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British History



This is a guide to researching British History at Boston College.

Research British History

This is a guide to studying British history. For access points books (both print and electronic), journal articles, maps, and other material, take a look through the material below. For primary sources, take a look through the pages on "Early Modern," "19th Century," "Contemporary," etc. to find collections of diverse material including text, photographs, material objects, and more. 

Reference Shelf

For biographies, companions, handbooks, and more, see the Reference Shelf.

Books: Find & Request from BC & Beyond

Your local libraries have excellent monographs and anthologies in European History located in O'Neill library as well as through the BC libraries portal. Try searching for books (only books) through the WorldCat library system to see if we have what you need. If we don't, you can order material through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

WorldCat Catalog

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You can head straight up to the stacks in O'Neill to browse. If you do, try following these Library of Congress (LOC) call numbers you to find:

  • D900-2009  Europe (General)
  • DA1-995  History of Great Britain
  • DA900-995  Ireland
  • HQs A significant portion of histories involving women. LOC has a long, problematic legacy for classification. 

Journal & eBook Databases

For a selection of excellent journals and some e-books on various topics in global history, we recommend a few databases. Remember to explore these database "advanced search" options for date and other modifiers before you run your searches.

Additional Recommendations

Journal Recommendations

Consider taking a glance through these journals to get both a sense for how many historians write/structure their work as well as to see what kind of topics many historians write on.

Period-specific journals

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.