The history collections aim to cover primary and secondary source material for the late Roman to the modern periods for British, Western European and some world history. Topical coverage includes social, political, economical, ecclesiastical, cultural history, etc. but also historiography, diplomatics and palaeography.
Teaching and research collections for British and Western European history are considerable at Oxford University. They are held primarily by the Bodleian Library and the History Faculty Library. Through Legal Deposit and extensive purchasing, primary and secondary source materials are acquired as comprehensively as possible.
Research collections for Western European history are actively developed in the Bodleian Library to provide excellent coverage of both national and regional history, especially of France and Germany. For more information see Upper Camera Reading Room and Upper Reading Room. Many monographs are also shelved in the Gladstone Link, which is located underground between the Old Library and the Lower Camera.
The History Faculty Library has good collections of European history for teaching purposes.
- Primary Sources Online (pdf)
All Oxford's libraries provide access to a wide range of networked electronic resources which can be access from both SOLO (Oxford's local discovery tool) and OxLIP+ (Oxford e-resources gateway). The key resources are listed below:
Reference & biographical resources
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB)
- World Biographical Information System (WBIS)
- Who's Who and Who Was Who
- Historical Abstracts
- Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH)
- International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
Electronic full-text sources (selections)
- Acta Sanctorum
- Medieval Sources Online
- Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)
- Medieval Family Life
- Parliament Rolls of Mediaeval England, 1275-1504 (SDE)
- Early English Books Online (EEBO)
- Early European Books 2 (Italian Collection)
- State Papers Online I - IV: The Tudors, Stuarts & Commonwealth 1509-1714 (Foreign & Domestic)
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
- Electronic Enlightenment
- Making of the Modern World, 1450-1850
- London Low Life
- Victorian Popular Culture
- House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
- Documents on British Policy Overseas
- First World War: Personal Experiences
- The Cabinet Papers 1915-1978
- Mass Observation Online
- Macmillan Cabinet Papers 1957-63
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) 1974-1996
- Newspapers: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 19th Century British Library Newspapers, Eighteenth Century Journals, The Times Digital Archive (1785-1985), Guardian (1821-2003) / Observer (1791-2003), Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003, The Spectator (1828-2000), Irish Times (1859-2007) / Irish Weekly Times (1865-1950) and Irish Newspaper Archives (INA) (1738- ).
A full listing of databases relevant to history is available in the History subject list in OxLIP+.
Most key history journals are now available electronically. JSTOR, OUP, CUP and Wiley will provide all back issues, while current issues are provided by some of the major publishers, such as Project Muse, Ingenta, etc. A full listing of e-journals is available in Oxford University e-Journals.
Enlightenment and 18th century collections (Taylor Institution Library)
Military and Naval history collections (Codrington Library, All Souls' College)
Economic and Social History collections (Nuffield College Library)
Other geographical areas
History of Slavonic and Central & East European countries (Bodleian Library, Taylor Institution Slavonic & Modern Greek Library, History Faculty Library, St Antony's College Library) - Resources guides