This is UCLan's History library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Subject Librarian: Francesca Robinson


Search for book and eBooks on Library Search. It will tell you what books we have in stock and whether you can access them online from most of our eBook providers - Please note Library Search only searches within the title. If you go to the eBook Collections directly you can then search within the full-text of the eBooks.

Subject Specific eBook Collections:

Multi Subject eBook Collections:

Special Collections

  • Livesey Collection - The British National Temperance League collection
  • Local Collection – Material which is related to Preston and the surrounding area is located on the inside of the book ring unit on the first floor.
  • Shepherd Street Mission - A small collection of items from the Mission which rescued street children and provided temporary accommodation for homeless adults, established in Preston by the Band of Hope in 1876. 
  • Wainwright Collection - Donated to the University by the Wainwright Conservative Club in Blackpool. The collection comprises largely late Victorian political texts covering topics such as home-rule for Ireland, labour relations and free trade.
  • William Woodruff Collection - The collection of the celebrated Lancashire academic and author William Woodruff, together with 40 articles written by him.

For access to the Special Collections you will need to make an appointment.

If the library does not have a particular book or journal article you would like to read you are able to request a copy from the Inter-Library Loan Service.

Journals and Articles

To search for a specific journal title use Journal Finder.

  • Diffusion Journal - this is an Undergraduate Research Journal for students in Humanities, languages and Social Sciences.

eResources and Databases

Subject Specific databases:

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History - Provides bibliographic data on historical writings concerning the British Isles, the British Empire and the Commonwealth from 55BCE to the present.
  • Historical Abstracts - Covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450-present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. 
  • Humanities International Complete - Journals indexed here include those relevant to the historical study of the United States and Canada.
  • JSTOR - An archive of older journal issues covering areas including arts and humanities. Also contains access to 19th Century British Pamphlets - Over 26,000 pamphlets from seven collections covering subjects such as politics, industry, colonial affairs, slavery, Ireland, poor law.
  • Taylor & Francis Journal Collection - Full text access to Journals in arts and humanities subjects.     

Multi Subject databases:

Journal Archives

  • British Periodicals - These trace the growth and development of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century to the Victorian age and beyond.
  • Brill - A multi disciplinary archive of over 80 Journals published before 2000
  • Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Online - Provides access to nearly 100 periodicals for the study of British life in the 19th century - from women, to sport, to children and humour.
  • Periodicals Archive Online Collection - 80 full text journals from 1891-2000, covering a variety of subject areas.
  • Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals - An index to the authorship of articles, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym.

Multi Subject Abstract & Indexing Databases

These databases have a wider scope than those listed above but do not contain any full-text articles

Additional Resources

Newspapers: Current

  • Nexis - a full-text database of news drawn from over 29,000 sources. 

Newspapers: Archive

Maps, Census and Population Information

  • Digimap - an online maps service which includes ordinance survey maps, historic maps and census data in the society section which you are able to view and manipulate.
  • The National Archives - provides a searchable index of census reports from 1841-1911. However there is a charge to download and view full transcriptions.
  • The Lancashire Library Service has a subscription to Ancestry.co.uk, which you can access if you join the Lancashire Library Service. You can use this within any Lancashire Library - but you will need to book a computer at the library. This service provides access to all the Census records.


  • John Johnson Collection - the digitised collection of more than 65,000 items drawn from the Bodleian's John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera.
  • Burney Newspaper Collection - Also includes pamphlets, newspapers and books collected before 1817
  • British Labour History Ephemera (Microfilm) - 1880-1926 - A collection of more than 2000 pamphlets, leaflets and other ephemera of British labour history. A full list of the contents can be viewed by searching on the Library Search
  • Papers of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Microfilm) Missions to Asia, 1812-1919. This collection provides primary source material from the missions to India in the 19th century. Most of the papers are also freely available from the Digital Library for International Research.
  • Access to the microfilm is available on request.

Government and Legal Information

  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers - Fully indexed and searchable full-text House of Commons Parliamentary Paper from 1715 to present. Some supplementary material back to 1688.
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey -  transcripts of the trials from 1674-1913 are easily accessed from this resource.  They provide information on a huge range of topics - crime, justice and punishment; community histories; gender roles; transport; cost of living in London and more.

Web Pages

  • Charles Booth's London (LSE). Makes available the famous poverty maps and the descriptively rich police notebooks arising from Booth’s ground-breaking study Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886-1903).
  • Open and Free Access Materials for Research - From the Institute of Historical Research this guide provides lists of links to freely accessible online content - organised by publication type, chronology and theme.
  • People’s History Museum. The People's History Museum in Manchester houses collections relating to the history of working people in Britain including 18th and 19th century political cartoons, 1500 political posters relating to the Spanish Civil War and to the Labour Party.
  • Queen Victoria's Journals. Princess Victoria of Kent began the first volume of her Journal, or detailed diary, in 1832, and continued writing them until her death in 1901. As well as detailing household and family matters, the journals reflect affairs of state, comment on the literature of the day and address social history. It is freely available to users within the United Kingdom.
  • Slavery in American and the World - Includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.


Francesca Robinson - Subject Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Subject Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

01772 895132