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LIBRARY GUIDE TO History - Western Europe

Background information
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cambridge Histories Online has some volumes on British history and  information on French history and other European countries.

Europe 1450 to 1789 : encyclopedia of the early modern world (Ref. D 209 .E97 2004)

Historical dictionary of the Elizabethan world : Britain, Ireland, Europe, and America  (Ref. DA 357 .W34 1999)

Library Catalog
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

Selected books on Western European history at KL:

Europe History
Civilization, Western History.
Europe, western civilization
General history resources
Secondary sources

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR and Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE include the full text of numerous history journals.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, the history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 1700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages since 1955. How to export to RefWorks

Primary sources

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. To find resources for specific countries, browse by Geography, select the country of your choice.

European History Primary Sources
Index to online repositories of primary sources for the study of European history

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Eighteenth Century Collections Online
180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) including books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more. Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Early English Books Online
Contains 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 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

Archives Portal Europe: numerous digitized sources
Major journals in European history
Books on French history at Kresge Library
  • France History (browse the list  to see more specific subjects in French history)
Journals in French history Primary sources online
British Isles
Books on the history of the British Isles at Kresge Library Journals in the history of the British Isles Primary sources
Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan
You may request materials we don't have and we'll borrow them from another library for you.

Middle Ages and Renaissance
Rylands Medieval Collection
Collections of medieval books on History, Theology, Art, Literature, Language, and the History of Science and Medicine (University of Manchester)

Henry Charles Lea Library
Collection of books and primary sources on the religious history of the medieval and early modern period (University of Pennsylvania)
Additional information
Europeana: digital images of paintings, films, music and books from Europe's largest cultural institutions.

The European Library: gateway to the collections of the major libraries of Europe

Archives Portal Europe: numerous digitized sources and a directory of archival repositories and collections in Europe


Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

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Library Contact
Picture: Dominique Daniel

Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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