Collections of American primary resources from 1492 to the modern era, includes letters, diaries, literary texts, and works of art. Includes 'Making the Revolution - America, 1763-1791.
Provides a gateway to the Library of Congress’s digitised American historical materials. Formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music.
An Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust resource which provides information from the medieval and early modern period.
Searchable database of photographs, text and images from the collections of the British Library.
A searchable resource of Australia’s major historical picture collections.
The official archive of over 1,000 years of UK national documents. Includes Research Guides on family, war, social and cultural, political and economic, and medieval histories.
Covers topics from Woodrow Wilson’s personal and family life to official war correspondence, through articles, correspondence, and speeches by and about the 28th President of the United States.  To access, look for 'digital library' midway down the page. Choose topics from the drop down menu, or conduct your own search.


Contains scholarly biographies of persons who were significant in Australian history. Entries on individuals who died after 1980.
Biographies of over 3,000 deceased New Zealanders who have made their mark on New Zealand.
Coverage: 400BC-2010 (Full text)
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors.


Profiles of over 17,400 people who have helped to shape the USA. Quarterly updates provide new entries and revisions of existing entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. The database features hyperlinked cross-references & links to select web sites.
Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research, with billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. 'Ancestry Library Edition' is the academic version of
Coverage: 1998 to present (Index)
Contains records from over 8,800 of the world's leading scholarly journals and more than 2,000 books in the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. Updated daily.
Coverage: 1788-1901
Provides a unique and personal view of events in Australia and New Zealand from the arrival of the first settlers through to Australian Federation at the close of the nineteenth century.
Coverage: Coverage varies
A collection of primary source documents drawn from archives across the globe. The documents are varied in scope and offer a remarkable window on the lives and experiences of men and women during the First World War. The resource is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research students and beyond. Produced by Adam Matthew Digital.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
Access to archival issues of journals with coverage usually ending three to five years before present. Back issues of over 1500 journals in the arts, humanities, science, and social sciences with links to current issues available in Project Muse.
Coverage: 400BC-2010 (Full text)
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors.
Over 30 years of award-winning history publishing combines into an authoritative resource of life on these islands, from earliest beginnings to present day.
Coverage: 1785-2009
The complete digital edition of the Times (London) can be searched and full images of either a specific article or a complete page retrieved. The entire newspaper has been captured, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photographs.


Newly revised and expanded, the third edition of the Chambers Dictionary of World History contains many entries, providing clear and authoritative coverage of the most significant people, ideas and events of world history.
Covers the period immediately preceding the American Revolution to the present, including political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, and cultural developments and events.
Written by over 100 specialist contributors, this dictionary describes the people and events that have shaped and defined domestic, political, social, and cultural life in Britain since 55 BC. 'A Dictionary of British History' has been a leading historical reference work since its publication in 2001. Now thoroughly revised and fully updated, this invaluable A-Z remains essential for anyone studying British history.
This book presents an age of nationalism, imperialism, modernisation, industrialism, and great cultural achievement, stretching from 1800, when Europe was awash in the wake of the French Revolution, the reign of terror, and the coming rise of Napoleon, to Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination in 1914.
This fully cross-referenced dictionary of modern history is global in context and provides detailed definitions and background information on events and people from 1789 to 1945.
The meaning, history and pronunciation of over 500,000 words, both present and past, from across the English-speaking world. Includes the usage of words, etymological analysis, and variant spellings. Shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.


This encyclopedia includes writers from non-Western cultures as well as from the West. The entries, arranged alphabetically, consist of three types of essays--on individuals, nations or geographical areas, and topics.
'Global environmental history' considers the global picture and recognises the contributions of many disciplines including the natural sciences, the social sciences, and increasingly, the humanities. As a starting point, this book takes the major phases of human technological evolution of the last 12,000 years and considers how these have affected the natural world. It then considers the response to conditions such as climate change, putting today's preoccupations into a long-term perspective.
Arranged in chronological sequence by decade or by year, this work details both major and minor events that shaped every area of human achievement and concern.
The Oxford Companion to British History covers all aspects of the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day. Written by over 100 distinguished specialist contributors, the variety of entries provides a wealth of essential information touching all aspects of British history: political, economic, social, military, people, events, and institutions.
The Oxford Companion to Irish History takes an inclusive approach to Irish history, with entries ranging from horse racing to Home Rule, bogs to boxing, and Parnell to parliaments. Traditional topics such as the rebellion of 1798 and the Irish Civil War can be found alongside entries on newly developing areas such as women's history and popular culture.


Study Guides

This library guide from American University (Washington D.C.) gives a short overview of the difference between primary and secondary sources.


Australian and New Zealand online newsletter for those with interests in environmental history, landscape studies, literature and the environment, garden history, history of science, treaty history, and heritage issues.
The HRU facilitates and promotes historical research across the university and beyond. It provides a supportive environment for the development of research capabilities in historical research, and highlights historical research at the University of Waikato by identifying strong areas of local and international research expertise. These include historical biography, environmental history, health history, Māori and iwi history, oral history, intellectual history, as well as local and regional histories, and approaches to historical theory and method.
The Memory of the World details documentary heritage and where the items may be found.  The nomination forms for each contain valuable information about why they are important.  Examples include the remaining nine minute fragment of Australia's first narrative film 'The Story of the Kellly Gang' (1906), the Treaty of Waitangi (1840), China's Golden Lists of the Qing Dynasty Imperial Examination (1667-1903), records of Indian indentured labourers in Fiji (1879-1960), Europe's first printed book the Gutenberg bible and Fritz Lang's film 'Metropolis' (1927).For more information and examples, see About Us.