Journals & Databases
Throughout July we have a trial to Scopus, the World’s largest curated abstract and citation database.
Scopus is excellent for literature reviews or seeing what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, books chapters and more for any subject. It has advanced tools to visualise your search results, showing how trends have changed over time. There are many other ways researchers use it too, such as assessing the research performance of a person, journal or university.
Access Scopus on-campus at Scopus.com. The trial runs throughout July 2019 and is scheduled to stop at the end of the month.
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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
- 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 Journals 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.
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.
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries Access the 18th, 19th and 20th Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. Useful for historical research as it a detailed primary source of information.
- 19th Century UK Periodicals: Series 1 New Readerships. Includes women’s, children’s, humour and leisure/sport periodicals from the 19th Century. A useful primary source for the study of 19th Century History.
- 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. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.
- 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Rev. Charles Burney’s collection of early English news media. A comprehensive primary source for this period, helps track the development of news.
- 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.
- Guardian and Observer Digital Archive The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Useful for historical research.
- Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 offers full page and article images with searchable full text. Presents a vivid picture of British and world events useful for historical research.
- Infotrac Newsstand 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) 1785-1985. Use it to find newspaper articles. The entire newspaper is captured will all articles, advertisements and illustrations.
- 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.
- JISC Historical Texts contains four collections of historical texts:
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 English and History department runs regular sessions on referencing.