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This research guide points to resources relevant to British History.
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This research guide is intended for students and researchers in British History of all levels.

Included here you will find information on Primary and Secondary Sources, as well as detailed papers on Newspapers and Parliamentary Papers.

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Key Resources

  • British History Online (BHO)
    British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800. While FSU Libraries does not subscribe to this database, many of the more than 1,200 historical documents are freely available without a subscription.
  • Burney Collection
    The Burney Collection Newspapers is a full-text, fully searchable digital archive of nearly 1,270 17th and 18th century newspapers and news pamphlets from the United Kingdom. Collected by the Reverend Charles Burney, this unique collection represents the largest single archive of 17th and 18th century news media available from the British Library. For an excellent guide dedicated to the Burney Collection, copy the following link and paste into your browser:
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    Provides full-text access to resources included in the English Short Title Catalogue, a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private and public libraries worldwide.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
    The Nineteenth Century Collections Online includes papers of British statesmen, Home Office records, ordnance surveys, working class autobiographies, and other unique collections. Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange features primary source collections related to international relations between Asian countries and the West during the 19th century. These documents include government reports, diplomatic correspondences, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more. European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection includes the full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles. British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the long nineteenth century, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    A ground-breaking and engaging reference work providing 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. State-of-the-art search options, extensive internal cross-referencing, access to articles from the original DNB, and navigation by "themes" combine with rigorous research and scholarship to make the Oxford DNB one of the most innovative and important reference sites available online.
  • Professor Upchurch's webpage
    FSU History Professor Charles Upchurch points to these and other resources on his webpage!

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