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Subject based sites

  • This is a consolidated list of links to subject-based websites. Sites have been grouped together into subject, with more general reference sites, including online encyclopedias and dictionaries being listed first. The classification of subjects is based upon the Library's own classification scheme.


Dictionaries &c



  • content provided by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
  • Art History Resources on the Web: links to art history sites, from ancient times to the 21st century curated by Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe.
  • Artists Papers Register: a location register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Arts:Search: an invaluable resource for research into the history of modern arts, architecture and design using three linked databases.
  • British Listed Buildings: a database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.
  • Getty Provenance Index Databases: contains 1.5 million records taken from source material such as archival inventories, auction catalogues, and dealer stock books covering the period 1500 – 1990.
  • Great Buildings: general architecture reference site documenting a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries and bibliographies.
  • International Bibliography of Art: The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the definitive resource for scholarly literature on western art, and is published exclusively by ProQuest.
  • Oxford Art Online: authoritative gateway into art research and access to an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works.
  • RVD Netherlands Institute for Art History ‘Explore’: databases relating to Dutch and foreign artists, images, portraits and collections from the middle ages to the present day
  • VADS: Online resource for visual arts with portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.


  • American National Biography: The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 17,400 men & women from all eras and walks of life whose lives have shaped the nation.
    The Library only has a limited concurrent user license to this title;please log off or close your browser when you have finished using this title so that other members can access this database.
  • The Carlyle Letters Online: A Duke University Press digital archive of over 10,000 letters based on the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. These can be searched and browsed by date, by recipient, by subject, and by volume. This is an ongoing project, and new letters will be added periodically
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online: reproduces work that was originally commissioned by the Dictionary of Canadian Biography for its print version and was republished, sometimes with minor corrections, in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography CD-ROM.
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography : The Dictionary of Irish Biography, a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland. It contains 9,014 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour.
  • Dictonary of New Zealand Biography: includes over 3,000 life stories originally published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
  • Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani: Online dictionary of Italian biography. Also includes encyclopaedia, vocabulary and synonyms.
  • Office Holders in Modern Britain: provides lists of individuals who served in central government departments since the Restoration. Compiled by the Institute of Historical Research. Incomplete.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online: 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles.
  • The Victorian Web: hosted by Brown University, contains many sources relating to Victorian studies, including biographies of eminent Victorians.
  • Who's Who and Who Was Who : the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life, in the UK and worldwide

Classical studies



  • Oxford Text Archive: electronic texts of classic works of fiction (and non-fiction) can be viewed in a number of different formats.
  • Project Gutenberg: also offers freely downloadable electronic texts of classic works of fiction (and non-fiction). More extensive coverage than the Oxford Text Archive.
  • Chawton House Novels On-line: full-text of a number of rare eighteenth century novels.


German language resources and subject gateways


German newspaper


German book reviews


German books-in-print and distributors’ catalogues


  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers : the most comprehensive collection of early English newspapers with full-text access to 1 million newspaper pages of the period.

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers : a collection that contains full runs of 48 newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain.

  • Bibliography of British and Irish History : provides bibliographic data on historical writing dealing with the British Isles, and with the British Empire and Commonwealth, from 55BC to the present.
  • British History Online: a digital library containing some of the core sources for the medieval and modern history of Britain, created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust.
  • British Library : The British Library website provides access to digital collections including digitised British newspapers, manuscripts and archive, sound recordings and the UK Web Archive.
  • British newspaper archive An archive of digitised newspapers from the British Library collection. Please note that the Library does NOT have a subscription to this database. Searching is free but to view, print or download requires payment.
  • Charles Booth Online Archive: resources relating to Charles Booth's survey into life and labour in London (1886-1903). Hosted by the British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics.
  • Electronic Enlightenment : Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century reconstructing one of the world's great historical conversations.
  • National Archives: the indexes of the National Register of Archives can be searched over the Internet.
  • History: a gateway to history resources on the World Wide Web, hosted by the Institute of Historical Research.
  • The History of Parliament: This site contains all of the biographical, constituency and introductory survey articles published in The History of Parliament series.
  • International Institute of Social History
  • The John Johnson Collection: This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London: a complete catalogue of the military archive amassed by Capt Sir Basil Liddell Hart; hundreds of pages summarising thousands of letters, photographs, official documents and published articles.
  • Mapping the Medieval Countryside: Mapping the Medieval Countryside is a major research project dedicated to creating a digital edition of the medieval English inquisitions post mortem (IPMs) from c. 1236 to 1509. IPMs recorded the lands held at their deaths by tenants of the crown. They comprise the most extensive and important body of source material for landholding in medieval England. Describing the lands held by thousands of families, from nobles to peasants, they are a key source for the history of almost every settlement in England and many in Wales. The site is currently in beta phase: it includes IPMs from 1418-1447 only. An update later this year will make further material available.
  • The Marteau Early 18th-century Currency Converter:
  • Masonic Periodicals: More than 100 years of Masonic periodicals have now been digitized and are freely accessible on the website of The Library and Museum of Freemasonry.
  • Monumenta Germaniae Historica: sources for the study of mediaeval German history
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913: a searchable on-line database of historical court records.
  • Queen Victoria's Journals :the complete on-line collection of Queen Victoria's journals from the Royal Archives.
  • Regesta Imperii: The REGESTA IMPERII (RI) chronologically record all activities evidenced by documents or anything else of the Roman-German kings and emperors from the Carolingians up to Maximilian I (ca. 751-1519) as well as of the popes of the early Middle Ages and High Middle Ages in the form of German “Regesten” (abstracts). This immense historical treasure of information is available online as an unrestricted, searchable and continuously updated full text database for research free of charge.
  • Working Class Movement Library: the WCML is a national collection of the history of British and Irish radical and labour movements from the 1760s to the present.

