Journals & Databases

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

Journal & Database Collections

  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away
  • Cambridge Core A collection of scholarly journals, useful for locating full text journal articles for History.
  • JSTOR An extensive archive of journals, as it is an archive the most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available. Use it to find journal articles. It is extremely relevant for the study of History. The collections include JSTOR Arts and Sciences I,II,III and VII.
  • Oxford Academic A collection of journals published by Oxford University Press that can be used to find journal articles. History is one of the subject areas covered.
  • Project Muse Use this to find full text journal articles from the Humanities Collection. Research areas of History.
  • SAGE Research Methods is a database which supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Resources include a methods map, case studies, datasets, books, reference works, journal articles and instructional videos from world-leading academics.

Specialist History Sources

  • Black Thought and Culture can help you explore 20th century African American cultural trends. It contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non- fiction published works of leading African Americans. The ideas of nearly 100 people present an evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America. Also includes a full run of The Black Panther Newspaper.
  • Periodicals Archive Online A collection of 20th Century periodical archives. Subject areas covered include language, literature and history. Specific interest for film history and Victorian poetry.



Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • British Library Newspapers, 1800-1900 contains a large range of national, regional and local newspapers from the period. These include the Illustrated Police News, the Chartist Northern Star and the Morning Chronicle.
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Useful for historical research.
  • Gale OneFile: News contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive The Times (London) 1785-2019. Use it to find newspaper articles. The entire newspaper is captured with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.


eBook Collections

  • ACLS History E-book is a collection of humanities books (1855-2005) both in print and out of print. Books are provided via the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library. Useful for history and literature research.

British Library 19th Century Collection contains over 65,000 19th Century texts from the collection of the British Library.

Early English Books Online Early English Books (1473-1700) printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare. Useful for the study of English literature, linguistics and history.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Useful for History and Literature research.

UK Medical Heritage Library has images and full text from over 66,000 19th Century European medical texts.


Referencing the sources of information you use is an essential part of academic writing and your research, it’s important to get it right. Referencing is the acknowledgment of all the sources that have been cited in your assignment, whether you have quoted directly or paraphrased.

History use the MHRA referencing style.

The full guide can be downloaded from: MHRA, Modern Humanities Research Association.

The English, History and Creative Writing department runs regular sessions on referencing.


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