History resources

Location of print resources

Most of the print resources for your subject are found on the first floor of the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Use Library Search to find the classmark for an item, and to search for books and other materials.

You can also find useful material in other libraries:

  • Past exam papers: located on first floor and available for photocopying
  • PhD theses: ask at the ground floor Information Desk for access

Digital resources

History databases

Additional resources

Primary sources for historians - 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.

  • Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature - online version (1997-) of the Historical Association's bibliography, which provides a selective and critical review of recent books, journals, and articles covering all periods and areas of history.
  • British History Online (BHO) - 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: the 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.
  • Calendar of the Patent rolls on the Hathi Trust Digital Library Calendar of Patent Rolls from Henry III (1216) to Henry VI (1452).
  • Charles Booth Online Archive - a detailed catalogue of the 450 notebooks of Booth's survey into life and labour in London, 1886-1903.
  • Chronicling America - digitised historic US newspapers from 1789-1924.
  • DigiVatLib - the Vatican Library’s digitised collections, including manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories.
  • Feminae : Medieval Women and Gender Index (450-1500) - indexes journal articles, book reviews, essays in books and images about women, sexuality and gender during the Middle Ages, between 450 CE to 1500 CE (with Russia extended to 1613).
  • Foreign Relations of the United States 1861-1960 - a digitised incomplete run from 1861-1960. Please note: Our Research Reserve has some print volumes at classmark Serial Store 6713. Some later volumes are also available online from the Office of the Historian.
  • Gale Primary Sources - a cross-search platform which allows you to search across a number of our primary source databases in a single search. This includes many of our newspaper archives and some of our 18th and 19th Century collections.
  • Historical Photographs of China - photographs from the substantial holdings of images of modern China held mostly in private hands overseas.
  • History On-Line - information about and for historians, including: books; journals and articles; history theses completed since 1995; websites and online resources.
  • Irish History Online - an authoritative guide to writings on Irish history from earliest times to the present.
  • Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapersnewspapers from over twenty Chinese cities from the period 1911-1949.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections - online collections of primary source material covering numerous aspects of US history, including maps, photographs, slave narratives, sound recordings, government papers, and interviews.
  • National Archives Digital Microfilm - includes digitised primary source material and indexes to other documents on various subjects, from British military and naval records to Foreign Office and Home Office correspondence. The National Archives website also has some helpful research guides and links to other primary source material.
  • Parker Library on the Web - over 550 digitised medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the Parker Library collection at the University of Cambridge.

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