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  • The Complete Prose of T S Eliot : The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot gathers for the first time in one place the collected, uncollected, and unpublished prose of one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The result of a multi-year collaboration among Eliot's Estate, Faber and Faber Ltd., Johns Hopkins University Press, the Beck Digital Center of Emory University, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, this eight-volume critical edition dramatically expands access to material that has been restricted or inaccessible in private and institutional collections for almost fifty years.
  • Digital Bodleian : In an effort to make portions of our collections open to a wide variety of users from around the world for learning, teaching and research, the Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing library content for nearly twenty years. The result is over 120,000 freely available digital objects and at least another 1.5 million images awaiting release.
  • Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership : The aim of the Text Creation Partnership is to capture the earliest extant edition of every English-language work published between 1473 and 1700 and to convert this material into fully-searchable texts. The EEBO-TCP corpus is estimated to comprise more than two million pages and nearly a billion words. (Please note: only limited texts will be available through this link. The Library does not subscribe to Early English Books Online)
  • English Poetry : a full text database of poetry published by English poets before 1900.(Please note: the Literature Collection displayed through this link is NOT subscribed.)
  • Electronic Enlightenment : Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century reconstructing one of the world's great historical conversations.
  • Internet archive: An extensive full text archive.
  • Oxford Text Archive: electronic texts of classic works of fiction and non-fiction can be made in a number of different formats.
  • Poetry Library links: links to various poetry-related sites, compiled by the Poetry Library.
  • Shakespeare in Quarto: a British Library service which lets you view and compare early quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays.
  • TOCS-IN (Tables of Contents of Journals of interest to classicists): tables of 160 journals and Festschriften searchable by keyword.


  • Cecilia: Libraries, archives and museums with music holdings have submitted descriptions of their music collections, which have been collated to produce a web-based map of the UK's music resources.
  • Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music: JSCM is published by the Society for Seventeenth Century Music and provides a forum for scholarly studies of musical cultures of the seventeenth century. The full text of this journal is available on the Internet without subscription.
  • Oxford History of Western Music: The Oxford History of Western Music online offers an unmatched account of the evolution of Western classical music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin.
  • Oxford Music Online: The home of Grove Music Online and the access point for new and forthcoming Oxford music reference subscriptions and products.





Russian resources

General sources and indexes
  • Sher's Russian web and index: personal site run by Benjamin Sher, a translator.  The "Sher's Russian Index" page lists a vast number of Russian-related resources.
  • REESWeb: a virtual library for Russian & East European Studies.
  • British Library guide to Russian internet resources: provides a good selection of links to resources ranging from russification software to government websites.  Includes a wide range of library and archive links.
  • Russian reference works: Stanford-hosted resource which gives indepth guidance to Russian-related reference information resources.
  • Little Russia in US: Nostalgic site about the Russian arts and also cookery and humour.  Provides some introductory information and links.

Russian literature

Russian language

Russian art

Russian history and politics

Societies and organisations

Library catalogues

Scandanavian languages

Spanish/Portuguese/Latin American language


  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland: this database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers the most comprehensive available listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.