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Online Resources for Research

Some of the resources below must be accessed via the UCL Library site. For these, the links below will take you to the page on the Library website from which you can access them. You will need your UCL userid and password.


Bibliography of British and Irish History: indexes articles, chapters and books on British, Irish and British Imperial history (over 300,000 entries at last count and updated regularly).

Historical Abstracts (via UCL Library): bibliography of world history since 1450 (does not include the USA and Canada)

Electronic Journals

JSTOR (via UCL Library): This 'journal storage' site (hence the name) provides complete back runs (from the time of first issue until 1998-2000) of over 300 major, English-language, academic journals. The journals can be browsed by title or you can search for an article by title, author or words in the text. This is a tremendous resource that includes the full text of most volumes of Past and Present, English Historical Review, Speculum, The William and Mary Quarterly, The American Historical Review and many other history journals. Remember that you may sometimes want to look under headings other than 'History' (Theory and Society is indexed under 'Sociology'; Representations, under 'Language and Literature;' Journal of Roman Studies, under 'Classical Studies,' etc.).

Ingenta (via UCL Library): delivers approximately 15 million articles from more than 25,000 academic journals. Unlike JSTOR, this does not provide access to 'back runs' but it does include the most recent issues of 138 history journals. Picks up, in many ways, where JSTOR leaves off.

Library Catalogues

UCL Library Catalogue: for more information on UCL Library Services.

University of London Library catalogue: for more information about the library.

The British Library's on-line catalogue and the on-line catalogue of the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) are also useful. It may seem odd to search catalogues of libraries to which you do not have access, but it's a good way to fill in bibliographical details (such as place or date of publication) that you may have omitted to note when you had a book in your hands. Strange but true, not all library catalogues can be depended upon to provide this information accurately. These are especially reliable.

Gateways (sites that index other sites)

Richard Jensen's Scholars' Guide to the WWW: This is especially good for U.S. history.

British Academy Portal: The British Academy's directory of online resources in the humanities and social sciences. A good place to start.

MERLOT -- A clever acronym for this site that reviews over 500 history sites (and many other educational resources); an eclectic assortment, but some of the sites are very good.

Best of History Websites: Because these are listed by their rankings it can be a bit confusing to use, but it's also very helpful.

Search Engines

Search for the words you want. Remember that more precise search terms yield more manageable results! It may seem easier to type just 'French Revolution,' but do you really want to sift through 1.27 million hits?). There are numerous such engines, but two of the best are:

Google and Alta Vista

Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research

Remember that you may not want or need to look at many of the sites you find. Some especially helpful guidance on evaluating websites is available from the UC Berkeley Library and Cornell University Libraries.

More Specialised Sites

Just in case you never thought to look on the web for serious historical resources, these might be a few good places to start.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (via UCL Library) is an invaluable research resource. It is now online and is accessible via the UCL network or with an Athens password.

Two good on-line MAP COLLECTIONS are hosted by the Bodleian Library (Oxford) and the Library of the University of Texas. Digimap provides access to historical as well as current OS maps of Britain. It is necessary to register individually to this service, though UCL is a subscriber.

On-line Books Page, with links to over 19,000 complete texts (in English).

Perseus Project's Digital Library, especially strong on ancient Greek texts, arts, and history.

Medieval and Classical Library, includes translations of texts by Tasso, Chaucer and Saxo Grammaticus, among others.

Internet Library of Early Journals; searchable full-text of six major journals from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Great Britain

Proceedings of the Old Bailey London, 1674-1834 makes a wealth of archival information (about trials held at London's central criminal court) freely available.

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.

Documenting the American South; over 1200 books and manuscripts providing evidence on history, literature and culture of the United States South from the colonial period to the early twentieth century.

Making of America; over 8,000 books and 50,000 journal articles from nineteenth-century United States.

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