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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 OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, journals, videos, goverment documents, and other materials  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:
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.

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

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

United Nations Library and Archives Geneva
19th Century international peace movements, the League of Nations, the United Nations Office at Geneva, and various UN entities. Some – like the archives of the League of Nations, the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Bertha von Suttner personal papers – are digitized and available online.
Middle Ages and Renaissance
Europeana library digitized manuscripts
Collections of European national libraries

University of Manchester Medieval Collection
Collections of medieval books on History, Theology, Art, Literature, Language, and the History of Science and Medicine

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

British Library digitized manuscripts

Henry Charles Lea Library
Collection of books and primary sources on the religious history of the medieval and early modern period (University of Pennsylvania)

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

An inventory of online resources in early modern history, manuscript studies, and more

Cultura Italia
The Italian cultural resources aggregator
Journals in French history
  • French History
  • Persee: this online repository has many French history scholarly publications (in French)
Primary sources online
British Isles
Journals in the history of the British Isles
  • Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR includes several journals in British studies.
Primary sources

Search Archives Hub to find archival materials in over 300 British archives. See also:
Selected journals in German history Primary sources online
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