Category Archives: History, European

European History: Top Databases

These are the top European History-specific databases that we recommend looking in for articles. If you’re not entirely sure yet what you need, try checking out the list of “General” databases; they’re often the best place to start. Also, try clicking “History” in the drop-down menu.

Keep going to the bottom of this list to see the rest of our European History databases, as well as a list at the very end of other online and book sources you may find useful.

19th Century British Library Newspapers
Full runs of 48 newspapers selected by the British Library as representative of nineteenth century Britain. Includes national and regional newspapers, papers from urban and rural areas, as well as Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also included.

19th Century UK Periodicals
Part 1: New Readerships – Women’s, Children’s, Humour, and Leisure/Sports; Part 2: Empire

EEBO: Early English Books Online
Collection of full-text books written between 1476-1671.

European History: More Resources

Online Resources

Ancient History Sourcebook
From Fordham University. **Last updated in 2002

British History Online
“Digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust”

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

European History (Voice of the Shuttle)

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

ORB: the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers.

Perseus Project: the Perseus Project is a digital library of works from the Greek and Roman classical world, containing primary and secondary sources, as well as dictionaries and other reference works.

The United Nations World Digital Library

Using Primary Sources

Western European Studies Section: Association of College and Research Libraries

In the Library

Dictionary of the Middle Ages
Scribner / Ref D114 .D5 1982 (10 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Oxford University Press / Ref B802 .E53 (4 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the European Union
Lynne Reinner / Ref JN30 .E52 1998

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
Scribner’s, published in association with the Renaissance Society of America / Ref CB361 .D52 1999 (6 volumes)

The Hutchinson Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
Westview Press / Ref DB361 .H87 1999

The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval Europe
Oxford University Press / D102 .O94 1988