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History

Welcome to the History subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

This page contains current information on library closures, loans and fines, support for online learning, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

Search Library Resources

 
Use DiscoverEd to search the Library's collections and find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. Use your University Login to sign into your account and manage loans, requests and fines. 

Search for literature on historical topics


Digital primary source databases

Through the Library you have access to millions of digitised primary source documents that you can search and browse through hundreds of online databases.

Between them these databases cover the Medieval period onwards and include material such as books and manuscripts, personal and official correspondence, diaries, legal documents, newspapers, magazines, audio and video recordings, images, maps, ephemera and much more.

To discover the full range of digital primary source databases you have access to you should take a look at the Digital primary source and archive collections guide and the Newspapers magazines and other news sources guide

The resources on these tabs will allow you to cross-search multiple digital primary source databases (from the same publisher) at one time. If you've never used digital primary source databases before this can be a good way to start.

Gale are a major publisher in primary source databases and the Library has access to a range of material from them including Archives Unbound, Archives of Sexuality & GenderEighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), two of the Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) databases, The Making of Modern Law and a wide range of newspaper archives including British Library Newspapers, The Times Digital Archive and The Daily Mail Digital Archive

Gale Primary Sources allows you to cross-search across all, or a selection of, the Gale primary source databases the Library has access to. 

Tick/untick the boxes of the resources you do or don't want to search.

Archives Unbound, published by Gale, provides the Library with access to over 300 primary source databases, all of which are listed individually above. 

However, you can cross-search all, or a selection of, the databases within Archives Unbound by accessing it directly. 

Adam Matthew Digital are a major publisher in primary source databases and the Library has access to a range of material from them covering the late Medieval period onwards. 

AM Explorer allows you to cross-search across all of the Adam Matthew Digital primary source databases the Library has access to. 

It's quite a basic search but will help you locate material or relevant databases to do more advanced searching in. 

ProQuest provide the University Library with access to over 30 databases (both for primary sources, newspaper archives and secondary sources). 

ProQuest allows you to cross-search across all, or a selection of, the ProQuest databases the Library has access to. 

Click on "Databases" in the top menu to see full list of databases and then tick/untick the boxes of the resources you do or don't want to search.

New to the Library, Gale Digital Scholar Lab offers a straightforward entry point into Digital Humanities for new researchers and more experienced scholars. The Lab is a cloud-based platform that enables students and researchers to access content and OCR data from Gale Primary Sources and analyse these archives with text and data mining tools.

Once you've accessed the Lab, click on the "Log in / Create Account" button. We recommend you choose to "Sign in with Microsoft" and log in with your University Office365 username and password.

Note that at present the Digital Scholar Lab does not search State Papers Online, including the Stuart and Cumberland Papers. The majority of content in Archives Unbound is also not searched as the Library does not own this content but subscribes to it.

Main Library

The Main Library holds the majority of books for History. Most of these books are on the 2nd floor or in the HUB Collection on the ground floor.

Resource Lists

Find your course reading lists via Resource Lists. Type in your course code or keywords from the course title, or your lecturer's name.

Please note that not all courses at the University use Resource Lists. 

Exam Papers

Exam Papers Online provides access to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 2004 onwards. They may be used by students as a study aid only.

Your Academic Support Librarian

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Caroline Stirling
Contact:
Argyle House (Floor F East)
3 Lady Lawson Street
Edinburgh EH3 9DR
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Online learning

The Library provides access to 100s of 1000s of online resources, including e-books, e-journals and online databases, but we also provide lots of other services and support for students on online learning programmes.

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