Select Bibliography of Online Resources for Historians

Arts and Humanities Digital Service based at Essex University provides extensive information and guidance on digital resources. We have used the case study on suffrage ( ).

Contains details of the online resources made available by Adam Matthew Digital, an example of a commercial publisher in the field.

National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute, containing a large variety of online resources. We have used the case study of the attack on the Twin Towers (

Internet archive containing a large library of online resources which are free to scholars and researchers.

Website of the British Library which provides access to the invaluable integrated catalogue of the materials held in their collections. We have used examples from their galleries (

An extensive catalogue of all the online materials available from the British Library. Essential as a source for study into many areas of historical inquiry.

A series of excellent guides to online resources. They have been produced for history students at Oxford University, but are available in pdf for downloading.

An essential resource for anyone interested in Victorian London. It contains many of his notebooks and maps.

Contains a large variety of historical materials related to the Jack the Ripper murders.

Well-designed and well-executed project at Sheffield University to investigate the lives and architecture of Cistercian monks in Yorkshire, England.

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music is a free image library of European medieval polyphonic music created by a collaboration between Oxford University and Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Great Britain Historical Database Online provides access to a large collection of British statistics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries put together by Essex University. We used prosopographical data found in

The Institute for Historical Research (IHR) provides resources for historians, including an open-access library and major digital projects including British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History. Among the most important of these is Connected Histories ( featuring British History sources 1500–1900, the History SPOT (Seminar Podcasts and Online Training), which include podcasts of selected IHR seminars, with accompanying research materials and discussion facilities.

Another example of online databases created by a commercial publisher.

A large subscription-based website providing access to past articles in over a thousand journals across the disciplines.

The website of the East Midlands Oral History Archive hosted by Leicester University. The memories we accessed can be found at

Here access is provided to the important Mass Observation archive held at the University of Sussex. Invaluable to anyone interested in the lives of ordinary people in twentieth-century Britain.

An outstanding archive put together by the American Memory Historical Collections of the Library of Congress. It includes the oral testimonies of former slaves created by the Federal Writers Project, 1936–38.

One of the most important British databases compiled by The National Archives at Kew. Amongst the valuable services it offers are guidance for school children ( primary), help in deciphering historical handwritten documents (, and even the translation of documents in Latin (

A valuable online database of transcripts of trials held at the Old Bailey compiled by teams at the universities of Sheffield and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is fully searchable and contains authoritative background information.

Provides access to Oxford University’s extensive online databases, most of which, however, are accessible only to its staff and students.

The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England database, compiled by researchers at King’s College, London and Cambridge University, provides information on all recorded inhabitants in England from the late sixth to the late eleventh centuries.

Prosopography of the Byzanytine World presents information on every individual mentioned in Byzantine textual sources over the period 642–1261.

The Public History Resource Center is an American organisation that, in its own words, ‘exists to support, promote, and disseminate the scholarly and professional work of public historians. The Resource Center provides a forum for research, scholarship, networking, and education in public history and seeks to broaden and deepen the general public’s awareness of the field of public history in all its diversity and complexity’.

The South African History Online project was established in 2000 to break the silence which had afflicted histories of the country by creating a large online encyclopaedia of South African culture, politics and society.  

A searchable database with over a million records of members of the Church of England clergy and their dioceses, 1540-1835.

The Legacy of British Slavery website containing the extensive database created by two major research projects headed by Catherine Hall into the ownership histories of slave plantations in the Caribbean, and how the profits of slavery and compensation impacted on the lives and economies of slave-holding families after abolition.

An online database compiled by a project to record the memories of people living in the King’s Cross area of London.