Online Resources

Online resources can be accessed via links below from within the library or with limited offsite availability as detailed below.


Using online collections

Online resources for historical research are listed below and in the catalogue. You can access them in the building on IHR library computers or via the UoL Libraries wifi. Offsite access is mostly limited to SAS students, fellows and staff due to licence restrictions. Resources available offsite to all IHR members are shown in the list below. Where offsite access is available you can follow the link and login using your name and the barcode number from your membership card.

We also have a page listing Open and Free Access Research Materials as part of the IHR's response to the library closures.

For digital resources in other disciplines, also see Senate House Library Databases and eResources.

Find electronic journals by title on the catalogueEncore can be used to search within resources.

A-Z online resources list

Title IHR member access Notes
17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Onsite only  
19th Century British Library Newspapers Onsite only  
19th Century collections online (British Theatre, Music, and Literature) Onsite only  
Acta Sanctorum Offsite Access both on and offsite for IHR members.
America: History and life Onsite only  
Archaeological Data Service Library, including British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography Free Free online resource
Archives Portal Europe Free
Access to information on archival material across Europe.
Art et Démocratie (1789-1792) Free Free online resource.
Bibliography of British and Irish History (formerly RHS Bibliography) Onsite only  
Britain and UK Handbooks 1954-2005 Free Downloadable dataset provided by the National Library of Scotland.
British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO) Free Free online resource
British Cartoon Archive Free Free online resource

British History Online (onsite access to full subscription resource and offsite access to staff, students, fellows).

Non-subscription areas direct from British History Online website

Partial partially free online resource and subscription-only content available onsite
British Newspapers 1600-1900 Onsite only  
British Periodicals Onsite only  
British Political Speech Free An online archive of British political speech
Casebooks Free "In the decades around 1600, the astrologers Simon Forman and Richard Napier produced one of the largest surviving sets of medical records in history. The Casebooks Project, a team of scholars at the University of Cambridge, has transformed this paper archive into a digital archive."
Cecil Papers Offsite Access both on and offsite for IHR members.
Centre for English Local History Thesis Collection Free Theses completed by students at the Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester from 1948 to 2015. Free online resource.
Charles Booth's London Free Free online resource provided by LSE
Churchill archive Offsite Access both on and offsite for IHR members. See further guidance.
Civil War Petitions Free Free searchable website of more than 4000 petitions from maimed soldiers and war widows of the civil wars.
Clergy of England database Free Free online resource
Colonial Society of Massachusetts Free Publications online. Free online resource
Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online Free Free online resource
Connected Histories Free Free online resource for use as a search tool; subscription required for links to external content.
Database of Court Officers 1660-1837 Free  Free online resource
Dictionary of Welsh Biography Free Free online resource
Digitale Bibliografie Nederlandse Geschiedenis Free Free online resource
Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform Free Free online resource from University of Curacao.
Early English Books online (EEBO) Onsite only Please note: It is safe to bypass any security warnings that appear
Early European Books (EEB) Onsite only  
Eighteenth century collections online (ECCO) Onsite only Please note: It is safe to bypass any security warnings that appear
Electronic Enlightenment Onsite only  
England's Immigrants 1330-1550 Free Free online resource
English Monastic Archives Free Free online resource
English Short Title Catalogue Free Free online resource
European Newsstream Onsite only  
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) daily reports 1974-1996 Onsite only  
Founders Online Free Free online resource. Correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the United States.
FranceArchives Free Portail National des Archives
Global Commodities Onsite only  
Hansard 1803-2005 Free Free online resource - prototype
Hansard on UK Parliament website Free Free online resource, Commons 1988- present, Lords 1995-present
HeinOnline Onsite only  
Heritage of the Printed Book (CERL) Free  
Historical abstracts Onsite only  
Historical Directories Free Free online resource from University of Leicester's Special Collections Online
History of Parliament Online Free Free online resource
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (now ProQuest UK Parliamentary Papers) Onsite only  
In Principio - Incipit Index of Latin Texts Onsite only  
Independent Voices Free "An open access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries."
Internet Archive Wayback Machine Free "The Internet Archive.. is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form."
International Medieval Bibliography Onsite only  
JISC Historical Texts Onsite only  
JISC Journal Archives Onsite only  
JSTOR - The Scholarly Journal Archive Onsite only If you are getting a 'proxy server' error message try alternative access (onsite) via
Justis Onsite only  
Latin American Anarchist and Labour Periodicals Onsite only  
Legacies of British Slave-ownership Free  
Legal History: The Year Books Free Free online resource. An Index and Paraphrase of Printed Year Book Reports, 1268 - 1535
Library of Latin Texts - Series A and B Onsite only  
A Literary Tour de France Free Free online resource. Publishing and the Book Trade in France and Francophone Europe, 1769-1789
Logeion Free

