History subject guide



E-books and other full-text material

The best way to access individual e-books is via LibrarySearch. To filter your results, use the 'Collection' filter on the right (you may have to click More options first), or use the links below to go straight to a specific collection.

See a full list of e-books and online tools for all subjects

Collections for History

Collection Description
ACLS Humanities E-book Contains over 1,000 history titles from various publishers and will add 250 titles per annum. The titles date from the 1920s onwards and many have links to extra material, particularly reviews.
Cambridge Histories Online Over 300 cross-searchable authoritative volumes on a wide range of historical subject areas
Oxford Handbooks Online: History Thorough introduction to history topics, delivered via specially commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading
Oxford Historical Treaties Key resource for historical treaty research, including full text of The Consolidated Treaty Series, a comprehensive collection of treaties of all nations from 1648-1919
British History Online Key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800.

We don't subscribe to this resource, so only some documents are freely accessible.
Avalon Project(Yale Law School) A substantial collection of (world wide) original documents
Translated Texts for Historians(from Liverpool University Press) Expert scholarly translations of historical sources from 300800 AD, including letters, annals, political speeches, handbooks, poems, documentary sources, Lives of saints, and many more
Medieval Sources Online (Manchester University Press) Full text of 30 e-books on medieval topics, plus a gateway to medieval history sources
Historical Texts Cross-search over 400,000 historical books from:
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • 19th Century books from the British Library collection
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Provides access to the full text of 125,000 books, covering works in the following collections:
  • Pollard & Redgrave's short-title catalogue 1475-1640
  • Wing's short-title catalogue 1641-1700
  • Thomason Tracts 1640-61
  • Early English Tract supplement
Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 Writing by early modern women including diaries, works of drama, poetry, religious writing, autobiographical material, accounts and cookery and medical recipes
State Papers Online 1509-1714 Access to all four parts:
  • Part I: The Tudors (Henry VIII to Elizabeth I), 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
  • Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders,Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
  • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
  • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
The Grand Tour Collection of historical resources including manuscripts, from 1550 to 1850
India, Raj and Empire Based on manuscript collections of National Library of Scotland, material covers history of South Asia from 1615 to 1947
British Periodicals (from ProQuest) Access to Collections 1-4: searchable full text of 500 periodicals from the late 17th to the early 20th century, including major popular titles from the 20th century
Eighteenth Century Journals Portal Portal to newspapers and periodicals c1685-1815, covering all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Full text of over 150,000 items published between 1701 and 1800, including all significant English language and foreign titles published in the UK and a substantial number from North America
Electronic Enlightenment Searchable correspondence of 18th century thinkers and writers
The American West Collection of manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material on the story of the American West
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 Comprehensive searchable full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises with content from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more
19th Century UK Periodicals: series I New readerships: Women and children, Sports and leisure, Humour and satire
Victorian Popular Culture Portal for the study of popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries, divided into 4 sections:
  • Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic
  • Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks
  • Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
  • Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966 Papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices, covering the modern period of European colonisation of the African continent from the British Government's perspective


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