Atlantic History

  • Archaeology (Oxford Reference)

    Description:

    Oxford Reference Online consists of a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations found in dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

    Link: Archaeology

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History

    Description:

    Provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, during all periods for which written documentation is available - from 55BC to the present.

    Link: Bibliography of British and Irish History

    Coverage: Updated 3 times a year

  • Classical Studies (Oxford Reference)

    Description:

    Oxford Reference Online consists of a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations found in dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

    Note: Some of the individual titles might also be listed in the catalogue.

    Link: Classical Studies

  • History (Oxford Reference)

    Description:

    Oxford Reference Online consists of a wealth of facts, figures, definitions, and translations found in dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

    Link: History

  • History Research Guide (UniMelb)

    Description:

    This guide provides an introduction to some key resources for study and research in history at the University of Melbourne.

    There are separate guides for Archaeology and Classics.

    Link: History Research Guide

  • Renaissance and Reformation (Oxford Bibliographies Online)

    Description:

    The period of the Renaissance and Reformation, which spans roughly from the 14th through 17th centuries, is rich in history and culture.

    Besides the extensive scholarship which already exists, much of the most recent work has moved online so that today's students and researchers have ready access to primary source texts and a range of other electronic resources.

    Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) includes narrative guides to subject areas, which provide an overview of the subject; and bibliographies and supporting texts.

    Link: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance and Reformation