History subject guide



Online resources

We recommend:

Gale Primary Sources:

  • allows you to search 18 primary source databases from Gale Cengage with a single search box, including historical, newspaper, and periodicals archives.
  • includes interesting tools like "term frequency" (see the frequency of your search term over time) and "term clusters" (see what other terms commonly occur in relation to your search term)

Archive Explorer(from Adam Matthew):

  • allows you to search 9 databases of topical primary source material with a single search box - covering subjects like the American West, gender, Africa, the Raj, the Grand Tour, Victorian Popular Culture, women's writing, etc

Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of online resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Medieval history


Modern history

  • Archaeologia Cantiana Online: the journal of the Kent Archaeological Society, published since 1858, and a key source of information on Kent history
  • Archives of Sexuality and Gender
  • ARK (Access, Research, Knowledge): information on Northern Ireland
  • Black Thought and Culture
  • The Cecil Papers: collection of early-modern historical documents from the reigns of Elizabethan I and James I/VI; the papers span the period 1520-1668, from the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, to the death of William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury.
  • Churchill Archive
  • 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
  • Connected Histories: British History Sources 1500-1900: allows you to cross-search a variety of major e-resources in British history
  • Defining Gender, 1450-1910 (from Adam Matthew): British source materials for the study of gender, leisure and consumer culture
  • Eighteenth Century Journals Portal: portal to Newspapers and Periodicals c1685-1815, covering all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life
  • Empire Online: primary and secondary materials for the study of 'Empire' and its theories, practices and consequences, covering the last 500 years.
  • History of Feminism (from Routledge Historical Resources): archive of primary and secondary resources covering the history of feminism 1776-1928, including books, chapters, journal articles, thematic essays, subject introductions and images
  • Human Rights Studies Online (from Alexander Street): primary and secondary material providing analysis and interpretations of human rights violations and atrocity crimes around the world from 1900-2010
  • LGBT Magazine Archive
  • Listener Archive: weekly BBC magazine, running 1929-1991 and covering reflections on politics, literature and the arts; this archive is the only way to access many early BBC broadcasts
  • Mass Observation Online: documentation of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain, covering the period from 1937 until the early 1970s
  • Migration to New Worlds: unique primary source material recounting personal experiences of 350 years of migration
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO): access to these primary source collections:
    • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture
    • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection
  • Revolution and Protest (from Alexander Street): covers protest movements, revolutions and civil wars from the 18th century to present. Includes video and images, as well as personal papers, government documents, journals, speeches and monographs
  • Scientific American Archive (1845-2005): get an insight into social and scientific trends from the mid 19th century onwards, including the original accounts of key inventions like the telephone, the incandescent lightbulb, and New York City's first subway
  • South Asia Archive
  • Stormont papers: 50 years of Northern Ireland Parliamentary debates online
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade Database: information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages, providing information about vessels, enslaved peoples, slave traders and owners, and trading routes
  • Vogue Archive: A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
  • Women's Magazine Archive (from ProQuest): archive of leading women’s interest consumer magazines, covering the late-19th century to 2005 and illustrating the events, trends and attitudes of this period

War and propaganda

United States

Data sources

Official publications

Archives and collections


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