This guide gives you an overview of recommended resources for History: reference works to orientate on a particular topic and to find references to literature, scholarly literature databases and search engines, and all kinds of resources containing digital or digitized primary sources.
Listed are both resources to which the Library has subscribed, as well as resources that are available via the National Library of the Netherlands (you can recognize those by the symbol), or are freely available online.
Full-text access to e-books published by Cambridge University Press, covering 30 subjects across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Medicine. Access is provided until April 30, 2024. After this date a selection of books will be purchased.
Cambridge Companions and Higher Education Textbooks of CUP are not included in this collection.
In May 2024, a selection of these books will be purchased for permanent access. The usage statistics are used to make this selection. If you have found a book from Cambridge University Press that needs to be a part of the permanent collection, for example because it’s required reading in a course, please contact your faculty liaison to ensure access after April 2024.
Full-text and full-image access from the first issue in 1877 up to 2006.
Access to the more recent archive and current edition of The Washington Post is provided via several databases (click 'Access online'). For tips on how to search efficiently in those databases, have a look at our News sources LibGuide.
Platform giving users the ability to create custom content sets containing as many as 10,000 documents. Users can search across the several primary source databases of Gale Cengage (see under 'More') and seamlessly select documents to be added to their custom content set. To access this resource off-campus, you need to connect through EduVPN. To start working with GDSL, you need to login with either Google or Microsoft. Access guaranteed until March 30, 2024
These can then be analyzed and interrogated with various text analysis and visualization tools. Digital humanities analysis methods such as Named Entity Recognition, Topic Modelling, Parts of Speech, and others are included in the tool. For an explanation of the various methods, see this support page. Important information on the process of cleaning unstructured text (aka how to deal with OCR errors), can be found here.
Charts the practice of slave trade on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, with particular focus on the involvement of England/the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, but also containing materials pertaining to Portugal/Brazil, Spain and Denmark.
This database features a wide range of materials, from monographs and individual papers to company records, newspapers, and a variety of government documents, and stemming from archives in the UK and the US. The available materials cover a wide spectrum of subjects related to the history of slavery: legal issues; economics; children and women under slavery; modes of resistance; and much more, from 1490 to 1896. For an overview of the collections and a detailed description of the content of each collection, see this page.
With Gale Digital Scholar Lab you can perform more advanced text analysis methods, such as Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modelling.
Collection of primary sources created by women and on women’s experiences in and impact on British and American society between 1820 and 2000.
Of particular importance are the materials that focus solely on female authors, magazines and journals produced by women, and materials from minority groups in the United States. For a quick overview of the collections in this database, click here.
Gale Primary Sources enables you to cross-search a range of primary source databases, including several UK newspapers, such as The Independent and The Times. With Gale Digital Scholar Lab you can perform more advanced text analysis methods, such as Sentiment Analysis and Topic Modelling.
This collection also includes several eBooks in History from Boydell & Brewer, Amsterdam University Press and Edinburgh University Press.
Special attention should be given to the substantial number of digitized copies of old and rare print books, dating from the late eighteenth up to the mid twentieth century from the Cambridge Library Collection. You can filter on subject within this collection. Please note filtering on publication date will not in all instances give you results based on the original publication date: sometimes digitized old books were tagged with the online and/or reissue publication date only. For a description of this collection, see this webpage.
Cambridge University Press eBooks in History includes recent titles such as:
Manually collecting the information you need to create correct references can be a lot of work. There are tools available, called reference managers, to make this easier. They enable you to export the bibliographical data you need (title, author name(s), publication year, etc.) from online sources such as Google Scholar, sEURch, and almost all scholarly literature databases.
The University Library supports RefWorks. When you see the RefWorks symbol next to a resource title somewhere in this Guide, you know it is possible to export references from that resource to RefWorks. The Library has created an e-course on how to use RefWorks.
Online version of the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style citation guide.
'The bible of the publishing and research community' for economists, reflects extensive revision of the Manual's content, topics, and perspectives on editing, the editorial process, and publishing. Content includes new coverage of journals and electronic publications; a comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage; reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources; and new diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals. Much used in economic and management publications.