This is UCLan's History library page.

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


Search for books and ebooks on the Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.
Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Other collections relevant to history include:

  • JISC Historic Texts
    Books published prior to 1800 can be accessed from EEBO - Early English Books Online, and ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online which are combined in the JISC Historic Texts Collection.  A selection of 65,000 nineteenth century titles are also included.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    Within this resource you can find over 50,000 biographies from the 4th century BC to the year 2000. A breakdown of themes provides a valuable reference to British History with links to relevant biographies.

Special Collections

The library holds several unique collections of material which could also be of use to History Students. These Special Collections include:

  • 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 established in Preston by the Band of Hope in 1876. The mission rescued street children and provided temporary accommodation for homeless adults; one of its original objectives was to "assist children to emigrate".
  • 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.

Journals and Articles

If you have a reference for a particular journal article, or if you want to find out if we take a particular journal title, use the Journal Finder.

If the Library does not have the journal article you want, you can request a copy using the Inter-library loan Service.

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

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for History:

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History - Provides bibliographic data on historical writings concerning the British Isles, the British Empire and the Commonwealth from 55BC 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. Indexes over 2,300 academic historical journals back to 1955.
  • Humanities International Complete - Use in conjunction with Historical Abstracts to cover a wider range of material. 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.     

Other smaller collections, that are either subject specific, or based on a single publishers output, are also worth searching. These include

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.

Abstract & Indexing Databases

Should you want to undertake a more thorough search for research materials/literature try searching the following abstract and indexing databases. 

Additional Resources

Newspapers: Current

  • Nexis - a full-text database of news drawn from over 29,000 sources. Nexis gives the text of articles only - it does not include photographs or formatting.

Newspapers: Archive

  • Artemis Primary Sources - Includes 19th Century British Library Newspapers collection, 19th Century Periodicals, Illustrated London News Historical Archive from 1842-2003, the Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957.  Also includes The Economist Historical Archive from 1843-2011, Times Digital Archive from 1785-2011, the Daily Mail Historical Archive from 1896-2004 and the Financial Times Historical Archive from 1843-2011. Use Artemis Primary Sources to search all the collections simultaneously.
  • The Guardian and The Observer Historical Archive - Every page as published. The Guardian from 1821-2003, The Observer from 1791-2003
  • New York Times Archive - The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993) provides easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive (1855-2000) – More than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper can be viewed in full digital facsimile format, with advertisements, news stories and images that capture 19th -21st century culture and society.

Television, Film and Sound

  • Alexander Street Video
    Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in history related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts provides access to off air TV and radio programmes in an expanding archive with no expiry date.  It also allows you to create clips from programmes for sharing with others.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service, 1974–1996, is a multidisciplinary resource consisting of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the globe.
  • Kanopy - a range of documentaries, short and foreign language films and animations.

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 catalogue
  • 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

  • People’s History Museum. Located in Manchester the People's History Museum collections relate to the history of working people in Britain. These include 18th and 19th century political cartoons, 1500 political posters relating to the Spanish Civil War and to the Labour Party, some 3000 badges from a variety of organisations and an important collection of political tokens and medals. Search the collections and find out more about the museum through the website.
  • 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, describe meetings with statesmen and other eminent figures, and comment on the literature of the day. They represent a valuable primary source for scholars of nineteenth century British political and social history and for those working on gender and autobiographical writing. It is freely available to users within the United Kingdom.
  • Charles Booth's London. LSE has just launched Charles Booth’s London, a website making 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).
  • 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 - Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries

01772 895132