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Reference and data sources for History

Sources below include subscription services accessible to members of the University of Sheffield and freely available internet sites. It is divided into British and Irish History, European History, American History, History of other regions and General Resources.

Reference and full-text databases: British & Irish History
Anglo-Saxon Charters on the World Wide Web Web site of the British Academy-Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters which aims to make freely available some of the material assembled in the preparation of a new edition of the corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters, and to promote and facilitate their study
Archives Hub Provides a searchable database of descriptions of archives held in UK universities and colleges
Archives unbound Digital collections of primary source historical documents
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads Digitised copies of over 30,000 ballads from the 16th to the 20th century held in the Bodleian Library, with a searchable catalogue
British history online Medieval and modern history of the British Isles
British Library Newspaper Library Catalogue Catalogue of over 52,000 newspaper and periodical title holdings in Colindale in London
British philosophy: 1600-1900 Full text of various philosophical works
British universities newsreel database (BUND) Stories from cinema newsreels & cinemagazines
Cambridge Histories Online Electronic access to Cambridge Histories series books
CELT: the online resource for Irish history, literature and politics Searchable online database of contemporary and historical texts
Digimap via EDINA Ordnance Survey and historic map data
Early English books online (EEBO) Full text ebooks
Eighteenth century collections online (ECCO) Full text ebooks
Guide to 19th Century Pamphlets Allows the searching and browsing of collections of nineteenth-century pamphlets housed in CURL libraries
Hartlib Papers. 2nd edition Text/image database of Samuel Hartlib papers, available in Special Collections
Historic map collection, Digimap via EDINA Historic map data
Histpop: Online historical population reports British population reports for Britain and Ireland 1801-1937
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Full text papers 1801-1900
Internet Medieval Sourcebook Based at Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. Includes searchable full texts of many medieval primary sources, along with secondary sources, maps, images and links to other sites
Internet Modern History Sourcebook Based at Fordham University. Includes thousands of primary sources for the study of European and American history from the Reformation to the 20th century
King James Bible via LION Full text of the King James Bible
Legislation.gov.uk UK legislation online
Mundus A web-based guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom
National Archives Searchable catalogue of archives held in record offices and other institutions across England
Old Bailey Proceedings London, 1674 to 1834 Fully searchable online edition of the Old Bailey Proceedings produced by the Universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire
Ordnance Survey digital map data, Digimap via EDINA Ordnance Survey map data
Oxford dictionary of national biography Biographical reference resource
Oxford English dictionary (OED) Second edition plus additions
Theatre archive project Project to catalogue and make available British Library theatre archives
Thomason tracts (via EEBO) Full text ebooks
UK data archive Access to electronic datasets produced by ESRC research projects
Victorian Census Project New downloadable version of the 1831 census
Victoria Research Web Collection of resources relating to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain

Reference and full-text databases: European History
The Avalon Project: The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Yale Law School site which includes "Proceedings of the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal", "Nazi conspiracy and aggression", and other relevant documents and resources
CARRIE Collection of full text archives
Christian Classics Ethereal Library Large collection of theological texts of the Early Church Fathers and others, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Foxe and John Wesley
Cold War International History Project Provides access to information and perspectives on Cold War history, including the Bulletin and Working papers of the CWIHP
EuroDocs Links to full-text documents
French Revolution Links A collection of links to resources for the study of the French Revolution compiled by a senior lecturer in modern European history at the University of Portsmouth
German Propaganda Archive A collection of material relating to Nazi and East German propaganda
Gutenberg Digital The final version of the digitized Gutenberg Bible from the Goettingen State and University Library, including reproductions of the 88 illuminated pages
HEIRS (History of European Integration) Leiden University-based site which provides links to archives, bibliographies, Cold War sites, journals and statistics
Internet Medieval Sourcebook Based at Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. Includes searchable full texts of many medieval primary sources, along with secondary sources, maps, images and links to other sites
Internet Modern History Sourcebook Based at Fordham University. Includes thousands of primary sources for the study of European and American history from the Reformation to the 20th century
The Labyrinth Contains links to a large number of resources for medieval studies
Liberty, equality, fraternity: exploring the French Revolution Contains essays, images, text documents, songs, maps, a timeline and a glossary
Patrologia latina Source on patristic and medieval thought
United Nations treaty collection United Nations treaties

Reference and full-text databases: American History
Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress A collection of approximately 20,000 documents, including correspondence, speeches, notes and printed material
AMDOCS: Documents for the study of American history Provides the full text of a wide range of documents from the 15th century to the present day
Born in Slavery: Slave narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 Contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation A digitised collection of United States Congressional documents and debates from 1774 to 1873
Core documents of United States democracy US government site providing searchable full text of many essential documents of American history, including the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Federalist papers, and the Statistical Abstract of the USA
Documenting the American South A collection of resources on the Southern experience in 19th century America, including a digitized library of Southern literature to 1920, narratives on slavery, diaries and memoirs, autobiographies, and more
Douglass: Archives of American Public Address A searchable collection of speeches and documents dating from 1625 to the present day
From Revolution to Reconstruction: a Hypertext on American history Digitised documents on American history, with links to biographies and essays, and to pages for specific American presidents
Gateway to African-American history U.S. Department of State's gateway to African-American history with links to key internet sites, bibliographies, publications, speeches and articles. Follow the link and select African Americans from the left menu
History and Politics Out Loud A searchable archive of politically significant recordings and transcripts, such as the speeches of Martin Luther King and Nixon Watergate materials
The Making of America A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction
United States Historical Census Data Browser Allows the browsing of data describing the people and economy of the U.S.A. for each state and county from 1790 to 1970
United States Historical Documents A collection of full-text historical documents from pre-colonial times to the present day
The Valley of the Shadow A hypermedia archive of primary sources for the American Civil War, along with related teaching materials
World History Archives World History Archives (Hartford Web Publishing) offers documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective

Reference and full-text databases: History of other regions
Asian and Pacific History and Culture From Encyclopedia Smithsonian
African History Primary Sources Links to full-text sources
Internet Indian History Sourcebooks Sources for Indian History
Mundus A web-based guide to more than four hundred collections of overseas missionary materials held in the United Kingdom
World History Archives World History Archives (Hartford Web Publishing) offers documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective

Reference and full-text databases: General resources
Cambridge companions to literature & classics Essays on major authors, periods & genres
Grove music online Major reference work on Music
Internet Medieval Sourcebook Based at Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. Includes searchable full texts of many medieval primary sources, along with secondary sources, maps, images and links to other sites
Internet Modern History Sourcebook Based at Fordham University. Includes thousands of primary sources for the study of European and American history from the Reformation to the 20th century
The Labyrinth Contains links to a large number of resources for medieval studies
ORB : Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies Large collection of Byzantine and medieval texts
Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy Full text encyclopedia
Webster's third new international dictionary via LION Unabridged full text dictionary
WebWorld - Archives around the World A collection of links to archives and other primary sources worldwide
World History Archives World History Archives (Hartford Web Publishing) offers documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective