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British Isles Free Web Sites: General and History A-K

Selective guide to free web sites about the British Isles organized by broad topics: general and history; images and museums; libraries; literature/language; news; politics, government, and contemporary society. Last updated 06-20-2023

General and History A-K

A2A Access to Archives

The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally throughout England and dating from the 8th century to the present day. In Jan., 2006 it contained 8.7 million items held in nearly 400 record offices and other repositories. To access records of the National Archives U.K., the Public Record Office or the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts Commission use the link in electronic resources for National Archives U.K.

Acts and Monuments Online (TAMO)

John Foxe's Book of Martyrs definitive online edition.  Unabridged texts of all four editions, with marginalia, that were published in the author's lifetime and transcriptions in modern English.  Keyword searching and indexes.  Facsimiles of woodcut illustrations and translations of some Latin and Greek passages.  Extensive critical apparatus, with commentaries, etc. and bio. of Foxe.  From Digital Humanities Institute at U. of Sheffield. 

AMARC: Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections

The Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC) promotes the accessibility, preservation and study of manuscripts and archives in libraries and other research collections in Great Britain and Ireland. It brings together curators, researchers and all who share a scholarly interest in this field.  Their newsletter is freely available online in this website; according to them it is ''probably the most up-to-date and most wide ranging source of information available about manuscript research.''

Anglo-American Legal Tradition

Documents from Medieval and Early Modern England from the National Archives in London.  Digitized and displayed through the O'Quinn Law Library of the University of Houston Law Center by license of the National Archives. Sponsored by the University of Houston Law Center and by the University of Houston Department of History.

Archives Portal Europe

One of the largest portals for entry to archival collections in Europe.  Search by topic across institutions or by country. 

Atlantic Archive: UK-US Relations in an Age of Global War, 1939-1945

From the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London.  Repository of primary sources from government documents generated during WWII.  Browse by year, place, government departments of both UK and US, and author name.  Contains formal letters, aide memoires, newspaper articles, government reports, and memoranda.  Has scanned images along side transcriptions of the texts, abstracts, and metadata.  190 documents to start,  with projected 2000 at completion.

BBC History

Contains full-texts of and links to information about British Isles and world history, as well as history information about the BBC itself. Has materials for children, so would be useful also for education students.

BBC History: Historic Figures

Presents hundreds of brief biographies of important historical figures. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order or search by surname.  Entries often feature a representative photograph, portrait, or other illustration. This BBC site has been archived and is no longer being updated.

BBC National Health Service

Here you can follow the early years of the NHS from radical plan through to triumphant birth and on to fully fledged but sometimes problematic service. Through programmes, documents and images taken from the BBC's archives you can witness for yourself a time before the NHS existed, the disputes surrounding its inception and the difficulties it faced in the early years.

BBC Programmes

This site aims to ensure that every TV & Radio programme the BBC broadcasts has a permanent, findable web presence. Browse by title of program, category (genre or format), or schedule (TV, national radio, Nations Radio, local radio).

BBTI British Book Trade Index

BBTI aims to include brief biographical and trade details of all those who worked in the English and Welsh book trades up to 1851. There is a separate Scottish Book Trade Index at the National Library of Scotland, so BBTI includes only those Scottish book trade people who also traded in England or Wales at some point in their lives.  Includes not only printers, publishers and booksellers but alsopeople in other related trades, such as stationers, papermakers, engravers, auctioneers, ink-makers and sellers of medicines. This is only an index to other sources of information. It is not a biographical dictionary of book-trade people.

BIAB Online: the British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography

BIAB provides information about articles and books on the archaeology of Britain and Ireland. This resource includes the contents of British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography,1997-, British Archaeological Abstracts 1968-91 (Main DA 90 .B8), Archaeological Bibliography for Great Britain and Ireland, Reports of the Committee on Ancient Earthworks and Fortified Enclosures, a Guide to the Historical and Archaeological Publications of Societies in England and Wales, 1901-33 (Mullins, Main Z 2016 .M83), Index of Archaeological Papers, 1665-1890 (Gomme family, Main Z 2016 .I65.)

Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives grew from a community response to the New Cross Massacre (1981), the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984); underachievement of Black children in British schools, the failings of the Race Relations Act 1976, and the negative impacts of racism against, and a lack of popular recognition of, and representation by people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK. Our founders, including the iconic Len Garrison, came to the conclusion that what was needed was a space where members of the community, especially young people, could come and find positive representations of themselves in history and culture. This act of self-help expanded into the creation of what our founders called an ‘archive museum’ that evidenced and painted a more comprehensive picture of Black presence in Britain. They collect and preserve materials which redress the historical balance and representation of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain. Their archive collection is now one of the most comprehensive collections that document the history and cultural heritage of Black Britain. Originating as a community archive amassed over many years, the archive has been transformed into a professional archive that meets international quality standards and houses over 50 sq metrics of archival materials across two sites.

Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society

Archive of biographies of members of the Royal Society, content older than one year, accessible free on the internet.  The Royal Society first began publishing short obituaries of its fellows in 1830 in its Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.  From 1932 fuller memoirs of nearly every deceased fellow and foreign members have been in their Obituaries... (1932-54) and then in their Biographical Memoirs... from 1955 onwards.

Book Owners Online

Book Owners Online (BOO) is the work of the distinguished book historian David Pearson and a technical team that have helped translate his long-respected bibliography “English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century” into a digital platform. The growing database contains entries for just over 1,800 17th and 18th century British book owners.  Click on directory of historical book owners in the first paragraph or use a keyword search in the box near top right to search the site.

BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History

Free, expansive, searchable, reliable, peer-reviewed, copy-edited, easy-to-use overview of the period 1775-1925.  Unlike dry chronologies that simply list dates with minimal information about the many noteworthy events of a given year, BRANCH offers a compilation of a myriad of short and long, peer-reviewed articles on not only high politics and military history but also “low” or quotidian histories (architecture design, commercial history, marginal figures of note, and so on).  See tab for How to Use at top.  Search with keywords.  Browse in the topic clusters (subjects). Use the timeline.

British Association for Local History

Has a "Useful links" portion containing links to local history organizations, national organizations of interest to people studying things local, educational and other links.

British and U.K. Studies

This guide is a list of scholarly resources in British and UK Studies. Intended primarily for librarians; it may be useful to scholars in this field.  It is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries. For additional resources on Northern Ireland, see the Irish Studies guide.

Users are free to copy and edit content from this guide for their own purposes.

British Library Digital Collections

The British Library Labs encourages experimentation and use of digital collections and this site describes: digital scholarship guides, datasets, images, books, music, maps, sounds, and multimedia.

British Library LGBTQ Histories

"Charts the struggles for love, identity and legislative change faced by LGBTQ communities in the U.K." back to the 1500s.  Contains articles, items from the Collections, info on people, a timeline, and works of literature relative to British LGBTQ history.  Browse via tabs at top or search by keywords, themes, date ranges, format. 

British Library Oral History

Collection seeks to "provide insights into many aspects of UK personal memory, identity, and experience."  Organized topically, such as charity and social welfare, industry, water/steel/energy, pioneering women.  After choosing topic, arr. is by interviewee (alphabetical) or subject.  Keyword search also.  Consider choosing the "only recordings everyone can play" option to ensure receipt of open access results.  Records for the entries include also an abstract and related transcripts.

British Library Victorian Britain

Discover historical sources and articles written by experts that reveal the everyday reality of living in Victorian Britain. The Victorian period in Britain was one of huge industrial and technological change, shocking divisions between rich and poor, sensational crimes, spectacular entertainments for the masses, and grand attempts to combat squalor and disease.
A Collection of great books viewable using their Turning the Pages software.  Searchable.  Browse all, alphabetically by title.  Look at the newest additions.  A small, but growing collection.

Lists the contents of 2,652 reels of microfilm containing reproductions of manuscripts and some rare printed materials found in the libraries in England and Wales, covering from medieval times to the 18th century.

Based on: British manuscripts project : a checklist of the microfilms prepared in England and Wales for the American Council of Learned Societies, 1941-1945 / compiled by Lester K. Born, coordinator of microreproduction projects. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1955. xvii, 179 p. ; 29 cm. Includes bibliographical references.

During WWII manuscripts removed from London for safe-keeping were microfilmed. University of Michigan Libraries owns copies of the microfilms that were made. The 179 page bibliography shows which mss were filmed. University of Michigan Libraries' Humanities Text Initiative digitized the print bibliography and made it searchable by words in the entry, title, author, repository, and shelfmark.

