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Newspapers and Magazines

An index of sources leading to current and historic information in newspapers and magaines is available in a separate research guide.

North American Sources--General



British Columbia


  • Peel's Prairie Provinces  A resource dedicated to assisting  researchers in their exploration of western Canadian history and the culture of the Canadian prairies. Contains both an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies, as well as a searchable full-text collection of many of these items.


United States


  • Defining Gender. Source material from British and European archives (1450-1910)
  • Internet History Sourcebooks: A collection of public domain document organized by the following sections:  Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History, Byzantine Studies plus Other History Sourcebooks: African, East Asian, Global, Indian,  Islamic, Jewish, Lesbian and Gay, Science and Women's History
  • Medieval Travel Writing The chief focus is on journeys to central Asia and the Far East, including accounts of travel to Mongolia, Persia, India, China and South-East Asia.
  • Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue. Printed record of the English-speaking world from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the end of the First World War.
  • World History Matters (Center for History and New Media, GMU)


  • Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert (in English)
  • Gallica Digital Library (BNF) A massive and ongoing retrospective digitization project from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, of copyright-cleared titles (70 years and older, in accordance with French law) primarily in French but also including English, German, and other languages. Only limited text-recognition has been performed on the images in this collection, which is searchable down to the level of book title, and tables-of-content and index where present.

Great Britain

  • British Hansard, 1803-2005
  • British History Online (some parts subscription) A digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
  • Cambridge Digital Library
  • CELT Corpus of Electronic Texts (University College Cork)
  • Early English Books Online digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere
  • Eighteenth Century [British] Journals.  Parts I and II. This collection consists of rare newspapers and journals illuminating all aspects of 18th-century social, political and literary life. Individual series in the portal may be searched individually or concurrently. Series I contains periodicals from the Hope Collection of the Bodleian Library; Series II includes newspapers and periodicals from the Harry Ransome Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, and Series III draws on the British Newspaper Library and Cambridge University Library. Collectively, these materials offer effective coverage of the important issues of the period, and are invaluable to the study of all aspects of the 18th century, including crime, sport, advertising, the theatre; fashion; politics, revolution; agriculture; social issues, and society life.
  • Empire Online Provides full text access to primary source documents from the British Empire between 1492 and 2007.
  • Historic Hansard, 1803-2005 Digitised editions of Commons and Lords Hansard
  • History of Parliament Online
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers From 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688
  • Mass Observation Online  British Social History, 1937-1972
  • Old Bailey Online A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court between 1674 and 1913)