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WISER Online resources for historians. Isabel Holowaty, Bodleian History Librarian [email protected] Aim Provide an overview of electronic resources for History Give examples of useful resources: Bibliographic databases Reference sources Primary Sources

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Online resources for historians

Isabel Holowaty, Bodleian History Librarian

[email protected]

  • Aim

  • Provide an overview of electronic resources for History

  • Give examples of useful resources:

    • Bibliographic databases

    • Reference sources

    • Primary Sources

    • Search engines & portals

    • Book reviews

    • Mailing lists & newsgroups

  • Questions & discussion

Access to subscriptions:

Lists of subscriptions:

OxLIP+ & Oxford University eJournals

Off-campus access

Single-Sign On (SSO)


Tells you that access is now longer from old provider

Access via a different platform

Access from a different library

Description from old provider

Here is why not to google for subscription databases

> Go to OxLIP+ or SOLO!

Login with SSO to Online Resources.to access resources off-campus and click Online resource to connect.

Login with SSO to Online Resources.to use MyResearch and access resources off-campus.

  • We might need to use… to Online Resources.

  • Bibliographical databases

    • books, articles, dissertations

  • Reference sources

    • dictionaries & encyclopaedias, directories, etc.

  • Full-text alternative

    • eJournals, eBooks, online newspapers, digitised source material, etc.

  • Search engines & portals

  • Bibliographical databases: books to Online Resources.

  • Library catalogues

  • SOLOhttp://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

  • British Library Integrated Catalogue http://catalogue.bl.uk/

  • COPAC http://www.copac.ac.uk/

  • WorldCat [via OxLIP+]

  • Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog

    • http://www.ubka.uni-karlsruhe.de/kvk_en.html

Bibliographical databases: books to Online Resources.

Specialist catalogues

Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (pre-1501)

Nineteenth Century Short-Title Catalogue 1801-1919

BL Newspaper catalogue

Place search: Berlin to Online Resources.

British Library Newspaper catalogue

Bibliographical databases: articles to Online Resources.

Historical Abstracts (world history, 1450-)

International Medieval Bibliography (500-1500)

Bibliography of British & Irish History

Bibliography of the History of Art

ATLA Religion Database (history of religion & church)

EconLit (economic history)

Philosopher’s Index (intellectual history)

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (esp. good for book

reviews, citation searches)

Bibliographical databases: articles to Online Resources.

America: History & Life (N America)

Index Islamicus (Oriental)

Bibliography of Asian Studies

American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies

Handbook of Latin American Studies

“Macedonian and relief”; limited to historical period 1900-1910.


Includes abstracts

Find full-text (electronic / print)

Historical Abstracts

Use bibliographical database to find journal articles. They index articles which may exist only in print.

Databases tell you what has been published, not what is held in Oxford!

Bibliographical databases: Dissertations 1900-1910.

Index to Theses (UK & Irish)

Dissertations and Theses (US bias)

Theses in progress & completed (1995- via Institute of Historical Research website) http://www.history.ac.uk/ihr/Resources/Theses/

  • Dictionaries & encyclopedias 1900-1910.

  • Gateways

    • CREDO Reference

    • Oxford Reference Online (ORO)

    • Blackwell Reference Online

    • Cambridge Companions Online

    • Cambridge Histories Online

  • Subject-specific

    • International Encyclopedia for the Middle Ages

    • Oxford English Dictionary

    • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

    • Oxford Art Online (Grove Dictionary of Art)

    • etc.

  • Biographical Information 1900-1910.

  • Biographical information

    • World Biographical Information System

    • Dictionary of National Biography (British)

    • Who is Who / Who was Who (British)

    • Dictionary of Irish Biography

    • American National Biography

    • KnowUK (contemporary British)

Other useful reference sources 1900-1910.

