History subject guide



Online resources

We recommend:

Artemis Primary Sources (from Gale):

  • allows you to search 14 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

  • Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources (DMLBS) (via Logeion): a comprehensive, research-based dictionary focussed on British Medieval Latin. Logeion cross-searches several Latin and Greek dictionaries including the DMLBS
  • Labyrinth (University of Georgetown)
  • Middle English Compendium: a collection of resources including the Middle English dictionary, a hyper bibliography of Middle English prose and verse and a corpus of Middle English prose and verse.
  • Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi: medieval stained glass
  • Domesday Book: data from the Domesday Book is now available from ESDS. To find Domesday Book within ESDS, search on 'domesday'
  • Medieval sources online (Manchester University Press): full text of 30 e-books on medieval topics, plus a gateway to medieval history sources
  • Parliament rolls of Medieval England: full text and translation of the meetings of the English parliament from Edward I to Henry VII, 1272 to 1504
  • Bayeux Tapestry Digital Edition: full images of the tapestry, plus commentary, maps and genealogies
  • Patrologia Latina (from Chadwyck-Healey): full-text database of the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216


Modern history

War and propaganda

United States

  • American Memory
  • Calisphere: the history of California in digitised primary sources, including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, and advertising
  • HeinOnline: including US Federal Legislative History Library; U.S. Attorney General opinions; U.S. Statutes at Large; U.S. Supreme Court Library; Treaties and agreements library
  • Historical Statistics of the United States: fully searchable database of US historical statistics, which allows users to create customised tables reflecting their own areas of interest
  • Online subject resources for American Studies (American Studies subject guide)

Data sources

Official publications

Archives and collections


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