What does MSU Libraries own? Our copy of the print bibliography is in the Microform Guides section, Hollander MakeCentral  2nd floor west, Z 6620 .G7 U5 1968. We have some of the microfilms, call number #27736: ALN 40/3,ALN 50/4,ALN 56/2,ALN 67/2,ALN 69/2.

British Monarchy

Official web site of the British monarchy.

British Pilgrimage Trust

Registered charity formed in 2014 that aims to promote pilgrimage in Britain by helping to develop and publicise new and old paths as well as the practice of pilgrimage itself by making it open to all. Core goal is to “advance British pilgrimage as a form of cultural heritage that promotes holistic wellbeing, for the public benefit.” Holistic wellbeing includes physical, mental, emotional, social, community, environmental and spiritual health, and they aim to make these benefits accessible to wide new audiences.

Carlyle Letters Online: a Victorian Cultural Reference (CLO)

Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle were very gifted and prolific 19th-century letter-writers; they had an immense circle of friends, family and acquaintance in Scotland, England, Europe and North America; through their letters they interacted with many of the outstanding writers, thinkers and political figures of their time. 35 plus print volumes have been published of their letters since the 1950s, in a project led by Edinburgh University and Duke University. M.S.U. Libraries has many volumes of the print edition at PR 4433 .A44 v. 1-28,30 in Main.

CBTM Catalogue of British Town Maps

This Catalogue of British Town Maps locates town maps extant in UK public archives and libraries. It provides details of almost 8,000 maps and provides for each the key cartographical and other features and the location of publicly-accessible exemplars. Associated with each catalogue entry is a PDF image outlining the area covered by the map.  Catalogue information is available from a straightforward and easily searchable user interface. For ease of access the maps are also searchable via a simple Google maps search function.  See also the book British Town Maps: a History Man GA 791 .K35 2015.

CELT Corpus of Electronic Texts

CELT contains a wealth of Irish literary and historical culture. It has a searchable online textbase consisting of over 19 million words, in 1636 contemporary and historical documents in many subject areas, including literature, medicine, and the other arts.  Includes introductions, background information, graphics, translations where possible, and scholarly bibliographies.

Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Project based at University of London, building on two earlier projects about slave-owners.  Has a database of slave-owners.  Is working on inclusion of slaves.  Searching by surname, firm name, address.  Search sections of the database related to: commercial legacies, commercial firms, cultural, historical, imperial, physical, or political legacies or people of interest.  Also search for names of particular estates, locations, names of crops.  Has estate inventories browsable by name of person.  Maps of Britain, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada. 

Charles Booth's London: Poverty Maps and Police Notebooks

Charles Booth (1840-1916) was a British businessman and social reformer remembered today mostly for his efforts to document poverty in 19th c. London.  He published a multi-volume work, Inquiry into Life and labor in London, published 1889-1903.  It is perhaps best known for Booth's Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, which are color-coded according to wealth distribution in London on a street-by-street basis.  In this web site you can explore a digitized version of one of his "poverty maps" and use a slider at screen bottom to transition to a modern-day Google map.  You can search to explore particular neighborhoods or streets, some explore some of of Booth's notebooks to learn more about his research process.  The notebooks include a series of entries by policemen who helped Booth survey neighborhoods for his maps.

Clergy of the Church of England Database

From 1540 to 1835, the Church of England was one of Britain's largest employers.  Search clerical records for more than "155,000 individual clerics or schoolteachers" from over fifty different archives in England and Wales. Search by name and fields such as diocese, location, and date range, and browse people, locations, and bishops according to diocese.  Reference section contains bibliographies, lists of bishops and locations, and a glossary.  Directed by Arthur Burns at King's College London, Kenneth Fincham at the University of Kent, and Stephen Taylor at Durham University.

Connected Histories

Covers 1500-1900.  Allows sophisticated searching across many digital resources and archives. 

Coram Foundling Hospital Archive

The Foundling Hospital archive contains some half a million documents dating from the 1730s. The archive reveals the details of the lives of the children in its care and the way in which the Hospital operated from its inception in the 18th Century. The records of Coram and the Foundling Hospital, held at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), include entrance registers, medical records, letters from mothers and other documents dating back to Thomas Coram’s campaign to establish the Foundling Hospital.  25% of its 275 years of history are to be digitized in the next 3 years. 

Court Depositions of South West England 1500-1700

Digital edition of 80 fully transcribed depositions relating to 20 cases heard in the church courts and Quarter Sessions between 1556 and 1694 across Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Crace Collection of Maps of London

This is the essential guide through the history of London: some 1200 printed and hand-drawn maps charting the development of the city and its immediate vicinity from around 1570 to 1860. The maps were collected, mainly during the first half of the nineteenth century, by the fashionable Victorian society designer, Frederick Crace. After entering the site look for the link to "See all the items in this exhibition." From the British Library Map Collections.  See our online catalog title Catalog of Maps, Plans, and Views of London, by Frederick Crace, available online in HT for further information.

Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (U.K.)

The DCMS is responsible for [British] Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, film, the music industry, press freedom and regulation, licensing, gambling and the historic environment. They are also responsible for the listing of historic buildings and scheduling of ancient monuments, the export licensing of cultural goods, the management of the Government Art Collection and for the Royal Parks Agency.

Digital Bodleian

The single, central portal to the multiple and separate digital collections created by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University over the past two decades. Designed for item-level searching or collection-level browsing; links to each collection unfold as one scrolls down. Collections range from medieval and Oriental manuscripts to late-20th-century political posters, and include maps, ephemera, games, and texts. Only collection-level materials are identified on the home page.

Digital Irish Famine Archive

The purpose of the Digital Irish Famine Archive is to make accessible eyewitness accounts of the Irish famine migration to Canada in 1847-1848. It also pays tribute to those who cared for Irish famine emigrants. It contains the digitized, transcribed, and translated French language annals of the Grey Nuns of Montreal, or Sisters of Charity, who first tended to Irish famine emigrants, especially widows and orphans, in the city’s fever sheds in 1847 and 1848. It also includes annals from the Sisters of Providence and correspondence from Father Patrick Dowd, who worked alongside the Grey Nuns in the fever sheds, as well as testimonies from Irish famine orphans, like Patrick and Thomas Quinn, Daniel and Catherine Tighe, and Robert Walsh, who were adopted by French-Canadian families.

Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain and Australia, 1780-1925

Research project exploring the impacts of various punishments on approximately 90,000 people who were sentenced at London's Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. Brings together "millions of records from around fifty datasets" into a searchable database, including trial records, transportation records of convicts who were sent to Australia, etc.  The "convict lives" pages feature brief biographies of individual convicts whose life histories were "reconstructed using the Digital Panopticon website." The historical background section offers helpful contextual information about the British criminal justice system at that time. Research and teaching section contains themed research guides as well as resources for this site in school. The Arts and Humanities Research Council funded this project, with the work done collaboratively by the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Tasmania, Oxford, and Sussex," with Barry Godfrey, professor of Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, as the principal investigator.

Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) works to preserve and share the data, objects, and narratives that contextualize Ireland's rich cultural heritage. Providing access to over 2,200 historical and contemporary items physically housed in collections across the country, the portal acts as a central hub, offering interactive multimedia tools and digital resources to archivists, researchers, educators, historians, and the interested public. Readers can find out more about the contributing institutions under Organizations, or browse/search the repository through the Discover section. Perhaps best of all, readers may opt to Visit the DRI Project Website to explore a sampling of current projects and online exhibits.

Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley, 1585-1597

He lived 1545-1613.  Founder of Oxford's Bodleian Library.  Was a diplomat and traveled.

Dissenting Academies Project

In 1662, the Parliament of England passed the Act of Uniformity - which required adherence to many rites and ceremonies prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer. One of the rites required was episcopal ordination for all ministers. In response, other Protestant religious communities established a number of dissenting academies, which were "intended to provide Protestant students dissenting from the Church of England with a higher education similar to that at Oxford and Cambridge, from which they were largely excluded." This digital humanities project, created by the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English, allows visitors to learn more about these academies through an extensive database and encyclopedia of 220 academies that existed between 1660 and 1860. The database also includes thousands of individuals who were involved in the academy as tutors or students.

Electronic Theses Online Service (ETHOS)

Online index and full text of dissertations and theses from the majority of British universities. A developing resource. If the desired dissertation is not available for downloading, please submit an ILLiad request for interlibrary loan. Go to the Interlibrary Services link on M.S.U. Libraries' home page.

English Broadside Ballad Archive

EBBA makes broadside ballads of the seventeenth century fully accessible as texts, art, music, and cultural records.

In its heyday of the first half of the seventeenth century, a broadside ballad was a single large sheet of paper printed on one side (hence “broad-side”) with multiple eye-catching illustrations, a popular tune title, and an alluring poem—the latter mostly in black-letter, or what we today call “gothic,” type.