Europa World of Learning

Historical currency http://www.ex.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/current/howmuch.html

Historical directories (England) http://www.historicaldirectories.org/

Historical calendars http://www.timeanddate.com/

  • Full-text: 1900-1910.eJournals

  • Access via SOLO, Oxford University eJournals or link from database

  • Historical content:

    • JSTOR (e.g. Speculum)

    • Oxford Journals (OUP) (e.g. Past & Present)

    • Cambridge Journals (CUP)

  • Current content:

    • Oxford Journals (OUP)

    • Cambridge Journals (CUP)

    • etc.


Some key journals online 1900-1910.

American Historical Review

Bulletin of the History of Medicine

Economic History Review

English Historical Review

German History

French History

History Workshop

Journal of Ecclesiastical HistoryJournal of Modern History

Journal of the History of Ideas

Parliamentary History

Past & Present

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society

Full-text: eBooks 1900-1910.

Individual titles listed in SOLO & OLIS

  • See History eBooks pages:

    • Scholarly monographs

    • Early printed books

    • Free eBooks (e.g. GoogleBooks)

  • http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/history/eresources/ebooks

  • Full-text: 1900-1910.eNewspapers

  • Historical (UK)

    • 17th& 18th Century Burney Newspapers

    • Eighteenth Century Journals

    • 19thCentury BL Newspapers

    • Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

    • The Guardian (1821-2003) / The Observer (1791-2003)

    • The Irish Times (1859-2007)

    • The Scotsman (1817-1950)

    • Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003

    • Times Literary Supplement 1902-1990

    • Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003

  • Check OxLIP+ > Subject > History > News & Newspapers (31)

WISER: Sources for US History, 1900-1910.

15:30-17:00, 8 June

  • Full-text: eNewspapers

  • Historical (US and others)

    • 19th Century US Newspapers

    • American Periodicals Series 1740-1900

    • Washington Post 1877-1990

    • New York Times Historical Archive 1851-2003

    • Pravda 1912-2009

    • Times of India 1838-2001 (forthcoming)

  • Current (British & Foreign)

  • LexisNexis News Service

  • Factiva

WISER: Sources for Medievalists 1900-1910.

15 June, 13:45-15:15

Full-text: Digital texts

British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/

Domesday Explorer

Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, 1275-1504 (PROME)

MonumentaGermaniaeHistorica (MGH)

Ut per LitterasApostolicas (Papal letters)

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation

Making of the Modern World 1450-1850 (MOMW)

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Macmillan Cabinet Papers

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS)

British and Irish Women’s Letters & Diaries

Check Primary Sources Online guide

Early English Books Online (EEBO) 1900-1910.

Early English Books Online 1475-1700 (EEBO)

Visual sources & data 1900-1910.


Bridgeman Art Library (via Dictionary of Art)

John Johnson Collection: an archive of Printed Ephemera

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) http://www.vads.ac.uk/

Historical Statistics of the US

AHDS History (Arts & Humanities Data Service) http://ahds.ac.uk/history/index.html


ArtSTOR: 1900-1910.

Illuminated Manuscript Collection

iPoll 1900-1910.


Useful search engines & portals 1900-1910.

History Departments round the World


Institute of Historical Research http://www.history.ac.uk/



HFL Delicious http://www.delicious.com/HFLOxford

Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/

Arts & Humanities Data Service (AHDS) History


British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/

American Memory (Library of Congress)


Intute 1900-1910.

H-Net 1900-1910.

Book reviews

H-Net http://www.h-net.org

H-France (mailing list)

Sehepunkte (+ mailing list) http://www.sehepunkte.de/

Selective databases, e.g. Arts & Humanities Citation Index; America: History & Life

Discussion lists / newsgroups 1900-1910.

History Faculty

JISCMail http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk

H-Net http://www.h-net.org

Forthcoming WISER sessions 1900-1910.

WISER Sources for US History

Wed 8 June 15:30-17:00

WISER Sources for Medievalists

Wed 15 June 13:45-15:15

Questions 1900-1910.?