Simultaneous lookup of entries in the many reference works that make up the Perseus Classical collection.. also Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources.

Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 Onsite only  
Manuscript Pamphleteering in Early Stuart England Free Free online. "Before the outbreak of Civil War in 1642, England developed a large, influential and often radical pamphlet literature. This project aims to survey the vast hidden archive of early Stuart England's manuscript pamphlets."
MarineLives Free Free online. "Collaborative transcription, linkage and enrichment of primary manuscripts from the High Court of Admiralty, 1650-1669 (with some excursions into data from the 1630s and 1640s)"
Mass Observation Online Onsite only Explore original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass Observation organisation, as well as printed publications, photographs and interactive features.
Monumenta Germaniae Historica Free Free online resource. Guide to the series also available.
National Institute for Newman Studies Digital Collections Free Over 250,000 images featuring letters, library records, photographs, maps, manuscripts, music scores, and more.
Newberry French Revolution Collection Pamphlets Free Free online via Internet Archive: "Newberry Library's French Revolution Collection consists of more than 30,000 pamphlets and more than 23,000 issues of 180 periodicals published between 1780 and 1810"
A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns 1787-1825 Free Free online resource
Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets Onsite only via JSTOR

Nineteenth Century Collections Online part 3: British Theatre, Music and Literature

Onsite only  
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Onsite only When using onsite you can ignore the Sign in box and just begin using the resource.
Oxford English Dictionary Onsite only  
Palmer's full text online Onsite only  
UK Parliamentary Debates

Onsite only


Parliament rolls of medieval England Onsite only British History Online
Patrologia Latina Offsite Access both on and offsite for IHR members.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 Free Free online resource
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland and Global Onsite only  
ProQuest UK Newsstand Onsite only Recent newspapers
Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) Free Free online resource from KCL and University of Cambridge. Prosopographical database of the recorded inhabitants of England from the late sixth to the late eleventh century, drawn from chronicles, saints’ Lives, charters, libri vitae, inscriptions, Domesday Book and coins
Public petitions to Parliament, 1833-1918 Offsite Access both on and offsite for IHR members.
Runaway Slaves in Britain: bondage, freedom and race in the eighteenth century Free Free online resource from the University of Glasgow. "Searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by masters and owners seeking the capture and return of enslaved and bound people who had escaped."
Scottish Post Office Directories Free Free online resource from the National Library of Scotland
Slave Voyages Free  
Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice 1490-2007 Onsite only  
Stormont Papers Free Free online resource
Theatregoing: Eyewitness accounts of going to a show Free Free online resource
The Times  Onsite only  
Trove Free Free online database from the National Library of Australia. Resources relating to Australia: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more
UK Data Service Free Explore the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources
UK Parliamentary Papers Onsite only  
Victorian Popular Culture Onsite only  
A Vision of Britain through Time Free Free online resource from the University of Portsmouth. "brings together historical surveys of Britain to create a record of how the country and its localities have changed".
Vogue Archive Onsite only  
Women Also Know History Free Free online resource dedicated to promoting the work of women historians.
York's Archbishops' Registers Revealed Free Free access to over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, 1225-1650, in addition to a growing searchable index of names, subjects, places and organisations.