About 8,000-10,000 English broadside ballads of the entire seventeenth century survive. To capture the genre’s arch of development, EBBA seeks to archive all these printed ballads—with priority given to the black-letter ornamental broadside of the genre’s heyday—as well as all surviving sixteenth-century broadside ballads (about 250) and a representative sampling of broadside ballads of the early eighteenth century.

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade

Created here at Michigan State University by History Dept. prof. Walter Hawthorne and others working with MSU Matrix.  Has two parts: an open access journal, the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and a database of over 5 million entries from primary sources and translated into metadata.  Has a federated search function.  Using keywords scholars can retrieve metadata related to people, places, and events.  Records include links to geographical places, archival documents, and related people.  Information in the database comes from libraries, archives, museums, and other collections.

Ephemera Society

It's purpose is to conserve, study, and present printed and handwritten ephemera.  Established in 1975, the Society is today internationally recognised as an authority in the field of ephemera, counting among its members libraries, museums, colleges and universities, as well as ephemera dealers and private individuals in twenty or more countries.  There is an extensive list of links to web sites of collections here.

ESTC English Short-Title Catalogue (via internet to British Library)

The 'English Short Title Catalogue' (ESTC) is an international project established at the British Library in 1977. Its aim is to create a machine-readable bibliography of books, serials, pamphlets and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1473 to 1800, based on the collections of over 2,000 institutions world-wide. In 2006, the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists over 460,000 items: * published between 1473 and 1800 * mainly in Britain and North America * mainly, but not exclusively, in English * from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries. The ESTC now also includes records for early English serials, annuals, newspapers, and news-books. The geographical scope for these is the same as for books, and coverage is from the beginning of serials printing (around 1620) through to the end of 1800. This version should be more up-to-date than the 2003 ed. but the search interface is different. This is not a full-text database; for full-texts see the electronic resources entry for Early English Books Online (EEBO)for imprints from 1470s through 1700 and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) for imprints from 1701-1800.

EthOS: Electronic Theses Online Service

Online index and full text of dissertations and theses from the majority of British universities. A developing resource. If the desired dissertation is not available for downloading, please submit an ILLiad request for interlibrary loan. Go to the Interlibrary Services link on M.S.U. Libraries' home page.

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe

These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social, and cultural history). Covers medieval and Renaissance, Europe as a supranational region, as well as documents of individual countries. From Brigham Young University.

European History Primary Sources

Provides access to scholarly digital repositories and other portals dealing with all facts of European history, from ancient to modern times.  Browse by country, language, subject, time period, type of resources.  Types of resources: dictionaries, drawings, interviews, letters, maps, pamphlets, photos, posters, sheet music, more.

Famine and Dearth in India and Britain 1500-1800

The database contains searchable transcriptions of over 700 multilingual primary sources relating to situations of famine and dearth in early modern India and Britain. The archive contains texts in ten different languages including Persian, Bengali and Hindi as well as English, and offers English translations for the majority of texts. These texts cover a wide range of genres, including chronicle histories, gazetteers, official correspondence, legislation, pamphlets, periodicals, plays, poetry, surveys, and fiction and non-fiction prose. The database has been published as part of the AHRC-funded project, led by Ayesha Mukherjee  (Exeter University) and  Amlan Das Gupta, the School of Cultural Texts and Records, (Jadavpur University).

Free Online Palaeography Resources

Palaeography is the art of reading old handwriting, especially that used prior to 1750.  This is a guide to books on this subject, to free online resources for learning how to, and some places that offer courses/workshops.

Full English Digital Archive, from the English Folk Dance and Song Society

And with the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library in London.  They preserve and foster English traditional song, music,and dance.  The full digital archive, click on this in the site, contains catalog records and images from the mss collections of noted folk song collectors.  Brings together 12 major manuscript collections for the first time in the most comprehensive free searchable digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.

Gazetteer of British Place Names

Online index to place names in Britain, containing over 50,000 entries.  Each entry provides grid reference, county, and many of the important administrative areas in which the place lies. 

GEMMS Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons' Project

Being developed at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.  Available independently here, or also as a free resource in the ITER database.  It is " an open-access, group-sourced, comprehensive, fully searchable, online bibliographic database of early modern sermon manuscripts from the British Isles and North America."

