If you know the name of the journal you need, you can search for it in YorSearch. Most journals can be accessed online by logging in with your University username and password. Some will only be available in print in the Library; click on the item to check what print copies are available and where they are shelved.
You can use Google Scholar to search for academic materials like journal articles, peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. When you use a campus-networked PC, Google Scholar will automatically link to the University of York library catalogue and display articles where we have full-text access. When off campus, you will need to select University of York Library in the Settings option (under Library Links).
Here is a selection of the electronic journal packages that provide access to the full text of articles most relevant for History:
Bibliographic databases are generally lists of references to books, journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, sometimes in a specific subject area. Some bibliographic resources focus on particular time periods or countries whilst others are more general. They may include an abstract or summary of the material, but in general they do not contain the full text of the publications referred to, although there may be a link to an online full text version if one is available and subscribed to by the University of York.
As well as the general bibliographical resources for History listed in the Journals and articles box above, try these resources specifically for the Medieval period.
Texts and translations:
As well as the general bibliographical resources for History listed in the Journals and articles box above, try these resources covering the Early Modern period.
Primary texts & documents:
As well as the general bibliographical resources for History listed in the Journals and articles box above, try these resources covering the eighteenth century.
Primary texts & documents:
As well as the general bibliographical resources for History listed in the Journals and articles box above, try these resources covering the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Primary texts & documents:
Individual newspaper titles:
The following titles are available online as individual newspaper archives. For a more comprehensive list of newspaper titles see the Newspapers section on the Library's E-resources Guide.
Free online newspaper resources:
Information about freely available online newspaper resources can be found on the Websites tab in this box.
The Library holds print and microform collections of UK government publications. Guides are available to help you use these publications:
UK and European history resources freely available online:
Global history resources freely available online:
Freely available newspaper resources:
Freely available multimedia resources:
All University PhD and MPhil theses are available via the library catalogue. Masters theses for some subjects are held in the Library for 6 years.
All York research students registered in or after October 2009 are required to upload their thesis into the White Rose Research Online, a shared online repository for academic publications from the Universities of York, Sheffield and Leeds.
You can also access theses from outside the University:
Information about history theses is available from the Institute of Historical Research
|. (Contains papers of Thomas Clarkson, William Lloyd Garrison, Zachary Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and William Wilberforce.)||Microfilm|
|PRO Class SC 1. Brighton: Harvester Microform, .||Microfilm|
|Proceedings of the 3rd (-4th) Congress of the Association of all Classes of All Nations and the first (-second) Congress of the National Community Friendly Society. Birmingham, 1838 (-1939).||Microfilm|
|The Bradlaugh papers. Wakefield: EP Microform, 1975.||Microfilm|
|Britain and Europe since 1945. Brighton: Harvester P., 1973-1980.||Microfiche|
|Calendars of charters and rolls in the manuscript collections of the British Library.||Microfilm|
|English cartoons and satirical prints, 1320-1832, in the British Museum.||Microfilm|
|[Transcripts and extracts of a general cartulary.] Bodleian Library, MS. Dodsworth, 63, ff. 9-78.||Microfilm|
|Sir William Clarke manuscripts, 1640-1664. Hassocks: Harvester P., 1977.||Microfilm|
|The French Revolution research collection. editors: Jean-Paul Bertaud, Georges Miraval, David Geggus, editor-in-chief Colin Lucas. (Sections only).||Microfiche|
|Holyoake papers. (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|Selected pamphlets, 1841-1904. (In the series Religion, radicalism and freethought in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.) (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|Civil disturbance, Chartism and riots in nineteenth-century England: Disturbance Papers selected from HO 45.||Microfilm|
|. and Harding, Vanessa. Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire.||Microfiche|
|National Executive Committee. National Executive Committee minutes, 1900-1955. Hassocks: Harvester P., 1974.||Microfiche|
|, 1739-1769. Wakefield: Microform Academic Press.||Microfilm|
|Hassocks: Harvester P., 1974. Contains, among other things, the Socialist standard, 1904-1972.||Microfilm|
|Public Record Office, SP 3/1-18.||Microfilm|
|Husting rolls of deeds and wills, 1252-1485.||Microfilm|
|Reading, Primary Source Media, [n.d.]. (Housed in King's Manor Library.)||Microfilm|
|Minutes and papers, 1860-1953. London: World Microfilms, 1971.||Microfilm|
|Records of an English village: Earls Colne, 1400-1750.||Microfiche|
|Chartulary of the abbey of Melsa, or Meaux, in the County of York. British Library, MS. Lansdowne 424.||Microfilm|
|Cronica monasterii de Melsa, 1150-1400. British Library, MS. Egerton 1141.||Microfilm|
|The Humphrey [sic] Morice papers from the Bank of England, London.||Microfilm|
|Minute books of the Owenite societies, 1838-1845. Hassocks: Harvester P., 1976. (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|. [The Russell papers: correspondence with Lord John Russell, 1862-1864.] P.R.O. 30/22, 30/23: 1-210.||Microfilm|
|The Francis Place papers from the British Library.||Microfilm|
|Acts, colonial series, 1613-1783.||Microfiche|
|Radical politics and the working man in England, series two: The Francis Place Collection in the Department of Printed Books in the British Library, 1770-1853.||Microfilm|
|Religion, radicalism and freethought in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Collection of periodicals, 1834-1916. (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|Religion, radicalism and freethought in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The records of the Leicester Secular Society, 1842-1943. (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|Religion, radicalism and freethought in Victorian Britain. Manchester Domestic Missionary Society reports, 1833-1908. (On permanent loan from Dr. E. Royle.)||Microfilm|
|Part 1. (Marlborough: Adam Matthew Publications, 1998).||Microfilm|
|TheParts 1-4. From the Bodleian Library, Oxford. (Brighton: Harvester Press Microform Publications, 1977).||Microfilm|
|Parish of Thorne minute book, 1816-1894.||Microfilm|
|The Times. 1785-1991.||Microfilm|
|Parliamentary Committee. Minutes, 1888-1922. London, Micrographic Exports.||Microfilm|
|, Parliamentary Committee. Reports, 1910-1918. London, Micrographic Exports.||Microfilm|
|York Courant. 1728-1805.||Microfilm|
The Library subscribes to a large number of e-books. You can access individual e-books via YorSearch, but you may also wish to search across e-book collections for relevant material:
YorSearch: Use YorSearch, the Library catalogue, to find books. Some books will be available as e-books that you can access online from anywhere; look for the link in YorSearch.
Reading lists: Each of your modules will have a reading list linked to from the module site on the VLE.
History books are held in the Q of the Library: Click here to see History shelf locations
York Digital Library (YODL) provides access to over 69,000 resources, which include images, archive material and rare books. Some of the material is public, some of the collections can be accessed by members of the University only and some collections are restricted to students taking certain courses. Remember to login so that you can see the full range of resources available to you.
Use the following links to search Library collections outside the University of York. Remember that you can use the Library's Interlending service to get items that we don't have in stock at York, or you can catch our free minibus to the at Boston Spa. You can visit and sometimes borrow from other libraries using the scheme.