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Background Information

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.


American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature
Print Location: Ref D20 .A43x 1995
Bibliography of British History: 1851-1914
Print Location: Z2019 .H35
Bibliography of British History:1789-1851
Print Location: Z2019 .B76
Bibliography of Imperial, Colonial, and Commonwealth History since 1600
Print Location: DA 16 .B56x 2002

Victorian England 1837-1901
Print Location: Z2019 .A56


JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
Writings on British History
Print Location: Offsite Storage Z2016 .W74
1901–1974. Print reference work containing a bibliography of books and articles on the history of Great Britain between the years 400 and 1939. Includes an appendix containing a select list of publications on British history after 1939. Volumes are available upon request.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

Times Digital Archive [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1801–1900. Database containing over one million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain, including titles on women, children, sports & leisure, and humor.
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Print Location: Burling Third Floor
Contemporary Review
Print Location: Burling Third Floor
Edinburgh Review
Print Location: Burling Third Floor
Fortnightly Review
Print Location: Burling Third Floor
Nineteenth Century
Print Location: Burling Third Floor
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature
Print Location: 4th Floor East Wall
Print reference work that indexes dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals of the 19th century.
Quarterly Review
Print Location: Burling Third Floor

Historical Texts

Google Book Search
Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.

Library Catalogs

Center for Research Libraries
Includes collections of primary source material such as newspapers, pamphlets, and government reports. Many collections are digitized; other materials may be ordered through ILL and will typically arrive in about three days.
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
The mission of the NUCMC program is to provide and promote bibliographic access to the nation's documentary heritage by describing archival and manuscript collections held by eligible repositories located throughout the United States and its territories.

Biographical Information

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DA28 .O95 2004

Primary Sources

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
1701–1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.
Empire Online Restricted Resource
1492–present. A digital collection of original primary documents relating to intercultural contact, including aspects of imperialism, religion, race, and class.

Data and Statistics

International Historical Statistics: Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 4675 .M552 2003
International Historical Statistics: Europe, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 1107 .M5 2003


Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.
ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era
Print Location: Ref DA550 .E527 2004

Handbook of British Chronology
Print Location: Ref DA34 .P6 1986

Victorian Culture and Society: the Essential Glossary
Print Location: Ref DA550 .R59 2003

Web sites

National Archives (UK)
The National Archives is the official archive of the UK Government providing access to over 11 million records. Many documents have be digitized and are available online.
National Register of Archives (UK)
The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history.
Victoria Research Web
Created by Patrick Leary, the Victoria Research Web is dedicated to the scholarly study of nineteenth-century Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of any and all aspects of this fascinating period.
Victorian Web
A guide to web-based resources for the study of literature, history, politics, and culture during the 19th century
Web of English History: the Peel Web
A guide to web resources for the early period of Victoria's reign.
WWW Virtual Library: History of the United Kingdom
An extensive list of web resources on the history of the United Kingdom.
WWW Virtual Library:History
This is the central catalogue for the WWW-VL network of indexes to Historical materials on-line. It is intended for general public use, but its coverage and selection of sites concentrates on creating a facility useful for those pursuing historical research on-line. An extremely comprehensive index of links, it covers nearly every geographic area and many subjects

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) Style Guides: Chicago/Turabian Style
This style guide contains information on the Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation. These resources follow the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, which was issued in September 2010.
Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: Reserves Z253 .U69 2010
The style manual commonly used for History.

Resources at Grinnell

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