Georgian Papers Online

Catalogue of the Georgian Papers held in the Royal Archives and the Royal Library at Windsor Castle.This catalogue currently contains descriptions and digitised images of material dating from the reigns of George III to William IV, including personal letters, diaries, account books and records of the Royal Household.

Glasgow Women's Library LGBTQ Collections Online Resource

Contains several collections: Early Lesbian and Gay Publications, Feminism and Lesbian Politics, We Recruit: Campaigns and Organizations, The Personal is Political: Lesbian Life, and LGBTQ Life in Scotland.  The collections feature various media, including art and clothing, but most materials are publications, pamphlets, and snippets of literary work.  There is a Bibliography page.

Grub Street Project

The goal of the Grub Street Project is to visualize the literary and cultural history of London. This includes mapping the city's print trades, its (imagined) literary representations, and its (real) histories in order to understand their evolution and their influence upon other networks of trade, knowledge, and literature. Data to be integrated with the maps includes: *A Dictionary of London, by Henry Harben (1918) * a bibliography of books published in London from the years 1660 to 1830 * tradesmen and addresses, compiled from various sources including both the bibliographical details of publication information, and Kent's London business directories published annually from 1732 until 1828 * full text of online editions. As data is added to the database, we can begin to imagine early modern networks of communications and interactions, visualize how ideas were transferred, shared, and stolen, and see how the city was represented by its citizens and its visitors. We will be able to see how the dissemination of ideas created networks of trade and commerce; we will also be able to see how the urban landscape was imagined in the eighteenth century. (from the website).

Hidden Collections Registry

Provides access to previously hidden or unprocessed library, archives, and museum collections whose owners have received grants to catalog and make the contents accessible online from the Council on Library and Information Resources.  You can search the database by broad topic, such as British studies, medieval studies, etc., or by keyword.  You can limit results by collection name, by institution type, by format. 

History Theses 1970-2014, Historical Research for Higher Degrees in the Universities of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland

Contained within British History Online.  Compiled by the Institute of Historical Research from its own listings.  Previous edition, covering 1901-1970 is available in Remote Storage Z 6201 .J23.

Historical Research in Europe

Historical Research in Europe attempts "to unite both web-based and printed resources about [Western] European libraries and archives in a single interactive database." Search by keyword, country, any one of 25 pre-defined subject groupings (such as World War II or immigration), subject terms, historical periods, type of archive (such as church or diplomatic), personal or family name, or broad historical topic. Search results lead either to guides to archival materials held in University of Wisconsin's library system (which M.S.U. Libraries may also own; check our online catalog) or to web sites of particular archival institutions.

History Extra

From the official website of the BBC History magazine.  To view the magazine one must subscribe; MSU libraries does not subscribe as it is popular reading, not curriculum related.  But, the podcasts are freely accessible.

History of Parliament

The History of Parliament is a research project creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins in the thirteenth century. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, the History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history. It consists of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics in each constituency, and of closely researched accounts of the lives of everyone who was elected to Parliament in the period, together with surveys drawing out the themes and discoveries of the research and adding information on the operation of Parliament as an institution.

Humbul Humanities Hub

From Oxford University, part of U.K. nationally funded Resource Discovery Network.  16 sections offer links to wide swath of information on languages, literature, history, philosophy.  Within each section are areas devoted to projects/organizations, primary sources, related research, secondary sources, teaching/learning, bibliographic sources.  Contents are searchable from main page.  Remarkable for its high level of description and cataloging.  Systematic guide to humanities web resources.

Institute of Historical Research (U.K.)

The IHR at University of London is an international research/information center whose mission is to support the study of (primarily) British history. IHR offers an open-access library, conferences and seminars open to the public, postgraduate degrees, research training, and networking for those students, digital and print research material, and publishes the journal Historical Research.This web site is a portal to its online info and that of its partners: British History Online, Centre for Contemporary British History, Centre for Metropolitan History, Victoria County History, England's Past for Everyone, London's Past Online, etc. IHR's library catalog provides access to the chief printed primary sources for medieval and modern history of Great Britain and western Europe, their colonial expansion, and the history of the Americas. Also offers access to their research centers. History in Focus features original articles, book reviews, and links to historical resources on selected topics.

