Resources by Subject Victoria's England

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

For additional sources, see the History page.

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online: History (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press. Includes A Dictionary of Contemporary World History, A Dictionary of World History, A Dictionary of Political Biography, and Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages among others.

British Historical Facts, 1830-1900 (1984)
Ref DA 539 .C66 1984
Includes timeline and statistics and facts for political, economic and social life.

Bibliography of British History, 1789-1851 and 1851-1914(1970)
Ref DA 520 .B75 and Ref DA 530 .H35)
Lists a wide variety of both reference and general books on all aspects of British economic, political and social life.

The Companion to British History (2001)
Ref DA 34 .A76 2001

The Columbia Companion to British History (1997)
Ref DA 34 .H64 1997

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) (2004; 60 volumes)
Ref DA 28 .O95 2004
Biographies of over 50,000 prominent individuals in British history.

The 1890s: An Encyclopedia of British Literature, Art and Culture (1993)
Ref DA 560 .A10 1993

English Historical Documents (1979)
Ref DA 26 .E55 1979

Oxford Companion to British History (1997)
Ref DA 34 .O93 1997
Short entries on people, places and events throughout British history, including the Victorian era.

Victorian Britain: an Encyclopedia (1988)
Ref DA 550 .V53 1988
A good overview of the period. Articles include additional reading.

Who's Who in British History (1998; 2 volumes)
Ref DA 28 .W616 1998
Includes brief biographical entries, with suggestions for further reading.

Locating Books

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Project MUSE (full text; dates vary, most late-1990s to present)
Scholarly articles from journals in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences, including Victorian Studies (from 1999).

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Making of the Modern World (full-text; 1450-1914)
Digital reproductions of over 66,000 rare primary source books and serial publications chronicling the development of the modern western world through world trade, exploration and colonization of the New World, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism. Subject coverage includes history, political science, economics and business, women's studies, and legal and religious history. Individual publications are also in MaconCat.

19th Century British Library Newspapers (full text; 1800-1900)
Full-text searchable editions with page images of nearly 50 newspapers from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. In addition to articles, includes advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorials, etc.

The Times, London
Library has 1789-1828, 1848-1859, 1914-1919, and 1939-1948 on microfilm.

London Gazette Archive (selected indexing from 1665 to present, with results in PDF format.)
Official newspaper of record for UK. Portal also includes Edinburgh Gazette and Belfast Gazette.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


NINES-Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online

Victorian Research Web

The Victorian Web

Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana University)

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources(R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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