IHR Research Guides

IHR Research Guides offer practical introductions to sub-disciplines of history, equipping readers to navigate their new field of interest.

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NEW: 'Doing Digital History' now available

A practical guide, 'Doing Digital History' covers the entire life-cycle of a digital project, from conception to digital outputs.

Published: May 2021

September 2020: 'Administering the Empire, 1801-1968: A Guide to the Records of the Colonial Office'

Mandy Banton's popular 2015 guide to the records of the Colonial Office at The National Archives, UK, is now available as a free Open Access edition.

About the series

IHR Research Guides are written to help early career historians approach new areas of research and offer clear and accessible starting points when learning how to undertake research.

Volumes survey the current research in the chosen subject, outline relevant methodological issues, and look at available primary sources in different media and formats. Aimed principally at final-year undergraduates and first year PhD students, IHR Research Guides also include practical case studies and examples to guide research.

The Research Guides are jointly published by the IHR and Manchester University Press. Forthcoming titles include an introduction to digital history, written by members of the Institute's digital research group.

Using Film as a Source

By Sian Barber

A hands-on study skills guide that explores how film and moving image can be used as historical sources.

History Through Material Culture

By Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

Offers a step-by-step guide for students and researchers wishing to use objects as historical sources