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History, Politics & War Studies

Key Databases

Newspapers and news pamphlets from the 17th and 18th century. Mostly published in London - but includes some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
(Formerly UK Newsstand). Full text access to a collection of archived, searchable European, British national and regional newspapers, updated daily.
Findmypast is a UK-based online genealogy service hosting over two billion searchable records of census, directory and historical record information.
Historic Digimap delivers Landmark historic Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain.
The historic maps can be viewed on-line, printed and downloaded as images for use in image processing and GIS software.
Full text journals, books and other published sources, covering all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content.
Contains the full text or page images of over 350,000 books published in England from 1475 to 1900. The service draws together content from two of the best-known and longest-established early book collections (EEBO and ECCO) as well as additional unique titles from the BL 19th Century Collection.
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Migration to New Worlds charts the emigration experience of millions across 200 years of turbulent history.
It includes the rise and fall of the New Zealand Company, British, European and Asian migration and unique primary source personal accounts, shipping logs, printed literature and organisational papers.
Contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers of the 19th century
When complete this collection will make available full runs of nearly 600 titles, containing an estimated six million pages of nineteenth-century journalism, fully searchable, sourced from the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and other specialist libraries.
The history of British film and television. Hundreds of hours of video clips from the bfi National Film and Television Archive. To play the clips, select "Windows Media" when prompted.
The Archives Hub brings together descriptions of thousands of the UK’s archive collections. Representing over 330 institutions across the country, the Archives Hub is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research. New descriptions are added every week, often representing collections being made available for the first time.
The material included in the Historic Newspapers collection has been provided by a number of libraries across Europe. Much of the content is in the public domain but some remains under copyright. Please seek the written permission of the contributing library before reproducing, distributing or commercially exploit any material from this collection.
The Historic Newspapers collection contains 10 million pages of full-text content.
This resource contains over 1,500 periodicals drawn from the holdings of major libraries and research collections, including the Imperial War Museums and the British Library. Published by every type of military and support service unit, from every involved nation, trench journals were a means of expression through which men and women engaged in all aspects of World War I could share their thoughts and experiences.
Searchable full text Parliamentary papers.
UKPressOnline contains three million pages of the 19th-21st Centuries’ newspapers, from 1835 to today, all as published on the day they were published and all searchable by name, word, phrase and date.
Free access to Welsh newspaper articles, provided by the National Library of Wales

Web Pages

The site of the Institute of Historical Research provides searchable history material including books, articles and theses.

British History Online
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.

Western Front Association
Contains a wealth of articles on The Great War.

Royal United Services Institution
An independent think tank engaged in cutting edge defence and security research.
The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into GOV.UK.

UK Parliament
Webpage of the UK Parliament, giving details of how it works, progress of bills etc.