Key subject resources

  • Primary sources for history - a detailed resource list of primary sources, arranged by time period and geographic region. Includes library resources and sources available freely on the web, as well as local archive collections.
  • British History Online - a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Full text resources include: the Victoria County Histories, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae (1066-1300), Journals of the House of Commons, Journals of the House of Lords and other important sources. Please note that Calendars of State Papers, Domestic and the Calendars of State Papers for Scotland and Ireland, plus the Calendar of Close Rolls are restricted resources and not currently accessible to members of the University.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO) - 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.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) - contains digital images of every page of over 180,000 titles published during the 18th Century, and includes critical information in the fields of history, literature, Religion and theology, law, fine arts, and science.
  • International Medieval Bibliography - comprehensive bibliography of worldwide journal articles and miscellany volumes since 1967, including the Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale that covers more than 40,000 monographs - initially focused on the Central Middle Ages with a gradual expansion to the Early and Late Middle Ages.
  • Mass Observation Online - provides access to thousands of documents generated by the Mass Observation social research organisation from its inception in 1937 to the last submitted diary in 1967, allowing a unique insight into life in Britain spanning 4 decades.

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Skills and training

Your subject librarian will provide a programme of lectures and training on library and information skills, in consultation with your department or school.

A number of guides and video tutorials on searching databases will be available soon. In the meantime please contact your subject librarian if you require any help.



The Library has recently invested in a range of new online resources, including the Punch Historical Archive.

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New resources

Kanopy - award-winning documentaries, classic and indie films

New York Times Archive - coverage from 1851 to four years ago

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