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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.

The catalogs of worldwide libraries

Interlibrary Loan

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

General Western European 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

Major journals in European history:
  • The Journal of Modern History. The leading American journal for the study of European intellectual, political, and cultural history.
  • Past and Present. Scholarly articles on historical, social and cultural change in all parts of the world.
  • The American Historical Review. The journal of the American Historical Association covers all fields of history and is the leading scholarly historical publication in the U.S.
  • International Review of Social History. Global scope, research in social and labour history from a comparative and transnational perspective.
  • European History Quarterly. Covers European history from the later Middle Ages to post-1945.
Primary sources for European history
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.

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

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.

Blue Mountain
A digital thematic research collection of art, music and literary periodicals published between 1848, the year of the European Revolutions, and 1923.

United States Army in the First World War
A 17-volume set compiling key documents, maps, and records for the American Expeditionary Forces
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)

Walters Art Museum
Over 900 illuminated manuscripts, 1,250 of the first printed books (ca. 1455 - 1500)

Morgan Library & Museum
Thousands of images from the Morgan’s collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts

Medieval Manuscripts
A list of online libraries that provide access to digitized medieval manuscripts
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

Search Archives Hub to find archival materials in over 300 British archives. See also:
Additional Information


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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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