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Esther Wilkinson

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History

Introduction


Welcome to the Subject Guide for History! The guide provides an introduction to some of the most important History resources available via the library.

The information and resources in this guide will help get you started on your research journey. You can use the guide to find and access:


  • Books
  • Articles
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources
  • Guidance on searching effectively and evaluating sources

Books

To search for books and eBooks you can use Library Search. Library Search is a tool which enables you to search the library catalogue and also other resources (e.g. journal and newspaper articles).


Articles

A good starting point if you are looking for articles is Library Search

However, if you need to explore the literature further and undertake a more comprehensive search, you can also use the following resources (note though that not all of them are full-text, so you may need to follow up references using Library Search):


JSTOR

JSTOR

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts

History Online

History Online

Cambridge Journals

Cambridge Journals

Oxford Journals

Oxford Journals

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Primary Sources

The library provides access to a wealth of primary sources that you can use for your research. Some of the most popular ones are listed below (for a complete list, see the Full Resource Listing):

Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture

Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture

Historical Texts

Historical Texts

State Papers Online, 1509-1603

State Papers Online, 1509-1603

Defining Gender 1450-1910

Defining Gender 1450-1910

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

Gale NewsVault

Gale NewsVault

Web Resources

Below are a few reliable websites offering access to primary and secondary resources. You can see a longer list in the Full Resource Listing.


British History Online

British History Online

Cold War International History Project

Cold War International History Project

Memories of War

Memories of War

National Archives

National Archives

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project

US National Archives

US National Archives

Search Skills

No matter what stage you’re at with your studies, you will need to do some independent research for your assignments.

From basic search tips to more advanced research skills, our Moodle course guides you through devising a search strategy, carrying out a search and making sure you choose the right resources.


Search Skills Moodle Course

Search Skills Moodle Course



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