International Churchill Society

This site is the result of a collaboration between leading worldwide Churchill organizations and is the ultimate online resource about the life of Winston Churchill.  In his lifetime Churchill published more than forty books in sixty volumes, as well as hundreds of articles. In 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his contribution to the written and spoken word. While he is celebrated for his wit and colourful quotations, it is for the impact of his speeches and broadcasts that he is now justly remembered as a Man of Words.  You can listen to him here.  Biographical info.  Links to further resources and to publications.

Internet Global History Sourcebook

The Global History Sourcebook is dedicated to exploration of interaction between world cultures. It does not, then, look at ''world history''as the history of the various separate cultures (for that see the linked pages, which do take that approach), but at ways in which the "world" has a history in its own right. Specifically this means looking at the ways in which cultures contact each other, the ways they influence each other, and the ways new cultural forms emerge.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Collection of primary sources of historic documents from the early modern period to the present for both Europe and the Americas. Includes links to other sources of information on modern history and on the nature of historiography, and links to maps, images, and music.

Intoxicants and Early Modernity: England, 1580-1740

Project explores significance of intoxicants such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and opium to "the economic, social, political, material, and culture life of England from 16th-18th centuries."   Showcases 5 themes.  Link to beta version of their database where readers can browse sources.  Collaboration between University of Sheffield and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  PI is Phil Withington, Prof. Univ. of Sheffield.

Intute: Arts and Humanities (U.K.)

This is a free online service providing you with access to the best Web resources for education and research, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists. There are over 21,000 Web resources listed here that are freely available by keyword searching and browsing. Fields covered include humanities in general, art and the creative, history, languages, literatures. The history pages come from Humbul Humanities Hub originally.

Irish Archives Resource (IAR)

Descriptions of archival collections from over 30 prominent archive services throughout the island of Ireland.

Irish Bibliography of Press History (IBPH)

The IBPH is a searchable, open access resource, an initiative of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI). It is a bibliography of secondary literature on the history of print media in Ireland, or by scholars based in, or closely associated with, Ireland.  It focuses primarily on published scholarly, academic work. It does not cover broadcast media. The IBPH does not contain entries in biographical dictionaries; use the Dictionary of Irish Biography  (Main CT 862 .D53 2009 v. 1-9) and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Main DA 28 .O95 2004 v. 1-60) to find biographical material.

Irish History Online

Irish History Online is an authoritative guide (in progress) to what has been written about Irish history from earliest times to the present. It currently contains approximately 72,000 bibliographic records (January 2011). Material on Northern Ireland is included. It includes  bibliographic information on books and pamphlets, articles from journals published in Ireland or internationally, and chapters from books of essays, including Festschriften and conference proceedings. Search by author/editor, by title or keyword from title, by subject, by journal title or series, or by publication details. Irish History Online is an essential resource for the study of Irish history at any level, and is free of charge to users.

Irish Revolution

From University College Cork and the Irish Examiner.  This is a collection of resources about the series of conflicts from 1916-1923 centering on issues of Irish independence. Many resources are from/about Cork, the county that experienced more fatalities than other counties during this time.  See the Cork's War of Independence Fatality Registers, 1919-21.  Learn how newspapers across the political spectrum  reported on the Irish Revolution.  Classroom resources for secondary teachers (needs free registration). 

Irish Studies

This guide is a list of scholarly resources in Irish Studies. Intended primarily for librarians; it may be useful to scholars in this field. It is curated and managed by members of the European Studies Section (ESS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries. For additional resources on Northern Ireland, please see the British and UK Studies guide. 

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IsisCB Cumulative: Open Access Bibliography for the History of Science, 1913-1975

This is a digitized version of the Isis Cumulative Bibliography of the History of Science, covering materials indexed from 1913-1975, on all topics in the history of science for all historical periods.   There are seven large HTML files corresponding to the seven volumes of the printed bibliography issued during this period.  It is a companion to IsisCB Explore, covering the files 1974 to present.  Over 154,000 citations to 83,000 articles, 44,000 books, 20,000 reviews, 6,000 chapters.  Made possible by Sloan Foundation, History of Science Society, University of Oklahoma Libraries, University of Oklahoma History of Science dept. 

JISC Joint Information Systems Committee U.K.

JISC, Joint Information Systems Committee, is a British independent advisory body that works with further and higher eduction by providing strategic guidance, advice, and opportunities to use to use ICT to support learning, teaching, research, and administration. Scroll about a third of the way down to the list of Projects. There are links there to digital projects of interest, historical, literary, contemporary, etc.