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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!

In SOLO, search database name as phrase in title and limit to Online Resources.

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

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

Switch to Subject to browse for History resources.

  • We might need to use…

  • 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

  • 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

Specialist catalogues

Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (pre-1501)

Nineteenth Century Short-Title Catalogue 1801-1919

BL Newspaper catalogue

Place search: Berlin

British Library Newspaper catalogue

Bibliographical databases: articles

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

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

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

  • 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.

Blackwell Reference Online

  • Biographical Information

  • 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)

World Biographical Information System

Other useful reference sources

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/

Historical Directories

  • Full-text: 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

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

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: 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,

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

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

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

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

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Early English Books Online 1475-1700 (EEBO)

Calendar of State Papers (CSP)

State Papers Online I (Tudors: Domestic)

British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries 1500-1950

The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985

Documents on British Policy Overseas (DBPO)

Declassified Documents Reference System – US (DDRS)

Visual sources & data


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



Illuminated Manuscript Collection

Historical Statistics of the US



Useful search engines & portals

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)




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

History Faculty

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

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

Forthcoming WISER sessions

WISER Sources for US History

Wed 8 June 15:30-17:00

WISER Sources for Medievalists

Wed 15 June 13:45-15:15



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