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Recommended databases for British and Irish Studies

Top Database

Articles and Books

  • 19th Century UK Periodicals line
    Duke subscribes to Series One: New Readerships and Series Two: Empire.
  • British Periodicals
    Searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th century.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Contains citations and abstracts to books and articles on the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • BHI British Humanities Index
    Provides abstracts from over 400 daily newspapers, weekly magazines and academic journals of international standing, dating back to 1962.
  • Periodicals Index Online
    Indexes articles in over 4500 periodicals in the humanities and social sciences back as far as 1665. Now includes some full text.
  • PAIS
    Excellent resource for government policy and documents.

Background Information


Major Primary Source Databases

(see also Global British Primary Sources)

  • British History Online
    Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
  • Colonial State Papers
    Full text of thousands of papers concerning British activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
    Full text of books, lists, advertisements, rules, songs, election propaganda, and other ephemeral items published in Britain or its colonies from 1473 to 1800.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
    Nearly 150,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800 are included.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
    Full-text of all Commons sessional papers from 1688-2006.
  • Making of the Modern World
    Provides full-text and full-page-image access to books from the 1460-1850 period, and pre-1906 serials. Focus is on economics interpreted in the widest sense, including political science, history, sociology, and special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. World-wide coverage.
  • State Papers Online: the Government of Britain, 1509-1714
    A collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries--when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch.

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