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Researching British History: Web Resources

Guide to resources on British history for the students in Hist 101

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Web Resources

The following web sites might be useful for resarching British  history (but be aware that some of them are not  rigourous academic sites):


IBIS:  Institute for British and Irish Studies
From the Institute of British and Irish Studies, University of Southern California. The web's premier site for electronic resources in British and Irish Studies.

Victorian Research Web
Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research

  British History Online   
A "digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period." Searchable, or browsable by type of history (administrative, ecclesiastical, local, London, and parliamentary), place, or source.

 Royal Historical Society Bibliography   
This catalog of bibliographic citations "is an authoritative guide to writing on British and Irish history from the Roman period to the present day." It contains over 460,000 entries from both books and journals.

  The British Empire   
This site examines the scope and impact of the British Empire from a number of different perspectives, showing how the British affected the regions they governed as well as how those regions affected the British.

  Treasures from the National Archives   
"The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom ... span[s] 1000 years of British history, from Domesday Book of 1086 to government papers recently released to the public." View images of original documents and artifacts by theme or date.

  Tudor History 
Incredibly comprehensive and thorough site on English Kings Henry VII and VIII and Edward VI, and Queens Jane Grey, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. Also includes information on Henry VIII's wives, short to full-length biographies, some with portraits, of important figures in Tudor history, primary and secondary sources for research and historical maps from the period.


If you do searches in GOOGLE to find information on your topic, remember that you will have to evaluate each site to see if the information is reliable. To evaluate web sites, use the criteria described in the following handout: 

Evaluation of Web Resources


You can also use Google Scholar, which is more likely to give you scholarly articles.